Welcome to the Cycle 1 Secondary Geography page at LEARN. Here you can browse available learning situations, including various sample Cartograf mapping scenarios and other document packages and guides.

Note:  For Cycle 1 HISTORY tasks, docs and scenarios, visit main History page:   Go to page

Teaching and Learning Tools

Cartograf Mapping Scenarios

Sample activities and mapped document collections involving geo-localization, available on LEARN's Cartograf installation.  Look in the map's "Description" for scenario instructions.

Cairo: A Metropolitan Territory  
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Cairo: Issues in the Metropolis  
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Quebec City as Heritage site  
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Around the world Protected territories  
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Montreal/New York  Transportation, Economy 
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Simple Map of Mexico  Mexico City, Migration  
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Brazilian Amazon   Forest Region  
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Territoires agricoles à risque Agricultural territory  
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Learning Situations

Here you will find LES's and other strategies, including those adapted from or in partnership with RECITUS or the school boards. 

The Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park: A Protected Territory
LES to help students discover and understand the role played by protected areas on Earth by closely examining an example of a unique Canadian territory: the Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park.
Teacher's guide: Download  Student Workbook  Download Appendices Download
(See also related the Cartograf scenario on Protect territories:  Go to site 

Quenching Our Thirst: Water Management Today
LES for Competency 3 Global Citizenship, where students become cognizant of the current issues around the world water crisis.
Teacher's Guide  Download   Student Notebook  Download  Reproducible materials  Download 

Exploitation of forests 
Students examine the issue of forest exploitation through the adventures of Mike Forrest, a student who has found a summer job as a tree planter in Abitibi. Students will understand the complexity of the issue of forest exploitation, not only at regional and national levels, but also at a global level.
Exploitation of forests is on a separate page  Go to page

Mother Nature Enraged:  "Does nature really attack the poor?"
Students identify various natural hazards and assess their consequences in an urban environment.   Students define the concept of natural hazard management in a context of international solidarity: saving lives and reducing economic disruption.   

Mother Nature Enraged guide with annexes Download

Geography Document Collections

Geography files, collections or dossiers 
These packages of related resources were translated from RECITUS dossiers and are in the process of being archived here from our old LEARN website.

What is a geographical sketch?  Download 

Energy Dependence Google doc version of older resources  Go to site 

Cities Subject to Natural Hazards  Google doc version Go to site

Metropolises  PDFs of original files in this section:
Metropolises overview  Download  Montréal  Download  Cairo  Download


RECITUS updated Dossiers de géographie (In French only, so far)
The RÉCIT de l'univers social have produced several new dossiers of documents and related tasks for Geography which can be found on their main document site:  Go to site  You can browse some here:


LEARN How-Tos for Students

Note these How-Tos are in the student area of the site.  There may be other How-Tos you could use in Geography class, but for now here's a sample selection:

Interpret a Picture  Go to page  

Make a Geographic Sketch  Go to page 

Create a simple map  Go to page 

Use Intellectual Operations  Go to page  

Graphic Organizer storehouse

A central place where we (try to) store all our graphic organizers as we build them, organized roughly around the Intellectual Operations and Historical Thinking Skills.  (In Secondary History section for now: Go to page

Professional Learning

LEARN Blog entries for Social Sciences teachers

The LEARN blog is full of fasicinating artlcles, all of which can contribute to your development as a teacher... and they are fun to read!  Here are a few especially for us Social Sciences folk:

  • Feedback Street: Formative Assessment in History.  Go to page 

  • Flipped History: A new approach for a new curriculum.  Go to page

  • History of Quebec and Canada – Planning for a new curriculum.  Go to page

  • Rapping Across the Curriculum.  Go to page

  • A Time and a Place for Elsewhere: The Role of Context...  Go to page

  • Geolocalize it: The global context of everything.  Go to page

  • iPadding… upstream! How do you manage it?  Go to page

  • 3 a.m. blogging, and why social sciences should be social, & public! Go to page

  • Cartograf: Taking time for power mapping.  Go to page

  • Imagining a more meaningful and contributive future for education.  Go to page

  • History, reality…. and parties.  Go to page

  • Life stories in the classroom, and beyond!  Go to page

ICT in Social Sciences

The RECIT and LEARN often promote the use of technology in the social sciences.  Here are few examples in English and French to wet your appetite:

Mobile techies:  iPads in Social Sciences  Go to site

Le RÉCIT de l'univers social is our French-sector equivalent, offering various training sessions and site sections on technology use.  Here are a few examples :

Learning Communities & Professional Associations

Various associations and groups allow SocSci teachers to communicate and share, and to develop as professional learners.  Here are a few key groups:

Secondary 3 History Professional Community
Commununauté Histoire du Québec et du Canada. Go to site 

L'Association Québécoise pour la didactique de l'histoire et géographie.  Go to site 

Association québécoise pour l’enseignement en univers social. Go to site 
Visit and join their Facebook page and group too!  Go to site 

Société des professeurs d'histoire du Québec. Go to site 

Le groupe des responsables de l'univers social. Go to site 

MEES Program Documents

Below you will find various Ministry of Education program and evaluation documents for the Secondary Social Sciences domain.  (Click "show list" when items are hidden.)

Quebec Secondary Programs in Social Sciences
The QEP program documents describe course aims, competencies to develop, and course content.

Cycle 1 History and Citizenship Education Cycle 1  Download

Cycle 1 Geography Program  Download

Cycle 2 History and Citizenship Education (Old program)  Download

Cycle 2 History of Quebec and Canada Sec. 3 & 4 program Download

Cycle 2 History of the 20th Century   Download

Cycle 2 Cultural Geography Download

Cycle 2 Financial Education Program Download

Cycle 2 Contemporary World   Four credits  Two credits 

Note that the main MEES Programs of Study page, where you will find these  "General Education" Secondary School Education Programs and older programs, is now online here:  Go to site  


Progression/Precision of Learning documents
The Progression/Precision of Learning organizes knowledge and includes examples.  Go to site

Evaluation Frameworks
Below are links to the individual evaluation framework sites and documents.  You can also search for the current and older frameworks on MEES site at  Go to site

  • Cycle 1 and 2 - History & Citizenship Education  Download
  • Cycle 2 (New) History of Québec and Canada program  Download
  • (Older) History & Citizenship Education framework  Download
  • Cycle 1 Geography framework Download
  • Contemporary World online version  Go to site
  • Financial Education Download

BAMD:  MEES approved books site
Bureau d'approbation du matériel didactique

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Paul Rombough

My dossiers at LEARN include:

Social Sciences
Ethics and Religious Culture
Physical Education and Health
Sex Education

You can contact me at

LEARN General Contacts

For LEARN addresses and phone contacts, and for eConferencing Support, visit the main LEARN
contacts section Go to page

Twitter accounts worth following

Paul Rombough @paulrombo
Matt Russell @historyrussell
Craig Bullett  @RECIT4ESSB 
Dan Hedges @dhedgegrove
Joan Zachariou @SSLBPSB

RÉCIT de l'univers social @recitus

Resources, ideas, inspiration for Social Science

Tweets to hashtag: #socsciLEARN