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.

For Cycle 1 HISTORY tasks, docs and scenarios:   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.


Metropolises around the world (EMSB)
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Cairo: A Metropolitan Territory  
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Cairo: Issues in the Metropolis  
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Around the world Protected territories  
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Quebec City as Heritage site  
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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 the related Cartograf mapping 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  Reproducibles  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.   Updated with new sources in 2022.  Now available as Google Doc here.  

Geography Document Collections & Shorter Activities/Tasks

Geography files, collections, tasks or dossiers 
These packages of related resources were translated from various RECITUS dossiers/tasks.  Some are in the process of being archived here from our old LEARN website while others are newly translated from their large collections available at and

Virtual Reality - Energy Producing Territory  Go to site 

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 in Social Sciences

UDL in a Social Sciences Context:  
Resources and Challenges in a Digital Age

Thinking about how you might adjust your History content and practices for all learning styles and experiences?  LEARN online resources, in line with the secondary and new adult education history courses, can help you engage your students, explore, use and also interpret events for a variety of situations.  Recently I shared a presentation on new templates structured around UDL with some teachers at the ACE Online summit.  A video presentation on the First part on Engage is available at   

Social Sciences Online and in a Digital Age

Follow along as new learning scenario examples are added throughout the year.  You will find tips, tricks and tools to help you teach online and in a digital age, using LEARN’s various resources, in response to the QEP program's approaches and according to an inquiry learning model.  Visit the Secondary version   Visit the Elementary Version   (Note too that in 2020 Paul Rombough also presented these strategies in an information online session available here.)

LEARN Blog entries for Social Sciences teachers

The LEARN blog is full of fascinating articles, 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:

  • Learning in Place: Working towards a local history learning toolkit Go to page
  • - First Stop on a Journey Through Territory & Time Go to page
  • Teachers as Cultural Facilitators in the Social Sciences Go to page
  • Beginners No More: Social Sciences Online in a Digital Age Go to page
  • Podcasts for Professional Development  Go to page 
  • 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

Media and Podcasts in Social Sciences

After posting the excellent blog post by Matt Russell on Podcasts for Professional Development on the LEARN main blog, we started up a section dedicated to online media for PD for the Social Sciences teacher.  Go to page


Learning Communities & Professional Associations

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

  • Secondary 3 History Professional Community
    Commununauté Histoire du Québec et du CanadaGo to site 
  • Quebec Association of Geography Teachers and Global Educators Go to site 
  • L'Association Québécoise pour la didactique de l'histoire-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 

Our Presentation on Historical Thinking (Matt R and Paul R)

Matt R. (WQSB) and I (Paul R from LEARN) presented on HIstorical Thinking concepts and strategies at LCEEQ a few years back.  Here are a few ideas and resources we presented: 

MEQ (Previously MEES) Program Documents - Secondary

Below you will find various Ministry of Education program and evaluation documents for the Secondary Social Sciences domain.  (Contact Paul R. if you find broken links!)

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  Download

Cycle 1 Geography Program Go to site    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  Go to site   (Or view PDFs for Four credits  Two credits

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


Progression/Precision of Learning documents

Cycle 1 History & Citizenship   Go to site

Cycle 1 Geography  Go to site 

Cycle 2 Contemporary world  Go to site   (Or view PDF's for Four credits or Two credits)

History of Quebec & Canada.   (See instead "knowledge" within the program Download)

Evaluation Frameworks

Below are links to the individual evaluation frameworks.  You can also visit the main MEES site and browse by subject to review them  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  Go to site   (Or Download

Contemporary World online version Go to site   (Or Download

Financial Education  Go to site   (Or Download


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

Go to site


MEES sample "Document files" from training sessions

1608 and 1760 - Document File: Cities in Canada

1840-1896 - Document File: Socio-cultural expression  

1896 to 1945 - Document File: Education and technical training

1896-present - Document File: Challenging capitalism

1945-present - Document file: Language issue

1980-present - Document File: Information Era

Origins to present - Document File: Inuit nation  



Contacts in Social Sciences

Paul Rombough
Me... Paul Rombough
My main dossiers at LEARN include:

Social Sciences at all levels

Contact me at

prombough at 

Some Twitter folks worth following

Paul Rombough LEARN @paulrombo
Matt Russell WQSB @historyrussell
Craig Bullett RECIT  @RECIT4ESSB 
Dan Hedges SWLSB @dhedgegrove
Joan Zachariou LBPSB @SSLBPSB
Kesi Walters CQSB @KesiWalters

Steve Quirion RÉCITUS @recitus
Maude Labonté RÉCITUS @MaudeLab