Welcome to Secondary History at LEARN.  Browse the sections below for access to our Teacher and Student Resources and to various opportunities for Professional Development.   

Remember to also visit our Elementary Section and its vast Societies & Territories site, our Cartograf mapping tool, and the new Secondary History Student site in the works!

Teaching and Learning Tools (Cycle 1, Cycle 2, HQC, etc.)

Secondary 3/4 History of Quebec & Canada

LEARN-RECITUS document collections, teaching strategies and evaluations are available via the History of Quebec & Canada resources page.  We are slowly moving these resources to a new Student History site, while most of the protected documents are only available through links to the Communauté Histoire, a MEQ-sponsored space for Secondary 3/4 teachers and consultants.

Visit our main History of Quebec & Canada resources  Go to page


History (and Geography) Cycle 1

We now have a separate page for our History Cycle 1  resources.  Here you will find document packages, learning situations, and Cartograf sample maps.   

History Cycle 1 Secondary   Go to page

For Cycle 1 Geography tasks, docs and scenarios?   Go to page

Black History Resources

Not just about Black History Month!   The threads of Black history in Canada are varied, often lost in the margins.  LEARN consultants & partner teachers are finding useful resources to help you to learn about Black History in Canada, but also to expand upon the QEP program contents.  

Black History Resources   Go to page 

Graphic Organizer Store House

Visit our central storehouse for various graphic organizers, many which were developed for the myriad learning scenarios and document packages elsewhere on LEARN.  For convenience, we have gathered them together, and to loosely organize them around various Historical Thinking concepts, their guideposts document, and the Quebec programs' Intellectual Operations. 

Graphic Organizer Store House  Go to page 

Evaluation Strategies and Tools

Tools and strategies to help teachers use the evaluation frameworks, monitor skills particular to the social sciences, and develop some best practices for exam situations. Note that this is where you will also find the LEARN I.O. icons and RECITUS Badges and Guides

Evaluation Strategies and Tools Go to page  

Feature: Social Justice Competencies

Lisa K. Taylor's strategies and resources (icons too!) to support curricula that frame and infuse students learning through a perspective of social justice and the active transformation of all forms of discrimination. Go to site   Related:  a personal (PR at LEARN) project to trace examples of counter histories that weave their way through the Quebec HQC program.  Go to page 

Cartograf - A LEARN-RECIT Online Mapping Tool

Cartograf is an open-source, interactive web-based mapping and drawing application. It allows students and teachers to create and share maps, collect and analyze images, and work collaboratively on class projects!

Cartograf   Go to site

Social Sciences How-Tos

Prepare for that history exam
Note:  The older Quebec, titled History & Citizenship, no longer exists!  That being said ... many of the exam-taking strategies mentioned in this How-To remain true!

Historical Essay: What is it?
A history essay starts with an argument or position you first form in your thesis statement 

Use Intellectual Operations 
Talk about your passion by using Intellectual Operations! 

How to interpret a picture?
Interpreting pictures is an essential technique in the social sciences. Pictures can be either photographs, paintings, drawings, caricatures, etc.

Make a Geographic Sketch
A Geographic Sketch can be used in any subject, to deconstruct the "reality" that is represented in a landscape or in a photograph of that landscape.

Professional Learning in Social Sciences

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.  Go to page    (In 2020 Paul R. 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:

  • - 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


ICT in Social Sciences

The RECIT and LEARN often promote the use of technology in the social sciences.  Here are few examples:

iPads in Social Sciences (Archived from old site )   Go to site

Le RÉCIT de l'univers social  offers 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 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  


MEES "Trial models" from training sessions

Migrations in Québec (Trial Model)

The National Policy and Canada’s Economic Autonomy (Trial Model)

Forms of Nationalism in Canada (Trial Model)

The Quiet Revolution: Disruption or Continuity? (Trial model)

Devitalization of Québec’s Rural Communities (Trial Model)

Women’s Right to Vote (Trial Model)

Indian Residential Schools in Québec (Trial Model)


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



Updates: New Social Sciences Resources we are tweeting!