About Mavericks: An Incorrigible History of Alberta
Mavericks: An Incorrigible History of Alberta introduces
the legendary tales and colourful personalities who shaped and defined
Alberta's history, and are the predecessors of Alberta's maverick
The site presents nationally significant stories of the important
people and events who have shaped the identity of Alberta. Over
545 primary source images, audio, and video clips of historical
materials have been digitized to increase access to Glenbow's collections
and information resources on the history of Alberta.
Using Mavericks: An Incorrigible History of Alberta as
a Learning Resource
Mavericks: An Incorrigible History of Alberta was created
to connect to the grades four to seven social studies curriculum.
The ideas for student activities follow a project-based and inquiry-based
learning approach and are multidisciplinary, combining social studies
with language arts, mathematics, science, art, and health.
The Mavericks: An Incorrigible History of Alberta resource
contains historical primary source materials that are "real" history.
They are the personal affects, clothing, weapons, tools, photographs,
documents, artwork and maps from the people who are a part of Alberta's
history. These primary source materials have been digitized from
the collections of the Glenbow museum in Calgary and represent almost
40 different "Mavericks" who made Alberta what it is today. Primary
sources allow students and teachers to become actively engaged with
history and learn about the actual people involved. Students do
not just learn or memorize history they are able to become historians
Alberta's history has been broken into nine areas (Uninvited Guests,
Mounties, Railway, Ranching, Politics, Newcomers, War and the Homefront,
Oil and Gas, and Post Haste). Each of these areas has had a major
impact on the development of the province of Alberta. Each area
has sections on a number of different Mavericks that contain background
information, why they are considered a Maverick, their historical
context, and a variety of digitized primary source artifacts related
to that person. There is also a section on historical maps and an
Using the Mavericks: An Incorrigible History of Alberta
Teacher and Student Resources
The Teacher Resources section contains 27 Project Plans that are
connected to the Alberta Program of Studies, multi-disciplinary
in nature, and created with broad-based, open-ended instructional
strategies. The Project Plans are meant to be adaptable for specific
student needs. Though focused on each of the nine subject areas
above, the Plans may be modified to fit any specific content or
learning outcomes. For example, a Project Plan from the Mounties
content area, "Writing Back in Time..." could be tailored to fit
any of the different content areas if desired.
For students to conduct an object-based inquiry into primary historical
source materials, four sets of student processes have been developed
to guide students through an in-depth examination of a historical
artifact. The Primary Source Inquiry Processes are each customized
for investigating artifacts, photographs, documents, or historical
The Teacher Resources also contain a map of curriculum connections
for both the upcoming 2005 and the existing 1990 Alberta social
studies curricula, information on using inquiry-based learning in
the classroom, strategies for integrating ICT into student learning,
strategies on how primary source materials can be used in historical
inquiry and research, and information and strategies for the assessment
and evaluation of Mavericks student projects.
Internet Resources are collected both within the specific Project
Plans to allow teachers to incorporate them into their teaching
and learning, but also as one web page for students to gain easy
access to the links. Some of the resources contain very specific
information for that Project Plan, yet others are links to general
resources that may be usable within many areas of curriculum.
In addition, students may access content area glossaries that define
any specific terms for that section. For example, the Ranching content
area has many specific terms to that industry and the Glossary will
assist students in understanding the information.
As well, each content area will have a short, 10 question Knowledge
Hunt that teachers may use as a quick introduction for students
to the Mavericks: An Incorrigible History of Alberta resource.
This short activity will allow students to gain a fast understanding
of the navigation and structure of the site, preparing them for
later activities and research.
Technology Tips for using Mavericks: An Incorrigible History
of Alberta Online
The Mavericks: An Incorrigible History of Alberta resource
uses new software called "Pachyderm" to provide an Internet-based
multimedia presentation of text, photographs, sound, and video that
students can navigate. A few tips on how to increase the ease of
Some computer screens, depending on their resolution, may not show
the whole "window." If there are scroll bars on the side or bottom
of the window, students may not see certain links or information.
Some options are:
- Enlarge the size of the window as much as possible.
- Increase the screen resolution on the computer screen.
- Hide the toolbars at the top of the browser window.
- For Microsoft Explorer in Windows, simply hit F11 or go to
"View" → "Full Screen"
- For Microsoft Explorer on Macs, simply select "View" and choose
"Hide Toolbars" from the pull down menu
You will also notice that the URL does not change as you navigate
throughout the Mavericks: An Incorrigible History of Alberta
resource. For this reason, students must click on the "back"
button in the Mavericks window. It looks like a left pointing arrow
in the top right-hand corner.
Students will also discover that when they examine one of the primary
source artifacts they can zoom in or out and move the digitized
artifact around the window. This feature will allow students to
examine the online artifacts closely and to conduct an object-based
inquiry into the artifact using the Primary Source Inquiry Processes
for artifacts, photographs, documents, or historical maps.