Staying on top of things.

This blog is created as a way to stay on top of what we will be learning throughout the year and as a way to discuss various topics that will arise as you learn. I hope that you find this blog useful as a way of checking in on what you have missed while you were away and double-checking on the information that we will cover in the class.

An important note: It is YOUR responsibility to catch up on missed work and assignments through this blog. Therefore, I will expect that you will be prepared and ready for all activities and the work assigned will be completed on time. It is really important to stay on top of your work so we can be motivated, responsible members of the class.

Also, feel free to offer up your comments on lessons, activities, etc. as you like. It is important that you can comfortably offer up any feedback that will help create memorable learning experiences. Your voice is important.


Success does not come before effort in the dictionary!





Sunday, October 19, 2014

H - SS 9 > Native Peoples of Canada

After quickly reviewing opinions on oil sands, students began work on a unit with a focus on Aboriginal People. Sadly, the wifi was playing games with us so we were not able to get through all the main ideas for the day.  Below, you will find the power point I moved through quickly and would be a good idea to record the notes on the key terms. 


Before the class ended, students received a copy of a traditional native creation story.  The purpose is to read the story and make note of the main parts, in addition to main characteristics of the story (i.e. - characters, setting).  In addition, please come with definitions for the following terms: myth, legend, and theory.

Native Peoples of Canada - power point
Creation story - turtle island



Friday, October 17, 2014

B&C - SS 10 > Immigration in Upper and Lower Canada

Students reviewed the information from the reading on Immigration, pages 23-27.  Issues focussed on reasons for immigrating to Canada and the hardships faced on the journey.  Students were given a written piece entitled, "Coffin Ships" which they need to read and make note of the hardships faced by the immigrants.


In addition, students will finish reading and take notes on Black Canadians and Women in Upper Canada. 

D - SS 8 > Roman Republic: Government and Wars

In small groups, students brainstormed, and shared their definitions  of"republic" and "empire". Following, students discussed the Roman government duties and tried to organize a list of duties
  duties of the various branches of government under the appropriate titles. 


Students were given an  info sheet on "Punic Wars". The class will practice their note taking skills by taking notes on the information sheet. This will be reviewed next class. 

Thursday, October 16, 2014

H - SS 9 > Immunizations and Oil Sands - What?

Due to the interruption from Immunization, the class got off to a late start.  Students were shown a brief powerpoint to pick up some information on the Oil Sands in Alberta which was followed by two videos on the Oil Sands.

Oil Sands - Tar solutions
Oil Sands - Suncor

Both videos reveal different information and have different agendas.  The task is to write a paragraph explaining your opinion:  Are the Oil Sands a good energy source or detrimental to the environment and Canada?

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

D - SS 8 > Roman Daily Life

Student groups completed their presentations on Roman Daily life, receiving feedback from the students about their ability to prevent orally.  The Google Doc that was created on the topic is being editted so that students can print it off but it may take a few days to edit.
For next day, students were given handouts on Roman government.  Students are to read and analyze the diagram and complete the blank chart on the roles in government.  Students must take the roles listed on the separtate page and list them in the correct box.  The internet will be an important source to help complete the assignment. 

B & C - SS 10 > Upper Canada and the Problem of Land

The class spent a large amount of time reviewing the reading to make sure the key concepts were understood (issues with land and social classes)  as many people forgot to complete the reading and note taking.  A set of questions were given out to look more deeply into the problem of land availability and use in Upper Canada.  Also, students were shown a brief power point and web site explaining how to document/cite sources of information they used for their postcard assignment that is due next class.   In addition to the postcard and questions, students will need to read the section on Immigration in their text, pages 23-27 and take notes.

land use pattern questions
OWl Purdue - MLA and citing sources