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!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

H - SS 9 > Finishing up the unit assignment

Students continued to work on their unit mind maps.  They are due next class - no lates.

Monday, December 15, 2014

B&C - SS 10 > Poilitical Parties in the United Canadas

Following a few more petcha kutchas, students took some notes and discussed the information on the main political parties in the United Canadas.  The notes gave information on the party including the leader, name, people who supported, and characteristics of the party (things they promote).  Students are to find one political party in Canada and write down information on their main support group and issues that they promote, and will be presented next class.

D - SS 8 > Creating in Inquiry

At this stage, most of the class should be at the CREATING stage in the Inquiry process.  Some groups have met with Ms. Googs to discuss their plans but there are a few more that need to meet.  It is important that the following are being worked on:  overall plan and bibliogaphy/list of sources (Use

Friday, December 12, 2014

H - SS 9 > Working on the final assignment

Students began work on the final assignment for unit - a mind map.   Students will take next class as well to complete the assignment and hand it in either electronically or hard copy next Thursday.  Please refer to the previous entry to find links to help you with the assignment

Thursday, December 11, 2014

D - SS 8 > Getting near the end of inquiry

Students continued to do their work on their inquiry project that focusses on World Religions.  Only a few people were able to present their plans to Ms. Googs so meeting will have to continue next day.  At this point, everyone should be at the Creating stage, putting together their products/presentations.

B & C - SS 10 > More Presentations and the Act of Union

After seeing more Victorian Era projects, students started back to work by looking at the situation in the colony following the Act of Union.  The attached link explains the reading and investigative work that needs to be completed for next class.  In addition to that work, students are to take quick notes on the Rebellion Losses Bill and the result of its passing.

Act of Union work

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

H - SS 9 > Quick check on seigneuries

Due to a shortened class, we only had a little bit of time to review past work done on the journal of Gilles Coutourier and life on the seigneury.  The class discussed working conditions, business relations, relations with natives, living conditions. 
Also, summative assignment options were given to the class.  Either complete a unit test or create a mind map that sums up their understanding of the unit (see first link below).

mind map assignment
mind map rubric

To help your understanding of the mind map, here are some other links:
 mind map - you tube
mind map diagram
mind map example - time management

Students will need to come with their decisions to class on Friday.