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!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

B & C - SS 10 - Underground Railway

Students were given time to participate in an interactive activity on the internet on the Underground Railway.  While doing the activity, it is important to make notes on the  important people and cities they encounter and a quick summary of the journey that is taken.  
Coffin ship letters are due today. 

underground railway interactive site

D - SS 8 > The Rise and Fall of Rome

There was a lot of catching up to do this class. Students started with reviewing the information they read and took notes on regarding the Punic Wars and the power of the Roman Army.  Also, students discussed key questions on the assigned reading about the rise and fall of the Roman Empire. Due to a limited  amount of time, there is a power point below that students must take notes from for next class in addition to finishing an empire map assignment given out in class.

The FAlll of Rome - ppt

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

H - SS 9 > Creation and Origin Stories of the First Peoples

Students reviewed two pieces on the origin of the First Peoples to North America. One was the Creation Story: Turtle Island and the Bering Land Bridge theory.  Students compared the two stories and the key findings and characteristics of each.  The rest of the period was spent on completing a chart of information on the 4 designated groups which will be due next class. In addition, students are to find similarities and differences between the groups.

Video: The Land bridge theory
The Creation Story: Turtle Island

First Peoples Chart

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

D - SS 8 > Readings

Today, students will be given a handout entitled “The Roman Empire” that covers the rise and fall of the Roman Empire. Students must list under two headings:
 a. What led to the Rise of the Roman Empire.   
B. What led to the fall of the Roman Empire. (the students can find the links to these sheets on my blog:  
3. In addition to the list, students answer the following questions:
a. What leaders listed in the reading are considered strong? Explain why. Which leaders were considered weak? Explain.

The Roman empire
Roman empire declines

B & C - SS 10 > Immigration to Canada

In my absence, the class was given a little bit of seat work and an assignment to complete. Using pages 16-32 in the text book, students first worked on the questions below:
            a. What could you hope to receive from each of the following:
                        - British government                                - other settlers (neighbors)
                        - government of Upper Canada                   - the First Peoples
            b. Of these four, who your be your major source of help? Explain.
            c. How might you prepare for winter?
            d. Where might you get supplies if you do not have enough to last? How might you pay for them.

Secondly,  students were asked to write a letter as if they were a new immigrant and their experiences on the coffin ship.  Students must read a copy of an info sheet by Denise Roller and use info from the activity above.  The letter was to be completed by the end of class. 

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.