Staying on top of things.

This blog is created as a way to stay on top of the 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!

Friday, February 24, 2017

G - Integrated Studies 8 > Globalization and the Effect of Trade

Following current events, we participated in an activity where we saw pictures of food products and had to guess which countries were the top exporters of that item. The activity helped us to see how large trade has grown over time and how we get many of our popular products as imports.  This helped us to understand the idea of globalization.

Globalization: the process by which businesses, organizations or governments develop international influence or start operating on an international scale.  This process is driven by international trade and investment and aided by information technology

We will continue with this topic next class. In the meantime, trade assignments are due next class.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

D - SS 10 > Chinese and the Railway

We focused on discussing the history of the Chinese and their involvement as workers on the railway.  Most of the information analyzed was on the racism and discrimination faced by the Chinese.
Below are some of the sources used during the lesson.

Sources to help with your work:
Primary source photo
sumary sheet > chinese labour documents

The summary sheet must be completed for next class, including the paragraph at the bottom.

G&A - Integrated Studies 8 > Researching on global trade networks (past and present)

Today, everyone was given a work session to complete the assignment on Global trade networks in Middle Ages and today. Don't forget to make a bibliography of your sources.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

D - SS 10 > Building, policies and issues with the CPR

The majority of the time was spent reviewing key people and places involved in the railway in addition to viewpoints by various political leaders. 

In small groups, you were given the question:  is the National Policy a positive or negative plan for Canada?  Finish this question at home in order to debate it in class.

G & A - Integrated Studies 8 > Moving on to Mapping early trade routes in the Middle Ages

We worked on and quickly reviewed an activity on trade routes in the Middle ages, noting principal commercial centers, trade fair locations and trade routes. Next, the focus will be on a trading network assignment, chosing a country and city in the Middle Ages and comparing the past to the present.

For next class, everyone should finish the first 3 questions on the Middle ages section of the assignment.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

D - SS 10 > Building the Railway

I apologize for being absent but last minute changes has made me be away from you all. Please refer to the next two individual lessons:

Wednesday, Feb 15 :  Individual work: Building the Railway
Friday, Feb 17: Building the railway part 2

cartoon analysis info
analyzing political cartoon chart
Treaty #7

G & A - Integrated Studies 8 > Trying to Analyze Primary sources

Following the Current Events presentation and review of the mapping activity, we formed small groups to try to analyze Primary source documents on the Black Plague. Please remember to finish the questions and summary for next class. (refer to Moodle)