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, May 5, 2015

D - SS 8 - Crusade Video

Class was cancelled due to flooding.  All videos must be finished for viewing on Thursday.

B - SS 10 > The last spike

Students reviewed the final steps taken in the construction of the railway, looking at the people involved and challenges to finishing.  Next day, the class will review in preparation of the test next Monday.

Block C - SS 10 > Primary source documents - Chinese immigrants

The focus of the lesson was on the discrimination and treatment faced by chinese labourers/immigrants to Canada during the building of the railway. Students analyzed two documents making notes of what was said in each one and comparing the changes from the first document to the next regarding immigration and head tax. - read #’s 4, 6,8, 12 - how are two documents different > what changes can you note

Following, the class analyzed the apology given by Stephen Harper regarding the head tax, and its meaning. 

Due to the upcoming test next Monday, students will finish off the unit and do a review next class.  

Monday, May 4, 2015

H - SS 9 > Nationalism Vines

Most students were not finished putting together their Nationalism vines so today turned into a work session.  Please make sure that you post the video with the #STPNATION

Friday, May 1, 2015

D - SS 8 > Crusading

Students were given time to work on one of two activities  this period.

1. Finish up work on their Crusade interview which are to be viewed on Tuesday.  If finished, they could move on to the work below:

2. Reading/Seat work
- students can read pages 65-67 in their Pathways textbook on Royal Power and Democracy and pages 40-42 on The Bayeaux Tapestry.
-  make notes or chart to compare William the Conqueror vs. Eleanor Aquitaine and King John.  They should make notes of accomplishments and descriptions of their characters. How are they similar/different?

C - SS 10 > Chinese labourers on the railway and the head tax

The class continued with analyzing primary and secondary sources regarding the Chinese involvement with the railway. A collection of primary and secondary sources were given out and each person was to make note of what was described about Chinese Labour on the “ Chinese Labor Worksheet”. 

Also, at the end of class, students were given the link below to a primary source document on the Chinese head tax.

Students are to review #4 and #5 and make notes of the main ideas proposed in it.  

B - SS 10 > Chinese labourers on the railway and the head tax

I was away today but Ms. Clarke went ahead with the lesson on the head tax placed on Chinese immigrants to Canada during the building of the railway. The class watched a brief video

Following the video, students reviewed two sources, a primary and secondary document on the head tax, reviewing what it said and the changes/difference in the 2nd document.

b. Change in Policy document (10 mins)

 For homework, students were given the Stephen Harper video, his apology on behalf of the government addressed to Chinese Canadians. Below are the questions to answer based on the video.

1. What does his apology mean if he himself is not responsible?
2. On whose behalf is Harper apologizing?
3. Is it a symbolic apology? Is it important to apologize anyway?
4. If the Prime Minister in 2006 had been of Chinese descent, would this complicate the apology?