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!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

B - SS 10 > Sharing our views on the Victorian Era

The class divided into small groups to show their time capsules, share and discover characterisics of the Victorian Era. Fashion seem to be the area that grabbed most people's attention along with social codes and practices. We also quickly reviewed Victorian attitudes of the time (see link to powerpoint and make sure to get the notes.


Remember to read and take notes on pages 73-75 in Horizons.

D - SS 8 > Feudal System in Europe

After briefly comparing the Franks and the Vikings, the remainder of time was spent on understanding the Feudal System that was forced by William the Conqueror onto England.  The class read a brief section on the basis of the system followed by taking some notes.

Everyone needs to finish taking notes up to page 46 in Pathways using the same method introduced a few weeks ago. Also, include a drawing of the Feudal Pyramid with the different levels in society.  Leave space to the  side or below and write the obligations of the people at each level.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

H - SS 9 > Controlling the colony > Royal Government

Students analyzed text to see how France attempted to control North America by establishing institutions and systems in New France. Students briefly discussed the missionaries and military then spent the remainder of time focused on Royal Government. Students analyzed the characteristics of an Absolute monarchy and components of government in the colony.  In small groups, students worked together to complete a responsibilities sheet and using their readings from the text (p.26-32) to determine tasks for the Governor general, Intendant and Bishop. 

 This needs to be completed for next class.

setting up a royal colony

Monday, February 1, 2016

B - SS 10 > Work Period

Students were given the period to work on their Victorian Era time capsules. Due next day.

Here is a link to a source of inspiration:  McCord Museaum - are you civilized?

D - SS 8 > Franks and Vikings

The Frank kingdom was the focus for most of our discussions today as we looked closely at the Franks, Charlemagne and their key accomplishments which then was followed by the Vikings:

Vikings - music video

Students had time to get into "dinner groups" to analyze and dissect some primary sources of Viking journals. 

For Wednesday, finish analyze and writing notes on the primary sources along with reading and taking notes on Feudalism (44-47) in Pathways. 

Friday, January 29, 2016

H - SS 9 > Showing what you know: Mercantilism

Students were given the hour to create a diagram/flow-chart to explain the system of Mercantilism. The idea is to provide some pictures and text to explain how it works > using the Mother Country (France) and the colony (New France). 

This must be handed in on Tuesday.

mercantilism flow chart

Thursday, January 28, 2016

D - SS 8 > Finishing the Religious Tradition presentations

We were finally able to get through the rest of the presentations on Christmas in Portugal, Noche buena, Black Nazarene and burial rituals. All very interesting.

Remember the following to be completed by next day:
- Bibliography from the presentation
- upload Project to FreshGrade
- complete Reflection paragraph on most interesting thing you learned from the presentations or Key idea/theme you noticed from the presentation .

We will continue on with the Franks and the Middle ages.