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, May 25, 2016

B - SS 10 > Exit assignment on BC

Time was spent on researching for the exit assignment on a BC city/town.  A bibliography is due next class.

D - SS 8 > Working towards the end

The class spent most of the class was spent reviewing key events in the last half of the Middle Ages and their connection with the end of the time period: Black Plague, Hundred Years War and Struggle for Power between the Church and Monarchy.

The exit assignment was revisited, going over all questions about the requirements. The next day will be spent working on this which is due June 9.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

H - SS 9 > American Revolution by looking at the Patriot

The class followed up their reading about the American Revolution (p.162-169) by watching a short section of the Patriot. They must make note of any reasons listed by the main character Benjamin Martin or other characters followed by finding the results and effects of the Revolution (p. 171-175 in the text).
Also, everyone was introduced to a final exit assignment focused on Revolution.  We will discuss the aspects of the assignment.  Start researching and come with a rough copy of their bibliography for Thursday.

exit assignment

Friday, May 20, 2016

D - SS 8 > Finish Genius Hour

We were able to finish the remaining Genius Hour assignments today.  Everyone was given a Genius Hour assessment based on their work that needs to be completed and handed in next class along with the reflection that is on the Genius hour page on Fresh grade.

Work was given out at the end of class to complete for Wednesday:
1. Church and State - reading and notes page > read and complete
2. Exit Assignment - evolution of a city (pick a city for Wednesday)  Exit assignment

B - SS 10 > BC Tour

The class was given their exist assignment which works to create an ad/promotion for a city or town in BC. BC tour
Everyone has indicated their choice on the google document posted last class. Presentation day is June 9.  The remaining classes will be used to work on this assignment.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

H - SS 9 > More philosophers: Hobbes and Locke

The class continued to look deeper into the theories of government and leadership from Thomas Hobbes and John Locke.  Good discussion surfaced on whether people felt their theories were realistic (most agreed with Locke).

For next class, everyone must read the section on the American Revolution in Crossroads textbook.
- read section > p.162-169
- find key causes/reasons that led people to think Revolution

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

D - SS 8 > Interrupted by Speeches

Today's class was cut short with student council speeches. Regardless, a bit of work was given out to finish for next class
1. Watch black plague video      & black plague ppt.
2. Read pages on The Hundred Years War (Pathways: 145-148,166-167, Patterns: 89-92) and complete a chart given out.

With both these topics, you must answer this question

- what was it?  How did it influence the collapse of a civilization?

Those who are presenting their Genius Hour projects can focus on that while those who are not presenting can finish the work above.