Friday, January 20, 2012

SS 11: Friday 20 Jan

Today we did a review/quiz on some key terms from this week's lessons.  At the end of the class we added FLQ/October Crisis.  We watched some People's History episodes: "October, 1970," and "A Winning Strategy."  We also viewed a PPT on the October Crisis and a video clip of Trudeau's famous interview on the steps of Parliament where he says, "Just watch me."  We'll finish Quebec on Monday and then have a few hours of review/exam prep before your exam on Wednesday afternoon.

En 12: Friday, 20 Jan

Today we did the second part of the practice provincial exam.

En 8: Friday, 20 Jan

Today we divided and conquered the vocabulary words for Chapter 3 and 4.  We also started to discuss the poem from Chapter 5.  You can access it easily on the Internet: Nothing Gold Can Stay by Robert Frost.  Please read it a few times and try to see how the green imagery could relate to the boys.  There is no other homework.  Have a nice weekend.

En 11: Friday, 20 Jan

Today we discussed the format of the final exam, scheduled for Tuesday 24 Jan, second block.  The essay section may be written over lunch on Tuesday, OR on Thursday at 9 a.m.  Once you start the essay you must complete it in one sitting.  The over-all exam is designed to be completed in two hours.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

SS11: Wednesday, 18 Jan

Today we viewed and discussed three videos about the 1960s from the People's History series: youth in the 1960s; empowerment and activism; and, women's rights.  We also discussed the role of universities in social change.  Remember that your aboriginal issues paragraph is due tomorrow: see yesterday's post.

En 11: Wednesday, 18 Jan

Today we completed our garrison mentality essays.  You should be prepared to hand in yours on Thursday.  See yesterday's post for clarification - see me if you need more support.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

SS 11: Tues 17 Jan

Today we finished our review of the aboriginal issues outline sheet that I issued yesterday.  We also viewed a segment of the People's History series titled "Taking Back the Past."  IF YOU WERE ABSENT, I SUGGEST YOU ARRANGE TO WATCH THE VIDEO AT LUNCH. As usual, we debriefed the video and used it to springboard a discussion on various styles of aboriginal education in a modern context.  Finally, I assigned a summarizing paragraph of the outline sheet.  I offered the following as a suitable topic sentence that you may use if you get stuck: "Aboriginal people quietly endured mistreatment by the Government for centuries but starting in the 1960s, they found their voice."  You should identify the different six aspects of this topic (in bold on the handout), give an example or two (in point form under the bold titles), and finally give the so-what for each (give the significance).  End with a good closing statement.  Perhaps you will comment on the tone for future relations based on the Government's 1998 Statement of Reconciliation?

Please be prepared to hand in the paragraph on Thursday, Jan 19

En 12: Tuesday, Jan 17

Today we worked to complete our Touching Bottom writing and then analysed/edited samples of our own writing.  We will finish up tomorrow and use the rest of the block for exam preparation.

En 11: Tuesday, Jan 17

Today we did a group pre-writing activity for the essay.  We used the laptops to encourage editing and quality writing.  We will finish the essays tomorrow.

Monday, January 16, 2012

En 11: Monday 16 Jan

Today we debriefed the question for Saturday Climbing that you read on Friday.  We also read The Labrador Fiasco p. 78-87.  Next, I issued a handout on the garrison mentality and I gave some explanation.  Tomorrow we will write on the prompt on the back of the handout.  I need you to come to class with the story read.

En 8: Monday 16 Jan

Today we recapped Chapters 1-2 and discussed ways to think about our learning and what styles we like best for taking notes.  We also introduced the idea of connotation (implied meaning) versus denotation (literal meaning).

I issued questions for chapters 1-4 and ask that you choose three questions from each chapter to do at home (for a total of 12 questions).  Just make point-form answers right on the question sheets.