Friday, June 10, 2011

En 12: Fri 10 June

Today we wrote our final essay - an original essay practice (from a choice of three choices).  We will likely have a poetry test on Monday.

SS 11: Fri 10 June

Today we had a PPT discussion on the Human Development Index. Go Canada.  I'll have a worksheet for you on Monday - you can do that instead of the paragraph at the end of the PPT.

Hist 12: Fri 10 June

Today we watched a documentary on JFK and focused our attention on the civil rights movement.  I issued two exercises (# 3 and 4); please complete #3 for homework.  We'll complete the second worksheet on Monday and then look towards South Africa.  I think I'll blend the Unit 5 and 6 exam to save time.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

History 12: Thursday 9 June

Today we did a review of the Unit 5 terms from page 156 of the workbook.  Tomorrow we will look at the US civil rights movement; please read pp 213-244? (the sections on the USA and South Africa).

En 12: Thurs 9 June

Today we finished the student quizzes and then looked at the orginal composition format from the upcoming provincial exam.  Tomorrow we write the essay (last one of the year) and on Monday we will do a poetry test.

En 11 - Thurs 9 June

Today we discussed ozone depletion, acid rain and global warming.  I gave out some workbook sheets - we did some together after our discussion.  Tomorrow we will discuss the human development index.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Hist 12: Wed 8 June

Today we reviewed the answers to Ex. 21.  Please do Ex # 22-23 for homework.  We also discussed a PPT on the collapse of the USSR and then watched some mini documentaries.  If you missed the class, go to Youtube (search for Gorbachev reforms, glasnost, perestroika, fall of USSR, USSR coup, etc).  We also looked at the Solidarity movement and "revolution" in Poland.

SS 11: Wed 8 June

Today we learned how to build population pyramids from census data.  Once we made a pyramid, we were able to figure out the dependency ratio and also classify a population as either: early, expanding, stable of contracting.  Check out the practice exams - this WILL be on your provincial.

En 12: Wed 8 June

In spite of the fact that some people hate English (ergo, me) I think you all did very well today.  I hope you take the chance to practice some poems from past exams - there are two exam links on the blog.  We will finish the student device quizzes tomorrow and then start to look at the composition section of the exam.  I'll give you a poetry exam early next week.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

En 12: Tuesday, 7 June

We decoded the Basil Joe poem - I think you guys as 100% better at this than you were a week ago.  We also started to do one another's quizzes - I couldn't get the document camera to give a good enough image, so we did some reading from the same piece of paper - a  bit old school, but we saves some trees.

History 12: Tuesday 7 June

Today we reviewed the Cold War unit test.  We also had a PPT discussion on the Afghan experience for the USSR.  We also debriefed Ex #18.  For homework, please do the two worksheets (one table and one chronology) I gave at the end of class.

En 11: Tuesday, 7 June

Today, we decided to do the poetry unit as part of the English 12 course next year.  We will use a few of the English 11 blocks for extra SS 11 lessons/videos.  If you are unable to see the videos during A or C blocks, you can see them at lunch - I think they're good and will help give some more depth to our learning.  Today we looked at "World Population Issues."  We also did a mini-review of yesterday's demographics discussion.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Hist 12: Monday, 6 June

Today we did a second Mid-East map quiz.  Then we had a PPT discussion on the Detente era and the arms reduction talks.  We answered Ex # 17 together; please answer # 18 for homework.

En 12; Monday 6 June

Today we practiced further our ability to find devices in poetry.  We used "Golden Passage" to work together to find sound devices and then rhetorical devices.  We then finished our own quizzes that the class we do tomorrow.  I also issued copies of the "Basil Joe" poem.  For homework, please find as many devices as you can - especially from Section One.

SS 11: Monday 6 June

Today we did our society unit test.  Then we started the geography unit.  We looked at the information up to p 194 in the workbook.  Read the section on population pyramids p 194 - 199.  Read the corresponding pages in the text.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Hist 12: Sunday, 5 June

On Thursday, we started looking at the Middle East, and that really means looking at the wars and peace process involving Israel.  You must have a sense of the cause/effect of the four wars (1948-1973) and what they did to the map and power balance in the region.  How did the wars affect the West.  Who gained power/prestige and who lost it?  How were economies affected?  What happened to the Palestinian Arabs who were dislocated because of the creation of Israel.  What was the difference between the policies of Nasser and Sadat?  Why has Israel been able to be so successful militarily?  What Israeli policies promote peace in the region and which do not?  You should ensure you look at the evidence question I gave you for the Camp David Accord.  Also, be aware of the Helsinki Accord.  What other big peace initiatives have there been?

On Monday, we will start to look at the decline and fall of the Soviet empire including the experience in Afghanistan starting in 1979.  Please ensure you have read from p. 184 in the workbook (to the end of the chapter).

With only ten lessons left, we will all have to bear down and work hard to get the best outcome for the final exam.

English 12: Sunday 5 June

Oh my, Mr. Marshall is slipping up very badly these days.  Last week was disjointed because of the Grade 10 trip to Victoria, and the end of this week was disjointed as I tried to receive all of the old Term 3 work and then change about 30 student records affected by mark changes.  I was busy Saturday with the Army Cadets' year-end activity and then Game 2.  So, now I'm getting back to it.

On Thursday we continued with poetry.  We created a sort of "found poem" using a science text as a source.  Then we identified literary devices and added some more of our own.  We continued with that and further reviewed devices on Friday.  We closed by using the text to find examples of devices in poems, and then created five multiple choice questions using the devices.  On Monday, we'll practice answering each other's questions.  There are lots of practice provincial-style poetry questions on the two blog links to exam practices - use them!

En 11: Sunday 5 June

On Friday we wrote our final in-class essay.  That allowed us to address our essential questions that included our study of LOTF.  On Monday we will begin poetry - please remember to bring your text books to class.

SS 11 Catch-up Post: Sunday, 5 June

Oh my, Mr. Marshall is slipping up very badly these days.  Last week was disjointed because of the Grade 10 trip to Victoria, and the end of this week was disjointed as I tried to receive all of the old Term 3 work and then change about 30 student records affected by mark changes.  I was busy Saturday with the Army Cadets' year-end activity and then Game 2.  So, now I'm getting back to it.

SS11: We wrapped up our Chapter 7-8 society unit.  I collected the Aboriginal paragraphs and gave a PPT discussion on the 1970 October Crisis and watched the 1970 news interview from the steps of Parliament where P.M. Trudeau said "...bleeding hearts...just watch me." Next we discussed P. M. Brian Mulroney's attempt to get Quebec to sign the Meech Lake Accord (Quebec Round).  Notable in his opposition was Trudeau who felt Mulroney's "distinct society" was selling the farm in order to get Quebec's signature on the Constitution.  We watched a news interview with Trudeau and CBC news anchor Barbara Frum (YouTube it - it is the best review you could do for this part of the course and also reviews Canada's federal system).  You must know why Meech Lake failed and who rejected it.  We briefly discussed the Charlottetown Accord (Canada Round) and how it resulted in a national referendum which the people of Canada rejected.  This resulted in the second Quebec referendum to separate - there was only a 1% difference in the vote!  How did Rene Levesque's first referendum work out?