Well, it's been quite a long time since things on here have been up-to-date. We have recently completed our journal projects that we began working on in late January, and this week we are taking a closer look at Canada's geography to try and get a better sense of where so many new Canadians traveled.
This week we have been reflecting on our thinking about the value of belonging and developing questions as we prepare to conduct our interviews with friends and family members who have experienced life in another country, culture and/or language. Over the next week we will be conducting our interviews and analyzing the data that we collect and considering the role that all Canadians play in welcoming new members of a multicultural society.
Belonging Interview Handout
This week we have been continuing to work on our inquiry into what it means to belong. Recently, we engaged in a study of the the global refugee crisis triggered by the current conflict in Syria - in particular Canada's response to it - by examining a series of four New York Times articles about Canadian sponsorship of Syrian refugees. Now we are preparing to conduct our own research into this topic by interviewing family members and members of the Vanier community about their own experience as new Canadians.
This week we took a closer look at what should be included in a literary analysis and then we went back and revised our original drafts. Please remember to keep a copy of your first draft so that we can look back and see how far you have come, and the changes that you made to get yourself there.
Here are the handouts from this week:
Writing a Body Paragraph (TEEEL)
This week we are working towards creating an analysis of the film "Save the Last Dance", which the class watched last week. During the film last week, students were asked to focus on one character in the film and consider how that character is used to reveal the importance of a sense of belonging. Here are the handouts associated with this assignment:
This week we will be taking a closer look at perspective taking and beginning to explore how understanding different points of view affects the way that we understand events in both the past and present. We will also begin to explore how perspective affect.s an individual or group's sense of belonging. Here are the handouts for this week (check back later in the week as more documents may be added):
Hi there! Welcome to the Humanities 9 information page. Here is where you will find information about the ideas that we have been exploring in class as well as some of the resources that we have used to help us explore those ideas. In the first semester we will be examining belonging and the value that it has in our individual and collective sense of well-being. I encourage you to share what you are learning with the other people in your life.
Well, we have gotten right back to work this week, taking a good close look at the changes that happened in Canada between 1815 and 1911. After reading the two snapshot articles and making some notes on key issues and developments, we evaluated each population group's well-being. From there, we took the information we had gathered and applied our critical thinking skills to produce our own interpretation of the changes that happened during that 100 (-ish) year period.
Task: Summarize the status of each group in 1815 and again in 1911. Are they doing very well, ok, poorly, and how has each of the categories affected them? Has their overall well-being improved, declined or remained the same? Speculate some of the reasons for the changes (or lack of change) for each of the groups.
At this point, most students in the class have completed their set of journals and are working on writing their newspaper article for the scrapbook. Just a reminder, the newspaper article should describe a significant event which took place in Cananda and would have been likely to in some way affect the individual that you have created. Some examples might be, the 1838 Rebellions in Upper and Lower Canada, the Red River Resistance, the completion of the CPR, Confederation, or the Cholera epidemics of the 1830s.
Due Date: Wed, Dec 14th
We have completed our partnered research into those who came to Canada during the 19th century, and now we are moving ahead to our individual project. The completed Scrapbook must contain (at least):
1. 4-5 Journal entries or letters (or a mix of both)
2. 2 News Articles describing actual historical events that would have affected your character (you may divide these between you and your partner)
3. 2 posters advertising and promoting Canada to your character
*4. Any other creative way of providing evidence of your thinking and learning.
Make sure that you address BELONGING in what you create, as that is the focus of our thinking and learning this term.