Jamieson (C)

EXAM OUTLINE (2015) ss9-exam-outline-2015

Friday 29 May 2015

Class Notes:  Today we built on our exam study resources.  By this point we have had recent exam practice for:

  1. Section 1, source evaluation and comparison through our Fur Trade Venn Diagram Assignment
  2. The Rubric through our Fur Trade Venn Diagram Rubric

Today we will be focusing on Section 2, the essay, and more specifically helping you review content and the big ideas that will help you through crafting your essay.

Work through the tables on the SS9 Exam Prep worksheet.  By thoroughly completing this worksheet, you should have a strong background in terms of content and the bigger ideas that will help you in Section 2.


Tuesday 19 May 2015

Class Notes:  You may not have noticed the exam outline above.  If you haven’t, this is probably something that you will want to download and have a good read through.

Today we introduced our final unit of the year, The Fur Trade.  This mini-unit has been deliberately designed to:

  1. Connect some of the ideas from the previous 2 units, First Nations and the “Discovery” and Exploration of Canada.
  2. Give you some practice for one of the sections of the final exam.

To help guide us through this unit, have a read through Fur Trade Venn Diagram Assignment.  This assignment has structural components very similar to the first section of the exam and even uses the same rubric for evaluation as does the exam.

Class time today was mostly used to build you Fur Trade Venn Diagram.

HW: Continue to build your Fur Trade Venn Diagram.

Thursday 14 May 2015

Class Notes:  Today we had our in-class writing on “What role did exploration play on early Canadian economics and did your explorer play a significant role in this?”

Submit your responses, your draft/outline, and your APA bibliography to Mr Jamieson by email upon completion at the end of class.  If you were absent today, you are still expected to complete it and submit it all ASAP.

HW:  Spend your Victoria Day weekend in Victorian-era clothing.

Tuesday 12 May 2015

Class Notes:  Today we had our in-class sharing of our Explorer Fakebooks.  Remaining class time was used to get started on creating a draft of your paragraph or essay for next class with the topic of:

“What role did exploration play on early Canadian economics and did your explorer play a significant role in this?”

You will need to submit a draft of your paragraph/essay with it on Thursday.  Here are some possibilities that your draft could be:

  1. H-E Template
  2. Essay Planning Worksheet
  3. Something different, although if you choose something else, you must ensure that you have clearly stated your thesis and provided points and evidence proving your thoughts.

HW: Complete your paragraph/essay draft and come to class ready to write!


Friday 8 May 2015

Class Notes:  Today we continued to build our Fakebooks.

Complete the Check-In:  http://goo.gl/forms/KqOGCGMAem

HW: Continue to build your Fakebook.


Monday 4 May 2015

Class Notes:  Today we began our next unit, The Discovery and Exploration of Canada.  In this unit we’re going to combine some of the methods we’ve used to investigate other units in the past and beyond with our SS9 Explorers Project.  In this project you and a partner from our class will have the opportunity to investigate and research one of the many explorers who traversed our country.  In the process you’ll have the opportunity to:

  1. Make connections (Who were these explorers’ contemporaries?)
  2. Draft an economic letter (What would someone who commissioned such a voyage need to have figured out in terms of supplies, financial backers, etc?)
  3. Write a historical narrative (What would these explorers and their contemporaries be thinking throughout the exploration?)
  4. Create an ArcGIS map (What is where?  Where did the explorer actually go?)
  5. Explore creativity (How can I use a modern medium to explore a historical topic?)

We’ll be doing all the above through a website called Fakebook (note, not Facebook).

Use the SS9 Explorers Project Rubric as a guide.

HW: Work on your SS9 Explorers Project.

Tuesday 21 April 2015

Class Notes: Today we are giving you more guidance and directions on the compare and contrast assignment. Please see this docunment- Compare & Contrast Essay (2015)


Wednesday 15 April 2015

Today we started class by filling out our Field trip feed back form.

Remaining class time was spent with SS9 First Nations Venn Diagram (this is an explanation & rubric for what you are expected to do).  We will use this as essentially a first draft for a later compare and contrast essay in a couple weeks.

HW: Continue to build your Venn Diagram.

Tuesday April 7th, 2015

Research Tracking & Feedback Sheet

Next class (Thursday April 9th)— we are departing for our field trip at 9:40AM.  Please leave class at 9:35AM and get to the front of the school.  We will be returning to the school by 11:45AM (probably a little sooner).

  • Do not bring your bag
  • Bring something to write with
  • Bring your blazer or a jacket… no hoodies, sweatshirts etc…

April 1st, 2015

Today we watched a series of movie clips questioning whether or not Hollywood is fair in its representation of ethnic groups.  Please do the following… read Russell Means & The Imaginary Indian and fill out the following form.

Monday 30 March 2015

Today we talked about the ethnic composition of Canada:


We talked about “culture”.

  • language
  • traditions / customs
  • religion
  • clothing
  • food
  • music
  • architecture
  • art
  • ritual
  • economics
  • politics
  • social structure
  • geography
  • philosophy
  • ideology
  • and more…

Does this change over time?

In Groups of 5, you are going to look at one of the First Nations groups from Chapter 7 in your text. Each group will read and learn about one of the groups and prepare to share your understanding of “what was their culture?”.  You will then go into a new group of 5 and share your understanding with one another.

The groups are:

  • Inuit
  • Iroquois
  • Plains
  • Plateau
  • NW Coast

Individually, make sure you have a general understanding of each group’s culture and a more specific understanding of the culture of the group you researched.


If someone were to have made an entry in our textbook about your culture, like the ones about the First Nations, how would you feel? Would you feel like it was an accurate portrayal of who you are? What revisions would you suggest, if any?

Tuesday March 10th, 2015


Thursday 26 February 2015

Class Notes:  Today we built upon our knowledge of GIS, the 2 types of geography, the 5 themes of geography, and the 3 questions of geography by introducing our next assignment:SS9 Physiographic Regions Model Assignment 2015.

Groups are formed based either on a physiographic region or a subsection of a physiographic region of Canada.  This map will best help you visualize what you have been assigned: Physiographic Regions of Canada Map.

Cordillera Pacific (BC Pacific Islands) Aggarwal
Cordillera North (Yukon, Northwest Territories) Aydin
Cordillera South (Mainland BC, Alberta) Dong
Interior Plains North (Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut) Fishman & Yang
Interior Plains West (BC, Alberta) Huang & Yen
Interior Plains East (Saskatchewan, Manitoba) Juhasz & L Zhou
Canadian Shield Davis (Nunavut, Québec, Newfoundland and Labrador) Karar-Clancy & Z Zhou
Canadian Shield Kazan (Nunavut, Northwest Territories, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba) Lam
Canadian Shield James West (Manitoba, Ontario) Li
Canadian Shield James East (Québec, Newfoundland and Labrador) Lim
Canadian Shield Laurentian (Ontario, Québec, Newfoundland and Labrador) Liu
Canadian Shield Hudson (Manitoba, Nunavut, Québec, Ontario) Liu
Arctic Lowlands (Northwest Territories, Nunavut) Nadeau
Arctic Coastal Plain (Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut) Qiao
Innuitian (Northwest Territories, Nunavut) Qiao
St. Lawrence Lowlands West (Southern Ontario) Sung
St. Lawrence Lowlands East (Eastern Ontario, Québec, Newfoundland and Labrador) Teperson
Appalachians North (Newfoundland and Labrador) V-P Suarez
Appalachians West (Québec, New Brunswick) Werry
Appalachians East (Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia) Xu

Tuesday 24 February 2015

Class Notes:  Today we started off class with a short quiz:


From there we continued building on our GIS skills by looking at 3 more tutorials:

Complete the above tutorials, fill out the corresponding rows of the table in the GIS Intro Student Tracking Sheet, and then answer the associated questions in the same document.

HW: Finish the tutorials and the GIS Intro Student Tracking Sheet if you weren’t able to complete it in class.

Friday 20 February 2015

Class Notes:  Today we began a new unit: The Geography of Canada.  With this unit we will be introducing a spatial technology called GIS (Geography Information System).  Some examples of GIS that you may be familiar with include Google MapsGoogle Earth, or GPS.  We’re going to take it to a different level with a program called ArcGIS by a prominent spatial technology company called ESRI.

We started class off by watching:

After that we considered a PowerPoint The Geography of Canada.  This PowerPoint introduces the 5 themes of geography:

  1. Location
  2. Place
  3. Human-Environment Interactions
  4. Movement
  5. Place

and the essence of geography or the 3 big questions of geography:

  1. What is where?
  2. Why there?
  3. Why care?

We then introduced the GIS Intro Student Tracking Sheet to help guide us with the introductory tutorials for GIS (today and next class) and then spent the next 20-30 minutes considering the first tutorial (1 – Intro to GIS) to help us set up ArcGIS accounts.  Careful!  Be sure to click “Create a Public Account” when joining!

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We spent the last few minutes of class introducing our homework.  Pick either How Google Builds Its Maps—and What It Means for the Future of Everything or How digital maps are changing the way we understand our world and create Cornell Notes to be uploaded to your WordPress before next class.



Monday 16 February 2015

Class Notes:  Today we assembled the British Empire and discussed mercantilism in the process.

Complete the following form: http://goo.gl/forms/qBs4nbwKdP

HW: Complete Mercantilism Summary Paragraph H-E Template in preparation for an in-class writing to take place next class.


Tuesday Feb 3rd

Class Notes: After checking to ensure that everyone has completed their SS9 Connecting the Industrial Revolution to Colonialism work, we considered the Map of the British Empire (1914) and then introduced our next assignment, SS9 Mapping British Colonialism.  From our class, here is your responsibility:

Last Name First Colony
Aggarwal Abhinav Great Britain
Aydin Matt Ireland
Dong Ray Canada & Newfoundland
Fishman Graeme The 13 Colonies
Huang Sky British Guiana
Juhasz Hunter Bermuda & the West Indies
Karar Clancy Burak Gibraltar
Lam Mitchell Palestine (Israel)
Li, Jack Jack Iraq
Lim Daniel Oman & Aiden
Liu Simon Sierra Leone
Liu Vincent The Gold Coast
Nadeau Frank Egypt & Sudan
Qiao Bill British Somaliland
Qiao Leo East Africa (Tanzania & Kenya)
Sung Justin South Africa & Rhodesia
Teperson Daniel India
V-P Suarez Guillermo Hong Kong
Werry Jackson Australia
Xu Tiger New Zealand
Yang George India
Yen Matt The 13 Colonies
Zhou Leon South Africa & Rhodesia
Zhou Zehan Egypt & Sudan

HW: Continue to work on your SS9 Mapping British Colonialism assignment.

Friday January 30th


1. Read the powerpoint

2. Re-read the attached notes Jan 30 Notes

Today we will be connecting the Industrial Revolution to Colonialism.  For those of you away today, please take a look at the SS9 Connecting the Industrial Revolution to Colonialism Lesson Plan.

You will need to work through the PowerPoint on Imperialism.

For Monday, please ensure you have completed the “Task” on the lesson plan for one of the Colonies.

Wednesday January 28th

Today we completed the in-class writing assignment on  “From the point of view of your agenda (Socialist… Capitalist… Imperialist…) was the Industrial Revolution in Britain during the 1800s a success?”

Please ensure that you have handed in a rubric with your name and how you have submitted your work on it.  When you have finished please complete the following assignment: Imperialism in Africa – Primary Sources, maps can be picked up in class for part 1.

Monday January 26th

We finished up the last round of the debates today.  Definitely some great conversations going on, and it was good to see students staying in their roles and arguing their points.  Next class will be the in class writing assignment where you will have to answer the following question… “From the point of view of your agenda (Socialist… Capitalist… Imperialist…) was the Industrial Revolution in Britain during the 1800s a success?”

Feel free to bring notes, remember you’ll be evaluated mainly on your ability to demonstrate a knowledge of both your agenda and the historical events surrounding the British Industrial Revolution.

Friday January 14th, 2015

Today we moved on, continuing to work on the Industrial Revolution Project.  This class was a research based class where we began to gather Cornell notes on both our agenda and the four historical scenarios that you will be discussing.  Remember you will need 6 pages total of notes that you need to turn in; one on each of the following

  1. the primary source you’ve been assigned found in the SS9 – Philosophy and the Industrial Revolution
  2. a secondary source on your agenda
  3. the Highland Clearances in northern Scotland
  4. The English Enclosure Movement
  5. The creation of factories and the factory system in Great Britain
  6. Colonialism (specifically British colonialism)

SS9 – Philosophy and the Industrial Revolution
SS9 Philosophy and Industrial Revolution Rubric
SS9 Cornell Template
Workshop- Cornell, APA and evidence

Wednesday January 13th, 2015

Today we went into mini-lessons for an introduction on the agendas you’ll be expected to adopt in the coming scenario of in class debates.  Click on the links to find the Capitalism 20m lesson handout and the Utilitarianism 20M lesson handout.  Also if you wish to read ahead and cover the entire assignment you can have a look at the SS9 – Philosophy and the Industrial Revolution outline.  Next class will be a research period looking at primary sources.  Please make sure you’ve got a good hold on the introductory ideas and outlines for your agenda.

Monday January 12th, 2015

Today we continued looking into the Industrial Revolution.  We had a bried discussion about how the Industrial Revolution helped to shape the Socials Commons and then on into the idea that while the specifics of issues have changed over time, we are still dealing with many of the same themes that our ancestors did.

We then discussed:

  1. Should an employer be allowed to see your FB page as part of your interview?
  2. How would your political views (left vs right) effect how you might interpret this question and come up with your answer?
  3. If you answered no, should legislation be put in place to protect workers?

We then watched and discussed:


After that we used our textbooks (Chapter 5) to find 3 examples each of technological advancement for:

  • Agriculture
  • Transportation
  • Textiles


  1. Craft a paragraph definition of the Industrial Revolution
  2. Answer the following question in a short paragraph:
    • Why did the Industrial Revolution start in Britain?

*** Ms. Konopaki is away Dec 9th-12th. I have updated this site for each day I am gone in advance. Please make sure you are reading the correct day if you are checking your homework. Please follow Mr. Yen’s guidance as some things may change while I am away. Be good! Have fun! ****

Thursday, December 11th

Please make sure you have handed in/posted your reflection and critical writing from last class. Today you will be watching the movie “Oliver”.

Tuesday, December 9th

Today those who have not yet presented their PBLs will do so. (Please ensure you turn in your PBL submission form as well as your product and anything you wish to be taken into consideration when I mark them.)

The class will spend time reflecting on their PBL. You will write two responses to both prompts below. These responses should be posted on your own wordpress under the title “PBL: reflection and critical writing” These are due next class, Thursday December 11th. Please review the Social Studies Writing Styles for instructions on how to write these pieces.

  1. What was your experience with this PBL? Was this more, less or equally successful compared to your PBL in grade 8? What were your successes? What were your shortcomings? Are you proud of your product? Did you learn anything/nothing/a lot? Where will you go from here with future PBLs? (this should be a detailed and thoughtful reflection of your PBL. It should be no shorter than 10 sentences!)
  2. Please write an answer to your driving question. It should be a formal piece of writing with a hypothesis and pieces of evidence from your research to support your hypothesis. (It should be no shorter than 10 sentences!)

Again, these are due (on your wordpress) Thursday, December 11th.

Friday, December 5th

Today we presented our PBLs and they were fantastic! I’m very proud of the hard work you have all put into them. I was equally impressed with the respect you all showed your peers as they presented. A huge congratulations to all! Photos to come!

Wednesday, December 3rd

PBLs will be presented next class. I would strongly advise your to look at the SS9 PBL Project Rubric that you will be assessed on so you can consider what we are looking for. Make sure you have looked at the PBL checklist and have met requirements (this is what I handed out next class. Don’t forget the PBL submission form (last page on the checklist document) must be filled out and handed in along with your PBL.

PREP: Do whatever is necessary to present and hand in your PBL on Friday, December 3rd.


  • PBL submission form (last page on the checklist document)
  • Bibliography (specific instructions on the checklist document)
  • Your product (which I am super excited to see. What I’ve seen so far is very impressive guys!)
  • Research notes/scripts/presentation aids/handouts you give out/ BASICALLY ANYTHING ELSE YOU HAVE WORKED HARD ON THAT YOU WANT ME TO CONSIDER WHEN MARKING YOU!!!

Monday, December 1st

Today we went over final details of your PBL. I handed out PBL checklist for some specific guidance on final steps and things to consider. Because I am such a kind and thoughtful teacher I have granted an extension to Friday December 5th. Next class will be a final work period.

Thursday, Nov 27th

On Monday I will be checking progress on your project, it can be a draft of a paper, a picture of the model you’ve started, the start of your website, script, etc. Anything- I just want to see that you’ve put some time and energy into this product so far.

PREP: You should be writing another learning log on the question “Are you excited/interested in what you are learning/creating? Why or why not?” DUE: MONDAY on WordPress

Tuesday, Nov 25th

Students should be VERY aware that their PBL is due a week today (Wednesday, December 3rd!!!) Our classes until then will be work periods. This is what I have collected/am missing from students:

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Wednesday, Nov 19th

Today I checked all students notes and bibliography so far. I also collected the Research Evaluation form from last class. I handed out a form (pbl-product-creation) due next class.

Below I have posted a guide to who has turned in work and who is missing work. PLEASE NOTE: My computer crashed yesterday and I had to do this excel sheet over again… if you notice a mistake please let me know!

PREP: Complete the PBL Product form (above). Ensure you have posted 2 learning logs to your wordpress, submitted the Research Analysis form and I have seen your research and bibliography thus far.

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Monday, Nov 17th

Today we checked in about work that should be completed up to this point. Some of you are missing learning logs that should be posted on your own WordPress by now (find the details in previous posts). You were given time to research today and to complete: SS9 PBL Research Evaluation & Product Proposal Form.

PREP: FInish the PBL Research Evaluation form (see above) to be handed in next class. I will also be looking at your research notes and bibliography thus far next class.

Thursday, Nov 13th

RESEARCH DAY! Plus, refining your driving question. After today you will be WELL on your way in this PBL so please reflect on if your driving question is to your satisfaction and if your research is leading you to an answer. If not, you may need to refine or adjust your question.

I assigned another learning log to be completed on your WordPress (posted below under prep). But first, here is an update of who posted a learning log entry, who has not and who has not posted their WordPress links to the HUB discussion folder called “Student WordPress links” (if it’s not there I do not have your website address!)



Research notes will be checked on Monday. And please complete your Learning Log #2 (posted on your WordPress)

What have you researched so far?

  • Be specific! What information you have sought out and how you have done it.
  • How successful have you been in your research so far?

What do you now want/need to research?

  • Be specific! What do you need to find out and how will you do it?

Do you need to refine your driving question? Consider if your research is successfully answering your question. Have you discovered something that you want to pursue/or has changed your initial curiosity?

DUE: Monday, November 17th before class starts, there will be NO extensions!

Monday, November 10th

Today we had our second research day. At this point everyone has cleared their driving question with me and should be well on their way! There was no assigned homework beyond researching as you see fit BUT:

  • please ensure you have posted your first learning log on your WordPress (this homework was due today- details are posted below under November 5th)
  • remember I will be collecting research notes. This means you should be taking research notes!

I need the following students to post their WordPress links in the HUB discussion folder called “Student WordPress links”: Graeme, Burak, Frank, Leo, Justin, Memo, Jackson, Tiger. Thanks guys!

Thursday, Nov 5th

Research day 1. Consider this image when starting your PBL:



Here is a quick reference about your current standings after today’s class. Click to enlarge the image:C block


  1. Do research as needed. Please look at your school email. I will be emailing students who need to refocus their driving question.
  2. Please post on your first learning log to your wordpress. This is an assessed component of your project mark and it should be detailed and reflective. Prompt: “Consider your grade 8 PBL project. Where you would like to move on from that? How will your refine your process from last year? What ideas do you have so far? How are you feeling about this project, etc. ? “ To make my life easier please state your driving question in this post. This is due Monday, November 10th.
  3. Ensure that I can access your wordpress by posting the link in the HUB discussion folder labeled “Student wordpress links” Thanks!

Tuesday, Nov 4th

PBL online form- https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1CDww2U-BNDivS1MHchjzqExDTQihQe8pRsRACJOe2zU/viewform

Wednesday Oct 29th and Friday Oct 31st

Over the last two days you attended 4 mini-workshops on various aspects of a PBL. Please explore other teachers pages on this wordpress for resources. Workshop- Cornell, APA and evidence is the resource on my workshop. Happy Halloween!

PREP: Start to consider a possible driving question and PBL.

Monday, October 27th

Today all groups finished their presentations on their recipe for revolution. We then introduced our new PBL project. Please look over SS9 PBL Revolutions Project for full details.

PREP: Post a reflection about your groups ability to cooperate and collaborate on your project. Tell me specifically what you contributed along the way and to the final project. If you have not already done so, please post your recipe bibliography on the HUB.

Wednesday, Oct 22nd

I gave students an extra half hour to prepare their recipes and be sure they were ready to present. After this we had two presentations of recipes for revolution. The rest will present on Monday.

PREP: Please be ready to present your recipe to the class. Bibliographies should be handed in with the assignment or posted on the HUB.

Monday, Oct 20th

Work period on your revolutions recipes. Presentations will start on Wednesday, October 22nd.

Thursday, October 16th

We reviewed the last class and the stages of revolution. We watched this video to makes sense of how the revolution in Tunisia and Egypt are connected. (keep in mind this video is almost a year old now!)

I introduced your upcoming assignment- SS9 Recipe for Revolution and we walked through some examples. Students selected their groups and began initial research on the revolution of their choice (English, French or American!) Students should look at the SS9 Recipe for Revolution Rubric to understand what the expectations for this assignment are. These recipes will be due Wednesday, October 22nd. You will have one whole period (Monday, October 20th) to put the work together as a group.

PREP: Complete research on your selected revolution, make sure you bring that research to class on October 20th so you may put it together with your group!


Tuesday, October 14th

We looked at the stages of a revolution today in class. We followed the PowerPoint Stages of Revolution and watched the included videos. We talked about the different kinds of revolutions- political, economical and cultural were our main focus. We also addressed the factors that can lead to revolution and what a revolution may look like. We looked at the reading SS9 Brintons Stages of Revolution and started the worksheet SS9 Stages of Revolutions Worksheet.

PREP: Complete the Stages of Revolution worksheet- you will need to watch the video indicated at the top and read the Stages of Revolution handout.


Wednesday, Oct 8th

Today we joined Mr. Kern and Ms. Warner’s class to review the stages of revolution. I introduced your upcoming assignment- SS9 Recipe for Revolution, as it relates to the stages of revolution. Students selected their groups and began initial research on the revolution of their choice (as per the guidelines!) Students should look at the SS9 Recipe for Revolution Rubric to understand what the expectations of them are. Projects will be due October 22nd. You will have one whole period to put the work together.

PREP: Complete research on your selected revolution, make sure you bring that research to class on October 20th so you may put it together with your group.


Monday, October 6th

We looked at the stages of a revolution today in class. We followed the PowerPoint Stages of Revolution and watched the included videos. We talked about the different kinds of revolutions- political, economical and cultural were our main focus. We also addressed the factors that can lead to revolution and what a revolution may look like. We looked at the reading SS9 Brintons Stages of Revolution and started the worksheet SS9 Stages of Revolutions Worksheet.

PREP: Complete the Stages of Revolution worksheet- you will need to watch the video indicated at the top and read the Stages of Revolution handout.

Thursday, October 2nd

Today we will be doing a self reflection on the essays we completed last class Paper- self assessment. This will be used for me to get a sense of how you feel about our first writing assignment as well as for you to reflect on what you did well in the process as well as what you could improve upon next time.

We will then discuss and begin work on our very own websites- SS9 WordPress Instructions. You will be given most of the class to work on this individually.


  1. Finish creating your own wordpress site. After you have made a post (or as many as you wish to right now!) post a link in the HUB for me to look at.
  2. Post your self assessment on the HUB.

Tuesday, September 30th

Today we completed our in-class essay. If you were away please see me immediately to arrange an alternate time to write.

Friday, September 26th

Today Mr. Yen will be leading the class again. You will be discussing the purpose and importance of a bibliography then be given the rest of the class to prepare notes that you may bring in with you next class. Please remember you are preparing notes that will help you write the essay in classEssay Planning Worksheet

PREP: Prepare a bibliography to bring into the essay (you will not have time to create this on Tuesday). Any further research or prep necessary to write the essay.

Wednesday, September 24th

Today Ms. Konopaki is away so you will be working with Mr. Yen. You will be looking at how to structure a thesis and how to compose an excellent thesis statement. Here is what you need to follow along in class:
How To Guide For Essay Writing
Bike helmet- Persuasive Essay
Transitions in academic writing

PREP: Submit your draft of your thesis via the HUB as soon as possible, complete any further reading you feel necessary.

Sept 22nd

Today we will look at the ideas of Karl Marx and how socialist, communist and capitalist philosophies impact societies. Our guiding question is: How much control should a government have over it’s people. We will be using this powerpoint- Marx and Social Class.

PREP: Next week we will be writing an in-class essay, as a starting point please read the following six articles. We will discuss expectations for the essay and give you class time to prepare in coming days.

1. http://vancouver.ca/streets-transportation/cycling-safety-tips-and-regulations.aspx
2. http://www.cycle-helmets.com/canada_helmets.html
3. http://www.vancitybuzz.com/2013/03/vancouver-bike-share-program-delayed-until-2014/
4. http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/public/cyclesafety/article3495439.ece
5. http://therivardreport.com/the-bike-helmet-dilemma-freedom-and-choice-vs-safety/
6. http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/jul/24/cycle-helmets-defend-not-wear-crash

Sept 18th

We began today with a quiz on what we have covered so far this year.  After a brief discussion of the quiz and we bEssay Planning Worksheetegan to discuss the nature of economics.  We then used the remaining class period to work together in groups on the SS9 Economics Worksheet with help from an Economic Philosophy PowerPoint.

PREP: Finish the SS9 Economics Worksheet and read the Action Philosophy- Marx comic.

Sept 16th

Today we continued looking at the philosophy behind politics. We used the worksheet UNDERSTANDING THE POLITICAL SPECTRUM to guide our exploration and we had a fantastic class discussion! You guys have such thoughtful insight, I have no doubt one question could be discussed for an entire class! We dissected the Charter of Rights and Freedoms in groups and shared the important points with our peers.

PREP: Please remember we have a quiz on Thursday September 18th! It will cover everything we have looked at so far this year: Human Nature, Epistemology and Politics. As well, if you have fallen behind on your journal entries please get those in immediately so I can provide you feedback about your reflective writing.

Sept 12th

We looked at some selected quotes from your journal entries relating to knowledge and epistemology. In pairs, you came up with terms you know in relation to “politics” and we created a word web on the board of some of our ideas (there were so many great ones we couldn’t list them all!) We read the Political Philosophy Worksheet and as a group discussed the questions. In pairs you read and answered The Prisoner’s Dilemma and we shared our thoughts as a class.

PREP: Please read the quote by Susan Goldman on the bottom of the Political Philosophy worksheet (link above) and answer the following question: Do you agree with Ms. Goldman? Is anarchy the way to finding social order, social wealth and general enjoyment of life?

Sept 10th

Today we talked about your first two journal entries, which I enjoyed reading a lot! I raised some points that came out of your answers to “Are humans naturally good or evil?” and you shared a lot of thought provoking comments. In pairs you answered the Rene Descartes Comic Questions. As a class we read the Epistemology Article.

PREP: Write a journal response to the question: Can we ever know anything with 100% certainty? Please remember not simply respond in a word or sentence but rather consider the question and share your rational behind your thoughts.

Sept 8th

Today we discussed in pairs the question “Are humans naturally good or evil?” We came together as a class to share our thoughts and I introduced the ideas of two philosophers, John Locke and Thomas Hobbes, and what they each believe about human nature. In pairs we read articles about Thomas Hobbes (Hobbes on Human Nature) and nature vs. nurture (http://psychology.about.com/od/nindex/g/nature-nurture.htm) and answered a set of questions from the readings.


  • Post on our online discussion page: what is your position on the question of humans being natural good or evil? Why?
  • Read the Rene Descartes comic and prepare some thoughts to share next class.

Sept 4th

Today we opened the school year with a conversation with what makes a good class room discussion and what a student’s role is in discussion based activities. We did the tennis ball activity to mimic good discussion behaviors. We also talked about the importance of reflection and reflective journaling. Finally we discussed what philosophy is and how it relates to our course.

HOMEWORK: Please post a philosophical question you are interested in learning about along with why it interests you and what your initial thoughts are. Please post it before next class on the discussion page found here.

Sept 3rd

Hello and welcome to grade 9! I was excited to see so many familiar faces today and I look forward to getting to know all of you over the next term!

As we briefly discussed today our course focuses on the development of Canada in the eighteenth and nineteenth century in a global context. We will be looking at economic, political and cultural revolutions, philosophy, First Nations, the geography of Canada, and more!

Although there is no formal assignment I encourage you to look over the course syllabus (SS9 Course Overview 2014-2015) and let me know if you have any questions. If you have a computer or tablet please bring it next class.

Please note our online discussions page is here (bookmark this!)


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