E.L.A. B10 – Schindler’s List

Now that you have watched Schindler’s List, you will review it on your blogs.

A film reviewer has three main responsibilities:

– to report the essential facts about the film
– to place the film in context for the reader
–  to express some personal opinions about the film and its subject.

A knowledgeable reviewer puts a film in critical context for the viewer by comparing it to other films and looking at it in light of the filmmaker’s body of work.

As you pre-write, consider the following:

1. Story and script: Is it a true story? When and where does the story take place? Is it worth telling? Worth seeing? Does it distort life? Is the plot surprising or predictable? Does the film glorify what you believe to be unworthy goals or acts of living? Does it give any insight into truth? Are there scenes that are striking, clever, or in any way distinctive? Who wrote the script? One writer? Several?

2. Casting and acting: Do the characters seem real? Can you understand why they act as they do? What explains their actions–the desire for success, money, power, or happiness; fear of something; love of adventure; desire to help others? What qualities do you admire in these characters? What do you dislike?

3. Style: Refer to your viewing sheets for your evaluation of the style.  Remember, Schindler’s List has a unique style so you will have to discuss it.

In your blog, you will have three sections, based on the three responsibilities noted above:

1. A synopsis (summary) of the film.

2. The context of the film.

3. Your evaluation of the film.

Each section must be no less than 100 words.

Finally, your blog must incorporate at least one image or video and at least three links.

Psychology 20 – Emotional Intelligence

As you learned in class, Emotional Intelligence is the set of skills that underlie the accurate assessment, evaluation, expression and regulation of emotions.  But what does that really mean?  Well, let’s find out. 

Go to the following site and take the “What is your emotional IQ” test.  Once you are finished, leave a comment on this post regarding your results.

 What is your emotional IQ?

Psychology 20 – Headlines

 As we begin to explore the topic of language, your first task is to find ambiguous headlines, humourous instructions,  and quotes.  Compile a list of ten quotes from the following categories:

Ambiguous headlines – The picture to the left is an example of an ambiguous  or ridiculous headline.

Silly instructions such as these, found on a hairdryer, – “Do not use while sleeping.”

Stupid sports quotes such as “we wanted it more” or “Ninety percent of the game is half mental.”

Copy and past your findings (quotes and/or images) into a Word document.  Provide a brief explanation of why the headline or quote is so humourous.  Use your handout and your textbook to find these explanations.  

Save your work to the Psychology 20 folder on the global drive as “name_headlines.docx”

History 30 – The Rebellions in the Canadas: The Road to Responsible Government

Rebels at Beauharnois  
Rebels at Beauharnois In British North America, political and economic power was concentrated within a small group of ruling elites. Those outside of the elite, such as merchants and farmers, elected reform-minded individuals to colonial assemblies, but real power remained in the hands of the governor and his appointed officials. Armed rebellions in the Canadas, as well as less violent calls for reform, were the result.In Upper Canada and Lower Canada, the reform movements turned violent in the fall of 1837. By early December of that year, the British Army had crushed the rebellions and declared martial law.
Source, by permission : National Archives of CanadaAssignment

Use the links below and other sources to answer the following questions.  Your answers must be no less than 100 words.  Please include a header with your name, subject, and date.  Finally, you may want to use a chart or some other graphic organizer for your answers.

1.a) What were the similarities and differences in the political careers and personal lives of Mackenzie and Papineau, the rebel leaders?

b) Why did each fail as the leader of a rebellion?

c) In which of the colonies did the Proposal to Unify the Canadas 1822 prove to be the most controversial and why?

2. Compare and contrast the rebellions in Upper Canada and Lower Canada, including the Issues in the two colonies.

3. Analyze the role each of the following newspapers played in the struggle for political reform in each of the British North America colonies in the 1830s

The Colonial Advocate, edited by William Lyon Mackenzie (Upper Canada)

La Minerve and The Vindicator (Lower Canada)

The Novascotian, edited by Joseph Howe (Nova Scotia)

Use the following questions to focus your analysis:

  • How did the political role of the newspapers in the 1830s differ from the role they play today?
  • How did Mackenzie, Papineau, and Howe use newspapers as a means of promoting their political ideas?
  • What risks did reform journalists and politicians face at this time?
  • What style did reform-minded journalists and politicians face at this time?
  • How would you compare this style with that of politicians and/or media commentators today?


The Reform Movement in the Canadas

The Colonial Regime and the “Family Compact”

Causes of Discontent in Upper Canada

Rebellion in Lower Canada

Africans and First Nations in the Rebellions

The Rebellions in Upper and Lower Canada

Agitating for Change 1791-1837



Social Studies 8 – Talking About Afghanistan

Choose one of the following topics and write a blog post of no less than 150 words discussing it:

a) As you see it, for what reasons is it good idea to have reporters cover events fi rst-hand in war
zones like Afghanistan? For what reasons is reporting from war zones not a good idea?
b) Imagine that you are a journalist who has just been asked to become an embedded reporter in
Afghanistan. Would you accept or decline this invitation? Give reasons to support your response.

a) As you see it, for what reasons is it a good idea to have reporters cover events first-hand in war zones like Afghanistan? For what reasons is reporting from war zones not a good idea?

b) Imagine that you are a journalist who has just been asked to become an embedded reporter in Afghanistan. Would you accept or decline this invitation? Give reasons to support your response.

History 30 – Les Canadiens in Art

Examine a series of paintings that depict the life of the Canadiens, such as those by Kreighoff, Heriot, and others. Examine the images below as well as the images found here.  Answer the following questions:

1. Why are most of the paintings winter scenes?

2. What is a common theme that runs through the works? According to the paintings, what factors greatly influenced the lives of the Canadiens?

3. What stereotypes do these paintings reinforce?

4. In what ways are today’s Quebecois similar or different from yesterday’s Canadiens? Analyze and compare lifestyle, career, politics, family life (birth rate, marriage and divorce rates), culture, religion, and the role of women in both societies.

Cornelius Krieghoff - Habitant Homestead in Winter

Cornelius Krieghoff - Habitant Homestead in Winter

Cornelius Krieghoff - Early Canadian Settlers, Laurentians

Cornelius Krieghoff - Early Canadian Settlers, Laurentians

George Heriot - Presquisle, St. John River

George Heriot - "Presqu'isle, St. John River"

E.L.A. 7/8 – The Outsiders … on Facebook?!?

Today you will create a facebook page for your favourite character from The Outsiders. Most of you will likely pick Ponyboy or Johnny, but don’t forget about the rest of the characters in the novel (Sodapop, Dally, Darry, Two-bit, Steve, Tim, or Cherry).

Sign into Facebook by creating a new identity (one of the characters!). Use your school email address to do this (lastname.firstname@students.prairiesouth.ca)

Go to this page for information on the characters (most importantly, their full names!): http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/outsiders/characters.html.

Before you get too far into building a character, you must first make a friend request with me, Mr. Park, @ http://www.facebook.com/park.paul.   The whole class will be linked to this page. You can ‘FRIEND’ other classmates, as well, of course.  But first…

Fill in the FACEBOOK PAGE as if YOU ARE the character.  Proceed like this:

1) On your profile page, under the info tab, complete all the sections (basic, personal, contact, education and work) as best you can.  You will likely have to do some research on your character.

2) Include pictures, likes, dislikes, etc…maybe links or lists that apply. Explore the platform, but make everything suitable for that character!

Once you have filled out your profile and added pictures, FRIEND other students’ pages.

Please remember to stay class appropriate. If you see something on a classmate’s page that isn’t, please let me know immediately!

Also, read other students pages and leave comments. Also remember to read the comments people make on your pages and leave comments!

E.L.A. B10 – Effective Listening

Are you an effective listener?  Listen to the following clip and follow along with the notes below.  Click “download” and play the clip in a new window.

Effective Listening

Here are some hints for sharpening your listening abilities:

  • Record details: make notes using point form format, use key words, or make mind maps as you listen.
  • Listen for detail
  • Organize information
  • Listen for key facts and opinions
  • Listen for: who, what, when, where, why, how
  • Picture the story in your mind.
  • When you are able to see the speaker, analyze body language, gestures, intonation.
  • Pay attention to inflection and pauses. A speaker may want to stress some important points by speaking louder or pausing slightly before introducing a key idea. Repetition of key words should also catch your attention.
  • Make associations with key words.
  • If you are really struggling with recording on paper, use a tape recorder.
  • Prepare organizational structure before you listen. Make a series of questions that you hope will be answered.
  • Focus on the speaker’s facial expressions for emphasis of key words and points.

Use your listening skills to listen to the following selection:

  • Try to listen as a reporter would listen.
  • Remember to listen for who, what, when where, why, how.
  • Make notes as you listen.  If you wish, use OneNote like Mr. Warren taught you to make notes as you listen. 
  • When you are finished, email your notes to me.

Nighjohn – Gary Paulsen

Career Education – Advice Column

Do you know what an advice column is? No? Well, your first task is to click here and learn what an advice column is. Pay particular attention to “typical format” section because you will need to know how they are written.  Next, click here and here to see two examples of what an advice column is. Once you have finished that, check out the picture below of a classic advice column known as “Dear Abby”:

Your assignment is to give advice to young people about how to deal with some of the issues in their lives. Choose one (1) of the following letters and write a response. Copy the letter into a new blog post and write your response below it.  Remember to think of safety and responsibility and to give sensible advice.

 Letter One

 Dear Andy Advice:

My guardians say that until I show I can be responsible, I can’t go to my friend’s house after supper to do homework. I think that I am responsible; it’s just that I don’t always get home on time even though I try.  What can I do to prove that I am responsible?

Signed: Feeling sad

 Letter Two

 Dear Andy Advice:

My Dad says that I can’t have any friends over on Saturday afternoons because I have to look after my sister while he goes to work. I don’t think this is fair. I know that I have to look after my sister, but I should be able to have my friends come over too. How can I persuade him to change his mind?

Signed: Not fair!

 Letter Three

 Dear Andy Advice:

My friends are all going to a party on Saturday night and are telling their parents that they are going to a sleep-over. I want to go to the party too, but am afraid that I will get in trouble if my parents find out that I have lied to them. My friends will think I am a suck if I don’t go to the party. What should I do?

Signed: Girls just want to have fun

 Letter Four

 Dear Andy Advice:

How does a person know when he is old enough to have a girlfriend? There is a girl in my class who says that she likes me and I like her too, but my parents wouldn’t allow it. What should I say to her?

Signed: Unsure

 Letter Five

 Dear Andy Advice:

My caregivers want to send me to the summer games this summer. It sounds as if it could be fun, but I would rather just stay at home. I have lots of friends here and I’m not sure that I will like being away, but I don’t want anyone to think that I am scared. What should I do?

Signed: Homebody

 Letter Six

 Dear Andy Advice:

I have an older sister who is supposed to look after me when our caregivers go out. The last time, she invited some friends over and they were drinking beer and being loud. Some of the boys were running all over the house and I know my parents would be mad if they found out. Also, I was scared of them. I know my parents will be going out again some time. What should I do? My sister will be really angry with me if I tell.

Signed: I need help