Sunday, December 17, 2017

Work Assignments, Film Adaptation, Automobile Design and The Punic Wars (Dec. 18-22)

Journalism 120
The students will have time to finish any incomplete class assignments, and make sure they have their work posted to their course blogs. Any incomplete blog assignments have to be posted by this Thursday, December 21. Students will also complete an work assignments. Student blogs and some of the class assignments can be viewed here and many of their work assignments are posted on The Blackville Talon

English 123
On Monday and Tuesday the students will complete their graphic novel study on The War of the Worlds. The students will also view the 2005 film adaptation of The War of the WorldsStudents are reminded to finish any incomplete work by Thursday, December 21. 

BBT 10
The students will continue their fourth unit this week (Automotive Technology). Students should try to finish the unit looking at automobile design and completing a research assignment. Student course blogs and the different units can be viewed here.

History 10
The students will start their study of Ancient Rome this week. The students will first get familiar with the geography of the Italian Peninsula. They will study the rise of the Roman Republic and the Punic Wars.
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Monday, December 11, 2017

Fake News, The War of the Worlds, Automotive Technology and Alexander the Great (Dec. 11-15)

Journalism 120
This week's blog assignment will give students an opportunity to explore what is meant by fake news and how to spot it. The students are expected to complete their blog entry by next Monday, December 18. Students will also be working on their job assignments this week. Students are also reminded that any outstanding class blog assignments must be completed and posted to their blogs by next Thursday, December 21 to be considered for assessment. Student blogs and some of the course assignments can be viewed here and many of their job assignments are posted on The Blackville Talon.  

English 123
The students will complete their class study of the graphic novel adaption of H.G. Well's The War of the Worlds. The students will complete parts 3 and 4 of the graphic novel as well as response activities. The students will view the 2005 film adaptation of The War of the Worlds next week.

BBT 10
This week the students will continue to work on their fourth unit, Automotive Technology. Students should attempt to complete this unit by the end of next Thursday, December 21. Student course blogs and the different units and assignments can be viewed here.

History 10
The students will complete their study of Ancient Greece on Tuesday looking at the Peloponnesian War, Philip II of Macedon, Alexander the Great and Ancient Greek philosophers. The review for the test will be on Wednesday and the Ancient Greece test is on Thursday. Students are also reminded to have submitted their written responses on the Battle of Thermopylae by this Tuesday, December 12. 

Sunday, December 03, 2017

Whistleblowers, H.G. Wells, The Hour of Code and The 300 Spartans (Dec. 04-08)

Journalism 120
Extending on the viewing of the documentary WikiRebels that they watched last week, the students will explore an issue around whistleblowing. They will complete a reflection that they will post to their blogs. Students will then have the rest of the week to work on their job assignments. Student blogs and some of the course assignments can be viewed here and many of their job assignments are posted on The Blackville Talon

English 123
The students will have Monday to complete the imagery assignment on David Adams Richards' memoir "My Old Newcastle." The students will then begin reading a graphic novel adaption of H.G. Wells' The War of the Worlds . The students will first look at some information on H.G. Wells as well as information on the planet Mars. The students will complete reading comprehension and response activities for the graphic novel.

BBT 10
This week the students will participate in the International Hour of Code. Most of the students will also begin their fourth unit this week, Automotive Technology. Students who are still working on the third unit, Business and Enterprise, should finish up as soon as possible. Student blogs and the units can be viewed here.

History 10
This week the students will apply what they learned about the Greco-Persians Wars, particularly the Battles of Thermopylae and Salamis. On Monday and Tuesday they will view the The Last Stand of the 300 documentary. Based on what they have already learned about the Greco-Persian Wars, the students will select four topics and take notes in preparation to write a response. Following the viewing and some class discussions, the students will have one or two classes to work on their response composition. Students are expected to submit the response composition and their viewing notes by next Tuesday, December 12.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

WikiLeaks, My Old Newcastle, Stage Design and The Dark Ages (Nov. 27-Dec. 01)

Journalism 120
On Monday, the students will view a WikiLeaks documentary and will complete a written response that they will submit either at the end of class on Monday or on Tuesday. Students will have the rest of the week to work, or continue working, on their job assignments that they should finish up by Friday. Student blogs and some of the course assignments can be viewed here and many of their job assignments are posted on The Blackville Talon.  

English 123
This week the students will continue looking at some of the works of David Adams Richards. The students will read the memoir "My Old Newcastle" and complete some reflection activities, including connecting the memoir to the film Small Gifts. The students will then complete a response assignment that involves studying the imagery in "My Old Newcastle".

BBT 10
This week most of the students will be finishing up their assignments for the third unit, Business and Enterprise Unit (Concert Planning). A lot of the students are now working on the stage design or website design. Student blogs and most of the assignments can be viewed here.

History 10
The students will finish viewing the documentary, The True Story of Troy, followed by an additional class discussion. The students will then study the Greek Dark Ages and then the rise of city-states and colonization. If time permits, the class will start their study of the Greco-Persian Wars.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

The Interview, Response Assignment, Concert Budgets and Troy (Nov. 20-23)

Please note: There is no school for students this Friday due to parent-teacher in the morning and teacher professional learning in the afternoon. 

Journalism 120
On Monday the students will spend some time looking at the interview process. They will listen to the 1975 radio interview that CBC As It Happens' host Barbara Frum had with Charles Manson follower Sandra Good. The students will have a class discussion about the interview. Students will then have the rest of the week to work on their job assignments. Student blogs and some of the course assignments can be viewed here and many of their job assignments are posted on The Blackville Talon

English 123
The students will have Monday to finish any work that needs to be completed for the novel study, particularly the novel cover activity.  On Tuesday and Wednesday the students will watch David Adams Richards' film, Small Gifts. The students will take notes on how the film has similarities and differences to Herb Curtis' novel The Americans are Coming. They will then work on a response assignment exploring the differences and similarities between the two works.

BBT 10
Most of the students are continuing their work on the third unit, Business and Enterprise (Concert Planning). Many of the students are working on the concert budget and then will start looking at different areas of marketing, including social media, posters and a website. The student blogs and the units can be viewed here.

History 10
On Monday the students will finish their study notes on the early Minoan and Mycenaean periods. The students will view the film, Troyfollowed by a discussion on the film and what they studied in class. The students will then view the documentary, The True Story of Troyfollowed by an additional class discussion.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Work Assignments, Novel Study Test, Concert Planning and the Minoans (Nov. 14-17)

Journalism 120
On Tuesday, the students will revisit their reflections on their class participation as well as the plan of action and goals created in their teams. During the week, the students will meet with the teacher to discuss their class participation and teamwork to determine their mark for this part of the course. The students will have the rest of the week to complete their work assignments. Student blogs and most of the course assignments can be viewed here and many of their work assignments are posted on The Blackville Talon

English 123
The students will have a review for the novel study test on The Americans are Coming, and they will also start work on their final activities for the novel study unit. The novel study test will be either this Wednesday or Thursday.  Students are reminded to make sure they have completed all their chapters along with the questions and activities.

BBT 10
Most of the students are starting or have started the third unit of study. This is the Business and Communication Unit. Students will be using three different applications for this unit as they plan a concert (Google Drive, TinkerCad and Canva). Student blogs and most of the assignments can be viewed here.

History 10
The students will start their study of Ancient Greece this week. They will first look at the geography of Ancient Greece. Working in small groups, the students will then spend some time reading and creating notes on different topics related to the early Minoan and Mycenaean periods.

Sunday, November 05, 2017

Reflection, Novel Covers, Research and Final Challenge (Nov. 06-09)

Please Note: There are no classes this Friday due to Professional Learning and no classes next Monday due to the holiday for Remembrance Day. 

Journalism 120
On Monday the students will work on the new assignment that involves a reflection on their work assignments and class participation. Working in their teams, the students will consider what they would like to do to enhance their work assignments and create a goal to that end. The students will continue or start new work assignments on Tuesday and are expected to complete them by Thursday. Student blogs and most of the course assignments can be viewed here and many of their work assignments are posted on The Blackville Talon

English 123
Any students who still have to complete chapters and chapter activities for The Americans are Coming are expected to complete them this week. Once completed, students can work on the post-reading activity, creating a new cover for the novel. Students are reminded they will will have a review for the novel study test next week, and the test will be next week as well.

History 10
This week the students will work in pairs (or individually) to complete a research assignment on Ancient Egypt. They will select an issue or topic about Ancient Egypt that we did not study or only looked at briefly. Students will be expected to complete the assignment by the end of the week. For more details on the assignment, click here 

BBT 10
The students should be finishing up their second unit this week, the Communication and Multimedia Unit (Photography). The final challenge requires students to apply their knowledge of camera techniques and their photo editing skills. Student blogs and most of the assignments can be viewed here.