Sunday, October 15, 2017

Newsworthiness, Novel Study, Photo Techniques and Egypt's Old Kingdom (Oct. 16-20)

Journalism 120
On Monday, the students will have the class to work on the new assignment, "What is NewsWorthy?" which is due next Monday, October 23.  The students will then continue or start new job assignments on Tuesday. The students are reminded to make sure they have completed last week's assignment "Writing the News Story" and have it posted to their blogs. Student blogs and most of the course assignments can be viewed here and many of the job assignments are posted on The Blackville Talon

English 123
The students will continue their study of The Americans Are Coming completing chapters 11, 12, 13 and 14. The students will complete chapter questions and other activities.

BBT 10
Most of the students should be finished their first unit for the course, the Digital Citizenship Unit. Students who have started, or will start, the second unit, Communication and Multimedia, will first look at some basic photography techniques and then complete some photo editing exercises. Student blogs and the assignments can be viewed here.

History 10
The class will begin their study of Ancient Egypt this week. They will start off with some introductory activities and look at the pre-dynastic period and then the Old Kingdom and Middle Kingdom periods. If time permits they will also start their study on the New Kingdom period this week.

Monday, October 09, 2017

News Stories, Portfolios, Digital Awareness and Unit Test (Oct. 10-13)

Journalism 120
Students will be introduced to their new class assignment "Writing the News Story" on Tuesday. The deadline for this assignment is next Monday, October 16. Students will start their new job assignments on Wednesday and are expected to complete them by the end of the week. Students who have not yet completed the class assignment "Starting with the Basics" are reminded to do so as soon as possible. Student blogs and the class assignments can be viewed here.

English 123
The students will complete their response assignment for the first half of the novel on Monday. Students are also to organize and make sure all their work is completed for the novel study portfolios. The portfolios will be assessed for the first half of the novel study. The students will continue their novel study of The Americans are Coming. This week the students will read, discuss and complete response activities to chapters nine, ten and eleven.

BBT 10
This week the students will continue work on their first unit, Digital Citizenship.  Students are reminded that they should be finishing up this unit by the end of this week or by the first of next week. Students will complete Digital Literacy and Digital Awareness assignments. Student blogs and some of the assignments can be viewed here.

History 10
On Tuesday the class will view a documentary related to their study of Mesopotamia as well as the pre-history unit. On Wednesday, the students will complete a review for their test and the test will be on Thursday. The students will view another documentary on Friday and will complete a response to the documentary that will make up part of their class mark for their study of Ancient Mesopotamia.

Sunday, October 01, 2017

Job Assignments, Research, Digital Wellness and Presentations (Oct. 2-6)

Journalism 120
This week the students will continue their job assignments for the yearbook, The Blackville Talon, podcasting, etc. Because the students did a class assignment on Friday, they will have Monday to complete last week's blog assignment. There will be no new assignment this week. Student blogs and some of the course assignments can be viewed here.

English 123The students will continue their novel study this week. They will complete chapter eight on Monday. After chapter eight, students can work in pairs or on their own to complete a response assignment for the first half of the novel. Students will also be required to pass in their novel study portfolios to assess their progress and the completion of their work thus far. 

BBT 10
This week the students will continue work on the Digital Citizenship Unit. The activities on Digital Etiquette, Digital Wellness and Digital Business should be completed this week. Students are reminded to keep an eye on the countdown clock to the deadline for the first unit that is on the BBT 10 blog. Student blogs and the assignments can be viewed here.

History 10
The students will continue their study of Mesopotamia. In small teams, the students will do research on a topic and complete a presentation that they will share with the rest of the class. The presentations will begin later this week. Students are reminded that these presentations will make up a good portion of the evaluation for this unit and the unit test. 

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Job Assignments, Vocabulary, Digital Citizenship and Mesopotamia (Sept. 25-29)

Journalism 120
On Monday the students will have the class to do a blog response to the assignment "Starting with the Basics." The students will have the rest of the week to focus primarily on preparing and starting their job assignments from yearbook, The Blackville Talon, morning announcements, pod-casting, etc. Student blogs and most of the assignments can be viewed here.

English 123
The class will complete the vocabulary exercise on Monday. The vocabulary quiz will be on Tuesday. The students will continue with their novel study, of The Americans Are Coming and complete chapters seven, eight and nine.

BBT 10
The students will continue work on the Digital Citizenship Unit this week. Students will be primarily responding to topics around digital rights and responsibilities, digital etiquette and digital wellness. All of the units are available online along with links to the student blogs at the BBT 10 course blog.

History 10
On Monday, the class will conclude the unit with the documentary Before the Dinosaurs: Walking with Monsters. The students will then start their study of Mesopotamia with some introductory activities on Tuesday and Wednesday. In small teams, the students will then do research on a topic and complete a presentation that they will share with the rest of the class. The presentations will most likely begin next week.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Ethics, Novel Study, The Stone Age and Online Collaboration (Sept. 18-22)

Journalism 120
On Monday the students will complete the activities for exploring ethics in Journalism and also make suggestions for the class's code of ethics. The students will receive their job responsibilities (Yearbook, The Blackville Talon, pod-casting, video announcements, etc). The students will have the rest of the week to get familiar with their job roles and start their first job assignments. Student blogs and some of the assignments can be viewed here.

English 123
The students will continue with their novel study of The Americans Are Coming. They will read and respond to chapters four, five and six. The students will work on chapter questions, reflections and engage in class discussions. The students will also complete vocabulary activities.

BBT 10
The documentary the students started watching will be finished on Monday. The students will then start their response assignment based on the documentary. The students will use Google Slides to complete this assignment so they can explore the features and also participate in online collaboration and feedback. The students will then explore the different units for this course and begin their first unit of study. Links to the student blogs, assignments and the units can be viewed here.

History 10
The students will continue their work on the Stone Age poster projects on Monday and Tuesday. Students are reminded to continue reviewing their notes as the the test for this unit study will be either Thursday or Friday. The class review for the test will be completed the day before the test is written (Wednesday or Thursday). 

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Applications, Literary Terms, Blogs and Prehistory (Sept. 11-15)

Journalism 120
The students will complete their presentations in response to the articles they selected that discuss how journalism is changing in the 21st century. Each student will complete a letter of application for various positions (Yearbook, The Talon, pod-casting, video announcements, school media contacts, etc). The letter is to be completed and submitted by Wednesday or Thursday. Students will also create their journalism blogs and, if time permits, they will complete their first blog assignment. Student blogs and assignments can be viewed here.

English 123
The students will do a final review of the literary terms that they should have a working knowledge of throughout their high school studies. They will go over the literary term quiz they completed last week. The students will also begin their study of The Americans are Coming by Herb Curtis.

Broad-Based Technology 10
This week the students will create a blog on Blogger, using either a new or existing Google account. They also will verify that their student emails are working. The students will spend some time getting familiar with their blogs and also looking at other applications that are available through Google Drive. Online activities for this class are available at the Broad Based Technology 10 course blog.

History 10
Students will continue their study of prehistory this week. They will discuss interpretation and speculation in history and they will also create notes on some key terms they need to know. The students will spend some time looking at the Theory of Evolution and they will start viewing National Geographic's Search for the Ultimate Survivor, The Mystery of Us. Students will have discussions and note taking activities during the documentary.

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Greetings!


Greetings to the students and parents/guardians as we begin a new school year. This semester I am teaching the following courses:
  • Journalism 120
  • English 123
  • Broad-Based Technology 10
  • Ancient and Medieval History 10
In the classes for the first week, students will receive their course outlines on Tuesday or Wednesday.

Each class will also be doing some introductory activities and discussions. Students will complete some surveys to determine their learning styles and personality types.

The course outlines are also available in the tabs across the top of this blog.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me at the school at 843-2900 or by email at allan.carter@nbed.nb.ca. I am also on Twitter @allanmcarter.