Humanities

Humanities Week in Review

Week of May 30th, 2022 - June 3rd, 2022

This week in Humanities, students worked on their study guides for The Outsiders test. Students were provided with a comprehensive list of study questions to prepare for the test. On Thursday students took the test. Once the test was finished we watched The Outsiders movie! Students loved this!

We also began working on a final task for the novel. Students are creating a Yearbook page for six main characters from the novel. They need to make inferences about each character to figure out what that character would want to do with their life in 10 years. Then they need to decide what that character’s favorite memory was from the novel. The final step will be creating a drawing of each character based on the description from the novel. We will continue this next week.

Assignments:

Growth in the West Research- OVERDUE


Week of May 24th, 2022 - May 27th, 2022

A large majority of the week has been spent on the CPR research project, Growth in the West.  Students have had access to technology one period per day to work through the research questions.  According to the planned timeline, students should have completed their last question today in class.  Monday will be the last class period for students to review their research and see if they can expand their responses or complete the extension tasks.  This research will be due on Tuesday, May 31.  If students are not going to finish in time, they should schedule time this weekend to ensure they finish by Tuesday.

Students completed comprehension questions for chapters 9-11.  Yesterday, classes finished reading The Outsiders.  They have enjoyed the book immensely and are looking forward to watching the film adaptation.  A letter will be sent home next week outlining the purposes and the film rating.  We will be giving students a study guide on Monday to help them prepare for the final test related to the novel.  They will be provided with class time to study but it will require extra study time at home since the test will not be open book.

Assignments:

Growth in the West Research - Tuesday, May 31st, 2022

The Outsiders Final Test - Thursday, June 2nd, 2022


Week of May 9th, 2022 - May 13th 2022

This week in Humanities students began writing their last round of Cars and Stars reading assessment. We will finish the CARS next week and will begin to compare the results from our second round to see student growth. We will also complete the Core reading Maze and Edmonton Spelling test next week. 

Students also worked to complete their “Letter to the Judge” written assignment. This assignment will be very important to showcase their understanding of the novel so far. Students were to take on the perspective of the main character, Ponyboy by incorporating textual evidence and personal emotions. We are looking for thoroughly edited letters, showcasing their writing skills as well. Students have had 4 days to type up their letters in Google Classroom and they will be due Monday, May 16. 

Assignments:

Letter to the Judge- Monday, May 16, 2022


Week of May 2nd, 2022 - May 6th 2022

This week students completed teacher led lessons about the Red River Rebellion.  Following the completion of these lessons, students were given a study guide with the information needed for the upcoming test.  Students had two full class periods to ask questions and work on their study guide.  Please encourage your child to review their notes over the weekend. 

We also read chapters 7 and 8 in the Outsiders.  Following chapter 8, students were introduced to a new task, “Letter to the Judge”.  In this task, students will be asked to write a persuasive letter from the perspective of the main character, Ponyboy.  In the letter, students will need to ask the judge to keep the brothers together.  Students will demonstrate their understanding of the novel by incorporating textual evidence in their letters.  We are currently working on the graphic organizer to plan out the letter.  Nextt week, we will begin the rough draft before typing the final copy.

Assignments:

Red River Rebellion Test - Monday, May 9th, 2022

Letter to Judge Organizer should be completed by Tuesday, May 10th, 2022

The Outsiders Comprehension Questions Ch 4-6 - Overdue


Week of April 25th, 2022 - April 29th, 2022

This week in Humanities, students finished their Eyeball Art and we continued reading The Outsiders.  We completed Chapters 5 and 6 and students were given a series of comprehension questions in Thursday's class.  They received two full class periods to submit their responses.  If they did not finish, the questions are homework and due on Monday.  The questions and a sample response can be found on the Google Classroom.

We continued our exploration of our country by learning about the Red River Rebellion.  Students are taking notes while listening to the teacher-led lessons about this event.  This unit is very information heavy, and students are encouraged to review material after each day on the Google classroom.  Next week, we will finish the lessons and students will prepare a study guide for the unit test.

Assignments:

The Outsiders Comprehension Questions Ch 4-6 - Due Monday, May 2nd, 2022

Eyeball Art Project - Overdue

Confederation Debate and Posters - Overdue


Week of April 4th, 2022 - April 8th, 2022

Humanities:

All classes continued with the new novel study of The Outsiders, reading chapters 2 and 3 this week. While reading students have been taking comprehensive notes focussing on the characters themselves - their actions, choices, physical features, personalities, etc. 

A new task was introduced on Friday called “Eyeball Art” - where students are being challenged to think critically and generate adjectives about their character, later creating art that will be a “window” to this person’s soul. 

In Social Studies, students began learning about the time period between the War of 1812 and Confederation - examining the tensions that were building in Upper and Lower Canada, and the reasons many people were against Confederation, while others were not. 

ASSIGNMENTS:

Eyeball Art - Adjective Planning sheet: Monday, April 11th

Heading to Confederation Notes - Monday, April 11th

War of 1812 TSN Turning Point Broadcast Presentation - Past Due

Chapter 1 Comprehension Questions -  Past Due


Week of March 28th, 2022 - April 1st, 2022

Students were introduced to our new novel study, The Outsiders.  Classes first looked at one of the main themes in the book, identity.  Teachers shared about their own experiences in their formative years and how those experiences shaped their identities.  Next, we looked at the 1960’s; technology, fashion, music, civil rights movements, cars. We have read chapter 1 and students answered a series of comprehension questions associated with this important chapter.  They can be found on the Google Classroom.

We introduced our final task for the War of 1812, a take on the TSN Turning Point.  Students worked in pairs to select a moment from the war that was a turning point in the British securing what is present day Canada from the Americans.  Students created 2-4 minute broadcasts explaining the event that shifted the outcome of the war and will present on Monday, April 4th.  Students will hand in their scripts for assessment.  The success criteria can be found in the classroom.

ASSIGNMENTS:

War of 1812 TSN Turning Point Broadcast Presentation - Monday, April 4th, 2022

Chapter 1 Comprehension Questions -  Monday, April 4th, 2022


Week of March 14th, 2022 - March 18th, 2022

This week students completed our last task related to our novel study, the second Test covering the remaining chapters.  This was a challenging quiz, requiring students to think critically and infer about many important metaphors.  Marks will be posted on PowerSchool and students will receive their tests when we return from Spring Break.

We also continued to practice the skill of inference through a task called “A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words”.  We looked at a photograph from the Ukraine War and asked students to write down a list of observations.  Then, students wrote a story about what they believed to be happening in the photograph based on the facts they noted as well as the ones the inferred.  

Lastly, we continued learning about the lead up to the War of 1812.  Students are practicing the skill of note taking; identifying the most important information and writing it down in their notes.  We watched a documentary about the war and students noted down important facts about key players in the war.  We will use this after the break to complete a new task.  

A message was sent this week informing parents that we will begin a new novel study after the break.  The book is The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton.  If you wish to purchase a copy for your student to use in class to prevent sharing of novels, it is available for purchase on Amazon Canada and Indigo online. 

https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/the-outsiders/9780140385724-item.html

https://www.amazon.ca/Outsiders-S-Hinton/dp/014240733X/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1616162213&sr=8-2


Week of March 7th, 2022 - March 11th, 2022

This week all classes finished the novel, Touching Spirit Bear. Students loved how the novel wrapped up and all loose ends were brought together. Students worked on answering chapter questions to ensure they understood the content of the chapters. Teachers also provided a Study Guide that students worked on and will be able to bring into the test, which will be Tuesday, March 15. 

This week in Social studies, all classes started  a new unit on the events that followed the Acadian Deportation, leading up to the War of 1812. Through independent and teacher led instruction of information, students are taking notes on the information they find to be most important. They are to use their own words, not copy the information directly.

ASSIGNMENTS:

Letter to Peter- Overdue

Touching Spirit Bear Final Test-  Tuesday Mar 15, 2022


Week of February 28th - March 4, 2022

Students were given class time this week to complete their planner and type their Letter To Peter.  Once students completed their letters, they used a checklist attached to the assignment to edit and make revisions before submitting.  Letters are due on Monday, March 7th, 2022.

As a part of the Social Studies curriculum, students study current events.  This week we furthered our understanding of the ongoing situation in Russia and Ukraine by listening to a podcast, viewing 2 short videos, reading an article, and through classroom discussion. Please see the assignment under the Current Events section (within classwork) to catch up on this information.  We also wrote a short quiz on the Acadian Deportation in class this week.  Marks are posted in PowerSchool.

Lastly, in Chimera Time, we began viewing the film, Hidden Figures, as part of our ongoing Black History Month learning, recognizing that this important learning does not need to stop after February ends.

ASSIGNMENTS:

Letter to Peter: Due Monday, March 7th, 2022


Week of February 22nd - February 25th, 2022

This week we began a new task and a new unit; Letter to Peter and The Acadians.  The Letter to Peter task is a chance for students to demonstrate their ability to write a perspective piece.  They are creating a letter from the perspective of Cole while on the island.  He is sending the letter to Peter.  Using a very detailed graphic organizer, students brainstormed ideas for their letter using evidence from the novel.  All classes had one class period to begin typing their letters.  We will continue typing the letters on Wednesday. 

We had a mini-unit on the Acadians.  Students learned about who the Acadians were, what happened to them when the British no longer trusted them and where they are today.  We had a day of review after completing the lessons on the Acadians.  Students will have another chance to review material on Monday during class when we play an Acadian Kahoot!  The test will be Tuesday, March 1st, 2022.

ASSIGNMENTS:

Acadians Test - Due Tuesday, March 1st, 2022

Letter to Peter - Due Friday, March 4th, 2022


Week of February 14th - February 16th, 2022

Please have your student check Powerschool to ensure they are caught up on all assignments. If they have incomplete or missing assignments, all information can be found on Google Classroom. 

Humanities:

This week in Humanities, students worked on their final task for our French and British war unit. They each chose one of the main battles we learned about to represent in their project. Students demonstrated their understanding first through a detailed picture that represents the battle they chose. Afterwards, they explained their understanding of both the French and British perspectives during the battle, following specific written criteria. 

Classes also worked on a series of reading comprehension questions for chapters 20 and 21 of Touching Spirit Bear. Questions focused on the important aspects of these chapters and will help prepare students for the final test at the end of the novel. Students had to answer each question using complete sentences, details from the book, applicable quotes, and proper punctuation. 

ASSIGNMENTS:

Chapter 20 and 21 comprehension questions- due Wednesday, February 16th

French and British Battle- Due Tuesday, February 22nd


Week of February 7th - February 11th, 2022

Students worked on their reading comprehension skills this week by learning about the ongoing tensions in Ukraine.  Classes read an article about the situation in Ukraine and Russia and then used a graphic organizer to pull out key information.  Then, they wrote a summary demonstrating their understanding of the article.

Classes finished the unit on the conflict between France and Britain in the 1700’s.  Students learned about the major battles and discussed how they impacted the future of North America.  Today, students were introduced to their next task.  They are recreating a battle using illustrations and describing the French and British perspectives.  Please see the classroom for full learning objectives and details. 

ASSIGNMENTS

Ukraine Summary - Due Friday, February 11th

French and British Conflict - Due Wednesday, February 16th 

Book Cover Design Task - OVERDUE


Week of January 31st - February 4th, 2022

This week in Humanities, the students read chapters 18 and 19 of our novel study.  We are getting closer to the end of the book and we are seeing our main character, Cole, experience many changes.  Students worked on their recreation book covers throughout the week.  They had their last class period to complete their covers today.  They are due on Monday.

We began our next unit in Social Studies, The Conflicts between British and French Colonies in the 1700’s.  Students are incorporating their knowledge from past units to deepen their understanding of the new topics.  Students are using a graphic organizer to record their opinions about war, peace and information.

February is Black History Month.  Students were introduced to #ShareTheirStory, which is an initiative to change the way we talk about history in Canada by bringing the stories of five historic Black Canadians into the discussion.  We began with Mary Ann Shadd.

ASSIGNMENTS

Book Cover Due Monday, February 7th, 2022


Week of January 24th - 28th, 2022

This week in Humanities students completed several tasks that were started last week and completed their test on the Fur Trade unit of study. The first half of the week, students worked through a comprehension study guide in preparation for the test, and were allowed to use the notes they prepared while writing it. Teachers will have results for the test posted in PowerSchool in the coming week. 

In our novel study of Touching Spirit Bear, all classes completed Chapters 15, 16 and 17. Comprehension questions were completed on Chapters 15 and 16 (these can be found on Google Classroom), and notes were taken on Chapter 17. 

Students were introduced to their next task - creating a new cover for the novel highlighting a key moment of the story with the intent of drawing someone in. Classes worked to create the assignment expectations together to ensure that all students understand what is required for mastery of this task. 

ASSIGNMENTS

Posters for Fur Trade Presentations: Overdue 

Chapter 16 & 17 Comprehension Questions: Overdue

Touching Spirit Bear new cover: Ongoing 


Week of January 17th – 21st, 2022

This week in Humanities we finished off our Cars and Stars reading assessments. Any students who have been away will catch up on these as they return to school. We also implemented the spelling assessment and will compare their results to the first round done earlier in the year. This week we also read chapter 15 of the novel, Touching Spirit Bear. Students are excited to see the changes in the main character, Cole. 

In Social Studies, students finished creating their posters on the Fur Trade and presented them to the class. As they were presenting, their classmates took notes from the presentation on a teacher provided graphic organizer. Students will now use these notes to prepare for the Fur Trade test next Wednesday. The students have been provided with a comprehensive study guide to help them focus on the most important aspects of the fur trade for their test. All study materials have been posted on Google Classroom for any students who have been away. Students will be allowed to use their study notes during the test. 

ASSIGNMENTS

Fur Trade Poster-  Jan 20, 2022

Fur Trade test- Jan 26, 2022


Week of January 10th – 14th, 2022

This week in Humanities we began Part 2 of Touching Spirit Bear.  We read Chapter 14 and took notes focusing on making connections to text, self and the world.  We also began our second round of reading diagnostic assessments by completing a Core reading Maze and three CARS reading tests.  We will finish the CARS next week and will begin to compare the results from our first round to see student growth.

In Social Studies, we have continued to move through our historical story in Canada and are now learning about the Fur Trade.  To learn this new material, each student received a small portion of the information explaining the Fur Trade and rewrote the information in their own words.  Students are now working on creating a poster with the most important facts and creating a short presentation explaining the topic.  Classes should begin presentations early next week.

ASSIGNMENTS

13 Colonies Brochure Overdue 

Fur Trade Presentation + Poster - Early Next week


Week of December 13th - December 17th, 2021 

Please check Powerschool over Winter Break to ensure your child is caught up on all assignments. Any incomplete or missing assignments could affect your child’s report card grades. 

This week in Humanities we finished Part 1 of our novel study, Touching Spirit Bear. All classes finished chapters 12 and 13 on Monday. Tuesday students were introduced to the study guide that helped them prepare for the test on Thursday, December 16th. The test covered all important aspects of Part 1 of the novel. Anyone who has missed the test will complete it January 4th, 2022. 

Students also continued to work on their 13 Colonies Brochure task. As students work on their brochures, their job is to understand the appeal of the 13 Colonies and convince people to move into them. Their brochures should be written in a persuasive manner that clearly communicates their understanding of the information learned. Most students were able to complete their planning graphic organizer early in the week and start their good copies. Good copies are due Friday, December 17th.  

ASSIGNMENTS 

Novel Study Test on Thursday, December 16th, 2021 

13 Colonies Brochure Due Friday, Dec 17, 2021 (Can complete over break if not done)


Week of December 6th - December 10th, 2021

We continued reading our novel study, Touching Spirit Bear.  The students wrote “I am” poems from the perspective of Cole Matthews.  The poems require the students to envision they are someone else, and imagine the person’s thoughts and feelings in a specific moment of their life.  In this case, they are imagining they are Cole leading up to and after the bear attack.  We have now read up to chapter 11 and have started to see our main character, Cole, make a huge transformation.  Students should be preparing for our first test by completing chapter notes after we finish reading.  The test will be on Thursday, December 16th, 2021 and will cover events from chapters 1-13

We completed our notes on The British and the students were introduced to our final task in the unit, 13 Colonies Brochure.  The purpose of this task is for the students to demonstrate their understanding of the British in North America and use that information to convince someone to settle in the 13 colonies to combat the French colonization.  The students only began to work on this yesterday in class so they will need more time next week and perhaps into the new year to complete. 

ASSIGNMENTS

I am Poem Due Friday, December 10th, 2021

*Upcoming* Novel Study Test on Thursday, December 16th, 2021


Week of November 29th - December 3rd, 2021

What a week!  We ended the week with a bear attack!  Students enjoyed reading chapters 6, 7 and 8 from our novel study, Touching Spirit Bear.  After each chapter, students are recording the main events, interesting vocabulary and connections to self/text/world. 

As mentioned during Parent Teacher Conferences, we began teacher led reading strategy lessons this week.  We began with “Finding the Main Idea”.  When practising this skill, students should ask themselves, “What is the passage/paragraph mostly about?”  We also learned that sometimes the main idea can be found in either the first or last sentence of a passage.

We were able to put this reading strategy into action while learning about the British in North America.  Students are learning a new note taking strategy where we are reading the information with the class and finding key information and main ideas.

As always, all lessons and material can be found on the Google classroom if you want to review our lessons or re-read the ebook, Touching Spirit Bear.

ASSIGNMENTS

French Journal Entry Overdue


Week of November 15th - November 19th, 2021

This week in Humanities, we have continued on with our novel study, Touching Spirit Bear. Students are loving the book and asking if we will read more chapters every day. All classes have finished up to chapter 5 and have worked on chapter notes and character traits. We are working on analyzing the characters, their actions, thoughts, behaviours and emotions. 

In social studies we have been working on the French Journal Entry. Students have been using the information from their French Colonization notes to inform their journal entry, taking on the role of a French Settler from Canadian history. As they write, they are to imagine they are going through the same adventures that their person experienced, bringing in their thoughts and emotions. Students had 6 classes to work on their journals and they will be due on Monday.  Only 7-1 and 7-2 will have 1 more class period to finish. If students are not finished, it is considered homework. 

ASSIGNMENTS:

French Journal Entry Due Monday, November 29th, 2021 (73,74,75, 76)

French Journal Entry Due Tuesday, November 30th, 2021 (71, 72)


Week of November 15th - November 19th, 2021 

This week students started their first novel study of the year, Touching Spirit Bear! So far the novel has been a hit, and students are engaged with the story and intensity of the main character.  All classes have read Chapter 1 & 2, and some began Chapter 3.  For this novel study students are taking notes after each chapter that they will be allowed to use on their novel study test, and also when working on related tasks.  If your child was absent this week they are encouraged to access the online PDF of the novel on Google Classroom, as well as look at the note taking template, and comprehension questions for Chapter 1 and 2.  

All 6 classes finished their study of early French colonization (slides and note taking form also in Google Classroom if your child missed a day of these lessons), and were introduced to their new task: creating a journal entry through the eyes of someone we learned about in class. More details about this assignment will be described next week, it is loaded in to Google Classroom as well for anyone wanting to have their child show them what they’ll be working on all next week.  

ASSIGNMENTS: 

Touching Spirit Bear Chapter 1 & 2 Comprehension questions (individual classes have different due dates due to varied progress)


Week of November 8th - November 10th, 2021

This week, the students learned about Indigenous Veterans’ Day and also reviewed Canada’s military history.  On Monday, November 8th, students learned about the importance of Indigenous Veterans’ Day and even heard about the most decorated Indigenous war hero, Tommy Prince.  Following this, each student wrote a letter to an anonymous Indigenous veteran.

We reviewed figurative language in writing.  Figurative language uses figures of speech to be more effective, persuasive, and impactful.  Students created definitions, examples and put these into action in our Remembrance Day Poems.  After a brief review of Canada’s military history, students demonstrated their understanding of Remembrance Day and it’s meaning to them by creating an original poem.  These poems were then transferred onto postcards to be sent to Canadian veterans.

On Wednesday, November 10th, all homerooms watched the virtual DMC Remembrance Day assembly and observed a moment of silence at 11:00.

ASSIGNMENTS:

Hide Ending (Overdue)

Figurative Language Remembrance Day Poem 

Indigenous Veterans’ Day Letter


Week of November 1st - November 5th, 2021 

This week in Humanities, students had their first test on Colonization, Imperialism, and Mercantilism. The tests have since been marked and grades will be posted on Powerschool shortly. Most classes have had their tests handed back and have been asked to bring them home to show parents and guardians.  Classes have now moved on to French colonization and will begin to understand the impact it had on existing societies. Students will be filling out a notes graphic organizer as they listen to their teacher provide the important information.  

In literacy, students have been working on the Hide Ending writing. This piece of writing focused on creating an intense setting to continue the tone of the story, and use specific details and vocabulary to build suspense and vivid imagery. Students were provided an editing checklist to go over their work before submitting it on Google Classroom. There will be no more class time to work on their writing and it will be due Monday November 8th.  

ASSIGNMENTS: 

Hide Ending Due November 8, 2021


Week of October 25th - 29th, 2021

This week in Humanities all classes completed their units on Colonization, Imperialism and Mercantilism on Wednesday. Students will be having a test on this material on Tuesday, November 2nd. On Thursday students were given a study guide that covers the major topics for this test, all materials (including the slides that students were taught from, and their organizer that they took notes on) can be found on Google Classroom. 

Students were told about the test on Wednesday, and were given prompts on how to effectively use their study guides in order to ensure they are prepared for the test. 

Students also began working on their first creative writing task, creating an ending to the short story Hide. They spent time in class working on planning out a dynamic setting, before beginning their rough drafts. Their primary focus on this task will be creating an intense setting to continue the tone of the story, and use specific details and vocabulary to build suspense and vivid imagery. 

Over the next week students will finish writing their stories, and then be using an editing checklist to go over their work. They will then make revisions, before submitting their final copies. 

** We will be beginning our first Novel Study in mid November, with the book “Touching Spirit Bear”, by Ben Mikaelsen. Many students enjoy having their own copy, if families would like to order one in advance it can be found on Amazon: 

https://www.amazon.ca/Touching-Spirit-Bear-Ben-Mikaelsen/dp/038080560X

ASSIGNMENTS:

November 2nd: Unit Test: Colonization, Imperialism and Mercantilism 

Story writing - Ongoing through the week


Week of October 18th - 22nd, 2021

In Humanities this week the students focused on three important tasks: 

1. Core Maze Reading Assessments

2. Hide (Completing the reading and beginning our own suspenseful story writing)

3. Indigenous Societies Oral Presentations

The Core Maze Reading Assessment is a three minute reading test that measures how well students understand what they read silently.  This information in combination with our CARS and STARS reading assessments and a spelling assessment (will be administered next week), will create a very clear picture of your child as a reader.  This information will be communicated to you during our November Conferences along with areas of strength, target areas and how to support your child at home.

All Humanities classes completed the short story, “Hide” this week.  While listening to the teacher read the story, students were looking for clues (look for something the author emphasizes), setting (look for the author describing using 5 senses) and details (look for dialogue or hints about backstory)  Students will be using these clues, setting and important details as an example when they begin writing their own suspenseful ending to “Hide” next week!

After completing their research of the three Aboriginal Societies, students demonstrated their understanding through an oral presentation.  The students included information about the structure of the societies, the role of women, the government structure and decision making prior to European contact.  It is vital to have a strong understanding of this to fully comprehend the impact of European settlers.  Students could work independently, in pairs or some groups of three.  Teachers were looking for content (Does the student speak clearly, with confidence and expression, at a consistent, conversational pace? ) and oral speaking (Does the student speak clearly, with confidence and expression, at a consistent, conversational pace?)  After the presentations, students handed in their scripts for assessment.

ASSIGNMENTS:

Secret Path Art

Indigenous Societies Oral Presentation (Script)


Week of October 12th - 15th, 2021

This week in Humanities, students worked on two new tasks. The first is a story writing unit, but in grade 7 we are focusing on some important skills. Students are working on intensifying their writing using suspense! We are teaching students to create dynamic setting, using foreshadowing and very intentional word choices. To introduce these skills we began the short story Hide by Rebecca M. Senses, which students have been loving. We are working on pulling out clues, setting and important details from the story.

In Social Studies, we are wrapping up our Indigenous Societies unit and putting all the information we learned together. We watched the music The Stranger by Gord Downie and created a web of adjectives describing everything from the video. The video focused on Chanie Wenjack, a student who died trying to escape Residential School. Students then focused on one scene from the video to create an art piece incorporating the adjectives from the video. 

ASSIGNMENTS:

Secret Path Art

Every Child Matters Article Summary (Overdue)

Pre-Contact Indigenous Societies Research (Overdue)


Week of October 4th - 8th, 2021

This week in Humanities students worked on using their summarizing skills after reading the article, “Every Child Matters” (can be found on Google Classroom for reference). Previously we practiced this skill after viewing, and learned how to transfer it to non-fiction writing as well. Students read, annotated, pre-planned, and created a final piece of writing that included an editing stage as well.

Students continued their Aboriginal Societies research work as well, completing their investigation of three key Indigenous groups that lived on the Eastern coast of what we now call Canada. Through this research each child learned to use headings, key terminology, and paraphrasing to isolate specific information. 

Both of these tasks are now completed in terms of class time. Many students have handed them in, and all need to be submitted to Humanities teachers by Wednesday, October 13th at the latest. 

ASSIGNMENTS:

Every Child Matters Article Summary

Pre-Contact Indigenous Societies Research


Week of September 27th - October 1st, 2021

We paused our research of Indigenous societies to recognize Truth and Reconciliation week.  Students were introduced to the idea of reconciliation and they reflected on a time that they learned from their mistakes.  Students created a written response and shared how this moment caused them to grow and change.  Next, Mrs. Feagan shared an Ojibwe oral history story about Turtle Island.  While listening to the oral story, students created sketch notes in their books of key words, images and ideas.  From there, each student chose a specific theme, memorable or significant moment from the story which they turned into an art piece using oil pastels.   

On Wednesday, we learned three core parts of the Indigenous Worldview.  We continued practicing the skill of summarizing key ideas and information.  This information connects to the impact of Residential schools on the culture of Indigenous communities. 

Finally, on Friday, the day Dr. Martha Cohen School recognized Orange shirt day, students reviewed the origin of Orange Shirt Day and Mrs. Feagan shared her personal connection to residential schools.  The entire school community created orange shirts of our paper to commit to an action of reconciliation.  Please ask your child what “reconcili-action” commitment they made today!

We have completed our benchmark Cars and Stars reading comprehension tests.  As a staff, we will be analyzing the data from the entire grade seven student population and identifying trends (areas of strength and areas to focus directed lessons).  Some students may be missing one or two tests and they will be supported to catch up next week.

ASSIGNMENTS:

Turtle Island Creation Story Art Piece


Week of September 20th - 23th, 2021

This week Students began their Cars and Stars reading comprehension tests. There are 5 different tests that assess all different areas of reading comprehension. Teachers will use this data to help guide our learning in the classroom.

Students also began our first Social Studies unit, Aboriginal Societies. Students will be working on a research project learning about the Mi’kmaq, the Haudenosaunee, and the Anishinabe. These are the three aboriginal groups that colonists first came into contact with when they arrived. Students will learn about how the three groups lived their lives, their culture, and core values. 

DUE DATES: 

Smash and Grab Summary Writing, September 20th, 2021


Week of September 13th - 17th, 2021

This week, the students learned how to create effective summaries.  Students participated in direct instruction, teacher lead examples and whole class discussions.  After the main lessons, students watched a short film, “Smash and Grab”, and then using a graphic organizer, collected the most important information.  Using this information and a checklist about “What makes a good summary”, students created a piece of summary writing for assessment.

We also visited the Learning Commons again this week to return, renew and check out new books.  Your child is expected to bring a silent reading book with them to all core classes.  Please ask your child which books they are currently reading.

Students did a mixed-media project this week as well, focusing on the concept of “moments in time”. They learned about the significance of being able to capture a moment, and did a personal reflection on what place, event, or feeling they would try and preserve forever through a photograph. Each child learned several new art techniques to layer, create gradients, and burnish with colours, before developing their own personal polaroid art piece. 

DUE DATES:

Smash and Grab Summary Writing, September 20th, 2021

Polaroid Art, September 16th, 2021


Week of September 7th - 10th, 2021

Our first literacy task of the year was to create a letter to self.  Students created dot jot notes while answering prompts covering a variety of topics.  Next, the students were given a teacher created example of how to construct the letter.  Students created a first draft of their letter and then were given the opportunity to have their teacher edit before completing the final copy which will be sealed away until June 2022! 

Students also attended an orientation at the Learning Commons since it will be open for student use this year.  Each student checked out one or two books.  Students will bring their reading books to every Humanities period.

This week, students learned about the history and resurgence of Polaroid pictures.  Using this medium as our inspiration, students were asked to remember a memorable time or event.  With this event in mind, they experimented with pencil crayons to create a variety of techniques to mimic watercolour.  Students have created a rough draft of their Polaroid as well as a written explanation describing the memorable time or event.  We will begin our final products on Monday.

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Letter to Self, September 10th, 2021

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