October 19 - 22
This week students will need to have their final copy of their rant scripts completed so that we can start recording. We will also continue our conversation about bias in the media. A new assignment will be introduced at the end of the week where students will need to construct an understanding of the function and organization of the three branches of our Federal government.
October 12 - 15
This week we will work on our rant scripts and be ready to film later in the week. Students will have the opportunity to learn and experiment with variations of punctuation and choosing descriptive vocabulary while writing their scripts. They will also be expected to peer conference where they will be giving and receiving feedback on their script.
October 4 - 7
No homework for Monday. No school on Friday (PD Day). This week we will be starting a new assignment where students will be creating their own rant. The topic of their rants will come from the themes of the short stories we recently read. We will also begin learning about how to detect bias in the media.
September 27 - October 1
Students are asked to find a book of interest this week. They can bring one from home or sign out from our Learning Commons. Remember that Thursday is a day off in recognition of Truth and Reconciliation Day. Students will take part in activities that will ask them to think about what "Truth and Reconciliation" means and how they play an important role in helping to work towards this.
This week students finish up annotating the story The Veldt and fill in their graphic organizer and record evidence from the story in order to support a conclusion (inferencing). Students will also be discussing the questions that they posed while reading the story as a strategy to understand the text at a deeper level. In Social Studies, students will begin to move on to looking at media, with a focus on how misinformation spreads and detecting bias in the mainstream media.
We witnessed democracy in real time. Following our look at the political platforms last week the students took part in the students vote on Monday. Using the information and evidence from their research they selected who they believe should be the MLA of our Shepard riding. We took time throughout the week to look at our results, the national results, and more. These ideas will continually looked at all throughout the year as it is a major focus through grade 9.
Next week we will be looking at National Truth and Reconciliation day (September 30, 2021). We will be reading and viewing some sensitive and emotional material this week as well as having some in-depth conversations.
“Too much of anything isn’t good for anyone.”
― Ray Bradbury, The Veldt
This week in Lit we looked at the Veldt. An amazing story about the perils of technology. We used this story for many different reasons.
1. Predictions as to what you think the story will look like what
2. Who is the author? What was life like when they were actually alive?
3. What is the perfect parent writing?
4. Read story the story and Annotation (annotation with a purpose)
5. Using evidence to support our opinions
We will continue with these tasks and looking at the veldt throughout next week.
This week students will be focusing on two major Ideas.
1) What is the political spectrum and how do the Canadian parties fit in?
2) Students will begin to become informed citizen and educate themselves on the platforms of the political parties of the candidates in the Shepard Riding for the upcoming election on September 20th.
We will be culminating all of this in a research project that will see students "voting" for their candidate of their choice.
This week students will be working on their "tarot" cards which will be laminated and used throughout the year. On Tuesday, students will be asked to think about what it means to be Canadian and what makes us unique as a nation. We will also begin preparing for the Federal Election Student Vote on September 20th. Here, students will learn about such concepts as ridings, first past the post, candidates, and political platforms.
September 2nd - 3rd
"Welcome to grade 9" was our focus the past two days. We reintroduced the Covid protocols, school expectations, as well as getting to know each other. Through a mix of direct instruction, games, and more the teachers had the opportunity to get to know the students better. The students were given two tasks this week. The first was a getting to know me task where the students were asked to answer several questions that included what the were worried about in grade 9 and what are there personal interests. The second task was based on the art of Tarot cards. We looked at the history of the cards and the students will be creating one that represents who the are. The planning sheet was sent home Friday and will need to be done for Tuesday.
Next week we will kick off by asking and investigating 2 important questions. What does it mean to be Canadian, and what issues do Canadians face. We will also start looking at the upcoming election in the next coming weeks. So any conversations around political parties, policies, or candidates around the dinner table will come in handy.
See ya next week!
-The Grade 9 Hum Team