December 14

ELA 20 “Initial Ask” Questions

Here are some written out questions to consider when reflecting on this text.

  1. Pg 18 The Two Selves: The author mentions research giving evidence of people developing “two selves” – an online self and an in-person self. Why are there these two personas of people and what danger is there in it?
  2. Pg 24 Spelling: The book talks about how spelling errors in early texts between potential romantic partners can be a turn off. Why do researchers think it matters so much in this digital world related to dating?
  3. Pg 25 Three Traits for a Successful Text: The author breaks down the three things required for a successful text message. What are they?
  4. Pg 29 It’s written in the text that “the person who receives the last message in a conversation wins”. George Hormans established the classic sociological “principle of least interested”, which implies that the person who is least interested in the relationship has the most power. What does this mean? Do you understand this concept, based on your personal text communications?
  5. Pg 29 Wait Time: What does the author say about how people use “wait time” with potential romantic partners? What are some of the approaches to implementing wait time (wait two times as long or 1.25 times as long etc)?
  6. Pg 30 Explain the advice Socrates gives to the young woman so she can better attract more of a man’s attention. From your perspective and experience, is there truth to this concept? Could it work as well if a man employed this technique as for a woman using it?
  7. Pg 30 “reward uncertainty”: Explain the psychological concept of “reward uncertainty” and explain how people can use it in their potential romantic relationships. Why would they use it?
  8. Pg 30 When not interested – there is an ironic difference between the way people want to be treated when they are crushing on someone who isn’t interested back versus the way they typically respond to someone who is crushing on them but they don’t return the feelings.
    1. How do people typically say they would want a crush to let them know the crush isn’t interested?
    2. How do people end up typically letting others who are crushing on them know that they aren’t interested in return?
    3. What is ironic between these two approaches, based on the book’s explanation? Why do you think there is this difference?
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December 4

ELA A10 What Makes a Hero?

In your Quests and Adventures section, you’re asked to consider what qualities, in your experience, make someone a hero. Having made that list and considered your own opinion on the subject, pick one of the following articles to read and develop a response to. Instructions are included in your handout for after reading. 

  1. Choose which of the two above articles you want to read and make a list of the points made within the article.

What Makes a Hero (article) if the criteria for what makes a hero were changed, would there be more or less labelled heroes in the world?

Why we Need Saviours (article) the benefits and reason for heroism stories popularity in media

2. Following your reading, you’ll engage in a discussion with others who selected the same text. 


November 30

Social 10 Current Event Links

Our Social 10 studies have included the following topics:

  • necessity of a social contract in society
  • the roles of citizens and government in working together
  • Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms
  • characteristics of Democracy Canada enjoys, but are not equal throughout the world
  • personal paradigms compared to political ideologies
  • philosophers that influenced political thinking related to needs of people vs government
  • Conservatism vs Liberalism ideologies, focused on different goals
    • whether a country is more left or right leaning on the horizontal scale of economy
    • whether a country is more left or right leaning (and up or down) on the vertical scale of social order


Examples from recent current events that connect to these ideas from class are posted below:

  • Supreme Court Rules Reporter Must Share ISIS Notes with Police (link)
October 30

ELA 20 Section A4 Documentary Choices (2018)

In this section, you’ll be considering how experiences are different for children and youth today compared to the experiences from decades ago. The impact and integration of technology used daily by children, for example, is a clear example of how times have changed.

Several documentary choices are assembled for you to pick from. There are considerations to follow through with Before Viewing, During Viewing, and After Viewing.

  • The Downside of High: results of studies that explain the effects on a teen brain when exposed to marijuana.
  • Consuming Kids: the impressive influence children have in what their parents buy, which leads the advertising industry’s sales focus
  • Angry Kids and Stressed Out Parents: for the first time in history, mental health issues have surpassed physical health issues in youth
  • This is High School: a series by CBC which documents the day-in-the-life of youth in high school (B.C.)



Article Links from Section Handout: 

The Alarming Rise in Teen Mental Illness

With Teen Mental Health Deteriorating Over Five Years, There’s a Likely Culprit


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October 30

ELA MLA Citation Guide & Links

If you pursue post-secondary education, the odds are you’ll have to develop a piece of writing that requires in-text citations and a Works Cited page. Here are some resources to use as a guide for that:

In-text citation guide:

  • author and page #
  • anonymous authors
  • text from an anthology or collection
  • multiple authors
  • internet sources

Citing non-print or sources from the Internet

With more and more scholarly work being posted on the Internet, you may have to cite research you have completed in virtual environments. While many sources on the Internet should not be used for scholarly work (reference the OWL’s Evaluating Sources of Information resource), some Web sources are perfectly acceptable for research. When creating in-text citations for electronic, film, or Internet sources, remember that your citation must reference the source in your Works Cited.

Sometimes writers are confused with how to craft parenthetical citations for electronic sources because of the absence of page numbers, but often, these sorts of entries do not require a page number in the parenthetical citation. For electronic and Internet sources, follow the following guidelines:

  • Include in the text the first item that appears in the Work Cited entry that corresponds to the citation (e.g. author name, article name, website name, film name).
  • You do not need to give paragraph numbers or page numbers based on your Web browser’s print preview function.
  • Unless you must list the Web site name in the signal phrase in order to get the reader to the appropriate entry, do not include URLs in-text. Only provide partial URLs such as when the name of the site includes, for example, a domain name, like or as opposed to writing out or

Works Cited page – basic guidelines

Basic rules

  • Begin your Works Cited page on a separate page at the end of your research paper. It should have the same one-inch margins and last name, page number header as the rest of your paper.
  • Label the page Works Cited (do not italicize the words Works Cited or put them in quotation marks) and center the words Works Cited at the top of the page.
  • Double space all citations, but do not skip spaces between entries.
  • Indent the second and subsequent lines of citations by 0.5 inches to create a hanging indent.
  • List page numbers of sources efficiently, when needed. If you refer to a journal article that appeared on pages 225 through 250, list the page numbers on your Works Cited page as 225-250. Note that MLA style uses a hyphen in a span of pages.
  • If you’re citing an article or a publication that was originally issued in print form but that you retrieved from an online database, you should type the online database name in italics. You do not need to provide subscription information in addition to the database name.

Easybib Citation Maker: this website can be helpful for easily making your Works Cited page.


October 30

ELA A10 Poetry Performance – poem options

If you’re stuck and looking for some options for poems to select from, here are a random selection that suit the assignment:
Note: I want you to avoid selecting a poem that has an audio recording with it of someone performing it. You need to decide and plan for yourself your interpretation of how this poem should be performed: the mood, the slow and fast parts, the emphasis on certain words or word sounds, etc.

The End of Science Fiction

On a Dying Earth (rhyming lines)

More Dangerous Air (sarcastic play on waiting for the Atomic bomb to drop)

Ritmo/Rhythm (girl makes music out of old things)

Meeting Point (obscure meaning – challenging)



Listening to poems performed: this website has many samples of people performing poetry to give examples of the rhythm, the emotion, the plays on sounds of words, the soft and loud, etc. You could listen to some as inspiration before your own recorded performance.

Listen to Poetry website

October 17

Social 10 05.1 Inquiry Project Links

You’ve done research projects before, where you gathered data on a topic to learn more about it. The end result of that process was learning and possibly a summary of facts.

You’re about to do an Inquiry Project; this is different.

An Inquiry Project:

  • begins with a specific question on a topic you want to learn more about
  • it can be from a number of question options offered or one you develop on your own
  • from your research on that specific question, the goal is to find the answer and form a personal conclusion/judgement on the topic.


We’ve studied the number of ways Canada is a democracy. Your inquiry project will relate to democracy in some way, either related to Canada, in comparison of one country to Canada, or studying another country entirely.


The list of questions offered to help you get started in your thinking:
(The red font indicates someone’s picked this topic.)

  1. In comparing qualities of Canada to another country of the world, what makes Canada a better democracy than the other country?
  2. Consider whether all countries in the world should be democracies.
  3. Democracy is faltering in the international community; it’s weaker now than it’s been in ten years. Why is that?
  4. What is changing in Poland, Turkey, Hungary or Venezuela to jeopardize their democracy rating on the index?
  5. Some countries are rated to have lower freedom levels of their citizens. Pick one of these countries and find out what indicators exist to claim those citizens have a lower level of freedom?
  6. Is Canada (currently or within the last decade) improving or sliding on the index as a democracy?
  7. Part of being a democracy is protecting the rights of citizens; when and how has Canada failed to protect citizens?
  8. Is Canada currently or has it ever violated the human rights of Canadians?
  9. What would make Canada more democratic on the index scale? (There are currently 5 other countries listed as more democratic than Canada.)
  10. How is the quality of life of a Canadian in a highly democratic nation different from the quality of life of a citizen in a flawed democracy or authoritarian country?
  11. Myanmar was growing towards a democracy in the last few years, but many believe it has failed and stalled. What was changing in that country and is hope lost for the future of democracy for those people?


Resource Links: 

Discussion example: 
In 2004, I lived with teachers in Prince Albert who taught at the Carlton High School. They were Ukranian and I recall them being concerned with an upcoming leadership election in the Ukraine. There were concerns of political corruption or interference, so several people worldwide were selected to go to the Ukraine to “monitor” and be witness to that election to be able to report back to the global community about the fairness of the election. The father of the family I stayed with travelled there to be one of these witnesses. It was around the same time that one political leader of the Ukraine was potentially poisoned – it caused clear damage to his face and body. As someone unfamiliar with stories from other countries, you may be surprised to learn of such corruption. It makes us more appreciative of Canada’s rule of law.
Now, 14 years after his poisoning, this former Ukrainian president has shared his reflections of his experience. 

Image result for ukrainian politician poisoned


October 12

Social 10: 05 Making Decisions in a Parliamentary Democracy

Links to support the topics in the 05 section. This section covers the safeguards that work together in our Parliamentary system to ensure no one abuses power and it is held accountable.