March 29

ELA A30 A6 Alternate Viewing Activity: The Secret Path

At the end of your A6 section is a viewing activity. I’ll add another option, so you can decide which you want to watch.

A. Club Native: This documentary is filmed by a woman from the Mohawk reserve that was involved in the Oka Crisis. She documents the lives of four women from her community and reflects on what it’s like to be a woman in the Mohawk nation. For example, they’re not allowed to date White men or marry them and if they do they are expected to leave the community.

That documentary is in Section A6 of the Moodle course if you choose it.
You also have instructions for Before, During, and After viewing for that documentary.

B. An alternative visual to watch is a graphic art film that was released last year by artist Gord Downie from The Tragically Hip. He heard of the story of Chanie Wenjack from 50 years ago, a boy who was taken from his family and sent to a school to train him to be white. Chanie escaped and tried walking the train tracks to find his way home, but ended up dying on the side of the railway days later from the cold.
This film has no dialogue or words, only the song lyrics to go along with the images.
It is also a challenge at practicing your perception and use of inference – you have to interpret events and read between the lines to make sense of the events and sequence of them.

That documentary is also in Section A6 of Moodle, but here (below) as well. The documentary is the first 40 minutes of the following film.

September 15

ELA A30 Sept 15/16 “Canada is not Canada” – Gord Downie reflects on Canadian myth

In section A3, since you’re all selecting different non-fiction works to read, the “Connecting Text to Text” section on page 1 of the handout won’t apply to you.

Instead, take a moment to read this article of a recent new release by The Tragically Hip frontman/lead singer/ song writer Gord Downie where he makes the comment that “Canada isn’t Canada”.

  1. In the box given, list a few of his reasons for making that claim.
  2. Explain what he means by saying “Canada isn’t Canada”.
February 22

Feb 22 – Showcase Reading

In spending time setting goals for your Semester 2 courses, we would like to start a conversation with you about Multitasking while working and Distracted Learning. There’s an article link posted here. Please read the article and, once finished, join Socrative Room 252858 to respond to a few questions. Once finished, we will combine all the student responses to see if there are shared responses to the article. You will also get an individual PDF with your responses that may be shared along with the article link with your parents to encourage a continued discussion of this topic at home.





Try the link here. 

March 21

Grade Twelve Portfolio Reflection Prompts

Today is a writing day for the kids.  I would like them to write about their experience with the student showcase.  I would like them to comment on the following:
a)  Were they prepared?  If they were prepared what did they do to make sure they were ready?  If not, what could they have done differently?​
b)  What did they enjoy about the actual interview process?
c)  What will they like to see for the next student showcase for the 2014-2015 school year?