September 7

Social 10: Current Events Sources

Current Events Project:

Following world events helps us understand the relationship of countries and their Current Events Blog Intro | A\J – Canada's Environmental Voicecitizens more and we start to recognize how the differences in those relationships, like a country under dictatorship rules verses one as a democracy, impact the types of events reported from within them. There are also economic differences by regions in the world as well as different freedom levels. Following current event issues globally will give us a lot to discuss and connect to our class studies.

Our Units of Study will be the focus of the news articles you select. You’ll try picking events that relate to any of the issues that are part of the following Units:

  1. Political Decision-Making
    1. governing style
    2. decision making and control
    3. gaining power
    4. rights of citizens and the role of government
  2. Ideologies – political perspectives and parties
    1. Conservatism
    2. Liberalism
    3. Chaos
    4. Communism
  3. Economy styles and issues
    1. types of world economies
    2. supply and demand
  4. International Economic Relations
    1. foreign trade deals for Canada
    2. tariffs on imports
    3. NAFTA (CUSMA) (USMCA) (?)
    4. the wealth of nations – independence
  5. International Political Relations
    1. Canada’s security from threats
    2. Canadian sovereignty – economic-wise and land control (Arctic)
    3. interdependent world
    4. Canada’s role in foreign partnerships – NORAD

Websites for Current Events: You’ll rotate between Canadian National news one week and Global News the next. 

Worldwide News Sources: 

Canadian National News Sources:



Current Events/Mapping Outline:
You can use the following prompts to help you develop your analysis of each of your article choices. The topics cover the source of the article, the word choice use in reporting it, considering whether it is well detailed or a general reporting of an event, as well as connecting it to our topics of study in Social 10.

Use the link and Create a Copy of this Spreadsheet for yourself. Label it properly with your name and share it back to me via my gmail email.








  • Mapmaker – National Geographic – interactive mapping


Current Events Mapping Project:

So far, we together have practiced a few Current Event activities, choosing a source for the search, filtering through a number of the news reports that day, and summarizing what’s happening and who is involved.

Now, you’ll have your own Current Events Project to continue with, but it will also include some Mapping. Following the locations of the events you are learning about is also a real-life way to learn a bit more about the locations of countries in the world, the types of issues they are dealing with, and also tracking within Canada where common news events are happening.

  1. This will be an ongoing project throughout the semester. It is part of your course assessment and valued at 20% of your grade.
    1. An Optional element of this project can also include a weekly Journalling extension; it would be space for you to reflect on the types of issues happening around the world and how you feel you relate to them or don’t relate because you have the privilege to live in Canada. 
    2. If you are concerned about being able to deliver enough content and demonstrate accuracy and understanding, this Journal Extension is an opportunity to pull some marks from the events and mapping and be assessed on your personal reflections of the week’s events.
  2. Assessment Plan: Let’s Co-construct how you will be evaluated and the requirements.

September 7

Social 10: 01 Social Contracts

Societies have to learn to work together to run smoothly, including a clear understanding of what citizens have to do to remain part of society and what the government will provide them in exchange. Because it’s worked like this for so long, it’s hard to recognize the give/take relationship between citizens and their government, but the Covid-19 experience was such a change from normal that it helps use recognize more clearly the role of government as provider and the responsibility of citizens to follow the expectations set for them.


Comparing Country Social Contracts



September 4

ELA 9 A2 Resolving Conflict

Some tough situations we find ourselves in have easily-found ways to deal with that conflict. Other situations of conflict for people can leave them quite unsure how to resolve it. The story in this section is a playful look at someone in a situation they don’t want to be in; read to find out how it all ends!


  • Fan Bad Reactions to Game of Thrones Series Finale (Tweetdeck collection) Source
  • “The Landlady” art: scroll down in this page and look at the collection of drawings that depict, in the artists’ minds, the story of  “TheLandlady”.
  • Peer Reviewing Creative Writing Punctuation: here is your list of edits to correct and identify with the text in colour.













Consider the images collected below and make a judgement about what you anticipate this story will be about or the tone of it.

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Instructional Videos for Support:


Dialogue Punctuation Practice:
In a Google Doc, write out these short paragraphs reformatted to include the proper mechanics: new lines for new speaker, quotation marks, commas, etc.

Make sure your document title is (your name) A2 Dialogue Punctuation and share with me. Ask me for the link to check your own writing. 🙂

















Curricular Objectives Connected to this Section Include:

September 3

ELA 9 A1 Dealing with Conflict

Unfortunately, it’s a common human experience to deal with and encounter conflict throughout our lives. We encounter it in big and small ways constantly and have to learn to deal with it through our experiences. Other ways to learn how to manage these moments in our lives is through literature – to read and understand how other people handle the conflicts they encounter. That’s what this section of ELA 9 begins with.

Resources for this section:


Extension Activities:

    • Identifying Elements of Plot Structure: One challenging activity when reading literature is trying to identify the moments when tension increases (rising action) or pinpointing a climax moment. If you want more to challenge yourself, see if you can fill these in and agree with another over your choices.
    • Connection to Real World – For Discussion: What happens when your identity as part of a group isn’t one you can just remove, like a jacket? Cultural and racial groups are still subject to judgements of others that affect the treatment they receive and conflicts they encounter. How does an example like the one in the video below relate to this short story about a boy in a gang? Do they share a similar theme?

Curriculum Objects Connected to this Section: