Friday, 5 April 2019

8ELA-After our reading class, we did our weekly spelling test then I collected Journals.  We then shifted gears and moved to our media unit.  Today's focus was Each Medium has a unique aesthetic form. We watched a short video introducing the topic then analyzed some print and tv media promoting milk.  HOMEWORK:  GET A LOAD OF MILK Q 1-6 DUE TUESDAY.

8SS-We continued learning about Rome's social organization, including slavery.  HOMEWORK:  SOCIAL ORGANIZATION Q 1-7.

7SS-We continued learning about human rights.  Today we studied the the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and watched a collection of PSAs representing each right.  NO HOMEWORK.

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Please remember:  No school on Monday.

Thursday, 4 April 2019

8ELA-We had Reading class following by correcting of questions on the topic of Media Have Social and Political Implications.  HOMEWORK:  JOURNALS AND SPELLING TEST TOMORROW.

8SS-I collected the pink question assignment on Caesar.  Today we learned about the social organization within Rome. This was 8M only.

7SS-We learned about the birth of human rights, the UN's Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and the Canadian connection to it.  HOMEWORK:  Q 1-7 DUE TOMORROW.

Monday, 1 April 2019

8ELA-Many of us needed new books from the library, after that visit we settled into our Reading class.  We then worked on spelling (unit 20) and skills (commas).  HOMEWORK:  SPELLING AND SKILLS DUE WEDNESDAY.

8SS-We corrected the Roman Military lesson from before break.  NO HOMEWORK.

7SS-We thought about the rights of individuals today through an activity in which students imagined themselves stranded on an island.  In groups, they discussed the rights and responsibilities of other survivors.  NO HOMEWORK.


Thursday, 21 February 2019

8ELA-We had our Reading period followed by the continuation of key Concept #2 in media literacy (Audiences Negotiate Meaning).  I also conferenced with students on their independent writing pieces and some students worked on their SS projects.  HOMEWORK:  GIANT SPELLING TEST, JOURNALS DUE TOMORROW.  TARGET MARKET WORKSHEETS DUE TOMORROW (THESE WILL REQUIRE STUDENTS TO WATCH TWO TV SHOWS),  C&C WRITING DUE ON MONDAY.

8SS-We learned about the birth of democracy in ancient Greece.  We learned about Solon and Cleisenthenes and various forms of government.  We also watched a short video on the topic.  HOMEWORK:  GREEK DEMOCRACY DEFINITIONS AND WORKSHEET.

7SS-We focussed on the first cluster of the Global Goals--those focussing on Happy and Healthy Life.  We did an activity that made it plain that all people should have the same minimums in life (food, water, shelter) to be successful.  HOMEWORK:  HAPPY AND HEALTHY LIFE Q 1-5 DUE TOMORROW.


Tuesday, 19 February 2019

8ELA-We had a Reading period followed by spelling; it was a review unit so there was no pre-check.  I collected our Free Press field trip reflections and other homework.  We reviewed Key Concept #1 of media literacy and moved on to #2 (Audiences Negotiate Meaning).  HOMEWORK:  CONTINUE WORKING ON OUR C&C WRITING PIECE.

8SS-Students were reminded that the Athens v Sparta comparison chart is due tomorrow.  Polis groups then had time to meet and work on their skits.  HOMEWORK:  A V S CHART, SKIT PRACTICE.  8B DID NOT HAVE CLASS TODAY.


Monday, 11 February 2019

8ELA-We had our Reading period.  Since this is a short week (no school on Friday and all morning field trip on Thursday), we won't be doing Spelling or Skills this week.  I have also cancelled Reading Journals this week (but we're still reading!).  We started a new unit today on media literacy.  Our focus today was defining media and thinking about examples.  We also learned about the first key concept of media literacy:  media are constructions.  We discussed what this meant and watched a short video to enhance the concept.  NO HOMEWORK.

8SS-We started a comparison chart for Athens and Sparta.  NO HOMEWORK.

7SS-We reviewed what we learned from the CIA Factbook regarding high and low ranking human development countries.  NO HOMEWORK.

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Grade 8 students need to return their field trip forms tomorrow.

Thursday, 7 February 2019

8ELA-We had a Reading period today and didn't get much time on our writing assignments.  We had a special presentation from MADD which focussed on the consequences of impaired driving.  HOMEWORK:  JOURNALS, SPELLING TEST, PRONOUN TEST DUE TOMORROW.  SPELLING TEST RE-WRITES ALSO HAPPEN TOMORROW.

8SS-We corrected our lesson on ancient Athens.  HOMEWORK:  NOTHING NEW BUT WE WILL CORRECT SPARTA Q 1-6 TOMORROW.