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Posted: April 20, 2017


"BBC Northern Ireland Bloody Friday Documentary"

Questions for Bloody Friday Doc.

1. What are you impressions of the events of Bloody Friday?  What was the plan of the IRA?  How did it go wrong?

2. Is violence, such as this, ever warranted in trying to reacha  political goal/end?

3. What would be teh reason that people would cheer when explosions like these took place?

4. What do you expect the result of these explosions would be?  What are the implicatiosn of such a widespread campagin?  What do you expect the response of the British Army/Ulster Constabulary/or executive of the N.Ireland Gov't would be?

5. What was meant by "There is no flag so big that it can cover the shame of killing innocent civilians"?


 "Bloody Sunday Revisited"

Questions for Bloody Sunday Doc

1.      Summarize what occurred on Jan.30th, 1972 in Derry.  Make reference to internment.

2.      How has your impression of the events of Bloody Friday changed in light of Bloody Sunday?  If your impression is unchanged, why?

3.      Chief Justice Lord Thomas was told by PM Edward Heath that this was not just an occupation but a war of propaganda.  What does that mean?  How are both documentaries you watched a perpetuation of that propaganda?

Due Date: 

Thursday, April 27, 2017


Wed, Apr 26/17 9:40 am

Chapter 5: Responses to Geographic Influences

Test Review

·         What is Australia’s general location in the world?  Southern hemisphere, eastern hemisphere.   South of the equator but not so much that it would experience cold climates like in Canada.

·         Know, and be able to name, all 5 landform regions of Australia.  Be able to draw similarities between these regions and Canada’s regions. ie: Eastern Uplands are ancient fold mountains like the Appalachian region in Canada. OR Western Craton is ancient shield rock similar to the Canadian (Precambrian) Shield.

·         What is the population of Australia?  How does it compare to Canada?  What is pop.density of Australia? (2.6people/km2) and how does this compare to Canada?

·         What is the population distribution of Australia?

·         Be prepared to name the 3 climate zones of Australia and tell me where they are located within the country.  How do these zones compare to Canada?  Are there ones they have that we do not?  Are there ones we have that they do not?

·         When did Europeans first arrive in Australia? What kind of people first arrived in Australia?  Who was there before they arrived?

·         Be able to describe life for Australia’s aborigines pre-contact with Europeans.

·         Be prepared to compare/contrast Australian Aborigines experience w/ Europeans to North American natives experience with Europeans

·         What was the White Australia Policy?  How does this compare to Canadian immigration practices of the past?


·         What are artesian wells and aquifers and why are they important to the economy of Australia?

Posted: April 11, 2017

Per.1: Writing 110

  • Our second day working in the lab on preparing some narrative assignments for publishing.  Students are working on publishing two of three pieces on which they have been working; "I Got Up...," "A Christmas Story Retelling," "Show, Don't Tell Narrative"

Per.2: Canadian Identity 9

  • TEST tomorrow.  Review is available here on website.

Per.4: Social Studies 8

  • Read pp.53-54 on "The Growth of Fredericton"
  • Answer question #1 p.54 in a three-columned chart.

Per. 5: World Issues 120

  • Students worked on deconstructing an article.  Expectation is for tomorrow they will each bring in their own article to deconstruct.

Posted: April 7, 2017


Thu, Apr 13/17 12:00 pm

Know all definitions related to climate

Why does snow form?How do snowstorms happen?What places get more snow?  Why?

Why do we have wind?  What happens to air at north pole?  What happens to air at the equator?

Be able to read climographs and get information from them concerning precipitation and temperature.  Also need to be able to draw conclusions about what the climate is normally like in that area.  Be able to compare two climographs to discuss differences in climate.

What effect does latitude have on temperature and weather?Be able to explain the three different air masses and what kind of weather is brought by each.

Know what a front is (a large volume of air with similar temp. and moisture conditions).

Know what happens when ocean currents meet.What is the effect on weather and climate of being next to water?

What is the effect on weather and climate of elevation?

Know what a meteorological technician does and why they might be important to certain industries.

Be able to read data from a radiosonde chart.

Know the three ways that we examine weather: from land & sea, from the air, from space.  Know the tools that are associated with each. 

Per. 1: Writing 110

No homework

Per.2: Canadian Identity 9T

  • Comprehension Check assignment for Chapter 4 is due by end of class Friday.  Students will only have 1 more class day to work on it.
  • Test next Wednesday on Chapters 3&4
  • Students are to have read first chapter of "No Time to Say Goodbye" for tomorrow's class.

Social Studies 8

  • Reviewed constructing climographs and how to get data from them.
  • Looked at p.43 "Examining Weather" and talked about from where weather is observed.
  • Assigned all 5 questions on p.44 that relate to the two meteorological maps.  These were discussed for student's benefit and understanding in class.

Per.5: World Issues

  • No class today because of a UNB Presentation

Posted: April 5, 2017


Wed, Apr 12/17 9:43 am

Chapter 3: Canada’s People

·         Know all your definitions (they are the bolded/italicized words in notes)

·         What is population distribution vs. population density?  Be prepared to explain.

·         Population of Canada? Pop.Density of Canada?

·         What is the difference between site and situation factors?  Be able explain and give examples of each.

·         Why did settlements begin where they did in each of the regions of Canada (see 2 bullets below for regions)?

·         What is the difference between urban and rural?  Where do most of Canada’s pop. live?  How has it changed over time?

·         What are Canada’s five regions? Atlantic, Central, The Prairies, British Columbia, the North. (p.52 in textbook)

·         What are the physical/cultural attributes of each?  What are the political/economical attributes of each?  (p.52 in textbook)

·         What is the core vs. peripherary?  What happens in each?  Where is the core of Canada?  Why is it the core?


Chapter 4: Migration: People on the Move

·         Push vs. Pull factors:  What are they?  Examples of each?  How have they affected Canadian immigration

·         First Nations: When did they get here?  What are the theories about their arrival?

·         Who controls immigration? The Federal gov’t does

·         Know what a melting pot is vs. a multicultural mosaic.

·         How has our policy of immigration changed over time?  Look at examples of where we have not been accepting of different groups.

·         What is the difference between an immigrant and a refugee?

·         How many immigrants should Canada accept?  How many refugees should Canada accept?  Be prepared to argue both of these questions (good points can be found on p.66 of textbook)


·         Know the idea of emigration (the idea of leaving a country).  With this, know the concept of the “brain drain.”  Is this something we should be worried about?  Why or why not? (p.70 in textbook)

Posted: March 22, 2017


Tue, Mar 28/17 12:31 pm


Chapter 2: Our Natural Environment
Be able to read a relief map and get information about elevation and some land features (p.19)
Know the 5 regions of Canada
Know how big Canada is as a country in km2
Know representative fractions and map scales
Beable to use a straight edge and a map w/ a legend estimate distance between two points on that map.
Know all 6 Time zones by name.  Be able to tell me time in one if given a time in any other.
Know what the landforms of Atlantic Canada are like.  Be able to describe these landforms.
Water forms => be able to contrast and compare like we took down as notes in class.
There may be a vocabulary section on the test: it would be a matching type of question if there.

Posted: March 13, 2017


Fri, Mar 17/17 9:43 am

 Canada's eight landforms; Western Cordillera, Interior Plains, Canadian Shield, Appalachian Highlands, Hudson Bay Lowlands, St. Lawrence -Great Lake Lowlands, Innuitian Mountains, Arctic Lowlands.  Check your textbook for information on these regions

-You will be expected to know and describe any of the landforms physical features.

-Need to know the five different types of climate: A)Tropical Climate, B)Dry Climate, C)Warm, Moist Climate; D)Continental Temperate (cool, moist), Moist Climate; E)Polar Climate

-Need to know where these climates are found in Canada; which one is not present in Canada.

-Weather: We learned that weather is affected by Global AND Regional elements.  Be prepared to name and describe the factors under each of these categories which affect weather  

-know the the following theories, names, and concepts associated with earth's formation: continental drift, plate tectonics, Alfred Wegener, layers of the earth,

-know the four ways we describe topography = elevation, relief, gradient, geology

-know the five ways we classify landforms

Posted: February 20, 2017


Mon, Feb 27/17 9:40 am

Explain to me in your own words Canadian IdentityAspects of C.I. include: landscape, climate, history, people, citizenship, challenges/opportunities, culture, language, entertainment

First Nations / British / New France   Art How did what they do show an identity that would eventually become a Canadian Identity

Know the following terms: Inuksuk, petroglyph, petroform, documentary painting, totem, nationalism, topographic

What is the CRTC?Its purpose? For what do the initials stand?Do we still need it? (opinion)

Different literary genres from your notes; ballads, children’s literature

Be prepared to examine lyrics to a Canadian song AND discuss how it highlights or shows Canadian Identity (look back @#1)