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The Red Maple by AY JacksonOn Monday, Feb. 2nd, students were given a reprint of a painting for which they are expected to write an interpretation.  They have been advised to use the guiding questions on p.4 of their textbook to create a 250-300wd analysis of the painting.  Ideally, I am not looking for them to answer each question independantly, but rather to use each question as a way to understand the painting.REVISED DUE DATE: Monday, February 9th, 2015HINT: Your analysis should focus on what the painting means, but a secondary purpose should be about why/how this painting represents some sense of Canadian identity.Below is a link to a website which gives a guidelines and a sample for writing an analysis/interpretation of a painting.  Just below this link, however, I have included the relevant sections which will explain how to set up your analysis.  Please pay attention to this. Begin The EssayIntroduction:Just like all other essays, your first paragraph serves as your introduction. This section should identify the title of the painting, the artist, what year the painting was created, and where the painting is located. You should also introduce your thesis in this paragraph. Your thesis could be about one specific aspect of the painting, or it could be a broad statement about the painting as a whole.Analysis:Your next several paragraphs should analyze the painting. For example, if your thesis is that the painting is a "startling piece of work," then the body of your paper should describe why you find it to be startling. Within your analysis you should include specific descriptions of the piece itself. However, do not focus only on describing the painting; presumably your audience is familiar with the work. You should describe aspects of the painting only as they relate to your thesis. For example, if your thesis is that the painting is "startling," perhaps it is the subject's body language that makes it startling. You may want to include a description of that figure's body language and explain the impact the body language has on the audience.In an informal essay about art it is acceptable to include your own feelings and behavior as you looked at the painting. You can include information like how long you studied the painting, whether you compared it to other paintings in the gallery, whether or not you made a sketch of the work, how the painting made you feel, etc. If the painting makes you feel sad, then explain what evokes that feeling. Is it the colors the artist used? Is it the figure's pose, or the facial expression, etc.?Drawing Conclusions:It is then important for you to make some conclusions about why you think the artist made the decisions that he/she did. If the painting looks startling or sad, why do you think the artist chose to paint it that way? Is part of the painting dark or dull simply to draw the audience's attention to another part of the canvas? You may also want to research what was happening during that time of the artist's life. Often there will be a correlation between the mood of the painting and the events in the artist's life during that time. Conclusion:The end of your essay should reiterate the important points that you made, yet leave the reader with something more to think about. 

Posted: January 26, 2015

Students were introduced to the concepts of latitude and longitude today.  Connections were made to their past learning and use of GPS and participation in geocaching.  Discussion was between absolute location (using lat. & long. coordinates) and relative location.Homework - Questions 1,2, & 3 on p.4 of text.  If students have any difficulty understanding the concepts, they can use the following website to learn more about the topics: they can view the following video to hear and see what latitude & longitude are: 

Posted: December 9, 2014

Review Questions 1. What two ways are culture change?  Describe an example of each. 2. In NB who has influenced us internally and who externally?  How? 3. What is the role of the CBC? 4. Know ALL of the definitions. 5. What is cultural diversity? 6. Explain how Canada is a multicultural country.  How do we encourage multiculturalism?  Is multiculculturalism a good thing?  Why or why not? 7. Know steretype vs. prejudice vs. discrimination.  Be prepared to give an example of each an dbe able to discuss/explain. 8. What are three ways to combat racism?  Explain each in detail. 9 .What is a refugee? (p.88-89 in textbook) 10. How does racism affect the racist? the group experiencing the racism?       and society as a whole? (see p.86 for examples)            

Posted: November 21, 2014

The notes for Chapter 5 and the test review can both be found on this website.  Look at documents on right hand side for notes, and in the feed for the review.

Posted: November 21, 2014

NOTE: The Gr. 8 Atlantic Canada Chapter 5: What is Culture" test will be held Wed. Nov.26th. Chapter 5: What is Culture? Test Review ·         Be able to give a definition of culture and explain the different elements that make up culture. ·         What is the difference between a genetic trait and a cultural trait? ·         Know what an anthropologist is. ·         What are the common characteristics that are found in all cultures according to George P. Murdock? (p.68 in textbook) ·         Be able to list/describe what physical needs and emotional needs are.  Also, if given a scenario like on p.70, be ready to describe what needs are being met by that situation. ·         What is the difference between material and non-material culture?  What category do values fit in?  Be ready to divide a list AND explain why you did so of cultural characteristics into material and non-material. ·         What is traditional culture vs. popular culture?  Explain from where we get popular culture.  How can popular culture sometimes come into conflict or tension with our traditional culture? (eg: for First Nations, it would be popular culture to speak English but many homes still try to promote their First Nations language) ·         What is an agent of socialization?  It is an institution or organization which passes culture onto the next generation.  Be prepared to list a few agents of socialization and explain how they pass on culture. ·         What are three methods for resolving conflict?  Why do you think we studied those in a chapter called “What is Culture?”  

Posted: November 21, 2014

Review for this test AND the notes may be found in other locations on this webpage.

Posted: September 12, 2014

Chapter 1: Finding Your Way ·         Know all vocabulary ·         Physical vs. cultural features = be able to give examples ·         Know how to use coordinates on a topographic map; be able to locate physical/cultural features ·         Know how to find a city using latitude/longitude; know how to give latitude/longitude coordinates for a city ·         Know how to follow directions on a large-scale city map ·         Know names of all four provinces AND their capital cities

Posted: September 1, 2010