CHY 4U: Remembrance Day

Today, I would like you to investigate Remembrance Day. Regardless of the approach you use, you will conduct your investigation via primary sources. Your options include: investigate the day itself (ceremonies, etc) choose a particular soldier and investigate his/her service follow the history of a particular Canadian regiment   Library and Archives Canada: Military Heritage…

Napoleon and the Rabbits

Before we begin, we need to watch a very unusual scene. You may be wondering why a bunch of history students need to watch a clip from a comedy about myths from the Middle Ages.  I will make connections later.   Confused? I bet. There is, however, a connection between this clip and Napoleon. Around…

On Leadership

So far, we have focused on Napoleon’s early successes and his reforms while he ruled France. Today, however, we will focus on his military initiatives at the height of his power. Or, more accurately, we will consider several examples of leadership–both good and bad–during the Napoleonic Wars: We will start with a brief lecture about…

CHY 4U: Being Great Isn’t Easy

Congratulations! You are now officially a world leader. In fact, your fame has reached such a height that your land has been named after you. Clearly,  Roleandia and Daltony will go down in history. Before you ask your artisans to build statues of yourself, however, you have to deal with a problem. Or, more accurately,…

ENG 2D: Reviewing for Macbeth

Later this week, you will complete an in-class writing task to demonstrate what you understand about Macbeth. The basic structure of the assignment is the following: There will be five questions on the assignment. You will answer four. Each answer will be a well-structured paragraph (think TPEE) Your responses will feature clear and specific references…

ENG 2D: Film(ing Conventions)

Understanding media conventions is one of the expectations of the curriculum; it is also essential if you want to understand how media works. However, to really understand the impact of film conventions, you really to make your own film scenes. Thus, today, you will attempt to make a short scene in the genre of your choice….

ENG 2D: Magic and Deception

Before we return to the Scottish play, let’s quickly review what we know so far. In a moment, you will write a detailed paragraph about one of two topics; in order to prepare,  let’s imagine that you have been asked to write an essay about Macbeth;  thus, your real paragraph will be part of a…

ENG 2D: A Strange Meeting

The last scene established that this world full of violence and treachery; this scene establishes that it is full of dark magic. Our goal for this scene is to understand how the witches’ half-truths and prophesy take hold of Macbeth. Before we begin, I want you to complete a very quick writing task (5 minutes)….

ENG 2D: Becoming a Better Writer

Over the next few days, we will focus on individual skills. While we haven’t completely decided on the form of assessment (videos, perhaps?) we know that each of you will address a particular issue present in your writing.  The goal is for each of you to become a better writer, correct? So choose wisely. Choosing…