SOCIAL STUDIES 9 CLASS NOTES - Mr. Whan, Ms. Schwab and Ms. Keefe!


Welcome to Cold Lake High School for Social Studies 9 2015 and 2016! Please note that Cold Lake High School and the Northern Lights School Division are moving to Google Classroom in the near future! Look forward to more information coming home with your child in the months to come!

































Current Unit - Canadian Politics

Thurs. August 29 2013:
- course and teacher intro/expectations
- course outline and textbooks

Fri. August 30 2013:
- start of notes on democracy
- "What is democracy? Direct vs. Representative Democracy, Federal vs. Unitary Democracy"

Tues. September 3 2013:
- continue notes on democracy
- start Chapter One definitions (define, illustrate, use in a new sentence)


Wed. September 4 2013:
- continue Chapter One definitions
- Political Spectrum


Thurs. September 5 2013:
- chapter one definitions mini-quiz
- Rick Mercer video about Canadian government click HERE

Fri. September 6 2013:
- notes on the structure of the government of Canada
- viewing CBC news The National and discussion current events


Mon. September 9 2013:
- "back from weekend" review quiz
1. What is the maximum number of years that can pass between federal elections? (Answer = 5. But usually a Prime Minister will call for an election sooner, when she/he is certain they will be elected again)

2. What is meant by “representation by population”? How does it apply to politics in Canada? (Answer = A political system where the higher the population of an area, the more representation they have in the House of Commons. In Canda, provinces like the Yukon have very little representation, whereas Ontario has a huge amount of representation.)

3. What is the major law-making body in Canadian government? (Answer = the House of Commons.)

4. What is the role of the Governor General? (Answer = represents monarch, signs bills into law by way of Royal Assent = signing on behalf of the Queen)

5. Senators can stay in office until they are how old? (Answer = 75. They are appointed by the Prime Minister, not voted in).

- venn diagram comparing House of Commons and the Senate
- reflection: "What is the difference in representation between the House of Commons and the Senate? What is your opinion of this system?"

Tues. September 10 2013:
- "cut and paste" activity (determine and justify categories in order to group concepts - explain choices and create a visual)

Wed. September 11 2013:
- complete "cut and paste" activity
- discuss the path of a bill becoming law

Thurs. September 12 2013:
- handout for the bill becoming law
- start "Create a Bill Assignment"


Fri. September 13 2013:
- complete "Create a Bill Assignment"

Mon. September 16 2013:
- class presentation of "Create a Bill Assignment" and students cast votes
- Monday review quiz:
1. What is the difference between a bill and a law?
2. Who is the first person/first people responsible for creating a bill?
3. Who creates the first draft of a bill?
4. Who reads and debates a bill first, the House of Commons or the Senate?
5. What is the main function of the Senate?
6. Please these terms on a line from Left Wing to Ring Wing (liberalism, conservatism, communism, socialism, fascism)
7. Provide a brief definition for each of the above terms.

Tues. September 17 2013:
- lobbyists (who they are and why we "love" them)
- Chapter One review worksheet (FIRST UNIT EXAM NEXT TUESDAY)

Wed. September 18 2013:
- discuss most important questions from the review handout
- format for Social Studies Written Reponse
- discussion of current events (CBC News Video Player)

Thurs. September 19 2013:
- discussed important questions from the review handout
- format of Social Studies 9 written response
- two choices for next week written response: A. Should Canada's Senate be elected or appointed? B. What are some advantages or disadvantages of lobbyists working in Canada's political system?

Mon. September 23 2013:
IN CLASS WRITTEN RESPONSE

Tues. September 24 2013:
- discussion of source-based questions and strategies
- study for tomorrow's exam

Wed. September 25 2013:
UNIT EXAM - CANADA'S FEDERAL GOVERNMENT (Chapter One)

Thus. September 26 2013:
- discuss test-taking strategies seen during exam and strategies for the future
- viewing "Rick's Rants" and analysis for a later project
- brainstorming topics for future projects

Fri. September 27 2013:
- students brainstormed material for their upcoming "Rant" project
- start Unit Two definitions (YCJA)

Mon. September 30 2013:
- continue and discuss Unit Two definitions

Tues. October 1 2013:
- notes on the YCJA and discussion about underlying beliefs and principles
- current events discussion

Wed. October 2 2013:
-"Why is justice blind?" class discussion of metaphor
- start story to demonstrate understanding of flow chart on page 66-67

Thurs. October 3 2013:
- complete and discuss story (Have you mentioned age of offender? Have you included the factors that the YCJA keeps in mind when considering consequences?)
- examination and interpretation of a visual (graph on page 71)
- start notes on Legal Rights of Youth


Fri. October 4 2013:
- Friday review quiz
- finished discussion and notes on Legal Rights of Youth
- started Extrajudicial Measures (notes and discussion)
- read and discussed chapter one of Touching Spirit Bear as an example of extrajudicial measures


Mon. October 7 2013:
- chapter two worksheet and "jigsaw" (each student responsible for the answer to one question)
- discussion of current events

Tues. October 8 2013:
- case students on page 72-73:
a. Summarize each article in one sentence
b. Can you detect any bias? Towards/against whom?
c. Could you use material from this article in an essay in favour of the YCJA? In an essay against the YCJA?

Wed. October 9 2013:
- discuss the role of juries in the justice system pg. 80-81
- start watching video "12 Angry Men" (1:40)

Thurs. October 10 2013:
- complete "12 Angry Men" and discuss

Tues. October 15 2013:
- conclusion of "12 Angry Men" discussion / roles of juries
- watch The Nature of Things "Surviving the Teenage Brain" and relation to the YCJA

Wed. October 16 2013:
- prepare for in-class written response

Thurs. October 17 2013:
IN CLASS WRITTEN RESPONSE

Fri. October 18 2013:
UNIT EXAM - YOUTH CRIMINAL JUSTICE ACT


Mon. October 21 2013:

- "What is a Canadian?" discussion and start of chapter three definitions

Tues. October 22 2013:
- complete and discuss new chapter definitions

Wed. October 23 2013:
- discuss cartoon on page 93-95
- AGREE/DISAGREE: "Is it possible to give all rights to all people without infringing on someone's rights?"
- notes on page 97-98 on Canada's Charter of Rights and Freedoms

Thurs. October 24 2013:
- Chapter Three worksheet

Fri. October 25 2013:
- complete and discuss answers to Chapter Three worksheet

Tues. October 29 2013:
DWAYNE PEACE PRESENTATION IN CLHS THEATRE 8:45-11:45

Wed. October 30 2013:
- Charter of Rights and Freedoms Quiz

Thurs. October 31 2013:
- start watching Planet of the Apes (1968) to discuss examples of rights violations

Fri. November 1 2013:
- complete movie and discuss

Mon. November 4 2013:
- "Back from the Weekend" review quiz
- concluding discussion for Planet of the Apes
- start of collective rights - "Which groups are you a member of?"

Tues. November 5 2013:
- "Aboriginal History - Did You Know?"
- notes on collective rights
- definitions for chapter four

Wed. November 6 2013:
TAKE YOUR KIDS TO WORK DAY

Thurs. November 7 2013:
- CLHS Remembrance Day Celebration

Tues. November 12 2013:
- "back from the weekend" review quiz

Wed. November 13 2013:
- discussion question: "To What Extent is One Group of People Responsible for Another?" with current events and film "Where the Spirit Lives"
- notes on collective rights and residential schools in Canada

Thurs. November 14 2013:
- notes on collective rights in Canada
- start film Where the Spirit Lives (1989)

Fri. November 15 2013:
- complete movie and discuss

Mon. November 18 2013:
- Metis Rights (Prezi discussion and notes)

Tues. November 19 2013:
- jigsaw group activity on creating notes for the following headings:
1. The Indian Act
2. The Numbered Treaties
3. Language Groups, Francophone Rights, Bill 101
4. Metis Rights

Wed. November 20 2013:
- prep written response for tomorrow

Thurs. November 21 2013:
- IN CLASS WRITTEN RESPONSE

Mon. November 25 2013:
- UNIT EXAM - CHAPTERS 3 AND 4 (INDIVIDUAL AND COLLECTIVE RIGHTS)

Tues. November 26 2013:
- start of immigration unit (definitions - define and use in a new sentence)

Wed. November 27 2013:
- Immigration notes start

Thurs. November 28 2013:
- finish immigration notes
- jigsaw group activity to start information on the following: Komogata Maru Incident; Immigration and Refugee Protection Act; Internment of Ukrainian Canadians; Internment of Italian Canadians; Internment of Japanese Canadians; Chinese Head Tax; Immigration Act; Singh Decision)
- start Visual Timeline Project
- (brief discussion of current events)

Fri. November 29 2013:
- continue Visual Timeline Project

Mon. December 2 2013:
- continue Visual Timeline Project

Tues. December 3 2013:
- discuss exemplars from previous Written Response
- start powerpoint notes on immigration in Canada
- complete Visual Timeline

Wed. December 4 2013:
- TIMELINE DUE
- notes from page 180 and class discussion
- mindmap for end of unit and prep Written Response

Thurs. December 5 2013:
- discuss and prep Written Response

Mon. December 9 2013:
- WRITTEN RESPONSE ON IMMIGRATION

Tues. December 10 2013:
- UNIT EXAM ON CHAPTER FIVE

Wed. December 11 2013:
- start discussion of economic systems
- worksheet on Chapter Six

Thurs. December 12 2013:
- comparison between Canada and US in terms of philosophies (the role and purpose of individualism)
- Venn diagram
- continue Chapter Six worksheet

Fri. December 13 2013:
- quick video to illustrate the differences between economic systems
- definitions (list provided - chapter six and chapter nine)
- comparison of political and economic systems on a LEFT to RIGHT spectrum

Mon. December 16 2013:
- quick informal quiz on definitions from the weekend
- review of definitions assigned as homework

Tues. December 17 2013:
- brief video on economics
- comparison between Canada and the US pg. 205-208
- start Rick's Rant project in partners or groups of three

Wed. December 18 2013:
- discuss Rick's Rants as examples and analyze their format
- time to work on project script (due FRIDAY)

Thurs. December 19 2013:
- discussion of survival of the fittest and the concept of competition
- time to work on project script (due FRIDAY)

Fri. December 20 2013:
- RICK'S RANT PROJECT SCRIPT DUE
- creation of review material for after Christmas

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Mon. January 6 2014:
- review discussion
- continue Rick's Rant project

Tues. January 7 2014:
- notes on economics and economic systems

Wed. January 8 2014:
- "What is a labour union and why should we care?"

Thurs. January 9 2014:
- PAT practice on Quest A+ website (walk-through the website; sample questions)

Fri. January 10 2014:
- class exercise on consumerism: "How many products do you use every day?"
- film: An Inconvenient Truth

Mon. January 13 2014:
- continue notes on chapter 7 and 8 and discussion

Tues. January 14 2014:
- complete chapter 8 notes and discussion

Wed. January 15 2014:
- SNOW DAY :(

Thurs. January 16 2014:
- powerpoint notes on political parties
- discussion of environmental issues in Canada
- prep for Monday written response

Mon. January 20 2014:
- WRITTEN RESPONSE ON CONSUMERISM AND ENVIRONMENT

Tues. January 21 2014:
- UNIT EXAM

Wed. January 22 2014:
- review of course material and general study tips

THURSDAY JANUARY 23 2014 9:00 - 11:00
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