Today we will finish the movie "Passchendale" in class, and work on the rough draft of our letter home from the front. Tomorrow's class will be spent finishing our letters and transferring them to the cigarette rolling papers.
While I am away coaching at CWOSSA, students are to watch the movie Passchendale, and complete the following:
-3 out of the 7 Media Literacy questions that we discussed yesterday (your choice)
-gather information/visuals/descriptions to make your letter home from the front more realistic and historically correct (you can make point form notes on the bottom of the checklist sheet that we went over yesterday).
This movie will take two periods to finish, and on Tuesday we will be writing the rough draft of our letter home and copying it on to rolling papers for "authenticity" :)
Overall behaviour in class is going to need to improve if we are to keep pace with the expectations for the course. It is a privilege to be taught in this new environment, and constant reminders of off task behaviours, such as searching Kijiji for snowmobiles, must stop. Period.
Students are encouraged to revisit yesterday's work, and start planning their letters home from the front. We will be starting the movie Passchendale tomorrow (when I am at CWOSSA). This will be an excellent source of information and visuals that can add "richness" and a"believability" to the letters.
Today we are going to do some more research on what it was like to be a "typical" soldier during WWI. Students will be working on a letter home from the front (assignment, rubric, checklist), which will be evaluated for a the use of detail and sense of "realism".
One website you might want to check out as you do some research is http://trenches.jynx.ca/?page=home There is also a fun little flash review game posted here.
Today we are going to take up the questions from "All's Quiet" and use them as a springboard to a discussion on World War I. If we have time we are going to take a look at what life was like for the average soldier in the trenches, including a glimpse of the conditions and hardships they endured, medical issues, and slang that they used.
Today we will finish up All Quiet on the Western Front, as soon as we are done with the Defining Moments presentations. I will be looking for volunteers to go first (there might be something "in it" for you).
I am away again (sigh) for a the Final Four Basketball Tournament in Owen Sound. Hopefully, this will be one of the last days that I will be away from class for the rest of the semester.
Although it is a bit out of order, we are going to start exploring the horrors of World War I from the perspective of the men who fought in it.
Students are to watch "All Quiet on the Western Front" and answer the questions on the attached worksheet.
I am away teaching a workshop today, so students are asked to work on the following:
1) The wordsearch on the start of WWI (linked below)
2) Their Defining Moments presentation. Remember that Friday is the due date.
...we will return to our regularly scheduled WWI programming on Thursday :)
Today we will work on the WWI lesson that we barely started yesterday. Students who do not want to carry a notebook to class are encouraged to look at Web 2.0 technologies, such as Evernote, to keep track of their learning materials.
The extra time you received in class yesterday to work on your Defining Moments Project is the last that you will have during class time. You have had 2.5 periods to work on this in school, and will need to finish it up for homework. If you do not like using PowerPoint, or do not have access to it at home, one solution that we looked at was using a free Prezi account.
The presentations will take place during Friday's class.
Today, the class is going to start our first unit, as we explore Canada's involvement in World War I. Over the next three weeks we will be doing some researching, some role-playing, some trench-digging, some movie reviewing, and hopefully, a lot of self-guided learning.
In order to understand how Canada became involved with the war, we need to look at all the factors that led up to this conflict in the first place. While there are many issues that eventually saw European relations degrade into war, we are going to focus on the 4 Main ones. Since there is a considerable amount of new vocabulary, students might want to review their new words by completing this wordsearch for homework.
If there is time there also might be an assassination in class...