Remember, our writing exam will take place on Tuesday. You will be given time to compose a longer written piece and asked to complete a section relating to our grammar/writing unit.
The struggle between the French and British for control of their North American colonies, had a tremendous impact on Canada’s Aboriginal population.
Research one of the questions on the page distributed in class to discover what some of these changes were. Each student will complete:
Grade 9 Midterm Exam
*This section will take place on December 14, 2018
The first term has focused mainly on writing and research skills, and topics relating to Early Canada until 1815.
Students should be able to respond to questions on the following topics:
Important documents from our notes include:
The booklet of notes which summarizes all of the content from our Aboriginal Canada presentations.
The time line notes taken in class on early, colonial Canada
Notes from our geography unit.
The notes from our "Colonial Canada" presentations. Students should study these events as they relate to wider themes and patterns, and as answering questions from the first three topics listed above.
Exam Part II
*This exam will take place on January 15, 2019
This exam will include a short grammar section and one longer answer response where students will use the qualities of good writing discussed in class to showcase their writing abilities.
A quick review of our "mini lessons" is recommended.
Our First Nations presentations have begun. Students are taking notes during each presentation as we move through the physiographic regions. This collection of notes need to be kept in good order as they will be used in our up-coming test. The test will ask students to demonstrate their understanding of the uniqueness of each group and explain how the physical environment has shaped lifestyle, culture, and identity.
Test date: Friday, November 30
Project due: November 20
Part of the Land*
Before the arrival of Europeans, First Nations and Inuit, in what is now Canada, were able to satisfy all of their material and spiritual needs through the resources of the natural world around them. For the purposes of studying traditional First Nations cultures, historians have therefore tended to group First Nations in Canada according to the six main geographic areas of the country as it exists today. Within each of these six areas, First Nations had very similar cultures, largely shaped by a common environment.
The six groups were:
Woodland First Nations, who lived in dense boreal forest in the eastern/central part of the country.
Iroquoian First Nations, who inhabited the southernmost area, a fertile land suitable for planting corn, beans and squash.
Plains First Nations, who lived on the grasslands of the Prairies;
Plateau First Nations, whose geography ranged from semi-desert conditions in the south to high mountains and dense forest in the north;
Pacific Coast First Nations, who had access to abundant salmon and shellfish and the gigantic red cedar for building huge houses; and the
First Nations of the Mackenzie and Yukon River Basins, whose harsh environment consisted of dark forests, barren lands and the swampy terrain known as muskeg.**
The Inuit of the Arctic, who lived, hunted, and traveled in one of the world’s most extreme climates.
*McClellan, Catherine. Part of the Land, Part of the Water. Vancouver: Douglas & McIntyre. 1987.
**First Nations in Canada. Indigenous and Northern Affairs. Government of Canada. 2017-05-02.
Choose one of our nation’s First Peoples and explain how this group has been shaped by the geographic region in which they live/lived.
Create a poster which explains how the landscape impacted factors such as:
Our Canadian Geography unit has begun with a review of Canada's provinces and their capitals.
We are now completing a map of Canada's major lakes and rivers which will be due on Friday.
Finally, we will spend some time studying Canada's physiographic regions. There is a booklet to complete and a map.
*Students will write a test on Friday, November 9 covering the topics listed above.
Our class has constructed timelines that illustrate, in a very visual way, the history of the people who inhabit this land. These should now be complete except for those who competed in the Dawson Volleyball tournament whose final projects are not due till this Friday, Nov. 2.
The reflection exercise associated with the timeline should now have been completed and submitted by the entire class.
Research sheets should now be complete. Students have been locating good, reliable sources on the topic of "The first people of Canada". Those who have not yet completed this by Monday's class will need to report to study hall.
Our Humanities 9 class has the opportunity to hear a Holocaust survivor speak at FH Collins on Monday, October 1. Your chid was sent home with a permission form to allow them to attend this presentation. Please ensure that it is signed and returned to school for Monday. If they have forgotten their form at school, send them with a hand-written permission note. This is an amazing opportunity that I don't want students to miss.