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Welcome to Civics & Careers

Be sure to bring your binder and pen to class everyday!

Extra help is available! Ms Morgan’s schedule for Semester One 2015:

Period 1: French FSF 1D1 (Room 2045)

Period 2: French 3U / 4U (Room 2045)

Period 3: Prep (Room 2045)

Period 4: MSIP (Room 2029)

Period 5: Civics (Room 2045)

MSIP slips are available before school and after school in Room 2045.

        Civics (CHV 2OH) is a half credit course that runs from September 8 - November 11, 2015. Remember that there is a final culminating activity (20% of your final mark) called the Citizen's Handbook due Monday, November 9 as well as a final exam (10% of your final mark) on Wednesday, November 11.

Course outline for CHV 2OH:   CHV course outline0.pdf

Achieve now - exempt later!: By meeting all of the criteria for this course, you can be exempt from completing the final exam. The criteria are: term mark of 70%, all major assignments completed (including the course culminating activity), no suspensions from school and regular attendance in class (maximum 5 absences) and MSIP. You will be informed of your exemption status on Tuesday, November 10.

Citizen's Handbook project outline (worth 20% of your final mark):    citizens handbook active citizen.pdfhandbook rubric.pdf

If you wish to type your article summaries, here is a copy of the Newspaper Article Summary Template that you can use in Word or Open Office  citizens handbook active citizen.docPlease be aware that you will need to print a copy of this document each time that you create a summary, email assignments are NOT acceptable for this project.

For the Citizen's Handbook project, you might consider consulting some of the following websites to help you find appropriate articles. If in doubt about the article that you are interested in, please ask!

You will be notified in November if you are exempt from writing the final exam. In order to be exempt, you must meet all of the criteria (all major assignments, including the course culminating activity, the Citizens Handbook, submitted, less than 5 absences, no suspensions) to be exempt. If you are exempt and choose to write the final exam, your mark cannot decrease.

Local Issues:
The Niagara Falls Review [ ]
The St. Catharines Standard[ ]
The Welland Tribune, [ ]
Niagara This Week[ ]

Provincial / National / International Issues:
The Toronto Star[ ]
The Globe and Mail [ ]

Week One: September 8 - 11

  • Canadian and American symbols -talk to 3 people and add their answers to your list
  • Youtube link to "I Am Canadian" video:
  •  "What does being a Canadian mean to me? - complete the brainstorming activity. You are encouraged to consult other people about their perception of what being a Canadian means to them. Then, write a one page journal entry on what you think being a Canadian means (be sure to consult the evaluation rubric)
  • Read this article from the Toronto Star and complete the article summary template (blue handout) - this assignment is to be handed in on Monday at the beginning of the class
Week Two: September 14 - 18
  • Space Pioneers simulation
  • democratic concepts definitions and activity
  • the dinner party puzzle
  • Thursday: in the library, find one appropriate article for your culminating activity, the Citizen's Handbook, complete the blue sheet, print the article to hand in on Monday

Week Three: September 21 - 25
  • democratic terms - complete the reading assignment to apply all of the terms
  • leadership style: definitions of autocratic, democratic and laissez-faire leadership styles
  • survey: what's your leadership style?
  • assignment: who's the boss: read each of the scenarios and choose the best leadership style (1 mark) and justify your choice (2 marks)
  • outer space experience - complete the debrief sheet
  • checkpoint #2 - Friday
Week Four: September 28 - October 2
  • facts about the structure and roles of the government of Canada  
  • what does the government do: answer the 3 questions using the information on the handout
  • 3 laws or policies that you would like to see introduced
  • with a partner, select one of your laws or policies and prepare a Google Doc (when you have selected your law / policy, SHARE this with me so that you can verify that you are able to continue with the next step, as repetition of laws / policies among groups is NOT permitted) to address the yes, no and maybe sides of the issue. Be sure to include your description of the consequences that would accompany breaking the law or policy. You will be presenting this to the class on Friday, and will be fielding questions from your audience about your law / policy.

Week Five: October 5 - 9
  • remaining presentations on Monday
  • Tuesday: complete the political spectrum questionnaire and the handout "There are different perspectives on the role of government", complete the questions Q1 to Q6
  • Wednesday: in the library, complete the Vote Compass survey at the link (the school postal code is L2H 1T5 if you wish to use that one) and be sure to rercord your results on the political spectrum questionnaire from yesterday. If time remains, work on your culminating activity.
Week Six: October 12 - 16

Week Seven: October 19 - 23

Week Eight: October 26 - 30

Week Nine: November 2 - 6

Week Ten: November 9 - 13
  • Citizen's Handbook project is due Monday, November 9 (20% of your final mark) - bring all of your project materials to class to be handed in by the end of the period  - email assignments are not acceptable for this project
  • students who are exempt from writing the final exam will be notified on Tuesday, November 10. Be sure to review the criteria for exemption from the exam. Until you receive notification otherwise, you should be prepared to write the exam.
  • Final Exam in Civics is Wednesday, November 11 (in-class)  exam outline.pdf
  • the Civics portion of the course (0.5 credit) is now completed

  • Bridge Project: a Canadian that I admire - presentations on. All of the details of the assignment are here:citizens making a difference 2.pdf
  • present your project to the class on TBA about a Canadian making a difference in the world and complete the debriefing sheet to be handed in on TBA   admirable Canadian debrief.pdf
Week Eleven:
  • beginning of the Career Studies course: Review the course outline which was handed out on the first day of the course and be aware of the course expectations, mark distribution and units of study in the course.
  • Course Outline: course outline.pdf
  • Useful links as you begin your career search:
                        Career Interest game
                        Career Cruising

        Interesting article from Yahoo about  interviews

Presentations on Prezi or Google Docs (shared with me: will begin during the last week of regular classes (beginning on Monday, June 8), continuing until all presentations are completed.

  • my personal  traits: complete column A on the white sheet about yourself, have someone from outside Westlane who knows you very well complete Column B on the purple sheet about you without your input
Week Twelve:
  • personal traits and careers
  • my personal traits - compare your results with the survey completed by someone you know very well
  • compare your results on the white survey page with the results on the purple survey page and complete the handout 'My Personal Traits' to add to your career portfolio
  • factors shaping our personal traits - complete the handout My First Week and place it in your yellow folder
  • EXPLORATIONS booklets - complete the survey and place the reslts page into your yellow folder along with the career web diagram
  • 'Tell Me About Yourself' paragraphs
Week Thirteen:
  • Hour Republic - this is how you will be tracking your community service hours. Be sure to bring any unsubmitted community service hours with you to class on Monday, along with the email address for a parent / guardian to enter into the program
  • from the Westlane website, log in to e-Learning and click on Career Cruising. Click on Assessments and complete all 116 questions on the Career Matchmaker quiz. Then complete the 36 Skills questions and print your results.
  • Thursday, May 7: in your assigned groups, create a Google presentation that you will be presenting as a group to the class on Friday (it MUST be shared with me that answers the questions in this document about all of the members of your group:  color group questions.pdf
  • Personality Dimensions: an overview
Week Fourteen:
  • quiz: Personality Dimensions colour groups
  • Our Ideal Learning Environment project: create your group's ideal learning environment and present it to the class on Wednesday, May 13
  • course culminating activity: you have signed up for a career that you will be researching and presenting to the class. Here are the project expectations:  final project outline.pdf

Week Fifteen:
  • Tuesday is a work period for your course culminating activity. Please note the following:
        1. Do some research! Career Cruising is an excellent source of information, but certainly not the only source. All sources that you use must be Canadian,               and any information that you put on your slideshow or written report    must be in your own words.
        2. Share your project with me ( if you're working on Google.
        3. This project is worth 30% of your final mark - it is a summative assessment that replaces a formal exam - plan your time accordingly.
        4. Remember that your written report is NOT just a script of your oral presentation. Be sure to consult the project outline to include all of the information           required. This project is about a career that YOU chose, and that YOU are       interested in pursuing. Good work on this project pays off for you as you make          important decisions about YOUR future!
  • internal and external influences survey and questions
  • Jennifer's case study
  • letter to yourself - in the lab on Friday to type it out - hand in on Monday  letter to yourself.pdf
Week Sixteen:
  • my presentation: secondary school teacher
  • personal skills - identify your strongest skills, then complete questions 2 and 3 on the reverse of the handout
  • the 14 essential skills: find someone in the class who....
  • for Monday, June 1: relating the 14 essential skills to the career area that you have selected for your final project  The Essential Skills.pdf
Week Seventeen:
Career Moves video: answer the 2 questions from the video
time management survey and my responsibilities activity
case study: time management
personal management skills employers want: click here to complete the Workplace Safety assignment WSIB young worker questions.pdf 

Week Eighteen:
Presentations of course culminating activities - all week = 30% of your final mark
All written reports (provide a printed copy) are due on June 8 at the beginning of class. Presentations (MUST be completed on Prezi or on Google Docs and shared with me: will take place in the following order:

Week Nineteen:
  • Co-op workshop - Monday with Mr. Mazzone

Contents of Career Portfolio (all portfolios are to be handed completed in their entirety and will be returned by June 19)

1. My Personal Traits
2. My First Week
3. EXPLORATIONS booklet results page
4. Career Web diagram
5. Personality Dimensions tests
6. Career Cruising Matchmaker + Skills results
7. Looking to the Future
8. My Personal Skills

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