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

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

Period 1: French FSF 1D1 (Room 2045)

Period 2:Prep (Room 2045)

Period 3:  Civics (Room 2045)

Period 4: French FSF 2D1 (Room 2045)

Period 5: MSIP (Room 2029)

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


        Civics (CHV 2OH) is a half credit course that runs from February 2 - April 15, 2015. Remember that there is a final culminating activity (20% of your final mark) called the Citizen's Handbook due Monday, April 13 as well as a final exam (10% of your final mark) on Wednesday, April 15.


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, April 14.


Citizen's Handbook project outline (worth 20% of your final mark):   citizens handbook.pdf   citizen handbook rubric0.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.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 April 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 [ http://www.niagarafallsreview.ca/ ]
The St. Catharines Standard[ http://www.stcatharinesstandard.ca/ ]
The Welland Tribune, [ http://www.wellandtribune.ca/ ]
Niagara This Week[ http://www.niagarathisweek.com/ ]

Provincial / National / International Issues:
The Toronto Star[ http://www.thestar.com/ ]
The Globe and Mail [ http://www.theglobeandmail.com/ ]



Week One: February 2 - 6

  • Canadian and American symbols - select 2 from each column and be prepared to defend your choice
  • Youtube link to "I Am Canadian" video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BRI-A3vakVg&list=FLS2TCqAZ6ReHsc9JVpG42bw&index=12&feature=plpp_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 - this assignment is to be handed in on Tuesday, February 10 at the beginning of the class
Week Two: February 9 - 13
  • space pioneers activity: starting individually, in partners and in ever-growing groups, experience the challenges of reaching consensus
  • structure of Canadian government
  • you are political reading and questions
  • Thursday, February 12: you will be in Lab 1100 and must find and PRINT one article to include in your culminating activity (it may be a local, provincial / national or international issue). Complete the yellow summary sheet and be prepared to hand in BOTH the article and the completed summary as checkpoint #1 on Tuesday February 17
  • democratic concepts - complete the reading handout with each of the terms we discussed in class Friday
Week Three: February 16 - 20
  • Happy Family Day - February 16
  • Checkpoint #1: Tuesday February 17 is the due date for the first article that you have found, printed and summarized for your course culminating activity (20% of your final mark). You may choose to complete an article on a local issue, a provincial / national issue or an international issue that relates to Canada
  • leadership styles: autocratic, democratic and laissez-faire, complete the Who's the Boss activity (leadership style and justification)
  • outer space experience (in groups) and debriefing questions
  • Life in Totalitaria - answer the questions based on the reading and your opinions and hand in on Friday
  • Friday: work period to complete Checkpoint #2
Week Four: February 23 - 27
  • Checkpoint #2: Monday February 23 is the due date for the second article that you have found, printed and summarized for your course culminating activity (20% of your final mark). You may choose to complete an article on a local issue, a provincial / national issue or an international issue that relates to Canada, but you cannot choose an article from the same category as you did for checkpoint #1.
  • How should government work? - read and complete the 3 questions on the handout and ask an adult (non-student) what their answer to question #1 would be
  • laws versus policies - complete question #3 on the handout
  • fact sheet: government in Canada and accompanying question sheet (you may search on the Internet for the answer to the last question)
Week Five: March 2 - 6
  • Checkpoint #3: Monday March 2 is the due date for the third article that you have found, printed and summarized for your course culminating activity (20% of your final mark). You may choose to complete an article on a local issue, a provincial / national issue or an international issue that relates to Canada, but you cannot choose an article from the same category as you did for checkpoint #1 or checkpoint #2.
  • my daily activities chart
  • levels or government and their respective responsibilities  levels of government dsbn.pdf
  • for Monday: complete the handout with an appropriate level of government and what the specific area of responsibility would be based on the description  
  • NIMBY simulation  
Week Six: March 9 - 13
  • decision making in municipal politics - work in your assigned groups and be ready to present your completed city plan and rationale on Wednesday  municipal decision making project.pdf
  • using the information from the presentations on Wednesday, complete the debriefing task by answering the two questions on the handout (my top 3 and lowest 3 priorities and my rationale for each), and writing a 250 word journal entry on topic #1 on the reverse, municipalities face many challenges today, making specific reference to challenges faced by our municipality, Niagara Falls - hand in by the end of the period on Friday, March 13 municipal govt debrief and essay.pdf
Week Seven: March 23 - 27
  • questions: Government Structures and how they help us live together
  • Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms (find the section that is appropriate for each scenario)
  • power vs. priviledge
  • political spectrum survey: be sure to complete the survey and be prepared to declare your score on the survey (a number between 0 - 200)
  • in your assigned groups, create a political campaign - choose your candidate and prepare your platform using Google Drive (add me as a part of your group - orla.morgan@dsbn.org) - speeches and debates will take place in class on Tuesday  political spectrum platform.pdf
Week Eight: March 30 - April 3


Week Nine: April 6 - 10


Week Ten: April 13 - 17

  • Citizen's Handbook project is due (20% of your final mark) - bring all of your project materials to class to be handed in by the end of the period on Monday, April 13 - email assignments are not acceptable for this project
  • students who are exempt from writing the final exam will be notified on Tuesday, April 14. 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, April 15 (in-class)
  • 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 April TBD about a Canadian making a difference in the world and complete the debriefing sheet   admirable Canadian debrief.pdf
Week Eleven: April 20 - 24
  • 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: orla.morgan@dsbn.org) will begin during the last week of regular classes (beginning on Monday, June 9), continuing until all presentations are completed.



Week Twelve: April 27 - May 1


Week Thirteen: May 4 - 8


Week Fourteen:May 11 - 15


Week Fifteen: May 18 - 22


Week Sixteen: May 25 - 29


Week Seventeen: June 1 - 5


Week Eighteen:June 8 - 12


Week Nineteen: June 15 - 19
Presentations of course culminating activities - all week = 30% of your final mark
All written reports (provide a printed copy) are due on June TBD. Presentations (MUST be completed on Prezi or on Google Docs and shared with me: orla.morgan@dsbn.org) will take place in the following order:




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. A Summary of your Interests
3. Comparing your interests & abilities
4. Career Crusing Matchmaker & Skills results
5. Career Studies - My Second Week
6. Personality Dimensions package
7. Transferring your skills to the workplace (2 pages)
8. Time Management















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