Harris History Update

Happy Wednesday:

P1 and P4: Students worked on their bibliographies today in class. They have a final library day tomorrow to complete the following for assessment:
-3 pages of research notes
-position paper organizer
-draft of bibliography

All of these should have been at least started already, so the list shouldn’t be a surprise for any student. The most important step is to take time to complete thorough research. My hope is that students are very comfortable with their topics at this point. I would be a good idea to check in with your son or daughter to see how things are going. Just a reminder also that the next quiz is on Monday.

P2: Students had their final library period today. They should have their Civil War battles research done, as well as their organizer. Several were working on bibliographies today. The paper is due Monday. Please ask your son or daughter what he or she has learned so far about the battles of Antietam and Gettysburg. Hopefully they can also articulate which battle was more significant. The tentative date for the next unit test is a week from today.

Have a great evening, everyone!

Aaron Harris
Dept. Head of History
Oakridge Secondary School
1040 Oxford Street West
London N6H 1V4
Phone: 519-452-2750
Fax: 519-452-2769

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Harris History Update Part 2!

Sorry, I almost forgot…mid-term reports were issued today to all students!

Aaron Harris
Dept. Head of History
Oakridge Secondary School
1040 Oxford Street West
London N6H 1V4
Phone: 519-452-2750
Fax: 519-452-2769

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Harris History Update

Hi Everyone:

P1 and P4: Students will get a bit of breathing room with regard to their position papers. We will go over Chicago style referencing and bibliographies in class tomorrow then they will have a final day in the library to complete the essay organizer and a working copy of their bibliography. At the end of the class on Thursday, I will collect all process work to assess how each student is doing. Because I will have 60 assignments to go through, we won’t resume work on the papers until next week. That will push the due date back by a few days. I will determine a more firm date with students once I see how the process work is going. We will do some in-class review of the Great Depression and the causes of WWII on Friday, then students will write their quiz on those topics Monday.

P2: Students should be finishing their research and completing the essay organizer. They have one more period tomorrow in the library. If necessary, students should look at the resources I have posted on my website with regard to footnoting and blibilographies. The final draft of the paper will be due Monday and the next scheduled unit test will be next Wednesday.

Have a great evening.

Aaron Harris
Dept. Head of History
Oakridge Secondary School
1040 Oxford Street West
London N6H 1V4
Phone: 519-452-2750
Fax: 519-452-2769

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Harris History Update

Hi Everyone:

Hopefully your neighbourhood did not sustain too much damage after last night’s wind. Here is the latest from Room 128:

P1 and P4: Please continue to conduct research for your WWII topic. Even 30 minutes of focused reading is enough to keep your project moving ahead. We are back in either the lab or library tomorrow.

P2: Make sure you have researched at least one of the two battles (Antietam or Gettysburg) in some depth by tomorrow.

Have a great evening!

Aaron Harris
Dept. Head of History
Oakridge Secondary School
1040 Oxford Street West
London N6H 1V4
Phone: 519-452-2750
Fax: 519-452-2769

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Harris History Weekend Edition

Hi Everyone:

P1 and P4 students were given instructions for a position paper assignment that we will be working on for the next few days. I made a mistake with my P1 class and did not inform them of the proper length parameters for the paper. In the instructions it says 500-750, but it’s really 750-1000 (cringe!). Five hundred words is not enough space to construct strong arguments and I will apologize profusely for my error on Monday. If you can relay the message to them first, that would be great as I will not be in striking distance of their vengence when you do. P4 students were told the correct length so no need to break the bad news to your son or daughter if they have me in the afternoon. This assignment is a sprint, not a marathon. Students have tons of in class time next week, but some outside of school research would really help. The London Public Library has fantastic WWII resources that can be signed out to supplement what can be found online and here at school. Many people don’t know that if you have a library card, you can also access research databases for great articles on the Public Library website. I have uploaded the instructions and topic selection page to a new page on my website. As usual, the password is chelseafc:

http://www.tvdsb.ca/webpages/charris/academic.cfm?subpage=205256

On that page students will find a writing guide as well as a document that will help shed light on Chicago style footnoting (we will go over this in class, but some were anxious to see what it’s about). Okay, long-winded update here but this is the list of what students should be doing this weekend:

1. select a topic
2. find some sources and record them on source organizer page (distributed in class)
3. create account on turnitin.com
4. do some initial research (just to get started)

P2: American history students are also writing a position paper, albeit one with less choice. They will have to determine which Civil War battle was more significant: Antietam or Gettysburg. Their to-do list is similar to the one above but the topic has already been selected. Most students in this class have already used turnitin, so that step should, in theory, be taken care of. Students were given time to read their textbook in class to gain some background about both battles; they should continue their search for sources over the weekend (online and Public Library). I will be posting resources online to assist with the research and writing process.

All classes: Time management will be the key to success here. I have alotted TONS of class time for these investigations. Students should get the bulk of the work done at school; not much should have to be completed at home, except perhaps the typing.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Aaron Harris
Dept. Head of History
Oakridge Secondary School
1040 Oxford Street West
London N6H 1V4
Phone: 519-452-2750
Fax: 519-452-2769

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Harris History Update

Hi Everyone:

Warm weather should melt all this lingering snow, so make sure you get out and get those last few leaves into the bag!

P1 and P4 students have no homework, but you can quiz them about some of the events that led up to the outbreak of WWII. They should be able to define ‘appeasement’ and describe how the Munich Agreement was an example of the attempted appeasement of Hitler.

P2: Students worked really well in small groups today. They were learning about the factors that helped to cause the Civil War. I recommended to them that they should probably read through the causes in their texts again to improve retention of information. These are the causes that they should be able to describe to you:
-Missouri Compromise
-Compromise of 1850
-Bleeding Kansas
-Lincoln and the Republican Party

All of my classes will be starting an in-depth research and writing task tomorrow. Students will need to make sure that they can log in properly to school computers.

That’s it for now. Have a great evening.

Aaron Harris
Dept. Head of History
Oakridge Secondary School
1040 Oxford Street West
London N6H 1V4
Phone: 519-452-2750
Fax: 519-452-2769

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Harris History Update: Weekend Edition

I hope you all have a great weekend. None of my classes has/have (not sure about the grammar on that one!) homework.

Aaron Harris
Dept. Head of History
Oakridge Secondary School
1040 Oxford Street West
London N6H 1V4
Phone: 519-452-2750
Fax: 519-452-2769

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