Harris History Update

Hi Folks:

Hope everyone had a great weekend. Hard to believe we’re into April already after what seemed like a never-ending winter. Things really speed up from here on in and the kids’ stress levels tend to climb a bit so time management will be very important.

P1: No homework but please ask your son or daughter what caused the Great Depression and how Canadians were affected by it.

P3: Complete research for Greatest Pharaoh. Our debates begin tomorrow. Students must submit their research and a Chicago style bibliography tomorrow as well.

P4: Unit 2 test is Thursday. If students did not complete the reading in class they should do so tonight. I also distributed the course culminating activity (CCA) for students to think about. The course finishes next Friday, April 11th. Students will present their projects starting next Wednesday. They have 3 days in the library starting this Friday.

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

Hi Everyone:

The parent-teacher interview forms were distributed in homerooms today. They are green. Interviews run from 4:30-7:30 next Thursday. The only timeslot that is unavailable for me is 5:30. If you can’t make it in that day, we can connect on the phone or via email.

P1: Make sure Causes of the Great Depression images are done and that you can connect each cause to the ‘downward spiral’ that led to widespread unemployment in the 1930s.

P3: Continue to do research for the Greatest Pharaoh tourney. I’ll post the new bracket today or over the weekend.

P4: Great Class of Commons debate today. Unit 2 test is next Thursday. No homework otherwise.

Have a great weekend.

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: Students wrote their in-class essay today so no homework. We begin our study of the Great Depression tomorrow so you can share anything you know about that time period with your son or daughter tonight at the dinner table (unless you’re like me with 2 kids in sports and dinner in the car!). I issued updated marks to this class as well.

P3: We were looking into the question of whether slaves built the Great Pyramid at Giza. Students examined several documents and will compose a persuasive paragraph in class tomorrow. No homework (as long as they finished the document organizer in class).

P4: Students should attempt to complete the Politica election simulation. Really helps to show how our First Past the Post System works (or not).

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

I hope you all had a great weekend. Here is the latest:

P1: Students had their trench letters returned. They will write the 1920s open-book essay tomorrow so organized notes are important.

P3: Any students who missed Friday’s reading quiz must make it up tomorrow at the beginning of lunch. Students have no homework otherwise.

P4: No homework.

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 Update

As previously mentioned, progress reports were given out to students today (not everyone in P1 came to see me at lunch so they may not have it yet). Progress reports sometimes inflate marks and sometimes kids panic because their average might be lower than usual. It’s usually the case that they had one bad mark and because there are few entries, the entire average is skewed. My advice to them was to NOT panic; rather, they need to focus on areas for improvement, like reviewing notes at least once per week and making sure all research assignments and readings are complete.

P1: No homework. The 1920s in-class essay will be written Tuesday. I’ll do another mark update next week.

P3: Reading quiz today and I collected yesterday’s homework. Had a ton of missing people today! No homework.

P4: Election is done and we’ll begin the Class of Commons activity Monday. No homework.

Have a great weekend.

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 Folks:

Progress reports will be issued tomorrow. Some teachers do not print them off; you can check the student and/or parent portal if that’s the case. I usually issue a mini-report slip. Parent-Teacher interviews are Thursday, April 3 from 4:30-7:30.

P1: Literacy test prep today. Please ask your son or daughter how they feel about the types of questions. There is support material at eqao.com. Reminder of the in-class essay next Tuesday (open book).

P3: A brief overview reading and focus questions about ancient Egypt was assigned. Many finished it in class but it should be done for homework if not.

P4: We went over the political spectrum and students were again asked to determine their political leanings. I gave them an infographic that’s American but it still does a good job of differentiating the left from the right. Might be interesting to discuss with them where they think they are on the spectrum. The class election began today as well and the students seemed pretty enthusiastic. The campaign will be tomorrow and the issue is how to improve the student experience at Oakridge with a budget of $10 000. We’ll have posters, speeches, tweets and debates so it will be very authentic. No homework otherwise.

Why is it snowing on the first day of spring?

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 All:

Busy times here at Oakridge. Progress reports will be issued on Friday and the Literacy Test is next Thursday for Grade 10s. Due to my illness, some of the assignments I had hoped to include with the progress report will not make it; however, I will issue an update early next week once I am caught up. My apologies for the delay.

P1: No homework, but you might ask your son or daughter what he or she learned about assimilation and residential schools. The next test is this coming Tuesday. It will be an open-book in-class essay that follows the same format as the Literacy Test opinion paragraphs question.

P3: No homework. Had some very good discussion about life in ancient Egypt using images and inferences.

P4: I returned the I am democracy poems today and asked all students to check their e-learning account for the feedback. The kids did a practice run through a reading exercise to prep for next week’s test. We’ll be back to ‘normal’ tomorrow (not sure it really exists any more). Just a note–students filled out a questionnaire in my absence that helped to determine where they are on the political spectrum (i.e. left wing/liberal, right-wing/conservative). You might ask them about the results. Class election coming 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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