Monday, December 16, 2013

Good French YouTube references

Great sources

See YouTube 

Many thanks for volunteering

Our class has received many words of appreciation for our class Advent volunteer work at the Regent Park Safeway... Parents of young children and seniors offered many words of thank you through cars and emails - for the help they received with shopping. 


Well done! Grade 8, now there's showing the true spirit of Christmas!!

Here's a photo of some cheerful volunteers! 

Birth of Jesus

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GkHNNPM7pJA&sns=em

Child labour campaign button rubric

Ensure your button is in full colour and is eye catching. 

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Amazing Resource for Teachers

Teachers of all grades, check out this site... It is a curation of so many amazing tools, you just need to visit the site to get the full impact of how useful it is!
http://www.2learn.ca

Storybird Mandela Prayer Assignment


Storybird reverses visual storytelling by starting with the image and "unlocking" the story inside. Explore artists, get inspired, and write.

http://storybird.com/create/

http://storybird.com/classes/st-francis-16/stewies-students/students/add/
Student access code

CLASS ACCESS CODE:
RCXFD




Friday, December 6, 2013

Child Labour Monologue Rubric for Writing and Presentation


CHILD MONOLOGUE PRESENTATION RATING SCALE  EVALUATION
Criteria
Comments
Volume – Loud, easy to hear in all areas of the classroom, projection …
1           2          3        4      5
Voice – Expressive, suitable to the character, adds to the presentation and adds personality to the character. More than just “reading” the part
1           2          3        4     5
Pacing  - Appropriate pauses for emphasis, adds to the story, not too slow or fast
1           2          3        4      5
Preparation – Obviously the student prepared for the presentation, note familiarity, no excess pausing to find place… or stumbling on what is written
1           2          3        4      5
Enthusiasm – Eye contact, dramatic inflection in speech. Student is ready to share their child labourer’s life story.
1           2          3        4      5
Presentation Extras – Inclusion of images which reflect the presentation (picture of child labourer, images which reflect main aspects of their lives from presentation). Note level of preparation with either a slide show or images included in blog.
1           2          3       4       5

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Organizing Persuasive Writing Interactive Outline

Awesome interactive outline for persuasive writing...

http://www.readwritethink.org/files/resources/interactives/persuasion_map/

Well known Human Rights Activist Nelson Mandela passes away today

Nelson Mandela, one of history's greatest leaders passed away today. If you check out this link you can see Twitter feeds that are trending around the world. Globally Nelson Mandela and what he has done for humanity was on everyone's mind...


 
* Click on the link above to access the Google Doc
 
See Trend map twitter feed...

http://trendsmap.com

CBC links on Nelson Mandela
http://www.cbc.ca/news

Interactive Timeline on the life and times of Nelson Mandela  - CBC
http://www.cbc.ca/news2/world/features/mandela/timeline/

Photo Album of Mandela's life
http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/photos/nelson-mandela-leader-and-legend-1.1424419


Video on Mandala as an activist
http://www.biography.com/people/nelson-mandela-9397017/videos/nelson-mandela-dedication-to-activism-25583171876

Video clip: The Legacy of Mandala
http://www.biography.com/people/nelson-mandela-9397017/videos

For Teachers - Critical reflection questions on Mandela's life
http://www.biography.com/assets/pdf/study_guides/classroom/NelsonMandela.pdf


Words of Wisdom from Nelson Mandela - No wonder he is a Nobel Peace Prize winner
http://www.biography.com/people/groups/nobel-prize/videos/nelson-mandela-words-of-wisdom-35905603523


Blog Assignment
Why is Mandela called a freedom fighter? Why did he inspire so many?
Paraphrase your favourite quote from Mandela. In a blog post explain what it means to you personally. Why should we reflect and think about the life of this great activist?

Homework

Be sure to also have all revisions for the monologue completed too. Add to Kidblog and find pictures which reflect your presentation. 

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Transition practice work sheet

http://teacher.scholastic.com/activities/writing/worksheet1.asp?topic=Iditarod

http://www.studyzone.org/testprep/ela4/h/chronologicalnarrativep.htm

http://www.elfs.com/AniMenWrk.html

http://flang1.kendall.mdc.edu/3/332/L332Activity2/L332activity2v6.htm

https://www.glastonburyus.org/staff/VemuriC/Documents/TRANSITION%2520WORD%2520PRACTICE.doc

http://englishlinx.com/transitional_words/Transitional-Words-Sequencing-P-1-Intermediate.pdf

http://englishlinx.com/transitional_words/Transitional-Words-Sequencing-P-2-Intermediate.pdf

http://englishlinx.com/transitional_words/Transitional-Words-Writing-in-Sequence-P-1-Intermediate.pdf






Revising the child labour monologue

1. To revise for content, reference the questions given on your original sheet with the assignment and graphic organizer (kid with soccer ball).

2. To revise for organization, read through your paragraphs. Ensure each paragraph has an opening and closing sentence. Read your paragraphs and look for transitions. You should have at least one or two per paragraph. 

Transition words - for connecting ideas 

3. To revise for word choice, grab a thesaurus! But ensure that you use "million dollar words" well. Include figures if speech like similes, metaphors and personification. Try to incorporate one figure if speech. Be sure that you have described life with specific adjectives and adverbs. Ensure that in at least 2 paragraphs you have described some aspect of your life. 

Great comment on blogging for teachers

http://langwitches.org/blog/
Why blogging is worthwhile and improves learning! 

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Child Labour Monologue draft

Grade eights as you could see from homework postings, you had a rough draft due Tuesday for the child labour monologue. We will revise Weds and Thursday and start final touches to your good copy on Friday. Class monologue presentations will start Monday and Tuesday. Start reviewing speaking tips (earlier posts related to Child Labour - found on this blog). 

Just something that caught my attention

Creative project GIFs - how do they do that??

http://thecreatorsproject.vice.com/blog/experiments-in-repetitive-motion-become-hypnotic-gifs

Christmas GIFs http://www.christmasgifs.org http://christmasgifs.org/artists/horse/


Just something that caught my attention

Creative project GIFs - how do they do that??

http://thecreatorsproject.vice.com/blog/experiments-in-repetitive-motion-become-hypnotic-gifs


Friday, November 29, 2013

Kid snippets

http://youtu.be/q95qRy6NfLA

Kid snippets Thor

Do something

What to see what you can do to make a difference? See what other teens are doing around the world to make a difference ... Go to: http://www.dosomething.org/

Worth checking out! 

Do something

What to see what you can do to make a difference? See what other teens are doing around the world to make a difference ... Go to: http://www.dosomething.org/

Worth checking out! 

Remember your Outdoor Ed forms


Remember your outdoor Ed forms Grade 8 as well as the $25!! You also need to start planning what warm outdoor clothes you plan on wearing on the trip. Organize this in advance so there is less last minute panic. 

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Homework

Sunday, November 24, 2013

The Power of Knowledge

Ever complain about going to school? Ever feel like you just don't feel like going because there are other things you would rather do?

Today's lesson will explore the power of knowledge and how an education is essential in changing the lives of kids around the world.

We're going to watch a video from the series, The New Heroes, "The Power of Knowledge"

Here is a link to the video questions to go with the video...
Making a Difference Questions

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Overdue Assignments

Just a reminder that Term One Reportcards go out on Tuesday. Students were told they could email any overdue assignments or contact me with questions this weekend. My email address is:
j.stewart-mitchell@rcsd.ca


Thursday, November 21, 2013

Peace Pledge Voice Recording Rubric

Great work today Grade 8 on troubleshooting and recording your Peace Pledges and linking them on Kidblog. Here is a link to the basic rubric I will use for assessing your work...

Peace Pledge Rubric

Homework Thursday


Can't Wait for the Movie, Catching Fire?? Me too!

So excited... My favourite is Sesame Street's "Peeta".

Monday, November 18, 2013

CHILD LABOUR MONOLOGUE REMINDERS

Grade 8's do not rush this assignment. It is to be at least 3 paragraphs. However for a quality introduction and conclusion maybe 5 paragraphs. Read through the whole assignment sheet I gave you, or check out previous blog  posts on this assignment.

After you research and brainstorm your web, your outline for your draft might look like this. However you can organize your ideas in other ways. This is just a framework to give you an idea of how to organize the monologue...

REMINDERS
Be sure to REVIEW ALL THE QUESTIONS I gave you on the assignment. This means do not rush, as this is an assignment you need to research, get an informed opinion of what it's like to be a child labourer, then write from their perspective. You are going to be the voice of those kids who have no voice. 
 What kids of things do you need to include? For example, You need to explore exactly what you eat, where you sleep... Go through ALL THE QUESTIONS from the assignment and ANSWER THEM IN THE MONOLOGUE. Be sure to fully explore the details of what it's like to be a child labourer. Paint your audience a picture of your life!! Get the audience to think and care!

THE FRAMEWORK
The framework for your Child Labour Monologue could be as follows...
Paragraph #1 – Who you are, age, where you live… your family (what do you know about them?)
Paragraph #2 – How you ended up being a child labourer, how long have you been a labourer, what has life been like for you up to this point. 
Paragraph #3  - A day in your life - from morning to night...
Paragraph #4 –  Your hopes, dreams for the future. What does your future look like with no education?
Paragraph #5 – Closing… What would you say if you were a child labourer in closing? How would you capture the "hearts and minds" of your audience and get them to care? Use language that creates an emotional response in your audience... This means ask your audience questions, add repetition for effect... 


THE PRESENTATION Finally, find a picture on line that you think could represent your child labourer. See Tag galaxy.com and type in “child labor” and “poverty”. Then choose a picture, save it in your pictures and upload to kidblog. 

EXTENSION... Consider adding more visuals to help your audience connect with your Monologue. Remember the overall objective is to tell the story of a child labourer and get your audience to care about the issue. 

What can you add to your post to get your audience to care?

REMINDER TO HAND IN
** YOU WILL HAND IN YOUR RESEARCH, the TWO COLUMN GRAPHIC ORGANIZER (be sure to cite your sources!!)  I Will expect to see about 2 of these. 


Friday, November 15, 2013

Homework Friday


Thursday, November 14, 2013

Child Labourer Assignment

EXAMINING THE ISSUE OF CHILD LABOUR...

FREE THE CHILDREN INFORMATION ON CHILD LABOUR


http://www.freethechildren.com/getinvolved/youth/issues/index.php?type=childlabour&gclid=CPuDqrmUgKUCFSMd5wodo0Dggw

Check out the Teacher Tube video created by  a student on child labourer activist, Iqbal Masih (click on the link below)

http://www.teachertube.com/viewVideo.php?video_id=227&title=Iqbal_Masih


Videos on Iqbal

You've read the story of Iqbal Masih and watched videos that examine his life. He is a person who showed everyone around the world that slavery still exists today - and it reveals itself in the form of child labour. 


Points to Ponder...
How could the story about Iqbal cause people to take action and do something? What kind of action do you think could be taken?

Child Labour Monologue Assignment - Time to get creative with your writing!!
Now it's your turn.... You are going to find an image of a child labourer from one of the websites below (or scroll to the bottom of this blog), and brainstorm key ideas for a key message that the child in the photo might give in a 30 second - 1 minute monologue (this is about 3/4 - 1 page double spaced typed writing).


But wait! Before you can write your monologue, you need to get informed!!

*** CHILD LABOUR ASSIGNMENT - Click on the link to access the Google Doc, "Two Column Graphic Organizer"

Websites for child labour:

Here is a selection of pre-selected websites on child labour for you to evaluate and perhaps use for your research on life of child labourers from around the world. Some sites are better than others, and most are from well known International and National organizations on child labour. Read through at least 6-8 of the sites. Scan text features such as graphs, pictures, multi-media (slideshows, videos and podcasts) and get a sense of the issue. Then choose  1 or 2 and complete a Two Column Graphic Organizer for research for your Child Labour Monologue Assignment.


The Sites...
What is child labour
http://www.ilo.org/ipec/facts/lang--en/index.htm

I want to be president
http://iloblog.org/2013/11/14/i-want-to-be-president-malawis-little-voices-against-child-labour/#more-660

ILO's Slideshow - "Dreaming of Freedom"
http://www.ilo.org//legacy/english/wdacl/2013/en/bit-maket/index.html
* This is a really good slideshow that explains what child labour is with excellent information to provide you with background knowledge

International Labour Organization
http://www.ilo.org/global/topics/child-labour/lang--en/index.htm

International Labour Organization - Child Labour Stories
http://www.ilo.org/wcmsp5/groups/public/---ed_norm/---declaration/documents/publication/wcms_decl_fs_44_en.pdf

Think Quest - Child Labour Stories from Around the World
http://library.thinkquest.org/03oct/01908/1024/lifestory_nadeem.htm

Good Weave - Child Labour Stories for children who have worked in the carpet factories
http://www.goodweave.org/about/children_stories

Canadian Labour Congress
http://www.canadianlabour.ca/news-room/publications/facts-child-labour

Fair Trade Canada
http://fairtrade.ca/en/news-views/news/tackling-child-labour-chocolate-industry

Free the Children
http://www.freethechildren.com/getinvolved/geteducated/childlabour.htm


Free the Children - Child Labour Video
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UWDcz0sfh4I

Canadian Coalition on the Rights of the Child
http://rightsofchildren.ca/resources

Saskatchewan Council for International Cooperation
http://earthbeat.sk.ca

Globe and Mail - "Is there less child labour?"
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/giving/is-there-less-child-labour-around-the-world/article4179461/

National Consumers League - Biggest Child Labour Stories of 2011
http://www.nclnet.org/worker-rights/82-child-labor/609-biggest-child-labor-stories-of-2011

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime - Child Labour Stories
http://www.unodc.org/unodc/en/frontpage/2013/June/world-day-against-child-labour-_-two-stories-of-hope.html

BBC World Service
http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/people/features/childrensrights/childrenofconflict/work.shtml

Unicef
http://www.unicef.org/protection/index_childlabour.html
Unicef Podcasts - Child Labour
http://www.unicef.org/videoaudio/video_49996.html

Unicef Radio - Podcasts of Child Labour Narratives
http://teachunicef.org/explore/topic/child-labor

Unicef - Back on Track Podcasts
http://www.educationandtransition.org/resources/podcast-84-let-us-learn-everywhere-–-towards-equality-in-education/

Kids and Needs
http://www.kidsandneeds.org/child-labor


Eco India
http://www.ecoindia.com/views/labour.html


Impact Limited Case Studies
http://www.impacttlimited.com/case-studies/


Worlds Children Prize
http://worldschildrensprize.org/globalclassroom/page.html#75&panel1-4

This link may not work as it's for a database. The password to access databases is rcsd

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=13886263


A poem for child labours... listen to this podcast
 http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4864221

What is a monologue? It is a speech given by one person directly to an audience. It is personal and expresses a person's thoughts, feelings and personality. 




USING THE RESEARCH TO WRITE AN INFORMED AND AUTHENTIC MONOLOGUE

Now that you have done a little research, you can explore that research and combine it with your own ideas of what it means to be a child labourer...

When brainstorming... What other supporting details would you use to support the main message? Use the paragraph diagram (see your notes) to organize your ideas and write a draft. 


After drafting, you will then share your draft with another student PAIR. 
Revise your draft using the following questions:
1) Who is your monologue about?
2) What do they do as a labourer? 
3) What is their life like? (Describe in detail your life as a child labourer. When do you start your day? What do you eat? What is your job like? When does your day end? What do you do for fun? Where is your family? Why did you become a child labourer?)
4) What is your hope? What are your dreams? 
Revise your draft based on the feedback receive.


Finally, edit your draft for mechanical errors... and write a good copy. You will be adding a copy of your   Child Labour Monologue on Kidblog.org - You will also be presenting your monologue for the class. If you are willing to try, you could record yourself with www.vocaroo.com or blabberize http://blabberize.com  and then embed the recording into your blog on kidblog.org.


Part II. Child Labour Button Campaign...
You are going to create a slogan that will motivate people to take action against child labour. The primary purpose is to create awareness of this global problem. 
This button must be attention getting... therefore it must be coloured in pencil crayon. Letter or writing must not only be neat, but be attention grabbing, so either outline your words in black marker or type them! The diameter of the button must be at least 10 -12 cm's - yes this will be a big button. (Diameter is the distance across a circle through the middle, from edge to edge).


Due dates:
Child Labour Monogue
brainstorm: Monday, November 18
draft #1: end of class Tuesday
revisions (self and partner): Wednesday, November 19
Good copy (after editing): discuss
Post your monologue in written form on Kidblog.org by ... discuss

Child Labour Campaign button, due: discuss


CHILD LABOUR IMAGES - YOU CAN USE THESE TO HELP CREATE YOUR MONOLOGUE...




Go to www.taggalaxy.com and check out images on child labour via Flickr. There may be an image which might inspire you. To cite the source, just source: www.taggalaxy.com.

When you choose your key words for Tag Galaxy, try child labor (American spelling on labor)






















child labour montage




GETTING STARTED WRITING... OR REVISING YOUR MONOLOGUE...
How did you start your monologue? "My name is ____ and I am a child labourer..." What are some other ways you can start? What are some ways that you can "hook" you audience with an engaging lead?


Read the information below on interesting leads in writing... Note that the information is about Expository Writing, but how can you apply this to your narrative piece?



Leads in Expository Writing
What's the most boring way you could begin a research report about the human brain? A rattlesnake? The United States Constitution? We all know.
. . . 
In the report I will tell you about. . . "

Now that we know that, let's experiment with difference places to start.
• Start with a Snapshot. When you paint a picture, you draw the reader in . Notice the difference between these two leads to a report about ice-skating.
Boring
Ice-skating is my favorite sport.
Better
It's ten degrees below zero and the river is frozen a foot thick. It makes snapping sounds like the limbs of trees cracking. A long figure glides along the
black ice, moving toward the city. The only sound is the scraping of each blade as it bites into the river. That's me doing my favorite sport, ice-skating.
• Start with an important observation. Don't start in the general. Put your most surprising or important observation into you opening.
General
The human brain is a complex and amazing organ.
Better
Seeing stars, it dreams of eternity. Hearing birds, it makes music. Smelling flowers, it is enraptured. Touching tools, it transforms the earth. But
deprived of these sensory experiences, the human brain withers and dies. (Inside the Brain --- Ronald Kotulak)
• Start with a strongly stated question your readers might haveIn some ways all writing is about trying to answer our best questions. A strong
question is one we all want to know the answer to.
Weakly-stated
In this paper I will attempt to answer the question why history is important.
Better
What's the point of studying history? Who cares what happened long ago? After all, aren't the people in history books dead?
• Put your connection with the subject in the lead. Why are you attracted to the subject? Do you have a personal reason for writing about this
subject? What specific memories of the subject come to mind?
General
The problem of longitude was one of the greatest scientific challenges of its day.
Better
Once on a Wednesday excursion when I was a little girl, my father bought me a beaded wire ball that I loved. At a touch, I could collapse the toy into
a flat coil between my palms, or pop it open to make a hollow sphere. Rounded out it resembled a tiny Earth, because its hinged wires traced the same pattern
intersecting circles that I had seen on the globe in my school room -- the thin black lines of latitude and longitude. (Longitude --- Dava Sobel)
• Flaunt your favorite bit of research in the lead. Start with the facts that made you smile, laugh, go "ahaaa" or just plain grossed you out.
General
Did you ever wonder why God created flies?
Better
Though we've been killing them for years now, I have never tested the folklore that with a little cream and sugar, flies taste very much like black
raspberries.










I wonder questions to check out

www.wonderopolis.org

Great question of the day...


Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Presentations and Field Trips

We are fortunate to have a few activities coming up for the grade 8 students...

November 28th - Presentation from Jeff Richards
We are quite lucky to have been selected as a school for a presentation from Mr. Richards! He will wow us with his talents as a Mentalist...

Thursday, November 21st - O'Neil Health and Wellness Day
We were fortunate to be invited to O'Neil's Health and Wellness Fair. This means students will see exhibits and presentations all related to issues that affect teens today.

The Agenda...
10:30 Bus picks up the Grade 8's to go to O'Neil
10:45 Wellness Exhibits - Tour the Health and Wellness Fair
11:15 Red Cross Presentation on Dating Abuse
11:30 Uncle Adams (Rapper) presentation
12:15-12:30 Bus picks up Grade 8's and they return to St. Francis

Homework

Monday, November 11, 2013

Day of peace TED talk

Jeremy Giles talks about Peace Day on TED talks...

Math games

More opportunities to practice math in game format!!



Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Digital Discussion and Sharing in Today's Lesson

DIGITAL DISCUSSIONS
Ever share some ideas in class and you forget what you said? Ever find a great picture or video and can't find it later when you need it? Ever want to show someone something interesting you discovered on-line and you just want to quickly post it? Well we're going to share some of our reactions to what we are learning in a digital way...

Today's Lesson Discussion will be an opportunity to share and record...

*What you know,
*What you've learned so far, and
*What you still wonder...
as we discuss Peace Day, Remembrance Day and  Child Labour... 

How are all these concepts connected? 

In the next couple days, you will share with your peers in an informal digital setting your thoughts and connections using a "digital wall" at padlet.com. 

Our discussion today will be digitally hosted at:
http://padlet.com/wall/stewiespeaceday
Click on the link and go to our digital discussion board. 
More information for using Padlet - see this video.

For future discussions and collaboration, we are going to try another site... Edmodo. 

Join Edmodo... It's a collaborative space for sharing...
"A free and safe way for students and teachers to connect
and collaborate."



To get to our private class page, go to  our class address...

edmo.do/j/cwnbmo

The code you need to register is: qos44d

More on edmodo??

https://www.edmodo.com/about



Composing Quality Blogs & Comments


How do I write a great blog comment, so it's more than... "Cool. Your blog is great! Thanks for sharing." See this link, "Commenting Poster" for tips.