April 17, 2019
Dear Students,
Please ensure your Columnist Project is completed by Tuesday, April 30th.  One columnist – three articles – annotated and each with a precis.
Details in previous entries on this blog.
Have a great long weekend.  Ms. Brett
April 15, 2019
Dear Students, please meet in C101 on Wed. April 17th – 1.4 – first block.
1.3 – meet in the mini gym – for a special presentation – The Power of Privilege.
Ms. Brett
PS . please review important terms for our study of different texts this term:
April 11, 2019
Please read the story, “The Watch”:

The Watch

“The Watch” was written by Elie Wiesel in 1964. The story is based on his personal experiences before and after the Holocaust, focusing on the protagonist’s feelings of loss and trauma and how he tries to deal with them through forgiveness and remembering.

  1. What conflict is the main conflict in this story? Explain in a short paragraph.
  2. What is the point of view of the story and why is it relevant?
  3. What does the watch symbolize? Explain.
  4. What is the theme of the story – please write this in one sentence.

Here are the links to the Cinematheque films:Fabric of the Church: https://vimeo.com/323830709

Vetus Et Nortum: https://vimeo.com/323830567
Pathways to Canada: https://vimeo.com/323830346

A sample annotated column:  Use the link below.  Follow a columnist project (annotation and precis) due April 23rd.


Also, a review of logos, pathos and ethos:


Here’s the rhetorical triangle:

Image result for rhetorical triangle

One more to consider:

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FOLLOWING A COLUMNIST – The Columnist Project: Mini Humanities 10

Some of the most prominent practitioners of stylish written rhetoric in our culture are newspaper columnists. Sometimes they are called pundits – that is, sources of opinion, or critics. On the reverse side find a list of well-known newspaper columnists. Select one (or another one that I approve of) and complete the tasks below. Please start a new page and label as TASK # each time you start a new task.

TASK 1—Brief Biography.

Write a brief (100-200 word) biography of the columnist. Make sure you cite your source(s) at the bottom of the page. Import a picture of the author on your biography.

TASK 2—Five Annotated Columns.

Make copies from newspapers or magazines or download them from the internet. I suggest cutting and pasting the columns/essays  into Microsoft word and double-spacing them because it makes them easier to annotate and work with. Your annotations should emphasize such things as:

– the central idea of the column

– identify appeals to logos, pathos, or ethos

– (by what means does the columnist seek to convince readers of the truth of his central idea?)

-the chief rhetorical and stylistic devices at work in the column

-the tone (or tones) of the column

– errors of logic (if any) that appear in the column

– the way the author uses sources, the type of sources the author uses (Be sure to pay attention to this one!)

– the apparent audience the author is writing for

-Use the rhetorical triangle (Topic, Audience, Context)

This should be an analysis of the argument and also of how the rhetorical strategies affect or impact the argument.

Personal Response-(Part of Task 2) Finally, add a few final comments to each column that summarizes your general response to the piece (feeling, opinions)—do not summarize the column! This task is hand-written.


TASK 3 – Write a precis, after annotating each article.    

A precis reveals your understanding of the arguments and points authors make in a specific piece.  Composing a precis can be particularly useful when organizing sources for a research project. When writing your precis, please be sure to objectively summarize the article accurately in your own words.  Before you begin writing your precis, read the column a number of times to make sure you completely understand the author’s rhetorical situation.

Here is an example Precis:


TASK 4 – Final Remarks

Add a statement titled ―Final Remarks.  In this reflect on what you learned, what value this had, what you think of the writer or subject matter, etc. Where could this assignment lead you in the future?  Where do you go from here?

A Few Canadian Prominent Newspaper Columnists:  Elizabeth Renzetti   Jen Gerson Andrew Coyne  


DUE DATE:____________________________

  Follow a Columnist/Precis Rubric


C / C+



B / B+



A /A+

86 – 92 – 98

Biography incomplete, Five annotated columns not completed. Personal reflection missing for some and/or is simply a summary.  Precis for each article/column is incomplete. Final remarks not included. Assignment is not carefully proofread. Biography and photo included, Five annotated columns completed in good detail. Personal response  (handwritten)does not summarize but rather offers a response to each piece. Precis of each column/article is complete and reveals your understanding of the arguments. Final Remarks are included. Proofread carefully. Biography completed with photo and sources included, Five annotated columns completed in excellent detail. Personal response  (handwritten) does not summarize but rather offers a personal and opinionated response to each piece. Precis of each column/article is complete and reveals  in depth understanding of the arguments. Final Remarks are included. Thoughtful and engaging. Proofread carefully.



Survey link for SS courses:



Nov. 16.  For homework continue to work on your Social Studies WebQuest (pwss10.weebly.com).  Here you will choose topic 1 or 2 and topics 3 and 4.  Topic 5 to be done with a partne. Upload when finished.  Save to a word document or google/one drive.  All due Nov. 26th.  Part of Term 1.

Next class we will continue to work on your essay.

Have a good weekend! Ms. Brett

Nov 14, 2018  In class essay next class – Nov. 16th.

Thesis  Powerpoint found at the link to the left.

Also, when you have a chance, please visit this site and become familiar with the following terms:



  • Premier
  • Constituency / Electoral District / Riding
  • Ballot
  • Ballot box
  • Governing Party
  • MLA
  • MP
  • Legislative Assembly
  • Lieutenant Governor
  • Liberal Party
  • NDP
  • Green Party
  • Political Party
  • Question Period
  • Shadow Cabinet
  • Official Opposition
  • Party Whip
  • FTPT
  • MMP
  • DMP

Concept Questions:

  • Why do we have government?
  • Why do we hold elections?
  • How do elections work in Canada?
  • What are Parliamentary majorities and minorities?
  • What are the various positions on the political spectrum?
  • Why do we have political parties?
  • What can your MLA / MP / City Councillor do for you?
  • Why might the system of First Past the Post not work well for us?
  • What are some alternatives to First Past the Post?

Dear students, we will work on thesis statements on Wednesday in preparation for our in class essay on Friday Nov 16

Also, to further prepare for the essay consider some of the themes and topics we have touched on or discussed in class: Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, women’s representatives or lack of representation in the novel, the social construct of the characters, analogy, allegory, symbolism, irony, propaganda and language, man’s inhumanity to man.

Please continue to work on the webquests under “Government” found at pwss10.weebly.com – thanks to Ms Underwood! Topics: one or two and three and four.  Due Monday Nov 26

Get your forms in for our Victoria field trip!!

have a great long weekend  Ms Brett


Nov. 2. 2018

Hello!  We will explore Canadian government (Federal Political Parties)  and the structure and function of government next week.  We will move to essay writing next week, too.  Have a good weekend!  Ms. Brett

Oct 31st  Happy Halloween!  Continue to read the SS 10 Workbook – to page 37.  We will discuss on Tuesday, Nov. 6th. Ms. Brett

questions for Ch 9

1. The young pigs are only being educated – speculate why. Why might educating everyone on the farm lead to problems?


2. Consider how the president was elected – was it fair? Would you do it differently?


3. Consider how Boxer has changed. Who cares for him? How do they show it? Was it fair what happened to Boxer?


Ch 10

1. What is the definition of bureaucracy? How does Orwell make fun of bureaucracy?

2. How do the animals now feel about society on the farm? Why do they feel this way?

3. All the seven commandments are erased  – what’s the new commandment and what’s ironic about it?

4  What changes have the years brought to the farm?

5. At the conference with neighbouring farmers, what new changes does Napoleon point out?

Oct. 25th:  Questions for Chapter 7 + 8 due Monday, Oct. 29th.



Ch. 7

  1. Why do you think no one helped the hens during the protest?
  2. What things are blamed on Snowball in Chapter VII? Do you think these accusations are true? Why or why not?
  3. Do the animals believe Squealer when he accuses Snowball of being a traitor? Why or why not?
  4. Do you believe that Squealer really has secret documents that prove Snowball was a traitor? What is your evidence?
  5. Foreshadowing is when the author gives us clues about what will happen next in a story. How is it an example of foreshadowing when Squealer gives a “very ugly look at Boxer”?
  6.  What is Boxer’s solution to the bloodshed (killing, violence) and what does this say about him?

Ch. 8

1. Frederick gives Napolean forged money and Pilkington refuses to help him. Which of Napolean’s actions may have made the farmers behave this way towards him?

2. What makes the battle against Frederick’s men different from the Battle of the Cowshed?

3. How is Napoleon becoming more and more like a typical dictator?

4. The animals celebrate a victory, but at what cost? What happened to the animals during the battle?

5. Describe the whisky incident. Why would Orwell make this scene a little humorous?

Oct. 23/18  Due Oct. 25th – Thursday

chapter 5 questions

  1. What role does “Four legs good, two legs bad” play in Napoleon’s propaganda? What is its meaning?
  2. How useful are speeches like Snowball’s if it not entirely understood?
  3. It was assumed that the windmill plans had been rubbed off the floor.  How does Orwell use the word to describe the animals’ level of thought? Is this the first time the animals have assumed something?  Why is it dangerous to assume things?
  4. Who do Snowball’s plans benefit? Do you believe the windmill will succeed?

chapter 6 Questions

1. How is Snowball used as a scapegoat? (A 0person who takes blame for another’s action)

2. How much work are the animals doing ? How are they forced to work harder?

3. How is the windmill destroyed? Why does Napolean blame Snowball?

4. Who the animals believe is responsible for the windmill? Do you agree with them?  Why or why not?

SS10 workbook reading – pages 4-37 due Friday Nov 2

See you Thursday! Ms Brett

Oct. 22/18

Another contest to consider:



Oct. 18th – sorry for the short notice!


Contest closes on Oct. 31st.

Ms. Brett

Dear Students,

Tomorrow we are meeting at the Writers Fest:

Van Slam Special

Moderator: Jillian Christmas

Van Slam Special

Kay Kassirer, jaye simpson, mitcholos touchie, Rabbit Richards

Tuesday, October 16
1:00pm – 2:30pm
Granville Island Stage

1585 Johnston St, Vancouver

The 2018 Van Slam Team includes some of the finest slam poets in the city: poets who have ranked in the top four at Van Slams throughout the year. Kay Kassirerjaye simpsonmitcholos touchie and Rabbit Richards dazzle judges and audiences with their solo and ensemble pieces. Immerse yourself in the work of some of the finest practitioners of the art form before they tour across North America as ambassadors of Vancouver’s vital spoken word scene.

Jillian Christmas is an award-inning slam poet and Vereses Festival of Words Artistic Director.

You will be dismissed at 2:30 pm.

See you then!  Ms. Brett


Hello Students,

Tomorrow I’ll be at a Pro D event so a TOC will be here.  Instructions will be left to guide you in the afternoon.

Chapter questions for Animal Farm – Chs. 3 + 4:

Ch. 3

  1. Provide examples of the difference between the pigs and the other animals that occur in this chapter.
  2. Where do we find evidence of problems in the leadership of the newly established government?
  3. The pigs are in charge.  Do you think it’s fair that only they can drink the milk produced? Why/why not?

Ch. 4

  1. At the end of Ch. 4, the animals decide to fire Mr. Jones’ gun twice a year to celebrate the anniversaries of the Rebellion and the Battle of the Cowshed.  Consider your own culture- what celebrations are similar to these anniversaries? How are they important to you?
  2. Who are the true heroes of the battle? Explain.

See you next week – Tuesday we meet at Granville Island for the Writers Fest!  12:30 pm is our meeting time at the Granville Island Stage (next to the public market).

Final Current Event presentations take place next Thursday.

Ms. Brett

Hello!  Tomorrow I’ll be at Social Emotionally Learning workshop so a TOC will be in to cover our class.  We begin our study of Animal Farm.  Please be sure to have read to the end of Chapter 2 for Friday.  Some questions will be assigned for homework.

Current Events also take place on Friday –

Friday Oct. 5: Mathew school trustees, Annelies Jay 5 parties  defined and explained.

Thanks – see you Friday.  Ms. Brett

Dear Minis,

For homework, think about how our voting rights have evolved in Canada.  Current Events presentations begin on Monday, Oct. 1st.

Ms. B

Hello Minis,  Have a good weekend – be sure to keep up with the Current Events assignment.  Think about the democratic guiding principles too!!!

Ms. Brett

Dear Minis,

Reminder:  we are heading to the Stanley Theatre  (2750 Granville Street) on Wednesday, September 17th for a 1:30 pm showing of “The Curious Incident of the dog in the Night-time”.  Please travel in pairs or small groups and meet at the theatre for 1pm.  Today in class we reviewed how to get to the theatre by bus.  You will be dismissed at 3:45 pm at the conclusion of the play.   Warning – strong language will be used in the play.


In addition, we are working on the Vancouver Civic Elections.  Presentations begin in October:  1st, 5th, 10th, 12th and 18th.

We are attending the Writers Festival on Tuesday, Oct. 16th.  More information to come.

Ms. Brett