Screen Shot 2016-11-21 at 12.59.39 PM.pngThanks for stopping by,
This is the blog and website that I used while I was teaching with The School of Global Media Studies program at Holy Rosary High School. I recently accepted a position with the Lloydminster Catholic School Division as the Digital Communications Coordinator and am no longer in the classroom. I am going to keep the blog active as a few colleagues still access some of this material.

If you are interested in booking photography please visit: www.jessiemannphotography.com

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Thank you for your time!

HEY! Missing Assignments!

Can you believe it! The semester is almost over.
I have gotten through the Google Classroom.
Please check and see if you have any missing assignments currently affecting your marks. These need to be in and done as soon as possible and no later than Friday 3:00.
Thank you.
When you complete something shoot me a text.
Well done and see you all Monday for the English Final!

Photography Practical Final:
Hagen, Landon, Coltan, Lex, Luke, Colby

Independent Novel Study:
Gracie, Hagen, Jess, Colby, Kait, Lex, Lydia, Trev, James

Colby, Leah, Landon

Gracie, Coltan

TKAM Final Project:
Landon, Luke, Lydia, Trevor

Media Final Video:
Gracie, Coltan

Introduce and Thank a Speaker:
Jess, Gracie

Graphic Design Project #albertastrong:
Gracie, Landon

Secondhand Lions
Leah, Lydia

Wellness Wheel:
If you handed this in on paper, let me know. I have 5 handed in on paper that are graded.
These are who I have no paper/Google Classroom projects for:
Lydia, Kait, Landon, Gracie, Jess

Rethinking the Relationship:
Ash, Landon, Lex, Lydia, Trevor, Leah, Colby

Man in the Casket:
Leah, Jess, Lydia, Coltan

Day 82, Tuesday

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Thank and Introduce a Speaker Thank you
Thank and Introduce a Speaker Thank you

Passion Project Responsibilities
Introducing a Speaker and Thanking a Speaker

You set the tone for the speaker. It is also your responsibility to ensure they are ready and support them with any last minute things you need. Every speaker deserves a thoughtful, helpful, and welcoming introduction. The best introductions are two-way, just as personal introductions are. You will be introducing and thanking one of your classmates. Introduce and thank them in a way that you would like to welcomed and appreciated.

INTERVIEW your speaker;
What was there essential question? What did they accomplish? What would they like said about them to begin? How did their project go? What do they plan to do after June with this project?
This information will help you in your introduction and thank you.

An introduction should:

-Make the speaker feel welcome but do not start with their name…
-Start with something unique about the project and draw us in… this is like a hook

An example could be;

She has been putting in more hours this year than almost any student at HRHS. Her design and efforts have been noticed and appreciated by both Holy Rosary and for many Lloydminster businesses. Our next passion project speaker has worked all semester on (discuss their essential question). She has uncovered… (give a tid bit of about the project itself).

-Indicate that the group feels privileged to have the person as the speaker.

An example could be:
We have been lucky to have Miss Caitlin Davis apart of the SGMS family and we are privileged to have had her as someone who not only participates in class but it has been really incredible witnessing all she has accomplished in terms of finding out if a career in graphic design is right for her.
Please join me in welcoming…

-Humanize the speaker; provide listeners with information that the speaker would not provide in the
-Don’t read off the paper! Write out your introduction. Practice it in front of a mirror. Hone it to sound natural and enthusiastic. Reduce your written introduction to a few key words and/or phrases and transfer them to a sheet a paper. This will be your crutch and because it is there you will probably not need to look at it.

At the conclusion of the presentation the host should:

Turn up lights (if necessary)…
Check audience for last questions…
Publicly thank speaker

An example could be: Cailtyn that was incredible, thank you to much for sharing. (Then sum up or give a tidbit about what you think was the main message or what people enjoyed most.) Cailtyn it is clear you have chosen the right path. Can you believe it? (address her) You have selected a path for your future. Good luck in your endeavors.

Lead another final applause.

Social Studies 20 Final Review
*You will have 3 hours to write your Social Studies 20 final.
A. Human Rights 53 Marks
B. Population 21 Marks
C. Environment 31 Marks
D. Poverty/World Governance 13 Marks
E. Essay 24 Marks

Terms to Know:
Economic Growth
Per Capita
Non Renewable Resources
Sustainable Yield
Mining a Resource
Carrying Capacity

Political Spectrum:

WHO is most impacted the most by the influx in population.

5 renewable resources
5 nonrenewable resources

Think back to REVOLUTION:
What is the ‘most’ detrimental resource extraction project on the planet?

3 methods of resource extraction used in the world today:
Write one fact about each:
Examples you can chose
-dumping of waste in the ocean
-diamond mining
-greenhouse gases
-going ‘green’

Know 10 human rights and a responsibility you have to uphold each…
Ex. Right to mobility
Responsibility to move safely and notify

What does it mean to be poor?

English 20 Final Review
Reading Comprehension:
Poetry Analysis 12 Marks
Short Story 10 Marks
Quotes 16 Marks
Multiple Choice 46 Marks
Short/Long Answer 19 Marks
Symbolism: 20 Marks
Charts: 20 Marks
Essay* You have already completed this.

Poetry Analysis:
-relate poem back to starting out and moving forward

Things to review:
Private Talk with Holly
As I Grew Older
Secondhand Lions
Keep’er In Me
Cats in the Cradle song

Tina in Fix Me
Boo in TKAM
Jimmy’s bedding in Bordertown
Elephant Hide Fix Mr
Jasmine in Secondhand Lions

Day #81, Monday

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Missing Assignments:
Photography Practical Final: STILL MISSING:
Trevor, Hagen, Ashley, Landon, Coltan, Lex, Caitlyn, Luke, Lydia, Jess, Colby

Luke, James, Athena, Caitlyn, Riley, Kevin

Charlie: Colby, Leah, Luke, Landon

Period 4
: English 20
Bordertown Café                  Act II Questions

  • How has Maxine’s attitude changed toward the USA from Act I? Why do you think this is?
  • Why does Jimmy not want to rush into marriage?
  • Why does Jimmy say “Grandad and me are the only ones know it’s the present.”?
  • Why did Jimmy score the Hat Trick that night? Why not another night?
  • Why does Jimmy buy his Marlene the diamond earring?
  • Why does Jimmy decide he wants to go live with his dad?
  • How does Jimmy hurt Max’s feelings?
  • Why did Max leave Jim right after they got married?
  • Why do you think Jimmy buys Marlene a new bathroom?
  • What does Jim think of Don?
  • What is Jim’s advice to Jimmy?
  • Why did Jim go down to Minnesota? Why hasn’t he told Max yet?
  • How did Jimmy finally stand up to his dad?
  • What made him come to the decision to stand up to him?
  • Explain the theme of home in this play.
  • Explain the theme of waiting in this play.
  • Explain the theme of American vs Canadian in this play.
  • How does this play fit in to the Anticipation theme of this unit?


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#Day 79/80

Period 4: English 20
Let’s do some predicting.
We will continue reading Bordertown Cafe.

Period 5: Social Studies 20
We will watch the following WEEK IN RAP.
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Copy and paste the following into your notes. Fill in the blanks as we watch the Week in Rap. We will review each blank together.
I know you guys in America have your _________, and that’s awesome, but in my country, we’ve been through every form of government. Let me tell you about it.

You might not know who is making the rules,
But there is some form of government that’s governing you.
And when people get disillusioned,
That’s when we see a __________.

In my land, you need to ask who’s running it,
We’ve lived through every single form of government.
It started out, we didn’t have any laws,
People did whatever they wanted just because.
That’s anarchy, no government at all,
People robbed and killed in the free-for-all.
No police, just gangs and bandits,
Until some families joined up and demanded,
A king to rule over the land,
And when the king died, his kids ruled after him,
Which means that we lived in a ________,
Where crowns and thrones move through the family.
Until somebody flat out got sick of it,
Led an armed revolution just to go against.
_________ the king and kidnapped his kids,
Overnight we lived in a ____________.
One single person calling all of the shots,
Power-tripping in his palaces or one of his yachts.
So much __________ from the state-controlled media,
And harsh punishments if we beefed with the leader, yep.

You might not know who is making the rules,
But there is some form of government that’s governing you.
And when people get _____________,
That’s when we see a revolution.

But the dictator died and the army started running it,
A few leaders controlling the whole government,
That’s an _________, and the heads of ________,
Ruled by force which was really pretty scary.
With war on their mind we lived through violent times,
And the laws were designed to help the more refined.
Till the church made it a crime to live this way,
Religion should be the law for how we live each day.
With laws built by religious leaders now in charge.
It was a _________, laws came from god —
Or one religion’s version. We still couldn’t vote,
__________ rule still shaped the country no joke,
It was OK if you agreed,
but anyone who didn’t was probably getting beat.
We wanted a voice, and we wanted to be free,
We organized as a ______  _________,
Where everyone gets to ______ on all the laws,
Everyone has a voice, cuz we’re all in charge.
Things got better and you know how it showed?
The population began to explode.
With so many people to be spoken for,
They had to better organize just to ensure,
That we all were represented and this just means,
That we became a ______________  _________.
With a lean new team built around a ____________,
And elected officials who upheld and used it.
It’s been long a story, and it never ends,
Cuz another revolution might come again.

You might not know who is making the rules,
But there is some form of government that’s governing you.
And when people get disillusioned,
That’s when we see a revolution.

€ I can define and explain, military forces. 5.5a
€ I can explain what it means to have a militarized country. 5.5b
€  I can name two countries who are not militarized. 5.5c
€ I can compare and contrast Canadian military facts to that of North America and a third world country. 5.6
€ I can summarize the impacts of the first world war. 5.7
€ I can define and explain what is meant by the term, arms race. 5.8
Top most militarized countries.
Least militarized countries.

Period 6: WORK PERIOD.
Check out what is up for period 6 tomorrow.

Period 4: English 20
You will continue reading Bordertown Cafe.
If you finish early you will begin watching the movie.
We will discuss Act 2 Questions Monday/Tuesday.

Period 5: Social Studies 20
1) Week in Rap.
The teacher will log into the week in rap.
You will watch it.
Transfer the current events into your notes.
Debate and discuss as usual.

You will all find a partner or a group of three. Go through asking and quizzing one another directly on who the 50+ key people are.

3) Here are the terminology and some of the snapshots to fill you in on what to expect on the final exam.
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PLEASE start prepping for your essay! 🙂
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Period 6: Media/Photography
Are your park/practical pictures uploaded?
Are your genre studies in?

Planning for your Passion Project
The following are ONLY SUGGESTIONS about how to plan for your Passion Project presentations. Remember that these begin on Tuesday.
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There will be no switching or trades.
You will present/cover ALL of the following items.
You can arrange them in any order than you like to make your presentation awesome.
Presentations should be 15-20 minutes.
Presentations should not be over 20 minutes.

Graded within your Passion Project:
**There are 7 assignments within your passion project presentation.
-Website (English) *Resume should be on your website
-Blog Post (English)
-Formal Presentation (English)
-Introduction and Thanking Speaker (English)
-Self Portrait (Photography) *Be sure to explain your self portrait too using language that you learned about in the semester.
-Video (Media Studies)

Day #77, Tuesday!

Bell Work:
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Period 4: English 20
Instructions: Please answer the following questions on loose leaf or on a Word document.
Bordertown Café
                  Act I Questions

  • How does Jimmy react to the call from his dad?
  • What is his mother’s reaction to Don’s message?
  • What happened the last time Don was supposed to pick Jimmy up?
  • How does Jimmy feel about his dad?
  • How does Jimmy treat his mother and grandparents?
  • What do the grandparents think of Don? Why?
  • What is amusing about the conversation between Marlene and Maxine?
  • How do they all feel about jimmy going to live with Don?
  • What kind of a person is Jimmy? How do you know?
  • Why is Marlene upset at the thought of Jimmy leaving?
  • What does Maxine think of Canada and Canadians? How do you know?
  • Why is Jimmy reluctant to tell his mother about Linda?
  • How does Jimmy feel about Linda?
  • Why did Jimmy have an accident with his truck?
  • Why did he tell everyone he was drinking and driving?
  • Why is Jim opposed to Jimmy moving to the States with his dad?
  • What kind of a relationship has Jimmy had with Don? How do you know?
  • How does Jimmy feel about moving in with his dad?

Period 5: Social Studies 20


How are the worlds problems interrelated? How do countries govern themselves? What can we expect in the future?

Introduction to Governance

€ I can explain how the world has changed since 1900 for the better and for the worse. 5.1
-human population has multiplied more than 4 times
-worlds economy has expanded over twenty times
-use of fossil fuels has grown over 30 times
-industrial production has increased over 50 times
€ I can define and explain the term, governance and how it applies to my country and I. 5.2
€ I can define and explain the term, government and how it applies to my country and I. 5.3
€ I can explain how Lloydminster and Canadian economies have grown, developed and changed over the last 100 years. 5.4


€ I can define and explain, military forces. 5.5a
€ I can explain what it means to have a militarized country. 5.5b
€  I can name two countries who are not militarized. 5.5c
€ I can compare and contrast Canadian military facts to that of North America and a third world country. 5.6
€ I can summarize the impacts of the first world war. 5.7
€ I can define and explain what is meant by the term, arms race. 5.8

Additional War Preview

€ I can summarize the impacts of the first and second world war; basic knowledge. 5.9a
€ I can summarize the impacts of the Cold War 5.9b
€ I can explain why the Cold War forced the superpowers to maintain a high state of readiness. 5.9c
€ I can explain why this readiness still exists today. 5.9d
€ I can summarize and explain the impacts of the war on Afghanistan. 5.10
€ I can summarize what is meant by the world is now, militarized. 5.11

Finding Alternatives to Armed Conflict

€ I can list and explain in detail benefits of finding alternatives in Armed Conflict. 5.12
€ I can explain what is meant by conflict resolution and the importance of decision making. 5.13
€ I can explain the mission of the:
Economic and Social Council
International Court of Justice 5.14

Our Future

€ I can define and explain the term tendency. 5.15
€ I can outline current tendencies that are believe to continue into the future. 5.16
€ I can explain how nations are interdependent. 5.17
€ I can explain how technological development impacts a country and its standard of living. 5.18
€ I can explain how technology developments affects the following items; 5.19
-economic forces
-cultural forces
-political forces
-environmental forces
-military forces
€ I can explain how the term ‘sustainability’ applies to our future survival as a planet. 5.20
€ I can project and predict what life will look like for humans in next 5, 20, 50 years. 5.21

World Governance: L to J Terminology: globalization, stability, government, reality, economics, sovereignty, national security, armaments, arms race, tendency

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We will go through the following information together: World Governance

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Day #76, Monday

Your bell work this morning is to see how you all did on your English essays!
Can you believe it!? You all improved at least 3 marks out of 3. Collectively as a class you MASSIVELY improved! I am very impressed.

Period 4: Photography 20
1) ‘Self Portraits’ are OVERDUE.
When you have your self portrait done please also put it in the Google Classroom area for the year end video. The year end video is already 8 minutes long. Sorry. Not Sorry.
2) You will have today to hand in your assignments from your final practical exam.
Please hand in the following images. There is a link to hand them in on Google Classroom!
1) Worms Eye/Bokeh
2) Framing
3a. Freezing Motion
3b. Blurred Motion
4) Placing Couples
5) Texture
6) Nature
7) Vanishing Point
8) Leading Lines

Period 5: Social Studies 20
Key People Practice;
You all have the handout. Please get practicing! This is worth over 50 marks on your final exam so please ensure you cover all you need to.

Period 6: English 20
Please go down and see Mrs. Smith. Check out Bordertown Cafe. We will be reading this quick play together.
-Independent Novel Studies are overdue.

Day #74, Thursday!

Check out your lives people! 🙂
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Check out this CalendarofEvents document to support you!
-11 more school days together
-8 days after Passion Project days

Period 4/5: English 20 English Writing Screen
Good luck!

Tomorrow you will have no time to work.

English L to J will occur tomorrow before we head to Bud Miller!

While we are at Bud Miller we will talk about worms eye view, trees and ‘bokeh’ in the first park and using equipment to frame an image of someone.
Then we will go to the main park and you will work on freezing motion and intentionally blurring motion.
Then we will talk to the bridge and talk about placing couples and small groups.
Then we will go to the stream area where you will try and capture something UNIQUE in nature.
Then we will walk to the path/bridge and talk about vanishing point.
Then we will go to the amphitheatre and talk about leading lines and placing large groups.
If we have time I would like all people to try placing a larger group.





Day #73, Wednesday

FRIDAY. Only students with their English essays complete and the majority of their assignments in will be able to come to Bud Miller. We will begin class with your FOR marks L to J (Kahoot) and then head to Bud. We will not go if the weather is bad. 

Period 4: English 20

Period 5: Social Studies 20
Wrap up poverty…

1) Independent Novel Study is now in Google Classroom.
Please hand this in by Friday.

2) Is your Now and Then handout complete?

3) Have you studied your key people lately?
Scared about that quiz? Well let me help out. You know I don’t like an assessment to be a secret. Here is what things will look like for you in advance. You will write this on Monday, June 13.
 Key People Practice Test

You will write your Social Studies essay in class on Friday, June 17. You will have 2 hours to do this. It is open computer.  Again. I don’t like things to be a secret so here is the prompt EARLY if you need/want it. Nothing is stopping you from preparing for this early. It will handed in at the end of class before you can leave.  You will select ONE topic to write about.

  1. Ultra-nationalism:
    What is it? Ultra-nationalism is a more extreme form of nationalism that can lead to fascism, authoritarianism and tight control over activities within the nation that supposedly will threaten the nation if left unchecked. It can lead to reduction or stoppage of immigration, expulsion, oppression, demagoguery, emotional aspects, talk of presumed real or imagined enemies, threat to survival, crack-down, limit of trade through tariffs, tight control over businesses and production, militarism, populism, propaganda and basically “us versus them” attitude. Ultra-nationalism ultimately can lead to conflict within a state, as well as between states, and in its extreme form leads to war, secession, or genocide.
    When is nationalism a good thing?
    When is nationalism a bad thing?
    (Look at the themes of each unit of study and discuss how each can apply to the side you have chosen and your specific thesis statement.)
  2. Militarism.
    the belief or desire of a government or people that a country should maintain a strong military capability and be prepared to use it aggressively to defend or promote national interest. Countries have used military influence for centuries to control, influence, conquer and bring safety to its citizens. Nearly every country in the world has a military.
    When is militarism a good thing?
    When is militarism a bad thing?
    (Look at the themes of each unit of study and discuss how each can apply to the side you have chosen and your specific thesis statement.)

    3. Environmentalism.
    Environmentalism is a broad philosophy, ideology and social movement regarding concerns for environmental conservation and improvement of the health of the environment, particularly as the measure for this health seeks to incorporate the concerns of non-human elements. Environmentalism advocates the preservation, restoration and/or improvement of the natural environment, and may be referred to as a movement to control pollution.
    Why are environmental concerns at the forefront of political and legal debates?
    Do people really have the power to change the environment? Explain in detail/fact.
    (Look at the themes of each unit of study and discuss how each can apply to the side you have chosen and your specific thesis statement.)

HERE is how it will be marked.
You will receive additional marks in something new added to the rubric this year for referencing CURRENT EVENTS discussed in class and including references in your essay.

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3:00 we will have a Senior L to J practice today…

Day #72, TUESDAY

PERIOD 4: County Fair! Have fun.

PERIOD 5: Social Studies 20
We will finish the discussion on ways to abolish poverty around the world.

PERIOD 6: English 20
1) Checklist
We will review the following checklist together.

2) Let’s take a look at your old essays.
Read them over.

3) Look at your rubrics.
Using the post it note write 3 things on their that you are going to work on.

4) Look through your checklist again…

5) THESIS PRACTICE together.
Choose one antagonist character and discuss why they are the most important evil character in either Fix Me or To Kill a Mockingbird.

Write a thesis statement on your own and the three ways that you would prove this.
You will be sharing this with the class.

6) We will read I Am Grandmother together.

Senior L to J practice during work period for anyone that wants it.