Poems about Canada - inspired by "We are more" by Shane Koyczan
- after listening to Shane's poem, listing ideas from his poem, brainstorming, and collect ideas about Canada, students will:
Goal - Write a poem about what Canada means to you
1) a list poem - using bullet points write a list of items connected under a central idea (food, sports, places to visit, characteristics of Canadians, things we are famous for) - should have at least 2 dozen items in your list
2) Alphabet Poem - choose a topic related to Canada and create words for each letter of the alphabet
3) Q and A Poem - write a question and then answer the question in at least 10 different ways
4) Sentence Acrostic Poem - write a sentence about Canada vertically on your sheet of paper - then for each letter of each word in the sentence, write a word that relates to Canada AND your sentence
5) another option discussed with me
Presentations for the 30 day Challenge have been scheduled for February 21st and 23rd. Students in Class 5 have been assigned their presentation day. Students in Class 9 should check with their home room teacher.
Your presentation should include the following parts:
1) Introduction - your name and your challenge
2) Preview - this is like a Table of Contents - tell your audience the topics oyu are going to discuss
3) The Body - refer to your contract for more details; provide and show us proof that you have completed your challenge; tell us about your successes and your problems or difficulties; be honest, reflect on the experience (what do you think of your challenge, what did you learn); if you were to do the challenge again what would you do differently.
Look at the attached file for specifics about the presentation.
u1. Choose a partner to work with.
2. Google one of the following topics:
- Gord Downie
- Gord's activism and issues he has been involved in
- "The Tragically Hip"
- residential schools
- Secret Path
- Chanie Wenjack
- Truth and Reconciliation Commission
- National Center for Truth and Reconciliation
- Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls
- current issues surrounding Indigenous people
- clean water on reservations
- suicide among young indigenous people
- social services for indigenous people in Carleton Place or Ottawa
- any connected article of your interest
3. Email the link to your article to me:
4. In the subject line - type your name and partner's name
5. Do this by Tuesday February 13th
6. Read your article carefully. Be prepared to give the class a brief summary of what you learned from reading the article. be able to answer the following questions:
- who or what is the article about?
- when was the article written?
- who wrote the article and where was it published?
- what are the main points of the article? (the top five key facts)
- what did you learn?
- what questions do you still have about this subject?
Little Red Riding Hood and the WolfAs soon as Wolf began to feel
That he would like a decent meal,
He went and knocked on Grandma's door.
When Grandma opened it, she saw
The sharp white teeth, the horrid grin,
And Wolfie said, "May I come in?"
Poor Grandmamma was terrified,
"He's going to eat me up!" she cried.
And she was absolutely right.
He ate her up in one big bite.
But Grandmamma was small and tough,
And Wolfie wailed, "That's not enough!
I haven't yet begun to feel
That I have had a decent meal!"
He ran around the kitchen yelping,
"I've got to have a second helping!"
Then added with a frightful leer,
"I'm therefore going to wait right here
Till Little Miss Red Riding Hood
Comes home from walking in the wood."
He quickly put on Grandma's clothes,
(Of course he hadn't eaten those).
He dressed himself in coat and hat.
He put on shoes, and after that,
He even brushed and curled his hair,
Then sat himself in Grandma's chair.
In came the little girl in red.
She stopped. She stared. And then she said,
"What great big ears you have, Grandma."
"All the better to hear you with,"
the Wolf replied.
"What great big eyes you have, Grandma."
said Little Red Riding Hood.
"All the better to see you with,"
the Wolf replied.
He sat there watching her and smiled.
He thought, I'm going to eat this child.
Compared with her old Grandmamma,
She's going to taste like caviar.
Then Little Red Riding Hood said, "
But Grandma, what a lovely great big
furry coat you have on."
"That's wrong!" cried Wolf.
"Have you forgot
To tell me what BIG TEETH I've got?
Ah well, no matter what you say,
I'm going to eat you anyway."
The small girl smiles. One eyelid flickers.
She whips a pistol from her knickers.
She aims it at the creature's head,
And bang bang bang, she shoots him dead.
A few weeks later, in the wood,
I came across Miss Riding Hood.
But what a change! No cloak of red,
No silly hood upon her head.
She said, "Hello, and do please note
My lovely furry wolfskin coat."
We are going to be discussing and reading about the career and life of Gord Downie in the next week. The reading is attached below. Among the topics of discussion will be his work with Indigenous groups and survivors of residential schools.