Socials Midterm

So far this term, I have learned a lot in Social Studies 10. We have just finished learning about the events before and during the founding of Canada in 1867. Although I feel that I am sufficient in many of the categories in the PLO (Potential Learning Outcomes), there are still a few that I want to learn more about because I’m not yet sufficient in these categories. When we did the confederation role play, I was a important French-Canadian politician, making  me more aware of government matters than the daily lives of ordinary people. In this post, I will detail the parts of the PLO that I am confident I meet the requirements in and the parts that I need to explore further.

Starting out with my strengths, I picked out two outcomes from the  skills category and one from the governance category. The first successful outcome is to demonstrate effective research skills, which I completed as part of the Craap testing assignment by searching online for a resource to test. My resource was the article titled The Peopling of Canada. My second successful outcome came from a variety of sources. Due to my final address and eminent speech, I feel that I have demonstrated effective oral communication skills. Also, I made quite a couple of blog posts that can be found here that demonstrate written communication skills. The last outcome actually is directly related to my character, as it involves describing the evolution of responsible government in Canada. From my research of my character for all the blog posts above, I learned quite a bit about the rebellions of 1837-38 and major events thereafter.

Now onto the area which I feel like I need to improve on. Because of my characters status, there was no need for me to research the lives and feelings of ordinary people. Although my character was a major government official, I realized that I’m not really sure of the structure and function of Canada’s government after confederation when I listened to my fellow classmates present their final address. Also because my character was prominent in the east coast, I have no idea what happened on the west coast. I recently read this book, which gave me a glimpse of the way immigration changed Canada, but I still want to learn more. I will look over these categories whenever I have time.

Now that we are halfway through social studies, its time to look back on my progress, and now that I analyzed what I need to work on, I can shift some of my attention to those categories. Now, moving forward, I’ll be sure to try and cover more of the PLOs. I’m excited for what the other half of socials will bring!

In-depth mini update (post 6.5)

So due to a long absence, I’ve decided just to post a quick update on how my baking is doing. This post will only contain pictures and descriptions of my baking.
Lets start with the first product: Chocolate Cake!

The ingredients for my cake
Directions for the cake AND the chocolate frosting I made later.
Mixing everything together
The batter in the pan before it goes into the oven.

While the cake was baking, I started to make the frosting (recipe above)

All the ingredients about to be mixed.
The mixed frosting (looks remarkably like the cake batter)

This was the finished cake, with chocolate icing, frozen berries, and shredded coconut.

The next recipe is special, as it is my first time ever making any sort of pie. I present: Pumpkin pie!

The ingredents
Everything for the crust mixed together
Putting the crust in the fridge so it will hold its shape better.
While that is happening, time to make the filling! (I had to make my own mix of pumpkin spice with cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves)
The crust is in!
The filling is in as well. I had a rather shallow pan so I had some extra filling.

Unfortunately, I guess I was too excited by the pie that I didn’t take a picture of the pie once it was baked.  I also make a version of the chocolate frosting above except with no chocolate, so it was vanilla frosting.

Alright that’s it for this quick update, I’ll check in again in a couple of weeks for one of my last in-depth posts.

Final Address – Louis Lafontaine

My final address about the formation of Canada:
Wow, look at all those men, those handshakes that seal the deal to make Canada an independent country. Its a shame I worked so hard, just to miss the result of my work by just 3 years. Now, looking over it all, I’m rather impressed by how everyone from all backgrounds came together to achieve this common goal, something that I tried to advocate when I was the prime minister of the United province of canada. This country, an idea that was sparked by the revolutions of 1837, further brought to life by me and Mr. Robert Baldwin’s joint government, has so far lived up to all my expectations. I hope that this constitution will last and be improved for hundreds of years. Well, I did my part, as it seems that all my hard work has paid off, as French culture and language is now part of Canada, we also have parliamentary seats proportionate to our population, a huge improvement to the 50/50 setup of the government before this. When generations pass, I want the history of Canada to be remembered so that this oppression will never happen again. While future generations may only speak of the father of confederation, I still hope that I will be remembered for my efforts in trying to preserve french culture and for planting the seeds for this new country.

You can find my first post here, and my second post here.

Here are my tweets:

(Link to Post #2)

(From Post#1) I have also agreed with Tecumseh as well as my fellow French Canadians.  Their posts here: