Socials Final

Here is my socials final presentation:

My socials 10 experience was an interesting one, I guess I could compare it to my experience in chemistry…at first everything was just jumbled in my head, the rebellions, the government, the upper and Lower Canada that really should have been switched around, but then after a while, it just clicked, and started to make sense!

So let’s talk about PLO section A first. Most of section A: which was Critical thinking skills and Effective researching skills, were found in my blog posts (next slide) (next slide). I made a total of 8 blog posts which required me to ask questions and research for information on the internet. As for A3, I’m doing it right now! (Switch slides) oh, wait, it appears I have no evidence right now. You guys don’t mind being in my blog post do you? Hang on, I can get evidence right now. Smile! (Take selfie). Alright, thanks guys that helps a lot. Now back to my presentation.(next slide)

A large portion of my knowledge of PLO section B came from this book (next slide). This book gave me insight into what daily life was like for Chinese workers working on the railway. Other than knowing what Chinese people felt however, I don’t know how other ethnic minorities felt in Canada. (next slide) My political cartoon really opened my eyes to the Indian act. Oh yeah just ignore the censored face please, I kind of screwed up when drawing it. But yeah, so my political cartoon was supposed to represent how the government doesn’t really care what minorities think. When researching for this cartoon, I wondered if the aboriginal people supported or objected to residential schools, and I came across some interesting information, while the majority of tribes opposed residential schools, some tribes insisted they remain open because of their role as a social service in communities suffering extensive family breakdown; the significance of the schools as employers; and sometimes because it was the only place their children could have an education. (next slide)

I Learned about PLO section C through the confederation roleplay. (next slide)I was Louis Lafontaine, who was involved in basically everything in politics before 1867. For this reason, I know quite a bit about C1, C2, and C4. (next slide)Also, I listened in class…I know, amazing right? This picture is all of the handouts we received for socials. I did manage to read almost all of them. I’m not going to say all because I’m sure there’s a sheet or two in there that I missed. That brings me to C3, the red river rebellion. (next slide) Who could forget Louis Riel? Although we didn’t watch all of the film, Mr. Jackson explained everything else that we didn’t watch. (Next slide)

Now onto my weaker PLOs, I feel like these two sections are the ones which I know the least about. I do consider myself fully meeting some of the suggested achievement indicators in both PLOs, but unlike the others, I don’t meet a majority of them. While I know a bit about Macdonald’s National Policy due to it being discussed in class, I don’t know anything about Canada’s economy. Ironically, I know the least about British Columbia’s economy. If you ask me what makes us money, I’ll probably say: wood and fish. For obvious reasons, I mean, forest… water… Although these answers are somewhat correct, it’s like an annoying math question, I just can’t show my work. Section E is about geography and resource development in BC. In class, we did talk about why locations such as the prairies, British Columbia, the Maritimes, the Atlantic, and Central and western Canada were populated. But, another part of PLO E is about British Columbia resource development. Here we go again: More Wood and fish. I feel like this is mainly common sense, I mean we can just look around us to see our resources. (Next slide)

At the start of socials, this picture described my level of knowledge when it comes to politics. (next slide) That’s right, I knew more about Obama than about Stephen harper or any of the prime ministers before him. Now, I’m proud to say that I know a lot more about Canada than our neighbors to the south. Wow, that really shows how unknowledgeable I was at the beginning of socials. But, hopefully it also shows how much I’ve learned. Even though I learned so much, (next slide) I will continue to fill my brain with information (pause, look at screen, say OPS wrong picture, next slide) as well as keeping on top of national and global issues through various new outlets. Thank you for watching.

PowerPoint presentation:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B59okuL4zQJFLS1MdEJtUUlxcDQ/view?usp=sharing

 

Socials political document of learning

My political narrative that I find the most compelling is the environment. In my opinion, the environment is the most important thing in the world. Most politicians put their effort on getting more money, and while money is important to run a country smoothly, it can’t buy cleaner air or water. It’s not that I don’t think the other narratives like economy, identity, and government are not important; but, rather I feel that it should be balanced better. The thing that has always bothered me is how some people can utterly disregard the environment and publicly litter and waste things. Time and time again the current government has shown that they do not have the environment on the top of their priority list and while they help the environment, it’s probably because they want to please the public. Most people I know who don’t care about the environment still recycle and save wherever they can; most likely because that’s how they were taught as a kid. I believe that this generation that I’m a part of is the generation to turn things around when it comes to the environment. It may be too late for the current harper generation, but hopefully the next government (or maybe the same one) will do something about this issue.

 

For this issue, the Green Party of Canada seems like the obvious choice of the best party to present this narrative of Canada’s future and that’s I picked them. The green party claims they will support the environment as seen here : http://environmentaldefence.ca/election-2011-where-do-parties-stand-environmental-issues. (It is from the previous election but their views should still be pretty much the same) This article is the main reason why I believe the Green Party of Canada is the best party to present the Environment narrative. The Green Party is also heavily environmental oriented, saying they have a “pragmatic ecological orientation”. (Wikipedia) I’m sure the Green Party will have more impact on Canada’s issues if they have more seats, and that’s why I hope that the Greens will gain a couple more seats in this election.

 

Op-Ed (Political cartoon)

Here is the political cartoon I drew:

political cartoon

 

 

 

 

And the description:

My political cartoon takes place inside the prime minister’s office. In there, two men, including Stephen Harper himself, are discussing whether or not to do something about the events they see on TV. The TV is on a news channel that is broadcasting a protest that is currently being controlled by the police. Stephen Harper asks his advisor if they should do something about the protesters by giving them what they want. His advisor responds by saying no, claiming that the protesters can’t do anything if they refuse anyways.

As my issue is aboriginal reactions about residential schools, I thought that this was an appropriate way to compare the protests today like Baltimore and Ferguson to how aboriginal leaders thought. My opinion on this topic is that it honestly doesn’t matter what people say to the government, if the government doesn’t like it, they won’t listen to the people. It’s as simple as that.

Document of learning : PLO B2

PLO B2: Evaluate the impact of interactions b/n aboriginal peoples and Canadian explorers/setters from 1815-1914

I definitely feel that at the beginning of socials, I had no idea about the oppression of aboriginal people by Canadians. However, now that we are over halfway through socials, I understand that aboriginal people were always treated as less than equals to white men. While this may have made sense back in the day, it definitely doesn’t make sense in today’s day and age. Whenever I hear about the treatment of aboriginals during the 1800s, I feel terrible for the people who had to endure that misery.

I now know that at the beginning, when European settlers first came to North America, they were friendly with the aboriginal groups. After politics became involved however, a different story emerged. It wasn’t until John A. MacDonald founded Canada in 1867 that the situation became a lot worse for aboriginals. The moment that he introduced residential schools, along with other methods to make aboriginal people “more white” was when MacDonald’s true intent for the future of aboriginal people appeared.

When I look at this picture, the first thing I want to ask is how did the aboriginals react to MacDonald’s policies. Based on present events like Ferguson, I would expect the aboriginal groups to object to this, but I don’t know what they actually did. I suspect as I try to find out more about my question, I will learn more about how the Canadian Government worked at that time (entire C section), as well as the daily lives of normal people and aboriginals (B1).

In-Depth Post #7 (De Bono post #8)

Hello everyone! This week will be my last post for in-depth. This week I will be talking about De bono’s topic 16: Interruption. But before we get to that, lets take a look at what two recipes I made over the past 2 weeks:

First : Blueberry muffins

As it is practically the same recipe as this, with the only changes being that I used the same amount of blueberries instead of apples.
Here was the result:

If you couldn’t tell already, I love muffins!

The next recipe was my first attempt at using a recipe that uses normal ingredients by replacing what I am allergic to. I was a little ambitious with my first recipe: PIZZA!
Here is the recipe I used (It’s from my foods 9 class) All I replaced from the dough was the flour, into my own gluten free flour mix. For the toppings, I used tomato sauce, substitute cheese, and ham. Also, instead of making two smaller pizzas, I made one large one (Part of the reason was because I had to make the crust thicker or the pizza would fall apart).

My collection of ingredients
My yeast in warm water.
The rolled out dough
All the toppings on before it goes into the oven. (I know the ham doesn’t look very good)
After it was done baking.

Review: I thought the pizza was great…for my first attempt at a gluten free vegan pizza. I’m not exactly sure how this compares to the original recipe, but the crust edges were extremely hard and the center was not spongy at all. But, I would consider it a pizza, because it did taste like one. Overall, I would make this recipe again, but not before researching whether the yeast was actually necessary.

Time to talk about De Bono!
This week: Interruption.
I’m going to honest, I’m don’t really interrupt people when they are talking unless it is to ask clarifying questions. Because I am still learning, I often ask clarifying questions when I don’t fully understand what my mentor is talking about. My mentor always takes these questions in stride because she is very patient. For this reason, she almost never interrupts me when I’m talking. One example of when she did interrupt me was in this post. (There is a sound recording, it happens when I am talking about substitutions for dates in my date squares). I respond by considering he opinion. I feel that all our interruptions are justified as both me and my mentor only interrupt when necessary. Interrupting someone is often helpful to both people, but only if you do it correctly.

I hope you enjoyed my last (for now) post for my In-Depth project. Feel free to check out my posts for other subject.
Thanks for viewing!

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:

 

Blog Post #2 Reforming time!

Dear Mr. Baldwin,

I am pleased to have the opportunity to work with you. As you know, we have similar motives to reform the government of Canada. Because of this, I hope we can work together to achieve our common goal. Although our common goals are a priority, one of my main goals is still to bring back the French language so that it is recognized as an official language of Canada again so I hope that you can respect the actions I will take to try to make this a reality. I have to thank you for letting me run in the place of your father in the 1941 election. The reason I wasn’t elected was because my polling office was placed at the entrance to a village that was mostly English. When my followers and I showed up to vote, a mob was waiting for me and I had to withdraw to avoid bloodshed. Due to this, I feel that we are strongest together and we will do extremely good things in this new government to chance Canada for the better.

With many Thanks,
Louis Lafontaine

In-Depth Post #6 Spring break special!

So…many things happened during spring break. The good news is I baked 4 times total, but the bad news is that I went on vacation over the weekend so I didn’t bake a new recipe one weekend. First, I will start by posting the repeat recipes that I did: (only the result, as I used the exact same method as the first time I posted it)

The muffins from my In-depth post #5 here: http://kevinf.talons43.ca/2015/03/07/in-depth-post-5/ (This time the muffins turned out PERFECT. They rose perfectly because I used brand new baking powder and I baked them for the right amount of time this time so they didn’t stick to the wrapper like last time.)

and:

The date squares also from In-depth post #5 here: http://kevinf.talons43.ca/2015/03/07/in-depth-post-5/ These tasted about the same as the last time I made them but I did make one huge change: I followed Joyce’s suggestion and used dried mangoes as the filling! I have to say it turned out quite well.

Now to the new recipes that I made, starting with coconut cookies!
Recipe: http://www.theglutenfreevegan.com/2013/12/gluten-free-vegan-coconut-cookies/

My collection of my ingredients. (The powder in the blender is brown rice flour that I made from blending brown rice at high speeds in my blender)
All the flour.
The coconut oil sugar and vanilla extract mixed. (This took me longer that expected because after I mixed it the first time and went to do something else, the oil and sugar noticeably separated)
Mixing everything together
After everything is fully mixed. The mixture was soft and held its own shape quite well, making it easy to shape into cookies.
Right as the cookies are going into the oven.
After coming out of the oven. Looks good! Too bad they have to cool for hours before eaten.

Review:

This was one of the only times that what I made looks and tastes exactly the same as the recipe maker’s version. Unfortunately, these cookies weren’t a hit for me. However, my family loved them! A drawback for baking was mentioned earlier in one of my pictures: because I used coconut oil (which turns to liquid at about 24 degrees Celsius), I had to wait multiple hours for the cookies to harden to a point where they wouldn’t fall apart when touched. This recipe is definitely one I would make again, mainly for my family.

Now onto the second recipe, this one is a quick chocolate pudding you can make in a couple minutes using a blender:
Here is the recipe: http://ohsheglows.com/2015/02/02/raw-chocolate-pudding-vegan-no-added-sugar/

The ingredients. I substituted the almond butter for peanut butter (in the end, you couldn’t taste the peanut butter at all) and used more fruit because I had small avocados and bananas instead of medium.
Everything in the blender. See anything wrong? I do now…I put the cacao powder on the top, so as soon as the blade started spinning it sprayed the powder everywhere inside the jar and on the lid.
The finished product! With pomegranate frills and coconut shavings to top it off.

Review: I made this pudding twice, making changes to the second one to make it better. When I made the first batch, I followed the instructions step by step. The result tasted extremely bananaee and chocolatee (meaning banana and chocolate were the strong flavors that stood out). The second time I made the pudding, I added 1/4 of a cup of sugar and used 4 tbsp of cacao powder instead of 5. The result was much sweeter and less bitter. My family was split on which one they liked, half of us liked the 1st batch, and half of us liked the 2nd batch. Its up to you to decide which one is better when you make it for yourself!

Now that the progress report is done, time to talk about De Bono, this week: Concepts (9) and alternatives (10)

Lets start with concepts. As stated earlier, I experienced a mishap when I put the cacao powder in last when making pudding and the result was having it go everywhere inside the blender. When my mom saw this, she started talking to me about the importance of putting my ingredients in a better order to prevent stuff like this. After she had been speaking for a while, I asked her if I had the concept right by telling her the way I would put the ingredients the next time I made the pudding. Sure enough, I put the ingredients in that order (with the lightest and most powdery at the bottom) and it worked out perfectly. Another instance of this happening was a couple weeks ago when I recorded a section of our conversation for this post. During the recording, Joyce and I talked about substituting the dates in my date squares for dried mangoes. As the recording was only a short snippet of our conversation, there was much more to our discussion than that. After the recording was over, I proceeded to ask Joyce to explain in more detail why she though dried mangoes would work. She said that she thought it would work because of the properties of the dried mangoes. I tried to check if I got the concept of what she was saying by stating that the mangoes’ stickiness made it similar to dates. Joyce said it was spot on to what she was explaining. And as you can see in the picture of my new date squares earlier which I used dried mangoes instead of dates, it turned out really well.

Now lets talk about alternatives:
I just mentioned an example of an alternative a mentor has offered me when I talked about concepts. Yes, I’m talking about the mangoes and the dates. Other than that, I can’t currently think about more situations where alternatives were suggested, but I’m sure as I dive deeper into this project, more situations like this are bound to occur!

Well thanks for reading this weeks blog post, and I hope to see you again in 2 weeks for my next post!

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