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WE2 Unit 4
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The following resources are helpful to parents and teachers:
- Book: Supporting Successful Transition from Primary to Secondary School by Tina Rae (2014)
- Book: Book: Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv (2008)
- Book: Digital Tools for Teaching: 30 E-tools for Collaborating, Creating, and Publishing across the Curriculum by Steve Johnson (2013)
- DVD video: Canadian Popular Music in the '60's, '70's & '80's by EMI Music Canada (2012)
- DVD video: Canada: A People's History produced by Mark Starowicz (2001).
- Book: Fire in the Bones: Bill Mason and the Canadian Canoeing Tradition by James Raffan (1999)
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The Wilderness Experience Semester Two with David is an integrated program designed for an alternative secondary school setting by educator David Spencer. Wilderness Experience 2 (WE2) program provides three (3) secondary school course credits during semester two. Students should attend and participate in all classes, outdoor field trips and events. Literacy and communication skills developed during this program include jot note writing, writing journal entries, researching in public, college and university libraries, interviewing, script writing and oral reading comprehension. New media technology skills developed include audio and video recording presentations for the DVD authoring and documentary production for FM radio broadcasting and web podcasting. Students will be provided with opportunities to learn how to research, plan for, promote, hold and debrief a community event about an issue facing Indigenous Peoples.
Download the Wilderness Experience Information Brochure (PDF format).
Program: WE2 Wilderness Experience Semester Two with David program integrates two Ontario Ministry of Education certified courses:
- Environmental Science (SVN3M) This course provides students with the fundamental knowledge of and skills relating to environmental science that will help them succeed in life after secondary school. Students will explore a range of topics, including the role of science in addressing contemporary environmental challenges; the impact of the environment on human health; sustainable agriculture and forestry; the reduction and management of waste; and the conservation of energy. Students will increase their scientific and environmental literacy and examine the interrelationships between science, the environment, and society in a variety of areas. See more of the SVN3M Curriculum Guideline from the Ontario Ministry of Education. Text used is Environmental Science Interactions.
- Issues of Indigenous Peoples in a Global Context (NDW4M) This course provides students with an overview of the issues and challenges that confront indigenous peoples worldwide. Students will develop an understanding of the concerns and aspirations of the world's indigenous population, plan and conduct research on global issues that have an impact on indigenous peoples, and use information technology to consult materials related to the views of indigenous peoples throughout the world. See more of the NDW4M Curriculum Guideline from the Ontario Ministry of Education. Resources used include Canada and International Indigenous Affair, NativeWeb, Inc., International Indigenous Policy Journal, Indigenous Peoples Issues and Resources and Rights of Indigenous People
- Interdisciplinary Studies (IDC40G) This course emphasizes the development of practical skills and knowledge to solve problems, make decisions, create personal meaning, and present findings beyond the scope of a single subject or discipline. Through individual and collaborative inquiry and research into contemporary issues, real-life situations, and careers, students will apply the principles and skills derived from the complementary subjects and disciplines studied, evaluate the reliability of information, and examine how information technology can be used safely, effectively, and legally. They will also learn how to select strategies to define problems, research alternative solutions, assess their thinking in reaching decisions, and adapt to change as they acquire new knowledge. See more of the IDC40G Curriculum Guideline from the Ontario Ministry of Education.
WE2 Unit 4
Location: Public Library
- Brampton City Hall: Describe the purposes of the offices we learned about on the 2nd, 5th and 6th floor.
- Four Corners Public Library: a) Register for a library card. b) Demonstrate your research skills, how to find and reserve book from the online catalogue.
- Write and hand in your thesis for one of your Culminating Units CU = __/5 marks
- Like many European explorers, Christopher Columbus encountered many indigenous people throughout his voyages. Singularly focused on his mission to find riches and conquer new lands, Columbus and his teams treated the indigenous groups they came across as obstacles to their greater mission. Read the following articles and summarize concerns with Christopher Columbus Day celebrated in the USA.
a)"8 Myths and Atrocities About Christopher Columbus and Columbus Day" T = __/5 marks
b) "American History Myths Debunked: Columbus Discovered America" T = __/5 marks
c) "25 facts about Christopher Columbus and his disputed holiday" T = __/5 marks
d) "Opposition to Columbus Day celebrations"T = __/5 marks
e) "Christopher Columbus Controversy" T = __/5 marks
f) Images of Columbus Day Protests T = __/5 marks
- Twitter lesson and Twitter chat. Connect with David @DavidSpencerEdu C = __/10 marks
- Create a Twitter account. Tweet your answers to the following questions:
- What was #IdleNoMore ?
- Describe one concern of #globalwarming advocates.
- Tweet to @DavidSpencerEdu about one thing you would like to do or learn in our WE2 course.
- Summarize teh significance of Wawa and their Canada Goose statue.
- Complete ten (10) more entries in your Glossary of Terms T = __/20 marks
- Work on your two Culminating Units.
- Course WE with David Semester Two
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- Courses in Experiential Education
- Courses in Geography
- Courses in Science
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