Self Esteem – Pascale

Self Esteem is the level of confidence and pride you have in yourself. It changes from time to time; sometimes you will have your bad days and your good days. Body image is a really large part in self esteem and can affect a lot of things. Good self esteem is where you’re confident about yourself and fine with your body. Public speaking is a little easier for people with confidence because they are more organized, and aren’t worrying about the worst-case scenarios that could happen. They know that they aren’t a supermodel and know what fits them right. People with such self esteem can do different activities better and are willing to try out new things. Bad self esteem is where you have little confidence and worried about yourself. Activities like public speaking and interacting with new people are harder than usual. People with bad self esteem usually take in the insults and turn down compliments, believing that the nice things people say aren’t true. They also may develop harmful habits like smoking, drinking, and anorexia. The media is big cause of lowered self esteem in the way of magazines and ‘perfect’ models. Although we know that they are photoshopped and fake, it’s difficult to ignore and people start to believe that they can be like the celebrities on the media. Except they can’t. That ends up in a terrible spot. Bullying and cyberbullying are also a big part, mostly using verbal abuse. The terrible message starts to sink in after a while and hurts the person inside. There’s also peer pressure from family, friends, school, and most importantly, yourself. It doesn’t matter which way, the person will give in to the pressure and start believing they can’t do anything. Feeling out of place or ‘different’ is a choice made by yourself when you believe that you’re different from everyone else. (in a bad way) It could be that you have differences in physical appearance, or differences in the way you think, feel, and interact with others. Limited social contact is another way that causes bad self esteem when a person starts to ignore or not keep relationships with friends or family. It ends up with grumpy people asking why they won’t talk, and the person starts to feel bad about their social life. You can boost your self esteem by doing little things that make you and others happy. Doing things you like and using your strengths can make you happy and feel good about yourself, because you know what you’re doing and you’re good at it. Giving and accepting compliments is another one that gives you a nice feeling that you are a good person, especially giving comments to others. Giving compliments gives you the thought of “Hey, I like that feeling. If I keep doing this, that feeling won’t go away.” Dressing up in a style you like can also give you confidence when interacting with others. It could be a small thing, like a bow tie or a scarf, or it could be a big thing, like a favourite shirt or a really cool pair of shoes. If it suits you, then you can wear it. Hanging around good people can help if you’re in a tricky spot and you need support. Family is also fine, as long as they are loving and caring to you. (Which they usually are but there is such thing as domestic violence) Also exercising is good too, with the endorphins that make you happy.

Training Camp – Interactive Reading

We’ll now be taking a look at INTERACTIVE READING SKILLS.  Below they are categorized with specific activities.

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Use this article for today’s lesson: “A Monster Bug Discovery”

DIGITAL EXIT TICKET: Selective Highlighting



Today we will be using this article: “Teen Runaway Hides Out…”


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Use this article for Today’s Lesson: Teen Runaway






There are different types of formal questions: Knowledge, Comprehension, Synthesis, and Analysis Questions.

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Imagine a Knowledge Question is like a snapshot of a story…

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Imagine a Comprehension Question involves understanding the whole story, or in this case, movie…



Use this article for Today’s Lesson on Knowledge and Comprehension: Teen Runaway


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Use this article for Today’s Lesson on Analysis and Synthesis: Ebola

QUIZ PRACTICE:  Identifying Question Types


Training Camp – Plagiarism

Now that we’ve gone through summarizing and have learned that we need to put things into our own words, let’s take a look at Plagiarizing.  The topic has been known to be misinterpreted as simply when you use someone else’s piece of work, but there’s much more to it than that.

Here are some Common Types of Plagiarism:

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Plagiarism Activity:


Before you leave today, please complete the Plagiarism Exit Ticket



Training Camp – Summarizing

As we mentioned, we will be beginning our Social Studies class by working on developing and mastering certain skills that will allow us to dive into the really interesting heart of our History and Social Studies class.  Much like we do when we train in the off-season for our upcoming sports, in Social Studies we will be conditioning ourselves to get to where we need to be in order to begin our Season. We will begin with Summarizing.


Consider today Day 1 of your Training!

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Digital Exit Ticket for Summarizing Day 1

Before leaving today, please fill in this Digital Exit-Ticket to show your understanding of Summarizing.



Article:  Read this!

Understanding your Own Perspective

Each of us enters this classroom with a different perspective formed by experiences we have had so far in our lives.  A key to understanding social studies concepts is to be able to recognize different perspectives with which people approach social issues.  Each of our perspectives is important to consider-they will help the members of our class expand the way we each see the world.  But it will help us even more if we understand the background of the perspective we are hearing.  Your job is to help us understand your perspective.

 Perspective Assignment:

To do this you need to think about where your perspective is coming from.  We need to know which things in your life have most influenced your thinking.  Those things can include nationality, culture, religion, language, values, wealth, and places you have lived to name a few.  Not all of them will be important in each of your lives.  You should perhaps choose the 2 or 3 that you think most influence your perspective.

You will create a “poster” to help us understand where your point of view is coming from.  Your poster should include a few large images in the middle of the paper that represent those influences.  Try to find an image that is symbolic and helps sum up a bigger idea.

Visual Requirements:

  •   The poster must include your name.
  •   Your poster must include at least 1-3 visuals that you think best represent or symbolize things that influence your perspective.  Try to be as creative as possible.  Think about images and symbols that best represent the ideas that have shaped your thinking.
  •   You may decorate a border around those images with words and images that better clarify your message.

Written Explanation:

  •   On the back of your visual, you need to write or type a short message to me.  Part of the message will help you with your brief presentation to the class, and the other part will help me get to know you a little better.
  •   Explain why you chose your images and how the things they represent have influenced your perspective.  Be clear and complete—we want to better understand you.
  •   Tell me about three things you think I should know about you.  This part is for me to read and you will not be asked to share this with the class.  Pick three things that will help me understand you better.
  •   Tell me about one goal you have for yourself this year.  It doesn’t have to be about Social Studies, but it can be.  Why is this your goal?
 Oral Presentation:

You need to briefly explain to the class the visuals you chose and the meanings behind them.  How did they help to shape your perspective?

Here is an example, though you don’t have to include this many images! 🙂

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Quarter 1 – Essential Questions

As we begin our readings and study on the United Nations keep in mind the essential questions we have for our systems unit:

1. What should be the responsibilities of international systems of governance?

2. What are the strengths and weaknesses of international systems of governance?

3. How does negotiation and debate play a crucial role in the functioning of international systems?

Think about this:  In what ways have you had to deal with systems of governance in your own life – at home, with friends, in groups? How have negotiation and debate helped those systems of governance function properly?