Month: May 2017

Introduction to Human rights part 2

  • In groups, do a PMI graph or flow chart  on the UN description of Human rights
  • Too much light makes the baby go blind: The Human Rights version
    • In groups of 2 or 3, you will each be assigned 5 articles of the UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights
    • You will plan short skits/performances for each one – BE CREATIVE
    • We will then present each skits in Too much light makes the baby go blind fashion

Further research

I will be absent all week

Hi guys,

I will be absent all week to attend the senior retreat in Niigata. Here is the work for the week.

  • Grade 9: Work on your social history assessment 
  • Grade 10:  Work on your Paris Editorial, making sure to do part 2 in groups first.  (Due on Monday)
  • You can all ask Ms Wilson if you have any questions about the project. 
  • Have a great week, be nice to your subs, and email me if there are any major issues.
  • Have fun!

InS 10: Intro to Human Rights

Should freedom of expression be limited in some cases?

We will read read the handout Graphic Organizer-Contrasting Views on Human Rights about  Skokie, Illinois, 1977


  • What are the limits to Freedom of Speech?
  • What is considered hate speech?

Part 2:


  • What is satire, and what is its purpose?
  • What is the role of media in the freedom of speech debate?
  • Is Freedom of Speech relative to specific cultures?
  • How has freedom of speech changed in the globalized world?

What is Charlie Hebdo?

Then, in groups of 7 or 8, each person read one of the sources about the  Paris, attacks of 2015 and debate the issues of freedom of speech brought up by a publication like Charlie Hebdo. Make sure that each person has a chance to express the perspective of their source.

Ideas to consider:

  • Is Charlie Hebdo Hate speech?
  • Did their cartoons go too far? Did they incite violence?
  • Should religion be protected against hate speech?
  • Should religious taboos be protected against hate speech?
  • What are the limits of free speech?

Part 3:

Write a short editorial in answer to one of the newspapers in the handout expressing your opinion on whether ‘Freedom of Expression’ should be limited based on what happened in Paris.

  • Post it on your blog and share the link with me here. 
  • 200 words or less
  • You do not need a bibliography but you may mention sources to strengthen your argument
  • Make sure you directly address a specific source
  • You do not need to explain the events, or have an introduction and conclusion. Dive right into it!
  • TSC Criteria D, Critical Thinking
  • Due Monday May 29th. You will have one more period to work on this if need be. 

Editorial: An editorial is one of the writing styles used to express an opinion or reaction to timely news, an event, or an issue of concern. Most editorials are used to influence readers to think or act the same way the writer does. Your argument should be strong and be backed up with accurate details that show that the opposing argument(s) contain weaknesses. You must take a side, do not waffle or be wishy-washy, stick to your argument or opinion, and be clear and forceful.  Most important is organization. An editorial has little room in which to deliver its message. The structure must be well worked out and follow a logical sequence. 


InS 9 Social History Presentation

Columbus and the Native Americans.

What really happened and how do we see the social history of the Native Americans through their eyes?

Discussion: Kennedy, Thomas and Cohen reading

Now that we’ve read about the Indians and Columbus:

  • What would you say about them based on your reading?
  • How is our perception of them shaped by historians?
  • What themes did our readings focus on?
  • If there is a bias, where does it come from and how is it manifested?

Watch the simple animated video history,

Columbus on trial


  • Has your perspective of Columbus changed?
  • Of native Americans?
  • How can you read history and be aware of biases?
  • If you were to write about columbus, what themes would you focus on, knowing that you cannot write everything about everything?
  • What themes did your readings choose?

In groups of 2 or 3, you will now work on your social history assessment

Write your team members and the specific members or group you will research here

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