Category: Grade 9 Individuals and Societies

Using OPPLV to help analyse political cartoons

You were asked to find a recent political cartoon from the news.

  1. You should print it out on an A3 sheet (with plenty of room around it for annotations the image ) and annotate using OPPVL. 
  2. Remember you should use the worksheet , as a checklist to make sure you cover everything in your analysis.
  3. State what you think the overall message of the cartoon is.
  4. Once you have finished annotating your cartoon please scan it and add this links on this page
  5. You will have 2 minutes to present this to this class next lesson so make sure you are prepared and check over once again that you’ve covered everything. Note! If you don’t want to stand in front of the class it’s OK to sit at your desk and address your cartoon projected on the screen as the cable is long enough to reach all desks.
  6. Both 9A & 9D will present their cartoons next Monday 19th Nov ( There is no lesson this Thurs due to tech days)

When you have finished you will do a reflection about the skills you think you are focusing on and developing. See this doc  Google doc where students have identified some obvious ATLs for this unit.



Grade 9 cover work Friday Nov 2nd – ATL reflections and Intro to history

Part 1 – Reflection on last assignment

  1. Look at the PDF that outlines the ATLs.
  1. Pick 2 specific skills from each of the different skill clusters that you feel you developed while working on this assignment.
  2. Post a video explaining how you developed each skill, providing evidence from your process and/or product.

E.g. Skill 1: The first skill I’d like to talk about is from the Thinking Skills cluster, specifically, Developing Arguments under Critical Thinking Skills. I feel I developed this through…evidence…etc.

You could use flipgrid to do this and link it to your ATL portfolio.  If you don’t want to do a video then simply reflect on your ATL portfolio.

Part 2 –  Intro to History

  1. Choose Three History Bites episodes from the list here, which you can then find here and watch.

You need to note the techniques they’re using to present the history in a fun and interesting way, as well as how they see aspects of social history which we will be looking at in class. Again you can do this on flipgrid or notes.


Music and Memory

Today we will do our memory tests on Mr Bates (9A)  and Mr McKeown’s class (9D)

Before we start our write up please reflect on how you think you did in terms of your social and self management skills. We spent some time working in groups and sharing info and making decisions as a class.

Make a copy of this doc and do a quick reflection. Put this is your ATL folder and link to your second summative in there

For homework please create a title page, do the intro and method – see Part 1 in the relevant doc below.

9A Experiment 

9D Experiment




Introduction to Memory and Research Methods for Psychology.  We will look at memory and what affects it before we introduce our music and memory experiment.

Before we start I want you to think of as many things as possible that may affect or influence your ability to remember – do this pairs or groups. Spend 10 minutes on this and add your thoughts to this doc.

You should use your headphones to watch the following video :- watch and listen carefully –  Elizabeth Loftus’ Ted Talk

In your pair or group discuss the questions on this doc and add some answers under the questions.

Now take a piece of scrap paper  – There are large A3 sheets of recycled paper on the front desk.

Some of the following tests require you to write what your answers down. In pairs do some memory tests – follow the instructions. These are only samples of tests so when the lesson is finished you can bin the scraps of paper.

If any tests require you to call out answers please do these at home, not in class.

You can do any number of tests and choose which ones you want. You will not be marked on this it is merely to get you to think about memory and testing.

Some you will need to do with a partner and time the test.

You will not get all of them done in class but do try a few at home over the weekend.

Understanding short term memory through a letter recall activity.

Looking at the phenomenon called the Stroop Effect.

Short term memory test

Memory for faces??

Memory test 1-  visual memory

Speed memory test

Impossible Memory test

Please watch the video fun memory test.  but stop it 30 seconds in and instead of drawing what is on a US penny draw what is on a 10 yen coin or another coin you use regularly – either the back or front – do it on scrap paper. Give yourself 5 minutes then compare what you drew to the real thing. How well did you do? Then proceed with the video and see how well you do with the tests. It is not being marked – just getting an idea about memory and testing.

How observant are you?

So how observant are people?