Expulsion of the Acadians – discussion assignment

We watched a section of “Canada: A People’s History” entitled ‘The Oath” which is about the expulsion of the Acadians. One of the interesting thing about the video is that it uses some primary sources.  These were newspaper editorials and letters from people in the New England colonies.  They show us that the New Englanders did not trust the French Acadians to be loyal in future wars with France.  They also show that New Englanders needed farm land and wanted to take the farms the Acadians had created.  We also took some notes on the expulsion and discussed them in class.

Acadia = modern Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and PEI


In a comment answer these questions – separate posts may be necessary:


Did the British do the right thing when they expelled the Acadians?  Should the British have done things differently?  Where do the English actions sit in Kolhberg’s levels of moral development?  

Did the Acadians do the right thing in refusing to sign the second oath?  Where were they in Kolhberg’s levels of moral development?  

Kolhberg’s Six Levels of Moral Development

6)         Personal code of Honour.

5)         Considerate of other people.

4)         Follow the rules.

3)         I want to please somebody.

2)         I want a reward.

1)         I don’t want to get into trouble.



Jacques Cartier and Kohlberg’s levels of moral development

Jacques Cartier was one of the more important European explorers who came to North America as his discoveries led to France claiming Canada as her colony. He is honoured by many for this contribution.  Below is a picture of a major bridge in Montreal that is named after him.









How people do things affects the end result.  We have discussed in class Kolhberg’s levels of moral development.  Your task in this commenting assignment is to discuss Cartier’s moral levels, his actions and the outcomes of his actions. As the discussion evolves feel free to go beyond Cartier and talk about other historical figures or human kind in general.

Kolhberg’s Six Levels of Moral Development


6)         Personal code of Honour.

5)         Considerate of other people.

4)         Follow the rules.

3)         I want to please somebody.

2)         I want a reward.

1)         I don’t want to get into trouble.



Lawrence Kohlberg (1927 – 1987) was an American psychologist and professor at Harvard University and The University of Chicago



We are watching the documentary Virunga in class over the next few days.  This connects with a couple of themes of the course – the effects of colonialism and Kohlberg’s levels of moral development.

As you watch the documentary in class you will be asking questions, making observations and commenting on other students’ questions and observations.  This is a commenting assignment.

Do you have a question about the Verunga National Park or the documentary itself?  Contact them directly.  Your questions to them will give them a boost – so go ahead.


Here is the website for Virunga National Park.

Here is the website for the documentary.

Your first commenting assignment: Describe the actions of two people we see in the video and tell at what level of Kohlberg’s levels they are operating at.

World War 1, Common Craft Videos

Make sure you know the answers to the questions below each video as they may be on the test.

by Jacob and Mason


In what province was Francis born?

Why wasn’t Francis allowed to enlist in the army at first?

What kind of gas were Francis and the Canadians attacked with at Ypres?

What medal did he win?

How did Francis earn his second bar on his military medal?

By Wyatt and Colton

1  How did tanks get their name?

2 What was the name of the first tank?

3  How fast did the first tank travel?

4 What was the name of the second tank made?

5  Did the second tank have guns?

By Inigo, Braedan and Ryan

1  Describe how mining worked in world war 1.

By Cat, Olivia, Regan, Sam


1 What good invention did Haber make in 1909?

2 What bad invention did Haber make during the war?

3 What gas did he invent that the Nazis used to kill millions in World War 2?

by Ember, Tayah, Ezrah, Reanne

1 By who and in what year was poison gas first used?

2 What kind of gas was first used.

3 What kind of gas attacks the skin and blinds its victims.

by Larissa, Alisha and Phoenix

by Alexxess, Sarah, Ashlee and Allison

Mental Frames – Trump, Clinton and persuasion

Watch Simon Singh demonstrate how mental frames work.  This also could be seen as an example of  ‘the power of suggestion’ which you may have heard about.

Now, take a look at the video interview of  the creator of the Dilbert comic strip, Scott Adams.  Aside from making the Dilbert comic, Adams is a trained hypnotist and knows how the human brain works and how it can be tricked or manipulated.

From now on, we will look at Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump to see if they use these techniques to manipulate voters.

The Way We Learn

I used to have math anxiety. Math simply did not make sense to me and I just learned how to do simple calculations as it seemed that was all that was needed in life. As an adult I know I need more than that to understand how to invest money or get a mortgage on a house. A year ago my daughter was in grade 7 and had a bad flu bug. She had to stay home and I picked up her homework from school. I had to teach her grade 7 math, but the trouble was I didn’t understand it myself. So I just went on line and learned it. As I learned it as an adult I got it and started to enjoy it. For the first time I understood that π actually existed in nature and was discovered by people. It wasn’t invented – it existed! That was a cool revelation for me.

My daughter had to learn how to find the circumference of circles, their area and the area of other objects. I enjoyed learning about it and was able to teach her at home. As I taught I strengthened the neural pathways in my brain associated with that learning as described in the video. From my math learning experience and from the video it is clear that learning is actually a physical experience.

What is your most difficult subject and why is it hard for you to learn it? What is your best subject and why is it easy for you to learn it? How can we learn things that are difficult for us?