AP Geography students deliver hope :-)

as the comments roll in from the non-fiction reading project, I’m profoundly impressed by the students’ responses. Clearly they are intelligent teens but also must have grasped comprehension from their studies with Mrs. Clarke. Terrific notes everyone. Remember to submit a reply to your a classmates comment. Assess their content and respond. Great job so far! 


Geography AP Reading Project 2… TASK

Project 2…Non-Fiction Task

Why blog writing?

Scholarship and personal learning grows with the written word.

  • The written word is a primary device for acquiring meaning, evaluating understanding and sharing perspectives. Not unlike the expansion of culture, ideas and technologies, during global exploration, today’s online reality has expanded the potential to engage in discourse far beyond our borders.
  • Connected learning and dialogue is the new commerce. Blogs are a platform that exchanges content beyond the level of a status update.
  • Often credit and/or personal courses include ‘response’ evidence.
  • Your feedback builds academic capital for KSS and future students.


Organizer notes with references to your book choice. The notes must be :

  1. One(1) or more blog comment below and
  2. One(1) REPLY to (1) student comment(s) for a book other your own.
  3. Criteria:
    1. Comment:
      1. proficient exam writing,
      2. with a paragraph(s), your book’s connection to the main Human Geography themes.
      3. Provide a minimum of (1) quote.
    2. Reply
      1. proficient written feedback
      2. with a sentence(s), 
      3. includes mindful feedback and a POV

Mental illness and writing genius –

A fascinating overview of research into creativity from Brainpickings blog:


One of the most interesting chapters in the book deals with the correlation between creativity and mental illness, bringing scientific rigor to such classic anecdotal examples as those evidenced in Van Gogh’s letters or Sylvia Plath’s journals or Leo Tolstoy’s diary of depression or Virginia Woolf’s suicide note. Having long opposed the toxic “tortured genius” myth of creativity, I was instantly intrigued by Andreasen’s inquiry, the backdrop of which she paints elegantly:

Did mental illness facilitate [these creators’] unique abilities, whether it be to play a concerto or to perceive a novel mathematical relationship? Or did mental illness impair their creativity after its initial meteoric burst in their twenties? Or is the relationship more complex than a simple one of cause and effect, in either direction?

She cites the work of Havelock Ellis, one of the earliest scholars of creativity, a Victorian physician, writer and social reformer ahead of his time. In 1926, in his late sixties, he published A Study of British Genius, an effort to provide a scientific assessment of the link between genius and psychopathology by studying a sample of people found in the British Dictionary of National Biography — a compendium of about 30,000 eminent public figures, whom he sifted through a set of criteria to identify 1,030 displaying “any very transcendent degree of native ability.” Andreasen recounts his findings( Popova)

Popova, Maria. “The Relationship Between Creativity and Mental Illness.” Brain Pickings RSS. Web. 14 Feb. 2015. .


” I transported them.. to the Butcher” -Life magazine

EichmannLIFE” I transported them.. to the Butcher” -Life magazine by Adolf Eichmann.  A GoogleBook resource from the LIFE archives, Nov.28, 1960. Mr. Stacey’s Holocaust 12 curricula covers many genocide cases around the globe but it also embraces student inquiry attempts to find various documents including primary sources.  ( Some online library sources are shared at https://www.diigo.com/list/literateowl/Holocaust12 )  A common question arises. ‘Why would anyone do such horrific things?’ Well here is a first person narrative written from a convicted Nazi-Adolf Eichmann. nb. The article was edited( to what extent we do not know) by LIFE staffers.






read…on Google Books http://goo.gl/oOIsI3

New Arrival: Canada at War: graphic history


Canada at War: A Graphic History of World War Two

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by Paul Keery; illustrated by Michael Wyatt
Comics were once the domain of superheroes and villains, but graphic novels have recently elbowed their way into the field of Canadian history. With Chester Brown’s Louis Riel widely praised for capturing the complex history of Riel, the 1884–85 Métis uprising, and Sir John A. Macdonald’s government’s response, graphic novels offer new ways to understand the past….

Available: ChaptersIndigo


New: Your Canada Constitution

NEW Resource:

lawnowCDNconstitThis issue covers the constitutional history of Canada in a big way.  Would be of major interest to Social Studies types.  I have attached the pdf of the issue. There is coverage of the latest court cases, including two judges who plagiarized their findings.  The Court observed, tartly, the “it is clear that judges…are not mere scribes, collators of evidence, collage artists, or way stations on the road to justice.”  Seems that even the high courts have issues copying –one copied 321 paragraphs out of 368 paragraphs from written submissions by one of the applicants.  Unfortunately, the 4 million dollar award given to a brain damaged infant was overturned because of the “crime” of copying.


Sharon Bede
Teacher librarian
Kelowna Secondary School

Quiet – the power of introverts in a world that can’t stop talking. By Susan Cain.

What a fabulous non-fiction book that provokes the mind without the preaching or patronizing tones. Loved it. Cain’s well researched book emphatically provides examples of how we have evolved to devalue the contemplative well thought out expressions. We replaced the meditative with the charismatic and the loud over the quiet.
Check out this amazing TED Talk:
Susan Cain: The power of introverts

Textbooks evolve ebooks more interactive


Textbooks Come Alive

Next-generation science e-books may help keep young people engaged
Science can advance quickly, rendering existing textbooks obsolete. Now new digital textbooks are emerging intended to better engage students and keep them up-to-date on the latest research.

These e-books will cost (and weigh) less than the average printed tome. In January, Apple announced its iBooks 2 textbook platform for the iPad, and publishers, including McGraw-Hill, Pearson, and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, have signed on to create content for it. In February, Nature Publishing Group, of which Scientific American is a part, came out with Principles of Biology, an interactive, multimedia “book” intended for university-level introductory biology classes that is accessible online using tablet computers, laptops, desktops and smartphones. Principles of Biology integrates text with videos, simulations, interactive exercises, illustrations and tests and also includes classic and current papers from Nature and related journals. Future titles in the life and physical sciences are in the works.

Marine ecologist David Johnston of Duke University and his colleagues have taken a more Wikipedia-like approach. Their app, Cachalot, is available for free on the iPad and was created with the help of volunteers: marine scientists wrote it without charge from lecture notes, a computer science class designed it, and institutions, including the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, donated images and video. The project grew out
of a class of Johnston’s that focuses on large marine animals such as dolphins, turtles, seals and giant tube worms. Although writers are not paid for their contributions, their work does get peer-reviewed and published, thus making it potentially valuable when it comes time for promotion or tenure, he says.
Sharon Lynch, a science education researcher at George Washington University, says e-books such as these may eventually become mainstream but adds that research needs to be done on whether or not they are actually better than traditional textbooks. One such study is already under way at Nature Publishing Group: on some California State University campuses, students began biology on old textbooks, whereas other classes came in with Principles of Biology, so the company is doing side-by-side comparisons of how well students learned biology and how their attitudes toward science might differ, says Vikram Savkar, publishing director of Nature Education.

Entire digital issue now available. I drive/handouts/library resources/eread/sciam/

New book: Empire of Illusion by Chris Hedges

New book: Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle.

Empire_HedgesSM Just started……..

In this New York Times bestseller, Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Chris Hedges has written a shattering meditation on American obsession with celebrity and the epidemic of illiteracy that threatens our cultural integrity. Reporting on such phenomena as professional wrestling, the pornographic film industry, and unchecked casino capitalism, Hedges exposes the mechanisms used to divert us from confronting the economic, political, and moral collapse around us. Empire of Illusion  shows us how illiteracy and the embrace of fantasy have impoverished our working class, allowed for the continuance of destructive public policy, and ushered in cultural bankruptcy. (Google Books)

Internet may phase out printed Oxford Dictionary


The Associated Press

Sunday, August 29, 2010; 6:43 PM

OxfordDICT1 LONDON — It weighs in at more than 130 pounds, but the authoritative
guide to the English language, the Oxford English Dictionary, may
eventually slim down to nothing. Oxford University Press, the publisher,
said Sunday so many people prefer to look up words using its online
product that it's uncertain whether the 126-year-old dictionary's next
edition will be printed on paper at all.

The digital version of the Oxford English Dictionary now gets 2 million
hits a month from subscribers, who pay $295 a year for the service in
the U.S. In contrast, the current printed edition – a 20-volume,
750-pound ($1,165) set published in 1989 – has sold about 30,000 sets in
total.  >READ MORE…