All posts by Mr. L Goldsack

Final Exam Review

Students have been preparing for the final exam. The last tasks were from the E-Textbook posted a few weeks ago and were related to “Humanist thinking”(Tasks 5a, 5b, and 6). Those were due last Friday (May 29). Students have watched a documentary about Florence and the Medici family to learn more about padronism and the renaissance. Each class students will receive a study guide for the final exam and are expected to work together finding possible answers for the questions.




Terrorists are just that…people who use terror to try and achieve their goals! Not all extremists are terrorists…not all Muslims are extremists or terrorists! Culture plays a huge role in how people act. Sometimes people do things that others believe are motivated by religion or law…in reality, the acts are culturally motivated, and that deep seated belief is hard to stop. Honor killings are culturally motivated acts.

“Honour” killings of women can be defined as acts of murder in which “a woman is killed for her actual or perceived immoral behavior.” (Yasmeen Hassan, “The Fate of Pakistani Women,” International Herald Tribune, May 25, 1999.) Such “immoral behavior” may take the form of marital infidelity, refusing to submit to an arranged marriage, demanding a divorce, flirting with or receiving phone calls from men, failing to serve a meal on time, or — grotesquely — “allowing herself” to be raped. In the Turkish province of Sanliurfa, one young woman’s “throat was slit in the town square because a love ballad was dedicated to her over the radio.” (Pelin Turgut, “‘Honour’ Killings Still Plague Turkish Province,” The Toronto Star, May 14, 1998.)

Written Response for today….
*suggest measures that might be taken to bring an end to honour killings.
*consider possible short- and long-term consequences to the implementation of these measures.
*identify possible barriers to the successful implementation of these measures.

May 25…Food Additives

As we prepare for the last assignment of the year, students were asked to consider something they had eaten recently (preferably a processed product) and research one of the non-food additives found in the product. During the second block after lunch students shared some of the additives they researched and then watched a 40 year old documentary on food additives…it would appear that things have not changed much (some products have been banned and replaced with others). Students were asked to hand in their research.

Here’s the final project for the year…


Composition Exam

Today (May 19) students prepared for the exam which will take place on May 21… the topic was decided in class, and thesis statements were worked on. Students will not be allowed any additional material in class on Thursday (only a pen/pencil, paper, and a working brain…)