In-Depth – The Final Curtain.

As I approach the final ending to this long and beautiful project, I end up with a couple of questions for myself.

  • How do I show people this spectacular and complex sport that is Lacrosse,
  • How much have I really done,
  • and Where do I go from here.

After a lot of thinking over these past 4 months, I have come up with some answers.

The way I will be presenting my learner is with a Learning Center.  I will bring some of my gear to show everyone.  Most importantly, I will be bringing my stick, my gloves and my jersey.  I will set up a mini game for everybody if they choose to participate.  This mini game will involve me teaching them how to throw.  If they want to learn something else, I can also teach them how to cradle the ball in the stick.  I will be bringing extra balls and extra sticks.  I will also be representing my team, Poco Saints, by wearing my teams practice uniforms.

I have done so many things to learn about this sport.  My favourite will be that I actually joined a league.  I have learned so much during actual practices and games.  I found I learned a lot more when I actually got involved in a game.  In my point of view I have done a lot during these past 4 months.

The last question is the one I struggle with the most.  I don’t exactly know where I’ll go from here.  What I do know is that i’ll definitely see it through until the end of the season.  The real question for me is if I will play next year.  Right now I am going to decide later to see if I really want to continue to play this sport.

So that is all.  A month left until the final curtain closes.  A month left until I am finished this project.  This is going to be one amazing month.  And truth be told I am scared and excited for the curtain to close.

When the A stands for “Always a good debate” in John A. Macdonald

Megan Kennedy-Spence

Mr. Morris

Social Studies

When the A stands for “Always a good debate” in John A. Macdonald

    What should you do if the first leader of your country discriminated against the people in our country? John A. Macdonald is a complicated person to study.  He may have had a hand in building this country, but he also damaged it. Now the real question is whether we should have reminders of what he has done, bad and good, or if we should eradicate him from the entire public sphere?  This is the debate that spans from coast to coast. Yet, due to Macdonald’s progressive ideas towards women’s rights and the effectiveness of his ability to keep his promises, Macdonald’s name and likeness should continue to be in the public sphere.

The path to equality with women and men has always been a long and difficult task to accomplish, simply obtaining the right to vote for women was a struggle in itself.  Yet, Macdonald started Canada on this trail of women’s equality fairly early by becoming “the first national leader in the world to attempt to extend the vote to women”(GWYN).  In this time period women’s equality was not something that was not often supported, and to have a Prime Minister that “broke social rules by attending a few meetings of the Salvation Army in Kingston, Ontario,” to support a woman who was in charge of that particular branch of the salvation army, was something that was out of it’s time(GWYN).  In a time where people were usually upset with a women running a Salvation army, to have the Prime Minister openly support it was a huge step in the right direction towards equality between women and men. Hence, since Macdonald actions gave more awareness to women equality and women’s rights, his name and likeness should not be removed from the public sphere.

 

Although many Canadians are all for removing Macdonald from the public sphere. Justifying themselves that the upbringing of Canadian Pacific Railway(CPR) created the platform that made it possible for Canada’s first political scandal, which surrounded Macdonald.   Yet, when looking back on Macdonald’s mistakes, we seem to forget that this “was not the first time a politician fighting for the life of his government and public policy solicited financial support and it will not be the last” (SYMONS). Yes, while this was a political scandal, it also made it possible for Macdonald to fulfill one of his promises to this country, and that was to connect it from sea to sea.  All that Macdonald was doing was keeping his promises to the people of his country, which proved he was a strong and passionate leader.  Considering this, Macdonald’s name deserves to be remembered.

The argument that the “architect of Indigenous genocide,” should leave or the creator of our country should stay will always be a heavily debated one (BALLINGALL).  Nevertheless, the progressive ideas he created for women’s rights and his understanding of how to best run this country, Macdonald and everything that is related to him shouldn’t be removed from the public eye.  Conclusively, not having Macdonald’s viewpoint on how this country was made will just be forcing us to do every historian’s worst nightmare; we would only be listening to a single story about John A. Macdonald, and that never turns out well.

 

Waite, P.B. “Pacific Scandal.” The Canadian Encyclopedia, www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/pacific-scandal/.

Britannica, The Editors of Encyclopaedia. “Pacific Scandal.” Encyclopædia Britannica, Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc., 19 Jan. 2018, www.britannica.com/event/Pacific-Scandal.

In-Depth Post #4. Jeez it is happening fast.

Well a lot has happened in regards to my in-depth project over the past 4 weeks.  To get us started I have had evaluations all over spring break.  These were a lot of fun and made me learn a lot.  I also got to learn a bit more about the coaches and introduce myself to the girls that I’ll be playing with.  I have also discovered my strength and weaknesses in how I play.  For example as per most of the sports I play, I am way better at defense then offense.  It is weird but defense always seems to click in my brain easier.  So I didn’t get to meet with my mentor a lot over the break since he went away, but he was at the first couple of assessments and he talked to me afterwards and gave me some helpful tips on what I need to work on.  Since he has gotten back on his vacation we have met up for a meeting once.  This meeting we went over basic offence because I struggle to grasp this concept the most.  I definitely feel more confident with my offense skills but I am still nervous about are first game which is next Friday. Now to switch over to the questions.  While I was reading this weeks criteria thing, I really like the four stages of mentorship.  The more I think about it the more I realize how many of these things I have already covered.

1. What has been my most difficult mentoring challenge so far?  Why?

The most difficult mentoring challenge that I have faced with my mentor have mostly centered around the both of us being really tired when we get to the meeting.  We both have fairly busy schedule and that is making , at least me, really exhausted.

2. What is working well? Why?

The thing that is working really well with my mentor has been the communication.  I have gotten a bit more comfortable and I don’t act nervous anymore.  We also talk about a lot of sports not just lacrosse and of course that lowers down my shields.

3. What could be working better?  How can you make sure this happens?

What could be working better is something I can control by myself.  I want to learn about what all these lacrosse terms mean because I have been a little lost during practice when the coach is explaining a drill and is using lacrosse terms that I do not understand.  This also goes for mentor meetings, I have realized hw clueless about this sport.  I just need to study or remember fast all these different terms that could help me with understanding this sport a little more.

Independant Inquiry

Question: What were the main factors that led to the French losing the Battle of the Plains of Abraham?

Historical Significance: Outline the focus of your inquiry and provide background knowledge.  Why is this an important and significant question to ask about the past? Provide evidence from primary and secondary sources.

The Battle of the Plains of Abraham.  It was a fairly short battle that started with the British army, led by General James Wolfe, climbing up a cliff that started their route on the Plains of Abraham and ended with the French army, who were led by Marquis de Montcalm, retreating.  This important battle led to the retreatment of the French army and the overtaking of Quebec by the British.  But what were the main factors that led to the French losing this historical battle. It was very easy to tell that this battle was not going to go in the favour of the French almost immediately, so what was it about the French attack and defense against the British attack and defense that made this fact so obvious.  Well it had to do with many reasons: Montcalm’s call to not wait for backup and instead go into the battle with only 4500 men, how Wolfe trained his 4500 soldiers specifically for this battle while the French were not very prepared, or it had something to do with how the French fired their ammunition right away from to far for the bullets to reach the impending opposing army.  These were probably the main and most impactful causes to why the French army lost.

Cause and Consequence: Why did your research events happen the way they did and what were the consequences?

These three events impacted the outcome of the battle in huge ways. One of the big ones was the variation of the preparedness for these two opposing armies.  So the two armies both with around 4500 men, yet one has soldiers who are trained for this battle and one with soldiers who are surprised by the attack and in comparison unprepared. The circumstances started out with the French not looking good. Yet this could have been changed. Another key decision that perhaps could have persuaded the outcome of this particular battle would be Montcalm’s decision to proceed to the battle without the advantage of having the upper hand with the amount of people in his army.  Montcalm decided to meet the British right away without the aid of allied forces. If he had waited for backup maybe Canadian history might be written differently but sadly we would never know.  The last of these main three events would have to be the fact that the French fired their muskets way to far out.  The bullets did not stand a chance at hitting their intended target. This greatly affected the French side of this battle for the guns back in this time would take a long time to load.  Because the French had already fired this gave British the upper hand. The could effectively hit their targets because they had the advantage of striking at the right moment. All of these different factors definitely made the battle go in one particular way.

Ethical Judgement: Is what happened right and fair by the values and standards of the time? How about from our current values and standards? Explain.

I think that the Battle was definitely played out fairly by the values of the past and the values of today.  The British used tactics to defeat the French, and due to how the French reacted, in my opinion, rather poorly in comparison to how they could have handed the invading British army.

Social Studies Inquiry Processes: What conclusions can you reach about your question, based on the research you conducted?

Although we will never know for sure the factors that made the French lose, well unless the secrets to time travel are discovered, we can definitely speculate what those factors are.  So even there is many factors that influenced the outcome of the Battle of the plains of Abraham I’ve come to my own conclusion that the biggest contributors to the French losing this significant battle would be due to the difference in armies, the decision to not get backup, and also the decision to start the first volley of attacks from 120 yards away from the first of the British troops.
Also if anybody wants to earn a little more or even have just a quick overview on the battle; I discovered a nice summary of the battle in 3 minute video form.