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Homework: Newspaper article analysis due Monday


7-1/2 has a “critical analysis” due on Monday for an article on Bill C-51.

Here is the article:

Here is the link to the questions they must answer:

Any questions, please email


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Parents: Writing/Media Assignment coming home!


Please be aware that your child’s Fairy Tale (writing) and Book Cover (media) assignments are being sent  home for signing tonight. Please review with your child, sign, and return to me.

If you have any questions that your child can’t answer, please don’t hesitate to contact me. If you could email me first, and then we can arrange a time for a phone call if you’d like additional clarification.


Tammy Gaudun

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Homework: Debate research

We are having a class debate and your student with be arguing for or against the following statement:

Be it resolved that technology is diminishing our humanity.

Students were brainstorming today in class, and tonight they are to find “evidence” to support their claims. Tomorrow, groups will be ranking their claims and preparing their arguments.

Students, it would be helpful to debate this topic at home with your parents. It will give you a different perspective on your topic.

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Planners: Friday, April 4

  • Took up math test on fractions today. Test was out of 33. Ask your child how they did.
  • Don’t lose your history cheat sheet – test Tuesday
    • See questions below:
  • Red Maple voting April 22
  • Don’t leave school property without a note and a parent has to pick you up
  • Wear your colours proudly, Lancers, and have a nice weekend

History review questions:

  1. When was the Great Peace of Montreal and what was the significance of it?

    • While the British and French are fighting, explain what is going on with the First Nations peoples?
    • How has their life changed since the arrival with Europeans?
    • Who’s side are they are?
  1. Explain what happened with the deportation of the Acadians.

    • Why did France give up Acadia in the first place?
    • What did the British make the Acadians sign?
    • What changed that led to their expulsion?

3)    Briefly describe the life of the settlers in New France.

    • Who was at the top and bottom of the hierarchy?
    • What did they do for fun?
    • What were their chores?
    • Who were the Filles du Rois and why did they come over?
    • How many children did they have? Explain.
    • When did they marry? Explain.

4)   Explain The Battle of the Plains of Abraham.

    • Who was in a stronger position before the battle?
    • Who were the generals who led the French and British battalions?

    • Who won and how?

5)  What is the significance of the Treaty of Paris?

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Note to Parents for March Break

Dear Parents & Guardians of 7G,

We have had a successful start to term 2. I first want to remind you that planners and homework are updated daily on my blog, (which you now know if you are reading this here).   If you are ever wondering what your child is working on, please check here first. It often includes links to student worksheets, as well.

If your student forgets his or her homework or notes at school, please also be aware that most of our worksheets and assignments are stored on Google Drive and can be accessed with either their gmail ( or school login (  We use this as a way to keep everyone organized, even the students with the messy lockers and notebooks, (and me, too)!

In language, we have just finished two rounds of Literature Circles. The students have been reading graphic novels on important events in history, such as the Civil Rights movement, and practicing reading strategies, such as analyzing, making inferences, synthesizing and summarizing.  Each student discussed their answers in a group first and then self-evaluated their work before submitting. They checked to ensure that:

  1. they answered in complete sentences (i.e., they do not start with “because”)
  2. answers are specific, and used names and places wherever possible, instead of generic terms such as he, she, they, or there.
  3. answers provided evidence to support their answer.

i.                        When analyzing or making inferences, answers use evidence from the text to support their answer (I know/think this because…)

In math, we have just been finishing up our learning cycle on graphing (Data Management strand), where students learned to read, analyze and create graphs.  For their final assignment, they created a poll and graphed the results using Microsoft Excel.  We are now learning how to compare and order fractions.  We just had a practice quiz  on Thursday, and will review and have our “real” quiz after March break. Resources and notes are posted to my blog and to Google Drive.

In term 2, we are now finished with Geography and are learning about Canadian history, specifically New France and British North America.  Students are learning to put themselves in the “shoes” of the First Nations peoples and of the European explorers and are imagining what it would be like to encounter a new land and new race of human!  To help with this process, we have been making analogies to space colonization.

  1. What type of person would volunteer to travel to unknown lands?
  2. How would we react to encountering new and unfamiliar races? How would we communicate and interact?
  3. What opportunities and risks are available in the new land?
  4. Who else/which countries might also be interested in in these opportunities?  When would we go to war, and when would we negotiate?
  5. What are the short-term and long term impacts of our actions?

Additional resources and notes are posted on my blog and on Google drive.

If you have any questions and concerns, please contact me any time. The best way to reach me is through email:


Have a wonderful March Break and good luck with the time change!


Tammy Gaudun

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Homework for Wed., Dec. 4, 2013

  • Mathmetric conversions (mm cm m km $).docx
    • Complete the first two pages for Thursday, December 5th
  • Language:
    • Starting holiday traditions of the world assignment
    • Learning how to write “connections” to our reading
      • text to text, text to self, text to world
      • connections, not just to the event, but to: characters (personality traits), relationships, emotions,
  • Geography:
    • Students just finished submitting their Canadian Oil Sands Assignment
  • 7G:
    • Starting to decorate our “Tree of Gratitude”
  • All Students of Laurentian
    • Girls Basketball tryouts tonight (gr. 7’s only)
    • bring money for gift a smile
    • social justice group meeting tomorrow
    • teacher challenge Friday
  • Parents/Guardians:
    • Ask what your child’s team name is.
    • Ask to see the logo they created.

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Career Day Feedback

Laurentian hosted a wonderful career day today, thanks to the hard work and organization of Mr. Shaver. Students were able to listen to four presentations, each with a different professional. The topics included:

  • Arborist
  • Aerospace Manufacturing
  • Marine Mechanic
  • Marketing/Business
  • Trades/Apprenticeships
  • Volunteer Coordinator
  • Municipal Government
  • Policing
  • Paramedic
  • Event Mangement
  • Funeral Services
  • Graphic Design
  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Airlines/Pilot
  • Firefighting
  • Interior Design
  • Real Estate

Tell us what your favourite presentation was and why! Some of the topics we brainstormed about in class included:

  • Voice: expression, volume…
  • Audience: addressing audience interests, needs and concerns
  • Body Language: eye contact, etc.
  • Multi-media
  • connecting/involving the audience
  • free stuff!


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