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The Edmund Fitzgerald

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We have listened to the song by Gordon Lightfoot, we have studied the lyrics, we have watched the documentary, and we have read the book by Kathy-Jo Wargin. Now is the time to respond. Choose the writing prompt that you like best and leave your response bellow for others to read and respond to. Remember, others will be reading it, so make sure you check your spelling and read it over carefully!!!

1.Explain how the Edmund Fitzgerald may have sank.

2. How is the Edmund Fitzgerald and what happened to the Titanic similar or different?

3. How does the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald make you feel and why?

Listen to Gordon to get some inspiration! 


Check out our Planet Brochures

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As an Interplanetary Travel Agent, our class selected a planet or moon from our solar system and tried to sell it to aliens. The goal was to use effective advertising language like alliteration, similes, questions, exaggeration, and long and short sentences. Have a look at a few below by clicking the name,  and then give them some feed back!

solar system

Chloe      Cheryl      Connor     Irelynn    Jewel    Jorja    Josh    Keira    LennoX

Logan    Madison    mark    marta    Sylvia

Is BYOD a good policy for schools?

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Lakehead Public Schools has recently introduced the concept of BYOD. This is where students are allowed to bring their own smart devices such as tablets, phones, and laptops. Many educators, parents, and politicians believe that students should not be allowed to bring devices that can access the Internet. They believe it is the responsibility the school to provide technology.

So the question is: Should students in grades 4 and up be able to bring their own devices to school?

Students answered this question in an exposition format below.






Facebook’s Age Policy

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Should kids under the age of 13 be allowed to Facebook?

At issue today is Facebook’s privacy policy that states users must be at least 13 or older to create an account. Even though this is the policy, scores of underage users skirt the social network’s rules by listing false ages.

Should these underage users be able to Facebook or not? That is the question that our class expositions  debate.

Before you read on, make sure to take our survey.


Mr. Peabody’s Apples

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Mr. Peabody’s Apples has a very important message within its pages.

What do you think the main idea is or lesson that the author, Madonna, is trying to get across to us? Use your own ideas and evidence from the text to support your details.

Make sure your answer is justified!

To Be or not The Royal Bee….

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We have spent a few days now reading and dissecting The Royal Bee by Frances and Ginger Park. We have used TodaysMeet and our use of connections to better understand this book. Now I would like you to apply it to the following question….

What is the main idea of The Royal Bee? Use evidence from the text and your own ideas to support your answer.

Please make sure to use our open response format and justify your answer.


Child Labour – Letters to the Editor

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Many of the products we buy everyday are made by a child who is forced to work. Especially our shoes. We have discussed the issues of child labour in class and the countries that allow it. Below I would like you to contribute your letter to the editor explaining your viewpoint on the topic. Remember to include not only your arguments, but also the evidence to back them up.