Mr. T. Theriault Notes

World Issues, Sociology, Media Studies, Digital Productions, and Journalism.


Posted: October 15, 2018

In a group of no more than 2 people (or by yourself) you are going to create a presentation for the class on a specific tradition in another culture other than our own. In presenting this CULTURE to the class you MUST include some of their values and norms, their IDEAL values and REAL values, and material and non-material culture. This will help explain why the tradition you are talking about to the class exists today. Why do they still do it. How does it fit within THEIR value system. Remember in presenting these different cultures try to remain "culturally relative" and try not to bring in your own personal beliefs.

Delivery - 10,  Content - 20,  Mechanics -10,  Use of pictures and video - 10,  
VALUE - 50

Posted: October 10, 2018

World Issues 120
        In groups of no more than 4 you are to TEACH the class about a disease. We WILL have a test on this unit and you should take notes on each of your classmate’s presentations for your test. To go with your presentation you are to also prepare something extra, whether that is a short movie, pamphlet, or poster.
I will leave the length of your presentation up to you as it is YOU teaching it to your classmates.
            As a guideline you should answer:
        - What is the disease?   
- What does it do?    
- Causes?    
- What type of disease is it?    
- Classifications?    
- WHO sanctions?

- Treatment?
    - Statistics?   - Where?    
- What can we do?      

Value: 50

(You will lose 5 marks for not providing a “Works Cited”, and 3 for not sourcing on the page. This rule applies to all assignments!)
Rubric: 10/Delivery – 10/Mechanics – 10/Content – 10/Pics & Multimedia - 10/Extra & Handout

Posted: October 5, 2018

Flint & Miramichi Comparison Assignment

Compare the events of the GM closures in Flint, Michigan with the UPM Mill closures in Miramichi. 

Support your comparison using clear examples from the documentary and sources. 

Paper is to be at least 250 words and is to include at least 5 reliable sources.       

(1 source is the film, another is an interview with someone from Miramichi, who was here during the Mill Closure, and has noticed a change in Miramichi. That is 2 of your 5!) 

Please include a one paragraph opinion on how you think this could have prevented or resolved. 

Marks:   Content – 10        Interview – 10        Sources – 5        Opinion – 5                

Value :30


Posted: October 2, 2018

Journalism 1 & 2:

Announcements are up and running. Everyone should be working on their weekly articles. Logins will be provided to you shortly for the school website. On Wednesday, schedules will be up for Podcast and Video assignments. Make sure you sign up for your due dates!

World Issues:

Monday we will have our "WRED" talk. Tuesday we will watch "Invisible Children". Wednesday we will discuss the film, discuss WRED, and show you the room. Thursday we will have an introduction to the World Health Organization. Friday, Map Test: Middle East Part II, we will also compete in a mystery diagnosis challenge.


Monday, Miramichi Mill closures, video, and we'll discuss how Miramichi has changed since. On Tuesday and Wednesday we will be watching the film "Roger & Me" by Michael Moore. Your assignment is to compare the factory closures in Flint, Michigan to the Mill closures in Miramichi. Effects on the city? Law? Cleaniness? Healthcare? Homelessness? Etc. Friday you will have a day to work on your assignment.


Posted: September 25, 2018

Journalism 1 & 2:

This week we will introduce you to room 108, show and organize the gear and equipment you will have access to this semester and we must go over a few assignments before we start next week. On Friday we will be doing our first "mock" announcements.

World Issues:

You will finish watching "Where to Invade Next". Tuesday and Wednesday will be lab days with your paper due at the beginning of class on Thursday. Friday we're going to start something new!


Monday we are going to do an activity using the 4 major perspectives of sociology. Tuesday we will have a review for your Unit 1 test on Wednesday! Thursday and Friday we will be note-taking for our new unit on Research and Ethics.

You will view Micheal Moore's "Where to Invade Next" as a class.
While watching you will write down 20 different points that were made in the film. These can be "facts" that were listed, policies being shown to you, or maybe something you just found too good to be true.

You will then take your 20 points, go over them and you will choose 3 of them. With those 3 points you will research and try to back them up. Find out if they are true? Where did he get the information from? Is there more to the story? Did he tell you the whole truth?

You will write a 5 paragraph essay. First paragraph you will state your intention, your second, third, and fourth paragraphs should be your "points" and what you discovered about them. Your final paragraph is your conclusion.

Your essay MUST include a a title page and a Works Cited page. You MUST show your research and where you got it from.

DUE: Thursday, Sept. 27th

Value: 25

Posted: September 17, 2018

Journalism 1 & 2:

Be prepared everyday to film your segments for announcements. Have scripts and story-boards in hand. This will be the week to film as much as possible. Please keep in mind the rubric for 25 marks that YOU made for yourselves. Stay productive!!

World Issues:

Monday and Tuesday we will compare the Legislative governmental systems of the US with our Parliamentary system in an effort to prepare you for different political systems from around the world. Wednesday I will introduce you to your first assignment of the year on research and "real" news. Thursday you will work on this, and Friday you have your first map quiz!! Middle East! Please study!


This week we will be going over the 4 main persepctives of Sociology. Monday - Conflict Theory, Tuesday - Functionalism, Wednesday - Symbolic Interactionism, Thursday - Feminism, Friday we will have a small debate using the persepctives you've learned.

Posted: September 11, 2018

Journalism 1 & 2

You are prepping for your announcement segments all week. Please be organized and bring what you need. You are hopefully fiming by Wednesday.

World Issues

You are discussing the "World"s Biggest Problem" this week. Let's see how long it takes for you to all agree on one. Next week we start politics.


This week we are discussing the "Birth of Sociology" and it's founders. We will also discuss different sociological concepts/perspectives. Please come prepared to take notes. There will also be a reflection AND class discussion this week on the founders perspectives.

Posted: May 30, 2018


       In groups of no more than 2 you are to TEACH the class about a genocide in the 20th Century.

          To go with your presentation you are to also prepare something extra, whether that be a short movie, pamphlet, or poster.


       I will leave the length of your presentation up to you as it is YOU teaching it to your classmates.

          As a guideline you should answer:

-          Where?

-          Who?

-          Causes? (Background? Government?)

-          Numbers? Stats?

-          First hand accounts? (Witnesses? Survivors?)


Your “TEACH” is worth 50 marks. You will be marked on Mechanics/10, Delivery/10, Relevance/10, Content/10, and Pics/Video use/10. Your EXTRA portion will be worth 10 this time!  


Value: 70

(You will lose 5 marks for not providing a “Works Cited”, and 3 for not sourcing on the page.!)

Posted: May 30, 2018

Final Sociology Assignment:

Survey Project: Education

Your survey project is worth 10% of your final grade is to be handed in the day of your exam. You will use your project and its results to answer the final part of the exam that has to do with research.

Your survey project should include the following:

*** Page 1: A title page (Includes name, class, date, teacher name) (5)

*** Page 2: First paragraph – Introductory paragraph about your topic, why you chose it and a summary of the article you’ve attached.
                Second paragraph – State your hypothesis and what you intend to prove.
                Third paragraph – State your dependent and independent variable for your study. (12)

*** Page(s) 3: A blank, unanswered copy of your survey which includes all questions you asked of your participants. No more than 20 questions should be asked but no less than 10. (10)

*** Page(s) 4: Please include your results in percentages and/or charts. This can be done for you with no extra work within the Google drive. (8)

*** Page(s) 5: You MAY want to include all of your survey responses in strands so that you can more easily see the anonymous user’s complete answers and not just in percentages. This is the generic “excel” looking page that comes up when going to print responses. You may also keep this separate from your project if you wish.

*** Page(s) 6: Please attach the article to the back of all of this that you used to form your argument in the first paragraph of your second page and which you formed your hypothesis around. (5)

*** Page(s) 7: Lastly, what is your conclusion? Refer back to your own research, use the results of your survey… Would “it” work? (Hint” It’s OKAY if it wouldn’t work!) (10)

Value: 50

Posted: May 24, 2018

You are going to choose one company/business that has a presence on Social Media across many platforms. In looking at all of their social media you must consider the following for a class discussion next week:

What is their brand message? What do you think it's trying to convey? Are their blatant themes across all platforms? 
(Does all of their social media "match"? Same type of imagery? Colour schemes? Etc?)

We will be having this discussion on Tuesday to prepare for a final project..

Posted: May 18, 2018

Today, Friday May 18th, you will be working on your NGO projects that you will present next week.

Now, on Tuesday we will finish our Model UN.

Wednesday we will have our NGO discussion. This discussion might spill over into Thursday.

Thursday we will write the Africa Part II Map Test and finish from the day before.

Posted: May 18, 2018

You are going to pick one form of social media and present it (discussion based) to the class.

1) Who owns it? What else do they own?
2) What is it's current worth?
3) How does it work? Main goal/purpose?
4)How do they make their money?

5) Separate question, what problems do you feel social media can create/present?

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Google+, Pinterest, YouTube, Tumblr, SnapChat, Reddit, Periscope, etc.

Posted: May 17, 2018

You are going to research an NGO and present it to the class through discussion. Keep in mind that you are going to be teaching your classmates about this particular NGO, and it’s cause!  

You need to answer: Who are they? How did they start? Why? History? Are they Human Rights/Environmental/etc?Are they Campaigning/Operational? Where are they located? Headquarters? Regions of interest? What are their goals/purpose? How do they accomplish this? Approach? How are they funded? Grants? Donations? Other support?  

Lastly, why did you pick this NGO? Are you behind it? Support it? Pitch it to the class! Show your classmates what they are all about and why they feel so passionate about this cause.

You will be marked on: Mechanics  – 10, Content – 10, Relevance – 10, 

Extra Work – 10 – Handouts/Poster/Flyer/Shirt… etc.   

Posted: May 9, 2018


Working in groups of no more than 3 you will find an entrepreneur on the KIVA website that interests you.

When you choose an entrepreneur you will then research to answer the following questions:

What is the economic state of their country?
Main industry there?
What type of business is the entrepreneur trying to start?
Where specifically do they live? Is there a need?

Value: 30