Mr. T. Theriault Notes

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


Posted: February 26, 2018

Everything we are going to keep doing in this class will be preparing you for your film porjcts coming towards the end of the semester. You'll notice on the morning announcements we often overlay the video with a logo or a watermark. When we do this it needs to be a .PNG file with a transparent background.

You will create a logo with a transparent background of your own, it can be school related if you wish.

Please watch:

Value: 15

Digital Productions 120 – Movie/Concert/Video Game Poster

You are going to create a 8.5 x 11 Photoshop layout with 300dpi resolution (open photoshop, click "file", "new" and click the dropdown preset to "U.S. Paper").

Your poster will contain the following: • 3 Text layers3 different brush sets with effects3 Pictures from the Internet (copyright free)

Your poster can be for a movie/video game, concert, TV show etc.

Please be sure to check out the following link: (link is external)
You will need to explain to me how you used PROXIMITY, ALIGNMENT, REPETITION, CONTRAST, and possibly WHITE SPACE for your design.

Value: 30

Posted: February 21, 2018

Today we want to look into media bias. What can we trust? What can't we?

You will pick a major news network and one major newspaper and research and answer the following questions:

1) Who owns it? What else do they own?
2) How do they make money? Advertising? Subscriptions?
3) Who advertises with them? How much does it cost?
4) How much is their business worth?
5) Do they (owners) donate to any political campaigns?

You can just use Word for this. When finished you will print these off to use in a class discussion and hand them in.

Value: 20

Posted: February 16, 2018

Please watch these videos when you get a chance:

Conflict Theory

Symbolic Interactionism



Posted: February 16, 2018

Search on YouTube for "Adobe CS3 Tutorial" for help.

Please make sure that you use copyright free images to perform the following activities.

Layers activity (dog & Field) - Cut out dog and add to field picture.  Find 3 other pictures and add them to your project.  Add your name in 2 Text layers to your projects with various effects to your layout.

Value:  15

Lighthouse Project - Use crop tool to rotate picture and make it straight.  Use clone stamp to remove unwanted people from picture. lighthouse.jpg      

Value:  5

Old Man  - Remove blemishes and fix the right eye. Using clone stamp/healing tool  OR polygonal lasso.  

Value: 10

Dinosaur - Using the tools you have been practicing with, erase the man in the picture AND the two smaller dinosaurs in the lower left. Pay close attention to the textures and make them as seamless as possible.

Value:  10

Here is the link to the images:

Posted: February 15, 2018

Constructing Reality

Select two different media texts (any form of reproduced communication, from a book, film, or album cover, to an advertisement, movie, sitcom, a toy, or a t-shirt) and use the following questions to help you deconstruct(analyze how meaning is constructed). You must include your chosen text with your finished assignment and you will present your findings to the class.

1)What are the characters like? Are they realistic? Are they stereotypes?

2)How do the characters relate to each other in terms of power, age, gender, race and class?

3)What are the values and ideologies of the characters?

4)Who is the intended target audience?

5)How and why does this text appeal to  its audience?

6)Who created this text? Who owns it?

7) How is the text distributed or sold to the public?

Due: Tuesday, Feb. 20th

Posted: February 12, 2018

You will create a PowerPoint featuring examples of Photoshop gone wrong, and Photoshopped images done right.

- Be creative with your PowerPoint.

- Have 10 examples (very different) of poorly Photoshopped images.

- Have 5 examples of what you consider to be Photoshop done right.

Value: 20

Creativity 5
Bad Images 10
Good Images 5

Posted: February 7, 2018

Using this link: , identify and explain the six roles of Mass Media.

Use each role as a page heading and find and attach two examples of mass media products that effectively illustrate this role.

You may use whatever materials you wish . . . newspapers, magazines, internet, etc.

You may use Powerpoint, Word, make a video, or paper/poster  to display your results.

Due Date: Tuesday, Feb.15th

Posted: January 8, 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: November 30, 2017

You are going to write a paper of at least 400 words. Please use proper citation, works cited page, and title page. 

« Moving beyond physical prisons built of steel and concrete, what psychological prisons do we create for ourselves and others? If prisons are seen as forms of control which limit individual freedom, how do they differ from the prisons we create through racism, sexism, ageism, poverty, and other social institutions?  »

Please discuss how STATUS and ROLE play a part in these ´hidden’ prisons that are within our society. In the prison experiment everyone was a volunteer and knew the experiment was fake. Is our society being ‘duped’? Is our society basing a lot of its values on things/ideas that are ´fake’ as well?


Please take your time and think about the questions above. Try to refer to the terminology discussed in class. This is your opinion.

Value: 50

Mechanics:10, Content: 10, Procédure: 10, Your Opinion (consideration of the questions above) 20

Due: Dec. 6th

Posted: November 28, 2017

In groups of 2 or 3, you are going to research an NGO and present it to the class. 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, Pic/Video  – 10, Delivery – 10, Relevance – 10, 

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

Posted: October 20, 2017

World Issues 120

United Nations - Branches

        In groups of no more than 2 or 3 you are to TEACH the class about a one specific branch of the United Nations.

          To go with your presentation you are to also prepare something extra, whether that is a short movie, pamphlet, or poster. You do not have to do a PowerPoint. Please feel free use another means of presenting your information.

        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?

-          Background?

-          Numbers? Stats?

Your “TEACH” is worth 50 marks and your “add-on” to your project is worth 10 for a total of 60 marks. Now make sure that if your “add-on” is worth 10 marks that you make something worth 10 marks, not 5! *** If you were to make a movie I would obviously take that into consideration for the project as a whole… outside of the 10 marks…***

Rubric: Mechanics: 10
            Relevance: 10
            Delivery: 10
            Content: 10
            Pictures/Media: 10
               Extra: 10

Posted: October 18, 2017

In a group of  2 or 3 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 DECODE it, discussing some of their values and norms, language, 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.

Use PowerPoint, show a video, give a handout... It's up to you!


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

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.

Survey: Please use Google Forms. You will need a Google Account to do this. Your survey should include at least 10 questions and be related to Miramichi. The questions are up to you. Please make sure they are yes/no or multiple choice questions.

Marks:   Content – 10        Interview – 10        Sources – 5        Opinion – 5          Survey - 15       

Value :45

Posted: September 28, 2017

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: 35

(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 – 5/Pics & Multimedia