Mr. Watson

Home Learning info for Mr. Watson's classes - Social Studies 10 & Goals, Growth and Grit 9

Reading Comprehension Cont.

I have marked the written responses on the Readworks website and added two new readings to work on for this week. See last week's note for instructions on logging on to the Readworks site, in case you haven't had a chance to do so yet.

Reading Comprehension

Read, Book, Girl, Study, Learn, Sofa, Leisure

This week we are going to work on some reading comprehension through the website, On this site, I will be assigning specific articles on a variety of subjects for you to read and then answer some comprehension questions. Here are the instructions for how to access your account:

1. Go to

2. Enter class code S5NEQA

3. Your default password is 1234

Note: You can change your passwords when you log in, which I recommend you do. Contact me ( if you need your password for the site reset.

Final Project

Castle, Architecture, Medieval, Fortification, Exterior

For the last two weeks of home learning, we will be working on researching a topic relate to the Medieval time period and creating a PowerPoint presentation to demonstrate understanding. (if you don't have access to powerpoint, there are many free presentation programs and apps, such as Google Slides and Open Office). See the attached pdf file for the list of topics to choose from and further details about the project.

Time Management for High School
Laptop, Woman, Education, Study, Young, Computer

Roman Colosseum

Gladiator, Warrior, Gear, Weapons, Arena, Roman

This week you will watch the documentary on Youtube: Colosseum - The Arena of Death. When finished, you can work on the following questions:

  1. Describe the Colosseum. What was its purpose?
  2. Describe a gladiator. Where did they come from? What did they wear in combat?
  3. Describe what kind of events took place in the Colosseum.
  4. Describe the spectators. How would they react to what they were watching? What role did they play?
  5. Where did the emperor sit? What role did he play in the games?

Brain and Memory

Brain, Question Mark, Alzheimer'S

This week, you are going to follow the directions in the attached file, "Brain and Memory Webquest". This will include some reading, videos, online games, and questions to answer.

Historical Thinking - Perspective

Sculpture, Julius Caesar, Statue, Art, Antiquity, Old

This week we will turn our attention from ancient Greece to ancient Rome. One of the important skills in historical thinking is the ability to see historical events from the perspective of the people that lived through them, not just with our own modern perspective. People in different eras of history and different cultures had many different ideas about things like family, relationships, work, war, religion, and more. This week you are going to have to do some research on your own (I'll provide some links to get you started) on what daily life would have been like for a person in the roman empire. Choose one of the following types of people from ancient Rome, do some research online about that type of person, and fill out the attached file about how that person's life would be different from your life and why.

  • Centurion
  • Senator
  • Slave to a Patrician family
  • Plebian Farmer

Research Links

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Deadline, Stopwatch, Clock, Time, Pressure, Watch

This week we are going to take a look at the time-management pitfall that is procrastination. Procrastination (putting off doing things until later) is something that everybody struggles with, and the more you give into this bad habit the more negative consequences you will experience in your life. I'm sure you can think of some time in your life when you put off something important and ended up regretting it. Maybe you promised yourself you'd never do it again, but you fall into the same pattern of behaviour again and again.

1. The first thing you will do is take an online test to see how bad of a procrastinator you are at this website:

2. Next, watch this video that shows the thought process of a chronic procrastinator: 

3. Finally, read this article, and then write up a guide that you would give to students coming to grade 9 at SSHS next year that would help them overcome procrastination to be successful students. Feel free to search online for other tips and advice to deal with this bad habit and use that info for your guide as well.

Athens & Sparta

Ancient Sparta - Always Ready for War -

For this week, we are going to take a look at two of the most influential city-states in ancient Greece: Athens and Sparta. As you go through the notes in the first pdf file, fill in the chart that you can print from the second pdf (or just make your own). Also, take a look at this funny video comparing Athenian and Spartan families.

Posted: May 4, 2020

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SS 10 - Intro to Ancient Greece
Tipsheet - How to Search the Internet Effectively
Article - Life in Sumerian Times in Mesopotamia