All Classes: Request Review of Your Essay/Project Grade

If you believe that your essay or project was graded incorrectly, I am happy to be proven wrong. However, because I have already done the work of marking these assignments, you must prove your case. In order to request a review of your essay or project grade you must do the following:

  1. Review the assignment sheet and the rubric carefully.
  2. Determine what aspect of the assignment you believe was improperly graded. E.g. “My thesis was marked as a 2 out of 4 for being ‘somewhat clear’ but I think it deserves a 3 out of 4 because it was ‘clear, although not explicitly stated.'” You MUST reference the language from the rubric or the assignment sheet.
  3. Find a specific example(s) that support your argument. Completing Step 2 is NOT sufficient. If you are contesting your thesis, you must highlight your thesis and explain why it is clear throughout the essay. If you are contesting the organization of your essay, you must highlight your introductory and closing sentences from each paragraph, as well as your introduction and conclusion, and explain how each relates back to your thesis.
  4. Send me an email with this information.

This does not guarantee that I will change your grade. However, I will review it and if you make a convincing argument, I will happily adjust your grade to reflect that.

EN9M: Speak Vocab

First and Second Marking Periods

Abstinence (noun): To refrain from taking part in certain pleasures. Abstinence is often a religious practice and is most commonly referring to refraining from sexual intercourse, usually until marriage.

Abysmal (adjective): Extremely or hopelessly bad.

Blathers (verb): To talk endlessly; usually about an unimportant subject.

Conjugate (verb): To inflect a verb or change it’s form to comply with grammar rules.

Forestry (noun): The branch of science pertaining to forests.

Dryad (noun): A female tree spirit; from Greek myth.

Errant (adjective): Behaving improperly.

Gelatinous (adjective): Resembling jelly; particularly in terms of texture.

Harried (adjective): To be harassed and repeatedly annoyed; often to the point of being flustered.

Hypothalamus (noun): The part of the brain that controls the production and release of hormones.

Inconspicuous (adjective): Not noticeable. Something that does not draw attention to itself.

Indoctrination (noun): To teach an ideology. Often used in a religious context.

Integral (adjective): Crucial; necessary to the existence of a thing.

Laryngitis (noun): An inflammation of the vocal cords that makes speaking difficult to impossible; caused by a virus.

Overbearing (adjective): To be arrogant in a rude and intrusive manner.

Pistils (noun): The female reproductive parts of the flower.

Reconstituted (adjective): To be remade. References food that was fresh, has been preserved, and has been made “fresh” again.

Stamens (noun): The male reproductive parts of the flower.

Suburbia (noun): Social and cultural aspects of life in the suburbs.

Tubercular (adjective): Relating to the condition of tuberculosis. Refers specifically to the sickly grey colour skin turns when infected with the disease.

Vermillion (noun): A naturally occurring substance used as a bright, vibrant, red dye. Used to refer to the colour of Mr. Neck’s skin when he gets angry.

Wan (adjective): To be of an unnaturally pale or sickly colour.

Xenophobic (adjective): Relating to the fear or hatred of foreigners or people from different cultures.



SS9M: Image Analysis

You will be given two images and asked to answer one question about each image. Your answer should not be more than 2 sentences in length. So it’s up to you to select the most critical pieces of information.

Example 1:


Question: Why would the people in this painting be engaged in this specific type of gold extraction in 1860?

Answer: Panning or rocking was a method of extracting gold that required little skill or money but yielded less gold than large-scale mining operations. Aboriginal and Chinese prospectors generally did not have the funds or the know-how to undertake large-scale mining operations and rocking/panning meant they did not have to compete with white miners.


Example 2:


Question: This is a photo of Carrall Street a few days after a major event in the city’s history. What event is that and how do we know that?

Answer: This photo was taken in Chinatown, as we can observe from the signage on the building (“Chinese Merchant” and “Pekin Restaurant”). The windows are boarded up because they were smashed during the race riot of 1907, in which an anti-Asian rally turned into a mob that destroyed property in Chinatown and the Japanese quarter.

SS9M: BC Unit Test

Section B: Image Analysis

Click here for the examples

Section A: Identification and Significance

Please see the below list for testable topics. A reminder that you are responsible for the information that we have discussed in class AND what is in the textbook (pg 183-191, 202-238)


  • Chinese immigrants
  • Chief Klatsassin and the Tsilhqot’in people
  • Ned McGowan
  • Anthony Musgrave
  • James Douglas
  • John A. MacDonald
  • William Van Horne


  • Port Moody
  • Chinatown
  • British Columbia and Vancouver Island colonies
  • Victoria
  • California
  • Cariboo Road
  • New Westminster
  • Vancouver



  • Canadian Pacific Railway
  • BC joining Confederation
  • Gold rush
  • Head Tax
  • Annexation
  • Smallpox epidemic
  • Vancouver Race Riot (1907)
  • Chinese Exclusion Act
  • Canadian government apologizes to Chinese immigrants

SS9M: Presentation Assignments

Friday 13 April

  1. Callum
  2. Kirt
  3. Arjun
  4. Hayden
  5. Bill
  6. Parneet
  7. Jujhar
  8. Sam
  9. Divjeet
  10. Rhea
  11. Liam
  12. Brahmvir
  13. Katie
  14. Saikrishna


Tuesday 17 April

  1. Amrit
  2. Kathryn
  3. Simrit
  4. Himika
  5. Vidhi
  6. Chloe
  7. Simran
  8. Sukhmani
  9. Morgan
  10. Anoop
  11. Martin
  12. Nandini