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Final SS 12 Project0.docx

This is the final research and art project for
Social Studies 12. Below is the link as well as the content
for those to read on-line. All work must be completed and by June 2nd.

Final SS 12 Project (2).docx

This final project has three components to it; Research, Art Piece, Evaluation.
All three components must be completed by June 4th.

  • Research  
You will gather information from a variety of sources, zines, news feeds, articles, interviews and keep a record of all url’s for your bibliography.  

2) Art Interpretation / Expression
You will create a piece of art that expresses a point of view based on your research and your reactions, thoughts and ideas about the subject.
You are strongly encouraged to create your art using a multi medium approach

3) Evaluation
        Working with the teacher, students will choose one of the two evaluation formats provided.  

  • Rearch ~ You will gather information from a variety of sources, zines, news feeds, articles, interviews and / videos. Keep a record of all url’s for your bibliography. You must have at least three different sources
if you cannot find information quickly on your topic, choose a different one as soon as possible.

You must find information that answers the following;
        What - what is this topic about.
        Where - location of the main issue(s), where it began (did it move, spread, grow?).
        Who - created, solved or pushed the issue.
        Why and How.

        Some of these points may be blended and overlap with others points.
        How to write a Bibliography using internet sources, can be found in the link below.

TOPICS could include, but are not limited to;

1. MMWGYM~ Missing and Murdered Women, Girls and Young Men.

2. The Highway of Tears         

3. Affects of Colonization (on a specific group)

4. An Element of Global Warming

5. The resurgence and growth of Indigenous Art, Fashion, Film, Writings

6. Residential Schools

7. Affects of Covid 19 on mental health (of a specific group)

8. Activism, Protest, Black Lives Matter
Rearch contd

9. The Me Too Movement

10. New Technology, good or bad news for the environment.

OR ~ Personal Reflection Piece, for example’

  • What does it mean to live with an illness, disability, mental health struggle, etc.
  • My Dream is to . . .
C) How I Overcame . . .
D) What I worry about . . .
E) My Culture is important to me.
F) What I aspire to . . .

Research is still required for Personal Reflection topics, the teacher will help direct you.

Research can be shown as;

you conducting interviews,

making notes on what you have read

making notes on what you have viewed

posing questions to your self of others

Ted Talks, news stories, magazines.

2) Art Interpretation / Expression
        You will create a piece of art that expresses a point of view base on your research and                 your reactions, thoughts and ideas about the subject.

        You are strongly encouraged to create using a multi medium approach
Art must include symbols that you will explain, such as colours, objects, subjects, shapes, mediums.

Art mediums could be recycled materials, sculpture, weaving, mobiles, garments, accessories or
any other idea approved by the teacher. Some materials can be found in class, others you will have to acquire on your own.

A simplistic art piece dashed off in an afternoon will not be accepted.

A piece of art representing an issue, perspective or an emotion, takes time, contemplation and has layers of meaning to it.

You will be asked questions about your research, the materials you have used, the time it took, the meaning it has and how you developed your piece.

You will be expected to explain / defend your art.

“I don’t know, I just like it.” Is not a good response.

“I experimented with the colour I was painting, I was trying to create storm cloud colours that represented the confusion I sometimes feel. It turned out pretty good. It looks moody and grey but with some light, sunny colours around the edges.”

Ideas / examples

*Poetry about the melting Arctic and it’s affects on people and animals could be collaged into a poster, made into a giant mobile, made into a book. The poetry can be spoken, recorded, while images are shown.

*A short video, interviewing young people, other teens, about how they feel about this past school year.

3) Evaluation
Students will choose an evaluation format from one of the two options                                                                                   /25
Oral Evaluation ~

Students can use notes to explain to the class, or just to the teacher, their subject, their research, and their art piece.
Students will answer questions by the teacher (and classmates).

A Rubric for the art piece and the oral presentation will be given.

Students will submit all their rough notes, sketches, doodles, ideas and a Bibliography

Written Evaluation ~

If students prefer to submit a written reflection of their art piece, they can do so in the form of an essay.

The written piece will be a minimum of  750 words and no more that 900 words, a typical five to seven paragraph essay.

Rough outline could be;

Paragraph 1: - Introduction to the topic, subject. It will contain a thesis statement, 3-5 sentences in length.

Paragraph 2: 3-5 Sentences that describe / explain the research you found.

Paragraph 3: Describe what the art piece looks like, how it was made, what materials you used.
Paragraph 4: The meaning, feeling, use of colours, symbols, materials used to create this piece.
Paragraph 5: Summarize with an over-all reflection, personal observation, about the art and / or the process of making the art piece.

Attached a Bibliography.
Students will submit all their rough notes, sketches, doodles and ideas.


Due date: May 7
April ~ Aboriginal Australians



B - Current events - news clips, video’s, discussing, art


Physical geography~is the study of the earth's surface. An~example~of~physical geography~is knowledge of earth's oceans and land masses. It aims to understand the forces that produce and change rocks, oceans, weather, and global flora and fauna patterns.

Watch the short video clip below and answer the questions that follow.

1) Give a simple definition of topography.                                              /1

The yellow section of the map is actually the edge of the continent and it is currently underwater.

2) There are three distinct regions of Australia. The largest region is the western region.
In a short paragraph, three to five sentences, describe what is significant about this area.                                                                                            / 2

3) In a short paragraph, explain a bit about the second region.                         /2

4) Name four points about the third region, the Eastern Highlands               /2

5) The lack of high mountains is a problem, why?                                        /1

Human geography is the study of the interactions of humans and their relationships with communities, cultures, economies, and the environment.

6)  Read the following article about Aboriginal Arts and Dreamtime:

Think about a dream that was powerful and meant something to you.
Think about how it made you feel, what imagery do you remember?

Ancient Aboriginal Art was done on rock walls, was often drawn in red ochre  and often depicted animals and spirit beings.

7) Watch the following videos and answer the questions.

Jacinta Koolmatrie has a main point about telling her stories. What is it that she want Australians to understand?

4) At 1minute and 50 second of this video, the elder is quite upset with the mass production of art that is being sold based as Aboriginal Art style, she calls it fake art.

5) Read the article in the link below and then watch the video within the article. Take note of the artist’s technique and choice of colors and styles.
She speaks about the spiritual clarity she has while painting and interprets her work by tying it to ancient stories and Dreamtime.

Modern Aboriginal Art uses bright colours, repeated dots called pointillism, and wavy lines.

Using a dream of yours, and a colour palette that inspires you, create a ‘Dream Art’ piece.


New Unit ~ Australia Aborigines

This Social Studies Unit has THREE components: A, B, C.

A - Research, basic information, background knowledge, condensed history collecting data,
presenting, discussing

B - Current events - news clips, video’s, discussing, art

C - Solutions, recommendations, awareness, action - it’s up to you


A - Research, basic information, background knowledge, condensed history, collecting data,
presenting, discussing.

Students will work in small groups, of two or three people, to compile information for A.
Students will find information and format it into a presentation their small group work,
that will also work with the class work.

1) We decide as a class what the format is for presentation; Power point, etc.
2) Choose your groups - no one is working by themselves :) - the more people in the group, the
more work you have to do, such as two topics for four people instead of one topic for two people.
3) Everyone gets a laptop and some time to find the information
4) Within the small group, depending on the topic and information, create a series of slides that hits all the points.

Here we go !

Aborigine Group Work 2.docx


Up and coming S.S. Assignment
'Standing Rock'  Feb11

Standing Rock!.docx

February 8 Assignment
Canadian Designer Research.

Canadian Designer Presentation.docx

LThurmer Bio Word 2021.docx

FADS 2021!!

Below is important information that you will need to know,
also, there is a down loadable version here:
Welcome to FADS 2021.docx

Welcome to FADS 2021!

Hello Parents and Students
My name is Leisa Thurmer and I am the FADS instructor for this year.

During the semester, we will showcase students work online and through social media. Students will build, or add to, an online portfolio, participate in flash mob ‘fashion experiences’ and photo shoots. It is unclear if we will be able to have a traditional fashion show this, but we have some video options!

In this package you will find:
* Student Need to Know Information
* Course Over view
* FADS fee form
* Photography release form & Contact information
* Media consent form
* Simple field trip form (re-occurring field trips)
* Student behaviour contract
* Medical Form (allergies etc.)

Please have the package forms signed and returned by January 22nd

There is a $100.00 non-refundable material, notion and pattern fee. This enables students to keep all the garments and accessories tht they make. Cash or cheques are accepted and can be made out to: Porter Creek Secondary School re: FADS

Please let me know if there is a financial hardship to make this fee and we can work something out.

School #: 667-8044 FADS room 108

PHONES: Students are expected to use their phone/cameras to record their work and processes for portfolio development, record of art work and for some print / design manipulation. Students who are using their phones for un-related reasons, will be asked to surrender their phones to the teacher for the day, continued mis-use will result in parent contact.  

If parents need to contact the student during school hours, parents are welcome to contact the FADS room directly by calling the school at 667-8044 and asking the office staff to connect us , room 108
STUDENTS – What you need to know;

Covid 19 has created some obstacles for us in obtaining sewing materials, doing trips to Vancouver and hosting a fashion show, but we have adapted to things so far and we will continue to have a blast in FADS. We will talk more about the challenges and changes when we meet on Monday, January 18.

You will be attending school all day and the general schedule will look like this;

Day 1                                                   Day 2________________________

FADS all day from                               FADS from 8:40 – 2:00 pm
8:40 – 2:00 pm
You can leave at 2 or                           Most students have an additional
stay for study block                            class D block on day 2, see your
                                                        councillor if you are not sure

Some of you will be taking a Social Studies course with me, this class is called ‘Contemporary Issues in Indigenous Studies 12’.

What you will need to bring to FADS:

A 2” binder with some dividers                                lined paper
Pens, blue or back.                                             Fabric Scissor
Good Drawing Pencils and a white erasure                Straight Pins - long
Variety of colored markers, fine tipped and other       Seam Ripper
Pencil crayons                                          camera or phone w camera
Sketch Book (minimum 8.5 x 11” or you can use paper in a binder)
Art Portfolio (minimum 8.5 x 11”, book type w clear pages or binder w inserts)

20210106_112151_4.pngFashion Art Design School Course Overview

This experiential, semester long program incorporates fashion design concepts and garment construction techniques into a unique model of learning. Students will learn to incorporate the element and principles of design and construction to produce a body of work suitable for post-secondary application.

FADS Courses;

Textile 11/ 12
Using a variety of machines, equipment and materials, studies will expand on their knowledge of sewing, garment construction and finishing techniques. Students will explore concepts in Applied Design, Prototyping, and marketing / production for the purpose of marketing design ideas.

Art Studio 11/ 12
Students will draw, paint, bead, embroidery and construct from recycled materials, a variety of garments and accessories. Students will add to their portfolios of sketches, designs and story boards, using fabric rendering and other drawing techniques.

Studio Arts 3-D
Students will create a variety of textile projects including silk dyeing pieces, garments, accessories, weavings and beading. Students will also create an on-line portfolio that represents their best work.

Social Studies 12 ~ Contemporary Issues in Indigenous Studies 12

Students will make connections between the world’s colonial past and the effects of colonialism. They will examine social, mental, spiritual, environmental, physical and economic issues of different Original People around the globe. Students will explore concepts in resistance, demonstration, civil un-rest and innovation.
FADS – Photo Permission

      I, _____________________________ give permission for my child, ____________________________(please print), name and image to be taken during the FADS class and used on the FADS website, or any promotional FADS materials such as brochures, posters, media releases.
Date: ________________________

Parent Name: ________________________ (please print)

Parent Signature: ___________________________

CONTACT Information please print in the following spaces

Parent / Guardian names: _________________________________________

Home Phone: _____________________________________________________

Cell: ______________________________________________________________

Email: ____________________________________________________________

Best way to contact: ___________________________________

Any Special health issues / concerns?

Parent / Guardian Media Consent Form

From time to time, the local media and other agencies will request the opportunity to visit Yukon Schools to report on events and projects involving students. Student privacy is important and the department is obligated to ensure that no personal information is released without the written consent of the parent. This consent form must be signed by a parent / guardian prior to any child being interviewed, photographed and or filmed by the local media, government agency or any other agency. The school is required to comply with the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act, and the Agency in the Schools Policy, Department of Education.

Please Note:
1.      Signature of parent / guardian is required before any student can be interviewed, photographed and / or filmed at school.
2.      No student will be interviewed, photographed and / or filmed if they are not comfortable with this, even if a parent / guardian has given consent.
3.      Visits from the local media will be managed in such a way so as not to be disruptive to students and their studies.

I, ________________________________ give permission for
                        (Print parent name)

_______________________________ to be interviewed, photographed and / or
                          (Print student name)

filmed by the school and / or local media.

_____________________________________           ____________________
Parent / Guardian’s Signature                                 Date

School Administrator
FADS Contract
Taking part in FADS requires a significant commitment on your part. In taking part of this program, you agree to comply with the following basic rules. Signing this, represents a contract between you, your classmates, your teacher and the school.

* All participants in FADS will show consideration for others and will act in ways that demonstrate thoughtfulness, cooperation and mutual support

* Attendance is extremely important in an experiential program and unexcused absences and lates will not be tolerated. You are expected to arrive on time and attend daily. Should you miss a day, you will be expected to catch up on missed material covered.

* Participants will not drink alcohol, smoke, use illegal drugs or participate in any inappropriate acts during FADS activities.

* Studies and educational activities will be part of all aspects of FADS, both inside and outside of school, as in field trips. You will be expected to participate in all planned activities and assigned work.

*Cell phone and other electronic devices will only be used for school related assignments, such as taking digital images of the art work or video taping assignments.

*All aspects of your participation in FADS may be subject to evaluation. You will be asked to evaluate yourself and your peers sensitively and honestly.

* When using FADS equipment, you are obliged to use it with care and leave it in a clean state. It is always up to you to clean up any mess you make.

* If you fail to live up the above commitments, you will be required to take part in an assessment of you role in FADS.


STUDENT NAME ________________________________

STUDENT SIGNATURE __________________________________________

PARENET SIGNATURE ___________________________________________

There is a $100.00 non-refundable material, notion and pattern fee. This enables student to keep all the garments and accessories that they make.

Please consider the following payment options:

1) E- Transfer to      Use security Question “What is the Fee for?” and the
  security ANSWER: fadsfee2020.     All lower case for the 2020 school year.
  Please indicate the STUDENTS name in the comment / message area of the transfer.

2) Mail in your payment, cheques only, to:

1405 Hickory Street
Whitehorse, YT
Y1A 4M4

Indicate students’ name and identify FADS Program

3) If you student is bringing cash, have them pay at the office directly and the office will issue a receipt for you.

The Fee and signed forms are due as soon as possible. Thank-you.


FADS Fee for the 2021 School Semester.

Enclosed is payment of $100.00 for my student _______________________________
                                                        (print student name)
Enclosed is:        CASH                CHEQUE

PARENT / GUARDIAN NAME: ____________________________________________
                                                        (Please print)

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