Period 1 Social Studies 10

Welcome to Grade 10 Social Studies!

Below you will find our course outline and plan for the year.

Your homework for Tuesday, September 12th is to finish the  “Understanding Centuries” Worksheet which we went over in class. Here is the worksheet, for you record.

Below I have posted a file with individual and group project options for 2017-2018. I will speak more about these in class. This is not an exhaustive list, and you can come up with your own project ideas and discuss them with me.

To introduce our Government and Law unit, we first explored issues round our own rights and democratic power. Please see the documents below.



We have also begun to think about the knowledge we acquire and the skills we practice in Social Studies. We will be assessing our own performance and competence throughout the year using documents like the one below.


Hello Grade 10s. This is a reminder that the Social Action Matching Quiz ( /10) and the Oka Crisis Essay ( /35) will happen on Wednesday, Sept 27th.


The Topic for the OPEN BOOK Essay will be:

Was violence necessary? Explain what went wrong during the Oka Crisis of 1990, and propose how the issues might have been better resolved.



Here is a timeline of the OKA CRISIS taken from:




Below is the answer key for the Canada`s Government System Organiser:


Below are questions that will be asked on the Government Democracy and Law Multiple Choice Test (34)

Date: Thursday, October 12th






Over the next two weeks, we will be working on the following project. We have set aside 3 full class periods to do the work. Any extra work will need to be completed outside of class time.


This project is due on

Monday, October 30th, 2017.

If you are using Easybib (access through the library webpage at, you are given the option of using MLA format only. In this case, please disregard the APA format in my instructions for the project bibliography. Either MLA 8 style or APA will be acceptable.



Ariana, Lauren and Abby have kindly agreed to allow me to post their Pacifico Project as an exemplar. Please have a look below to see what a superb project might look like!




The Re-write Conference (one-on one discussions with Mr. Balnave about your OKA essays) will be on:

Friday, November 3rd, 2017

The OKA Essay Re-Write and Government Multiple Choice Re-Test will be on:

Tuesday, November 7th, 2017

Here is a practice version of the upcoming GOVERNMENT RE-TEST.

The wording and order of the questions and answers will be different on the actual RE-TEST. However, the content will be the same.



October 26th, 2017

We have begun to explore Late 19th Century Canadian history.

Please complete the reading and questions below on British North America (BNA) in the 1860s.


And here are some possible answers to BNA in the 1860s.

There is a typo for question 1. It should read “100,000 Aboriginal Canadians” (not “10,000”).



“An Interesting Proposal” Worksheet with Answers:

Please complete the following primary source analysis questions about Canada in 1866. Answers included.

There will be a “BNA: 1860 to Confederation” Multiple Choice Knowledge Test on Thursday, Nov 30th. I will post a practice test here soon.

Below I have attached answer keys for:

    1. The Quebec and Charlottetown Conferences



  1. Approval in Canada West/ East

  2. The Atlantic Dilemma

  3. Maritime Pride/ The Tide Turns


the Confederation Debate Organiser


Please see the document below to help you study for the upcoming “Canada: 1860 to Confederation” Test.


Possible Research Topics for Group and Individual Projects

 Grade 10/ Periods 1 and 3

Please see the list of possible project topics below. this list is not exhaustive.

  • The American Civil War

  • How Canada became a country

  • Slavery in North America

  • The Underground Railway

  • John A. MacDonald: Why the Controversy?

  • The British Empire: Exploitation & Progress

  • Louis Riel: Rebel or Patriot?

  • The North-West Rebellion

  • The Battle of Batoche (1885)

  • The RCMP

  • The Conquest and Settlement of Western Canada

  • Aboriginal Peoples and the Indian Act of 1885

  • History of Xenophobia and Racial Discrimination in Canada

  • Canada’s Industrial Revolution

  • Child Labour in Victorian Canada

  • Changing rights for Canadian women: 1880s to 1919


Please complete the “Changing Map of Canada” Worksheet below:


Due to a scheduled MADD presentation and a fire drill on Thursday, November 30th, our “BNA: 1860 to Confederation” Test has been moved to Monday, December 4th.  The test mark will be on Term 2, rather than on Term 1.


Please complete the following (answers included here)…






Term 2 Projects are due in class on THURSDAY, JANUARY 25th.

Below, I have attached a PDF document that includes rubrics for different types of assignments.


Before we explore the recent history of British Columbia, it is very important to recognize that we in Burnaby and Greater Vancouver live on the unceded territory of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations. We will explore and talk about the following topics in class (please see the links below)

  1. The changing landforms of the Fraser River Valley and Lower Mainland from 9000 years ago until today, along with ancient and modern human settlements.

2. A youtube video entitled “Musqueam Through Time: Part 1 and 2”

Both of these links can be found on the Museum of Anthropology Website.


Please also watch the TEDx Talk by former Vancouver Mayor Sam Sullivan on the History of BC at:



The “Canada Moves West” Test will be in class on Tuesday, February 6th. I have posted practice questions and answers below:




The “Canada Moves West” Re-Test will be held on Monday, February 23rd at lunchtime. Please see Mr. Balnave if you are interested in re-writing this test.

The “Canada Before WW1” Test will be on Tuesday, March 6th. Please see the practice test questions below:



Please see a list of possible TERM 3 PROJECT options below.

Your Term 3 Project Will be Assessed Using the following rubrics:





The World War 1 Test in on Friday, April 27th.




This is a reminder that your TERM 3 Projects are due on Wednesday, May 23rd.

Below, I have posted a frame for introducing your work.  Have a great weekend!








The WWII TEST will be on Monday June 18th. Please see the practice test questions below: