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C.S.C. – Week 12


This week we will complete the Ishmael summative assessment. Groups that are interested in sharing their projects with the class will have the opportunity. We’ll move into our next unit which will have us taking a good strong look at the resources and assets that we share in our home communities. For our next in-class project we will be building community asset maps. Check-in soon for additional resources.

The Game Plan

  • Finish in-class work on the Ishmael Project
  • Offer Project Presentation Time
  • Work in community action groups to identify community asset


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C.S.C. – Week 11


We will conclude our study of Ishmael by debriefing the key ideas of the book and brain storming some of the issues that we perceive as challenges to our communities in the coming years. Although the focus of the week will be demonstrating our knowledge of the message of the novel, we will also be using our time together to begin to transition towards identifying and understanding attributes and impediments in building and maintaining whole communities.
Some Essential Questions that we will tackle:

  • How has our sense of place as a species influence our interactions with the living world?
  • How do we identify challenges that face our community?
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C.S.C. – Week 10

Overview-Are we in free fall?

We are continuing our reading of Ishmael this week. As we listen to the audiobook, we will continue to discuss some of the big ideas of the novel, as well as taking notes as a group. Please look below our class’s updated notes on google docs.

The Novel’s Big Question So Far: Are we captives of a system that forces us to destroy our world just to get by?


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CSC – Week Eight


Greetings folks! Mr. Des Marais here. This will be my first full week with you all and I am excited to get to know you and begin working on some of the substantial issues that our course tackles.

This week we will be wrapping up our introduction on global inequality and beginning our reading of Ishmael by Daniel Quinn. The book leans heavily towards the abstract and covers wide brush strokes of what it is to be human in a community. As a result, we will be tackling this task as a group. We will utilize the skills of our group as well as our discussion skills, critical thinking skills and note-making skills in order to fully tackle the underlying themes and big picture questions that the book presents.

 The Game Plan

  • ZOOM- An activity on Perpsective
  • Wrap up Guns, Germs and Steel with a discussion on Global Inequality
  • Global Inequality Assessment (See EDU2.0)



As promised, Mr. Henchen’s powerpoint summary of Jared Diamond’s thesis in Guns, Germs and Steel.

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