Our Journey Into The Future Begins In The Past Essay

Social Studies 11 Provincial Exam

To all the Grade 11 students preparing for their Socials 11 Provincial exam, here are some tips to help streamline your studying over the next few days:

1. Do not occupy yourself with the little details. Study from the past provincials (use the BC Ministry of Ed website as well as other sites, like questionbank.ca) to determine which kinds of questions come up all the time. There are certain questions that get tested over and over again (e.g. The Canadians at the Battle of Hong Kong in WWII fought with Commonwealth forces and were taken POW– that’s always the answer!), so familiarize yourself with those questions and target study accordingly.

2. Learn the 3-5 things tested in each section. For example, in the government module, in addition to understanding the different political ideologies and party platforms, be sure to know what an order-in-council is, how the amending formula to the Canadian constitution works, and when the notwithstanding clause has been invoked. Go through each module and try to identify the 3-5 main ideas that you need to master to do well on the multiple choice section.

3. Refine your POE techniques. For students who have been preparing for the SAT, you know how to use Process of Elimination to your advantage! Eliminate the answer choices that are way off base, and pick from what’s left. You would be surprised how much easier it is to select the correct answer from two choices than it is from 4 or 5 choices.

4. Tell yourself the Canadian history story. Write it out as a story beginning with World War I and move your way to present day. This way, you can connect all the big ideas together and slot the details into the story as you move through the decades. Break the story down by themes (e.g. Foreign policy: Interwar period is characterized by Canada’s growing autonomy from Britain; Cold War period is characterized by Canada’s warm and cool relationship with the US on military, political, social and cultural issues).

5. Practice, practice, practice. Doing old provincials is the only way to go at this point. Identify the way in which the essay themes and the MC questions are asked, and study accordingly. Pay particular attention to the Government module (12 questions out of 55 on the MC), and Human Geo (11 questions out of 55 on the MC), as those contain lots of points.

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Article Posted: June 19, 2012
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Grade 12 English Provincial Exam: Narrative Essay Prep

Article Posted: June 21, 2012   |   Author: janet   |  

The writing prompts on the original composition portion of the English 12 final tend to fall into certain thematic categories. Therefore, students can prepare by compiling a list of story ideas addressing the typical themes. With luck, you will be able to draw upon a previously planned narrative to assist you during the exam.  Try brainstorming and developing a narrative related to each of the categories outlined below.

Overcoming challenges/dealing with adverse circumstances/learning an important lesson. Past exam prompts include:

  • Self-awareness leads to meaningful change.
  • Challenging circumstances lead to positive actions.
  • Each stage of life brings new choices.
  • Adapting to new situations in life is essential.
  • Certain events change our impression of life.

Responsibility/independence/maturity. Past exam prompts include:

  • With independence comes increased responsibility.
  • Our views of the past change as we mature.
  • Certain experiences can mark the beginning of maturity.
  • Keeping an open mind allows for growth.
  • Our journey into the future begins in the past.
  • Taking charge of your own life is worthwhile.

Family/relationships/connections with others in the community. Past exam prompts include:

  • Role models influence our lives.
  • Experiences shape relationships.
  • We learn the most from the people closest to us.
  • Forming meaningful connections may enrich lives.

An “interesting” experience/unexpected events/surprises/change. Past exam prompts include:

  • Differing points of view make life interesting.
  • Surprise can make life interesting.
  • The pursuit of freedom involves change.

Values/character. Past exam prompts include:

  • The important things in life endure over time.
  • A good life does not have to be complex.
  • The best gifts are the simplest ones.
  • It is important to have a realistic view of life.
  • Being sincere is important.


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