March 15, 2012 (Computer Lab)

15 Mar

1. St. Patrick’s Day is coming! 
Watch this video to find out about the history of St. Patrick’s Day.
Then share something you learned about this holiday by making a comment.  (Don’t forget to leave your name.)
Click here to find out about the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Vancouver on March 18th. Do you think you will go?

Rick Mercer is a famous Canadian comedian.  He usually makes fun of Canadian politics on his show, The Rick Mercer Report that you can see on Tuesdays at 8 pm on CBC.  He is a political satirist.  Watching his show is a great way to see if you understand not only English but also Canadian culture and politics.  In the following video clip, Rick Mercer visits Jack Layton, the former leader of the federal NDP (now deceased).  What did you learn about Jack Layton.  Please share the information you learned by making a comment.

3. Grammar
Click her for a review on Gerunds and Infinitives.

4.Writing Paragraphs
Click here for an explanation and an example of a paragraph.

5. Listening
Click here to listen to a person talk about Canadian politics.

6. Yesterday, we read about how a bill becomes a law in B.C.  Click here for a quick refresher if you can’t remember.
If you’re interested in how a bill becomes a law in Canada (at the federal level), watch this video.
After you’re finished, please share any differences that you find with your classmates by making a comment.


13 Responses to “March 15, 2012 (Computer Lab)”

  1. miki March 15, 2012 at 1:46 pm #

    Rick Mercer visited Jack Layton’s house. he was used to be the leader of federal NDP.
    The house is 120 years old,and they renovated house by themselves. He tried to make his house ecologically friendly by putting the solar systems on the balcony,by drilling the ground to 500 feets to get geothermal powers.

    • Jen March 19, 2012 at 1:11 am #

      Hi Miki,

      Were you surprised that Jack Layton’s house is so environmentally friendly? I really like the fact that his actions reflected the ideas and policies that he stood for. It was a very sad day when he passed away.

      Thanks for sharing.


  2. Ivan March 15, 2012 at 1:46 pm #

    I am really surprised that high ranging politic is living small neat house in downtown Toronto!
    And that house is unusual either!

    • Jen March 19, 2012 at 1:13 am #

      Ivan, Jack Layton’s house is unusual. I really like the fact that the leader of the NDP (at that time) lived in a modest house. I think that was why so many Canadians supported him. He was a politician that we could trust.

      Thanks for sharing.


  3. Atsuko March 15, 2012 at 1:45 pm #

    I have watched the video clip of “Rick and Jack Layton” which is Rick as Canadian comedian visited to Jack Layton’s house as leader of the federal NDP. His house is 120 years old green house but they have an electric panel on the roof.

    • Jen March 19, 2012 at 1:15 am #


      Would you want to live in a green house such as this one? I think it would be a wonderful place to live. I love old houses with character. Have you seen Rick Mercer on TV before? If you like his sense of humour, you can watch him on CBC on Tuesdays at 8pm.


  4. Ayele March 15, 2012 at 1:41 pm #

    Irish people are celebrating st.Patric day every year here in north America. They started it long ago and up to now stick to their old tradition.i liked their cultural food,drink and parade during the celebration.
    My other appreciation for Irish people in America is that they refused to be changed and keep on being them selves.
    where ever we go we should preserve our culture and tradition because it is like our identity. it shows who we are and from where we are.this is what we learn from Irish people

    • Jen March 19, 2012 at 1:16 am #

      Hi Ayele,

      Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts on the video about St. Patrick’s Day. I like the fact that they preserved their culture and heritage as well. I think that they are not that much different than many of the immigrants who come to Canada. They endured a lot of hardships and kept on going.


  5. nooria nike March 15, 2012 at 1:31 pm #

    Jack Layton the former leader of the NDP was lived in the old house. His house is 120 year’s old. He was married, lived with his wife and motherenlow from China. His house is energie safe house . His house is reallay nice I like it


    • Jen March 19, 2012 at 1:17 am #


      Some people think Jack Layton was a very eccentric person because he lived in an unusual, married a Chinese-Canadian and lived with his mother-in-law. Canadians don’t usually live with their mother-in-law. What do you think of this practice? Is it common in your native country?


  6. Maricruz March 15, 2012 at 1:29 pm #

    Rick Mercer is a famous Canadian comedian. He usually makes fun of Canadian politics on his show.

    • Jen March 19, 2012 at 1:19 am #

      Hi Maricruz,

      Thanks for commenting. Have you seen Rick Mercer before? Do you like his sense of humour? I really like watching The Rick Mercer Report on CBC. I always laugh out loud at least once when I watch it.


  7. Maricruz March 15, 2012 at 1:23 pm #

    This video is about St. Patrick’s day. the reporter went to a green house the owner of the house are showed him his house is a 120 years old it has manies pictures and he intruduced his wife seen like she is asian,He lives with his wife and his mother -in-law she does all in the house. She cooks,cleans the house.

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