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49 Terrace Street

Sydney, Nova Scotia

B1P 2L4

Phone(902) 562-5464

Fax(902) 564-4472




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Phone:  (902) 562-7047

Fax: (902) 562-3747


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Danny McGee

History 10 Pre-IB

History 10 DP is designed to prepare students who are interested in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB). This advanced course will help students understand the work and study commitment needed to meet the demanding expectations of IB History in grades eleven and twelve. It will provide an in depth study of past world civilizations with particular emphasis on writing analytical essays, assessing the value and limitations of primary and secondary sources and developing critical thought. Research skills will also be taught throughout the course, as students will be expected to complete a historical investigation.

Student Assessment:

The following are assessment objectives for the grade 10 Pre-IB course. The student will be expected to:

1. Comprehend, analyze, evaluate and integrate source material as historical evidence.

2. Demonstrate historical understanding of world history through acquisition, selection, and the effective use and synthesis of knowledge.

3. Explain different approaches to, and interpretations of, historical events and topics.

4. Place events in their historical context.

5. Explain the causes and effects of historical continuity and change.

6. Present arguments that are clear, coherent, relevant and well-substantiated.

Assessment will include:

  • formal essay assignments

  • document study

  • in-class essays

  • group presentations

  • homework

  • comprehensive test (Nov. midterm 15%)

  • final exam (January 30%)


Contact Info:

Mr. Dan McGee

Sydney Academy

902-562-5464 (School)

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Room 205

Sydney Academy - English 10

Course Description:

English 10 is a course designed to help students use language successfully for learning and communicating in person and public contexts. It should help you to develop language fluency not only in the school setting but in the wider world as well.

Topics to be Covered:

  • Poetry

  • Novel Study

  • Non-Fiction

  • Short Stories

  • Class Novel

  • Shakespeare

  • Journaling

  • And more….

Assessment and Evaluation:

  • Speaking and Listening 20%

  • Reading and Viewing 25%

  • Writing and Other Ways of Representing 25%

  • Final Exam 30%


It is expected that you will, on a regular basis:

  • Participate in classroom activities

  • Complete assigned work, including homework, on time

  • Respect other class members, books and equipment

Contact Information:

Mr. Dan McGee - Room 205

Sydney Academy


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Sydney Academy - Economics 12 IB

The IB Diploma Programme economics course emphasizes the economic theories of microeconomics, which deal with economic variables affecting individuals, firms and markets, and the economic theories of macroeconomics, which deal with economic variables affecting countries, governments and societies.

Syllabus Components:

Section 1: Microeconomics

  • Competitive markets demand and supply

  • Elasticity

  • Government intervention

  • Market failure

  • Theory of the firm

Section 2: Macroeconomics

  • The level of overall economic activity

  • Aggregate demand and aggregate supply

  • Macroeconomic objectives

  • Fiscal policy

  • Monetary policy

  • Supply-side policies

Section 3: International economics

  • International trade

  • Exchange rates

  • The balance of payments

  • Economic integration

  • Terms of trade

Section 4: Development economics

  • Economic development

  • Measuring development

  • The role of domestic factors

  • The role of international trade

  • The role of foreign direct investment

  • The role of international debt

Mark Composition (for SL/HL)

External Assessment 80%

  • Paper 1 - 30% (40% for SL)

  • Paper 2 - 30% (40% for SL)

  • Paper 3 - 20% (HL ONLY)

Internal Assessment 20%

  • Students produce a portfolio of three commentaries, based on different sections of the syllabus and on publish extracts from the news media. (Max. 750 words * 3)

*There will be ongoing test/assignments as we work our way through the syllabus.

Contact Info:

Mr. Dan McGee - Room 205

Sydney Academy


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Sydney Academy - Grade 12 IB History

The IB Diploma Programme (DP) history course is a world history course based on a comparative and multi-perspective approach to history. It involves the study of a variety of types of history, including political, economic, social and cultural and provides a balance of structure and flexibility. The course emphasizes the importance of encouraging students to think historically and to develop historical skills as well as gaining factual knowledge.

Course Requirements:

A - Internal Assessment - The internal assessment requirements at SL and HL are the same. All students complete a historical investigation into a historical topic of their choice. The topic need not be related to the syllabus and students are encouraged to use their own initiative when deciding on their topic. (25% for SL/20% for HL)

B - Paper 1 (SL/HL) - The Move to Global War - This prescribed subject focuses on military expansion from 1931 to 1941. Two case studies are examined, from different regions of the world. (Japanese expansion in East Asia and German/Italian expansion)

C - Paper 2 (SL/HL) - Causes & Effects of 20th Century Wars - This topic explores the causes of wars, as well as the way in which warfare was conducted, including types of war, the use of technology, and the impact these factors had upon the outcome.


The Cold War: Superpower Tensions and Rivalries - This topic focuses on how superpower rivalries did not remain static but changed according to styles of leadership, strength of beliefs, economic factors and crises involving client states.

D - Paper 3 - (HL ONLY)

United States’ Civil War: Cause and Effects (1840-1877)

The Second World War and the Americas (1933-1945)

The Cold War and the Americas (1945-1981)

*There will be ongoing quizzes and writing assignments as we work our way through the syllabus.

Contact Information:

Mr. Dan McGee - Room 205

Sydney Academy

Phone: 902-562-5464 (SA)

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Sydney Academy

Teacher Communication Plan - Law 12


Teacher: Mr. Dan McGee Course: Law 12

Course Overview

The Canadian Law course is designed to provide students with knowledge of the law and its’ function in society as well as skills and attitudes that will enable students to understand the legal process. Course content includes the Nova Scotia court system, law-making procedure, criminal law procedure, civil law and individual disputes, jury selection, drug and alcohol offences, and the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

Student Assessment

  • Informal Evaluation/Observation

  • Projects/Assignments

  • Tests/Mid-Term/Final Exam (November ’16)

  • Case Studies/Newspaper and Magazine Articles


  • Assignments (these include tests, in-class assignments, independent

assignments, projects, film reviews) 50%

  • Mid-Term 20%

  • Final (Comprehensive) Examination (late January ’14) 30%


Make-up tests and assignments will not be made available for students who have an unexcused absence on the due date. Students who miss assessment practices due to an unexcused absence will receive a zero.

Contact Information:

Please feel free to contact me at:

Sydney Academy – 562-5474 or via email @ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Dan McGee