Kevin J. Benoy

Social Studies Department, Sutherland Secondary School, District 44 (North Vancouver).

Welcome to my website.

My intention is to help students and parents stay connected to my courses and events at my school via the Internet. Friends & family can keep up with me this way too.

Homework and lesson plans can be accessed at my blogsite http://kjbenoy.blogspot.com

Assignments and resources are posted from the course pages below. Use the class links to see course descriptions, assignments and resources for particular courses.

Link to Civilizations 12 page

Link to History 12

Link to History 12 - Literary readings suggestions.

Link to History 12 - films on 20th century history

Link to Social Studies 11

Link to Social Studies 8

Link to Study Skills Page

Link to Grade 12 electives in Social Studies

Link to the 86% Club (At the Sutherland School Site)

Link to Teacher Resources

Link to Sutherland School

Link to North Vancouver School District

Link here to my Photo Galleries on Picassa(Sorry, trips on film are not digitized).

Useful Links:

You Quote It, You Note It! Plagiarism Tutorial

Power Point Tutorial

Zamzar - free online file conversion. If you can't send me a file that I can read on my computer, use this.

Bibme.org - possibly the simplest bibliography maker - type in data and it automatically draws bibliographical information and formats to the style you choose.

Landmarks Citation Machine Use this to handle bibliographies properly

Sutherland Library Guide to Bibliography formatting

Working BibliographyForm - for gathering bibliographical information

Wikipedia Caution - Global TV excerpt on why it should not be used as a research source. click on Allison Yuchnich reports.

Learn Now BC Online Tutor (have your PEN number available).

North Vancouver School District.

Sutherland Secondary School

TED talks -- videos of great cutting edge thinkers. Like sampling great books.

Teachers' TV - streaming video of education in the Old Coutry (UK)

Project Gutenberg - 20,000+ books available online, from Medieval to the recently declared copywrite free.

The Universal Digital Library - another scheme to put huge volumes of published material online - their initial goal is to put 1 million volumes online -- in many languages.

Google Book Search - Google's take on putting all of the world's out of print editions online and married to their search engine.

The Canadian Encyclopedia

Olga's Gallery - An Online Art Museum

Annenberg/CPB Educational Video on Demand

The BBC - radio, television, print and other material

CBC Archives - Historial radio and television segments

Encyclopedia Britannica Online (You need a City library card to access. Click on the appropriate link.

Encyclopedia of British Columbia (Click on City or District and have your library card ready.)

World Book Encyclopedia (Have your library card ready.)

Contact Mr. Benoy at:


School tutorial times are, officially, 3:05 - 3:25 every Monday and Friday. However, I am available most days before school, at noon and after school. Drop in or make an appointment if you need guaranteed time.

Sign up for my Senior options?

Grade 11s & 12's can take

Comparative Civilizations 12


History 12

...And Pictures of Current School Events.

Grade 8 Map Work

Click here to see more images

Pictures from the Spinathon fund-raiser

Click here to see images.

Zamzar - convert files to other formats.

Grade 11's! Consider Social Studies Options in Grade 12. Possibilities include Comparative Civilizations 12, Geography 12, History 12 and Law 12. Find out about them by talking to Social Studies teachers and looking at the Grade 12 electives in Social Studies PowerPoint presentation.

Discovery Streaming video for your computer

Sutherland has a license to access Discovery Channel's United Streaming video collection. Students may download or stream videos from the collection by going to www.unitedstreaming.com . The passcode is located on your course outline sheet or see your teacher for this information. Parents or students can e-mail me at the address above.

BC Ministry Course Materials and Outlines

Ministry of Education Instructional Resources Package pages for Social Studies.

Mr. Benoy's Photo of the Day

Sound and light show on Medieval bridge, Cahors, France, 2010.

World Newspapers:

(Double click on a newspaper that you would like to read.)

A long-time resident of North Vancouver, I was born in Hertfordshire, England, in 1956 and immigrated to Canada as an 8 year old. I am the youngest of five children, only two of which moved from Britain. I am married to Kathryn, a Vancouver physician, and have two children – Nicholas and Elizabeth.

My education includes stops at Roebuck Junior School, St. Edmunds, Queensbury and Brooksbank Elementary schools and grades 7-10 at Sutherland. I graduated from Argyle in 1974.

I attended UBC, completing a double major in English and History, along with Education training, graduating in 1979.Prior to teaching and while a student, I worked on construction sites, as a dishwasher, as an expediter in a machine shop, as a store shipper, and delivered Chinese food. I worked as a substitute teacher in North Vancouver and Burnaby early in my career, including work at Burnaby’s Youth Detention Center. Since catching on in North Vancouver, I have taught at Handsworth, Carson Graham, Seycove, Carson Graham again, and am now a lifer at Sutherland.

Raised a Roman Catholic, I am now a member of St. John the Evangelist Anglican church in North Vancouver, where I am a reader, sidesman and counter. St. John is small, which suits Kathryn and I perfectly.

I have traveled extensively in 38 countries, completing a European grand tour in 1977, circumnavigating the globe in 1980-81, traveling extensively in Australasia in the early 1980’s, and revisiting the South Pacific in the mid 1980’s. Children and a mortgage restricted travel for some time, but the whole family visited the UK and France in 2003 and returned to England and Wales in 2005. In 1988 I escorted a student tour of England, and in 2006 participated in a student exchange with students in Rae-Edzo, Northwest Territories. North American travel includes most of the West Coast, a bus trip from Vancouver to Quebec City and back, BC & Alberta, Ontario, New York and, of course, a short mid-winter sojourn in the Northwest Territories. In the summer of 2007 my family & I drove from Montreal to and through the Maritimes, via the Gaspe. In the summer of 2010 I visited the Western Front battlefields -- The Marne, Verdun, the Somme and Ieper, before travelling more extesively in the Isle de France, Loire, the Lot, and Burgundy.

I am an avid reader, taking particular delight in reading History and 19th and 20th century European literature – particularly British and Eastern European. I also have a huge interest in Art History – especially Architecture. I am an avid photographer, specializing in travel photography and documenting my kids’ music performances, and my daughter’s dances. I like to watch hockey, football and soccer and love rugby – though my playing days were cut short by injury. I enjoy squash and tennis and love table tennis – but generally lack partners and venues – at least that is my excuse.

School involvement includes more than 15 years work on Sutherland’s Scholarship Committee, a number of years as staff representative on our School Planning Council, and sponsorship of the 86% Club and Sutherland Senior Girls’ Rugby team. I serve the Social Studies Department as department head (well, I did so until all department head positions were cut to save money) and regularly brew coffee in the Social Studies department. I have taught Social Studies 8, 9, 10, 11, Comparative Civilizations 12, History 12, Geography 12 and English 8, 9, 10,11 and 12. In recent years I have taught mostly senior Social Studies courses and Social Studies 8.

In times of madness I compiled teaching resources, including PowerPoint presentations, a Social Studies 11 Geography text book and a Social Studies 10 text. I am now experimenting with using the Internet as a teaching resource through blogging my lesson plans and producing this website. During the school year, most of my waking moments are taken up by marking and preparation, as well as serving as a parental support unit for my two children. I have also worked extensively with student teachers – primarily from UBC – because I feel strongly that it is necessary that talented new blood infuse the teaching profession as demographic trends point toward shortages in all professions in the coming years.

I do not shave.