Saturday, March 10, 2007

March 12-16

Use this blogsite to see what work we will be doing and note homework assignments. I will give advance warning about tests here and inform you of their mark breakdwon. The assignments themselves will be posted on my website at: .Note: Some but not all of the handout materials will also be made available over the Internet from this site. Also use the website to link to resources and read course and school information -- like course objectives, image galleries, and other information pertaining to my classes, or clubs and groups that I am affiliated with.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 . Use the passcode provided on your course outline to register. If you have lost it, see me for this information. Students are licensed to include this content within their own creations.I have a student teacher this semester, Miss Hartigan, who is currently working with my grade 8s and will also working with my regular 11 block. She will also be posting information on her own blog and website. These can be found at for the blog and for the website.

Social Studies 8

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Social Studies 11 Honours

The chapter 4 & 5 unit will be completed on Monday, but we decided in class to leave the test until Thursday, to avoid clashes with other course tests. The History unit will, therefore, commence on Tuesday. The unit test will probably involve: 40 multiple choice questions (1 mark each) and 3 of 8 long answer questions (6 marks each) -- for a total of 58 marks. Flash cards are therefore valued at 5 marks and a minimum of 20 cards are required for the maximum bonus.

We will also begin the Family History/Immigration Assignment. Ordinarilly I would not assign a second major assignment concurrently with another (note the research essay is due a week after we return from Spring Break), however, many students will visit family during Spring Break, so it makes sense to give the assignment now to allow family conversations to take place. This assignment is not due until the end of May.

  • Monday, March 12 - Take up #1-3, p. 129, 1-3, p. 130 & 1-2, p. 131. Complete PowerPoint. Filmstrips on aid. Read pp. 130-132. Do #1-4, p. 132 & Further Thought Questions #1-6, p. 132. Learn how to reduce your carbon footprint by watching Ethical Man on BBC's Panorama Programme - the stream is low quality but the content is outstanding.
  • Tuesday, March 13 - Take up homework. New texts assigned. Why study history? – discussion. PowerPoint – from History 12. Read pp. 1-5 & do handout questions.
  • Wednesday, March 14 - Complete PowerPoint. Take up homework. Introduction to Family History Assignment (also see map blank and genealogy resources at my Social Studies webpage) – not due until near the end of May (introduced now because of Spring Break). Read pp. 6-10. Do #1-3, p. 10.
  • Thursday, March 15 - Unit Test: Chapters 4 & 5 Geography. Read pp. 10-15. Do #1-4, p. 15.
  • Friday, March 16 - Take up pp. 10 & 15. Filmstrip: Opening the Canadian West & questions. Read pp. 15-20. Do #1-6, p. 20.

Social Studies 11 Regular

We are rushing by a day to get to the end of the Government Unit on Friday, but it makes more sense than splitting the unit over the Spring Break. We are, therefore, testing on Friday. This unit covers the Constitution and Provincial & Municipal Government. Expect the mark breakdown on the test to be around 24 multiple choice questions (1 mark each), 8 definitions (2 marks each) and 3 from a choice of 5 long answer questions (6 marks each). The total is most likely to be out of 58 marks. 20 flashcards are required to earn the maximum bonus of 5 additional marks.

  • Monday, March 12 - Take up Constitution update Questions, #1-2, p. 143, #1-2, p. 147 and 1 & 3, p. 148. PowerPoint The Canadian Constitution: The Charter of Rights & Freedoms. Read pp. 150-158. Do #1-6, p. 158.
  • Tuesday, March 13 - Take up homework. Complete PowerPoint. Video & questions on Constitution. (If time – Look at p. 164 re. “The Lord’s Day Act” & discuss the role of the judiciary in interpreting the Charter.) Read pp. 159-167. Do #1-2 & 6, p. 165 and #1-4, p. 167.
  • Wednesday, March 14 - Take up homework. Complete PowerPoint. Filmstrip on Provincial Government. Read pp. 170-186. Do #1-2, sidebar, p. 176, #1-3, p. 178, #1-2, sidebar, p. 182 & #1-8, p. 186.
  • Thursday, March 15 - Take up homework. Provincial & Municipal Government video & questions. Read pp. 186-196. Do #1-6, p. 196.
  • Friday, March 16 - Unit Test on The Constitution and provincial & municipal governments. Exchange text books.