Saturday, September 29, 2007

October 1-4

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Use this blog to see what is coming up each week. I will usually post it on Saturdays for the following week. If you are away, you can check up on what you are missing. There really is no reason for you not to know what is happening. If you do not have an Internet connection, you certainly know someone who does.

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 posted in the classroom to register. If you have lost it, see me, or e-mail me, for this information. Students are licensed to include this content within their own creations.

Social Studies 11

The Unit test for Wednesday is now written. Expect the following breakdown of marks: Part 1 has 30 multiple choice questions (1 mark each), Part 2 has 4 definition items (2 marks each), Part 3 has a choice of 2 long answer questions from 5 options (6 marks each) and Part 4 is an essay question on the future of the Senate (24 marks - 6 for composition and 3 x 6 for content). The total is therefore out of 74 marks. 25 flashcards can earn up to 5 bonus marks.
  • Monday, October 1 - Take up #1-3, p. 275. Video’s on the court system. Comparison of Adversarial vs. Inquisitorial court systems. Read pp. 277-288. Do #1-3, p. 280, & 1 & 4, p. 288. Please bring red Government text to class next day.
  • Tuesday, October 2 - Take up homework. Introduce concept of Human rights – examine text p. 294. Students to list what they would expect fundamental rights to be in Canada - Think-Pair-Share. Use Government text p. 60 to list Schweitzer’s list of fundamental rights. Government text pp. 152-158. Examine the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedomes. Summarize each of the key sections in your notes. Effect of passing the Charter on Canadian law -- all laws in Canada must conform unless passed using the notwithstanding clause or if they can withstand a challenge based on their being within reasonable limits. Read pp. 292-312. Do #1, p. 297, #2-3 sidebar p. 303, #1 & 3, p. 304, #3, p. 308 & #2, p. 312.
  • Wednesday, October 3 - Unit Test - Legislative Executive and Judicial branches. Read pp. 240-246. Do #1-3, p. 246, & sidebar #1, p. 244. Bring red Government text to next class.
  • Thursday, October 4 - Take up homework. Filmstrip -- Provincial Government. Government (red) texts. Read pp. 170-178. Do #1-3, p. 178. Note: Municipal Government will be tested using a take home test next Tuesday (October 9).
  • Friday, October 5 - School Professional Day.

Comparative Civilizations 12

The Rome & Byzantium Package is due by Wednesday, October 10 - due at or before 4:30 p.m.

The Ancient World Unit Test will be the day before, on the same day. Expect approximately the following on the unit test: 25 slide identification items (the only closed notes portion of the test) - these have three blanks to fill for each item, though many items only have two possibilities, so the third will be a bonus mark when all three can be identified -- you need to identify the name of the item, the creator, and the historic period the item was created in -- the period options are listed for you to choose from. You must hand in Part 1 before starting part 2; Parts 2-5 are open notebook. Part 2 consists of 25 multiple choice questions (1 mark each). Part 3 is diagram label identification (1 mark each), where you are given 10 diagram items and have to identify the name of the indicated parts; Part 4 consists of 5 name/definition questions (2 marks each), where you are given the name/term and you must define it or say why the person was important in a sentence or three; Part 5 is an essay question (24 marks - 1 x 6 for composition and 2 x 6 for content -- marked according to the provincial examination 6 point grading system. The total value of the test is 119 marks. Given the bonus opportunity it is possible to score over this total.

Don't forget the bonus assignment opportunities for this course (one in the first term and one in the second). Attend a cultural event and explain its cultural significance or create an art analysis for an interesting cultural item. These do not have to be covered within the units we study in the course. They can be of any culture at any time. 10 marks, with the marks assigned to the most recent unit test written.

Note: Monday's class was affected by Internet failure and could not run as planned. The Byzantine Architecture PowerPoint was shown instead of the originally planned video. Original planning has now been pushed one block ahead.

History 12

Your topic #2 Unit Test is on Monday of this week. The test will have the following mark breakdown: 60 multiple choice (1 mark each), 10 map items (1 mark each), 5 definitions (2 marks each), 2 long answer questions (10 marks each). The total is, therefore, out of 100 marks. Your topic 2 work is due the day of the unit test (by 4:30 p.m.).

Be sure to pick up the Topic #3 unit outline and Topic #3 questions at the end of the test.

  • Monday, October 1 - Topic 2 Unit Test.
  • Tuesday, October 2 - The Paris Peace Conference. Base lecture notes.
  • Wednesday, October 3 - The League of Nations. Base lecture notes.
  • Thursday, October 4 - The Origins of Socialism. Base lecture notes.
  • Friday, October 5 - School Professional Day.