Saturday, September 15, 2007

September 17-21

Mr. Benoy & Friends in Nara Park, Japan, Early 1980's.

***Note: The 86% Club for aspiring scholarship and bursary winners will meet on Tuesday, at lunch, in room 403. Be sure to bring your lunch.

For those of you new to my blogsite, it is intended to work alongside my website at:

Things that are static -- not requiring regular change -- will be posted on the website. This blogsite will have the changing material -- lesson plans and links to particular assignments. I will try to ensure that all assignments are made available on the Internet in this way. If something is underlined on the blog, it means that you can click on it to see a copy of the particular item -- this could be a pdf document, powerpoint, music or a video.

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

There will be a quiz on the introduction to government, ideologies & Canadian political parties on Wednesday (September 19) -- though we will begin looking at political parties on Tuesday. This test will include political parties, which the original plan would have left until the next test. Next Tuesday is photo day, so I don't want this to interfere with your quiz. The mark breakdown for the test is as follows:

30 multiple choice (1 mark each). 10 identify the ideology of the speaker questions (1 mark each) 1 diagram (5 marks), 5 definitions (I give you the term and you give the definition - 2 marks each), 2 from 4 long answer questions (6 marks each). The total value of the test is 67 marks.

If you complete at least 30 flash cards - , you can earn 5 bonus marks. Cards must be done as follows:

- on one side of the card write only the term or person's name.

- on the other side of the card, write a brief definition, or, in the case of a name, why the person is important.

  • Monday, September 17 - Take up Counterpoints #1-3, p. 257. Read Government #4, p. 97. Examples of voting systems from my elections handout. BCSTV Animation (click here for further information on BCSTV.) Complete the paragraph assignment for next class from the elections handout. What to expect on the quiz (see mark breakdown above).
  • Tuesday, September 18 - Take up assignment. Complete anything on elections that we were unable to complete on Monday. What to expect on Wednesday's test. Begin examining the legislative process. Be sure to look at the Parliament of Canada website. How parliament is set up and how a bill is passed. Study for the test.
  • Wednesday, September 19 - Test on Introduction to government, ideologies, parties & elections. Read 226-231. Do #1-3, p. 231.
  • Thursday, September 20 - Set-up of Parliament continued. Filmstrip or video and questions or note-taking on Parliament. Handout – “On the Job With a Member of Parliament.” Read 231-233 sidebar. Do #1-3, p. 233.
  • Friday, September 21 - Filmstrip or video & questions or note-taking on Parliament. Complete material from last class. Take up homework, #1-3, p. 233. The Senate – Pros and cons of present setup (Be sure to look at the Senate material at Mapleleafweb). Handout – newspaper article. Essay Writing. There will be an essay question on what shall be done with the Canadian Senate on the next unit test.

Comparative Civilizations 12

***Important Notice: Delete question #1 in the conclusion section of the Greek package. We will deal with this issue in the next unit instead. Sorry about the inconvenience -- this is an editing matter that I did not get around to fixing. Mia Culpa.

***Your Greece package is to be handed in on Tuesday, September 24 (If you are taking History 12 and C.Civ. 12 and the two deadlines pose a problem, be sure to see me about it this week). The unit test is still a couple of weeks away and it will cover all of the Ancient World, including: Egypt, Greece, Rome & Byzantium.

History 12

Your Nationalism Essay is due on Tuesday, September 25. It is valued at 20 marks (1 x 5 for conmposition and 3 x 5 for content. This does not follow the usual marking rubric employing 6 marks for each section -- this is deliberate so that the first essay has less weight than later papers, when you will all write more competently.

We are currently a little behind in starting Topic 2 and may have to revise the unit end, depending on our progress in unit work.

Make sure that you have picked up the full plan for Topic 2 and that you have the questions package. Note: This time your responses to the questions will be valued at 30 marks and your map at 10 marks -- for a unit work total of 40.

The test for this unit, which is currently set for Friday, September 28, will have the following mark breakdown (I do reserve the right to vary this a bit, depending on how things go in the unit. Any changes will be noted on the blog.): 60 multiple choice (1 mark each), 10 map items (1 mark each), 5 definitions (I give you the term and you write a definition in a couple of sentences - 2 marks each), and two long answer questions (not essays, but requiring at least one long paragraph each - 10 marks each). The total currently stands at 100 marks. This is a long test, so you must work quickly to finish it in the time provided.

  • Monday, September 17 - Europe Before World War I - part 1. Be sure to write your own notes during the lecture. Afterwards, check them against my base notes. Remember, my notes are always supplemented with impromptu stories and responses to student questions -- so don't just rely on my notes.
  • Tuesday, September 18 - Europe Before World War I - part 2. Base notes.
  • Wednesday, September 19 - (Scheduled as a work block - but I am sure we need this time ) Complete part 2, Causes of War; Reasons for Peace material (base notes).
  • Thursday, September 20 - World War I; 1914-1916ish. (Base notes - section 1 & section 2).
  • Friday, September 21 - World War I; 1916ish to 1917ish) (Base notes - 1916, 1917).