Saturday, October 13, 2007

October 15-19

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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

We have just completed the Government portion of the course and are now starting the History portion. The next unit test on Canada before and during World War I, will be around October 30. I will post the mark breakdown when I have the test made up.

There will be a major research assignment in this unit, the Family History - Immigration Assignment (With additional options for International and First Nations students. These options will be posted soon.) The due date for this work is not until right after the Christmas holidays, to allow plenty of time for research and discussion with family members.)

  • Monday, October 15 - Take up homework. The Laurier Boom. Filmstrips on immigration. The Shaws of Midnapore and Ukrainians. For each filmstrip, answer the following: 1. Why did this group decide to come to Canada? What pushed them out of their old homes or lured them to Canada? 2. How did this group of immigrants fit into Canadian society at the time? How did other Canadians treat them? Read pp. 9-13. Do#1-4, p. 13 & sidebar #1-2, p. 11.
  • Tuesday, October 16 - Take up homework. . Immigration filmstrips: Dekasegi (same routine as Wednesday) & Toronto the Good (& viewing guide). Family History - Immigration Assignment , First Nations Alternative assignment, International Students Alternative Assignment (Including pedigree forms) introduction. Begin talking to families about this.
  • Wednesday, October 17 - Take up homework. Canada and the Empire. PowerPoint. Read pp. 17-19. Do #1-3, p. 16 & #1-7, pp. 18-19 sidebar.
  • Thursday, October 18 - Take up homework. Photography as historical evidence. Assignment Computer Lab Historical Photograph Assignment (if computers available). If not – Komogata Maru video. Do “Looking Back” questions #1,2 & 5-7.
  • Friday, October 19 - Provincial Professional Day. Mr. Benoy will be attending the BC Social Studies Teachers' Fall Conference.

Comparative Civilizations 12

Having written the Ancient World Unit Test last week, we are now starting the Medieval World Unit. The next test is a very long way off, as we will first complete the following packages: Islamic Civilization, The Frozen World, The Great Thaw, and Romance and Reality.

The Islamic Civilization package is due on Monday, by 4:30 p.m.

  • Monday, October 15 - Complete the Islamic Architecture PowerPoint. Video clip from Youtube - Islamic Art; The Best - a tour of significant Islamic buildings around the world, with appropriate musical accompaniment. Work on the package.
  • Tuesday, October 16 - Additional background on Islamic Civilization - Handouts. Video clips from United Streaming - the first 3 segments of Assignment Discovery: Islam: History, Society and Civilization (This can be accessed at United Streaming.) Work on the package.
  • Wednesday, October 17 - Video Clips: What the Ancients did for us; The Islamic World (Segment 1, Segment 2, segment 3, segment 4, Segment 5). Work on the package.
  • Thursday, October 18 - Islamic Decorative Arts. See Islamic Art. See the Islamic Art site's material on calligraphy. Work on the package.
  • Friday, October 19 - Provincial Professional Day. Mr. Benoy will be attending the BC Social Studies Teachers' Fall Conference.

History 12

Make sure you have the Topic #3 unit outline and Topic #3 questions. Expect your next test to be on or around October 29 on this topic.

  • Monday, October 15 - Complete From Lenin to Stalin (base notes) and do The Stalin Revolution; Industrialization & Collectivization (base notes).
  • Tuesday, October 16 - The Great Purge (base notes)
  • Wednesday, October 17 - Italy & Fascism (base notes).
  • Thursday, October 18 - Germany, France & Britain in the 1920's (base notes).
  • Friday, October 19 - Provincial Professional Day. Mr. Benoy will be attending the BC Social Studies Teachers' Fall Conference.