Saturday, October 06, 2007

October 8-12

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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

The test on provincial and municipal government is an overnight take-home test. Because this is open-book and open for outside research, much more is expected of long-answer resoponses than would be the case on an in-class, closed book test. Do not just answer questions off-the-top-of-your-head. Outside research is absolutely necessary. This test will be handed out on Wednesday and is due in class the following day. Be sure to indicate the sources of any statistics or quotations. Do not copy, word-for-word, the words of others. Plagiarism will result in a zero grade on this test!

Mark breakdown for the test is as follows: Part 1 involves 24 fill-in-the-blanks items (names or other information). Each of these is worth 1/2 a mark, for a total of 12 marks. Part 2 involves 4 long answer questions, valued at 6 marks each, for a total of 24 marks. The total value of this take-home test is, therefore, 36 marks.

  • Monday, October 8 - Thanksgiving Holiday. No classes.
  • Tuesday, October 9 - Take up homework, #1-3, p. 178. New BC Lieutenant Governor. Federal and Provincial governments compared. Municipal government introduced. Video & questions on Provincial and Municipal Government. Read (red book) pp. 186-191. Do #1-6, p 196. Read (blue book) pp. 245-246. Do #2-4, p. 246.
  • Wednesday, October 10 - Take up homework. Discuss Aboriginal self-government. Mayor Mussatto's PowerPoint on Municipal affairs. Take home test on Municipal politics.
  • Thursday, October 11 - Hand in take home tests. Introduction to History. Write a paragraph to a page explaining why we should study History. 10 marks. Due next class.
  • Friday, October 12 - Take up assignment. Filmstrip: Opening the Canadian West & questions (Once again, I do not have these online yet -- hopefully on Tuesday!). Read pp. 1-9 & do #1-3, p. 9.

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 on Wednesday too. 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.

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 8 - Thanksgiving Holiday. No classes.
  • Tuesday, October 9 - Russia Before the Revolutions. (Base notes).
  • Wednesday, October 10 - The Russian Revolutions. (Base notes).
  • Thursday, October 11 - AV on the Russian Revolutions.
  • Friday, October 12 - From Lenin to Stalin. (Base notes).