Thursday, November 22, 2007

November 26 to 30


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Social Studies 11

There is a major research assignment currently underway, the Family History - Immigration Assignment (With additional options for International and First Nations students.) 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.)

We just finished a unit test, so will not be testing again for about 3 weeks -- once we complete looking at Canada since World War II.

  • Monday, November 26 - Hand in the Holocaust assignment. Take up p. 133 & 134 & #1-4, p. 135. Filmstrip & questions Middle Power Introduction to the Cold War. Read pp. 135-139. Do sidebar questions pp. 136 & 137 & #1-5, p. 139.

  • Tuesday, November 27 - Take up homework. PowerPoint Post 1945 Canada. Material from Canada; A Peoples’ History; Comfort & Fear. (Comfort & Fear, From Sea to Sea and Boom- questions). Read pp. 140-146. Do sidebar questions pp. 140, 141 #1-2, 143 #3, 145 & #1-6, p. 146.

  • Wednesday, November 28 - Take up homework. PowerPoint Post 1945 Canada. Material from Canada; A Peoples’ History; Comfort & Fear. (Seeing Red, On Guard for Thee and The Shadow of Nuclear War - questions). Read pp. 146-150. Do #1-4, p. 150.

  • Thursday, November 29 - Take up homework. PowerPoint Post 1945 Canada. Material from Canada; A Peoples’ History; Comfort & Fear. (First Tremors, A Prairie Storm & The Fight for Medicare - questions). Read pp. 150-156. Do #1-5, p. 156 & sidebar #1-4, p. 155.

  • Friday, November 30 - Take up homework. Video segments from Canada; A Peoples’ History.” (Material not completed in the previous two classes). Read pp. 157-158. Do #1-4, p. 158.

Comparative Civilizations 12

We are a considerable time away from testing the Renaissance - at least 3 1/2 weeks.

Expect to hand in the Man the Measure of All Things package on Wednesday, December 5.

  • Monday, November 26 - PowerPoint on Fra Angelico. Sister Wendy on Fra Angelico. Work on the Man the Measure of All Things package.

  • Tuesday, November 27 - Video: Art of the Western World; The Early Renaissance. Work on the package.

  • Wednesday, November 28 - Mantegna and Piero della Francesca. Work on package.

  • Thursday, November 29 - Video - Bill Moyer's Florence.

  • Friday, November 30 - Complete the Bill Moyer video. Van Eyck and Van der Weyden. Work on the package.

History 12

This unit is global in scope -- far more than previous units. I will tend to focus on one region or issue at a time, which will mean that we will jump around more in time order. We did a bit of this in the last unit, but expect far more from now on. It is, therefore, essential that you find a way to make sure that you get the chronology right. I strongly suggest that you create a time line, with years on one axis and a series of columns, labelled Europe, Asia, North America, and South America on the other axis. Put major events on this timeline in the appropriate location and time. This will help you see events graphically -- recognizing how they might influence other events, elsewhere in the world, in the Cold War era.

The good news is that there will be no more unit tests. I do not wish to lose further blocks to testing -- though there will be an in-class essay in early January. Topic 5 & 6 material will, however, be strongly present on the Provincial Final Exam.

The breakdown of marks for Tuesday's test is as follows: 70 multiple choice questions (1 mark each), 5 map items - countries (1 mark each), and two long answer questions from a choice of three, valued at 12 marks each (2 x 6 each). The total is therefore out of 99 marks.

  • Monday, November 26 - Complete material on the war-time conferences (base notes) and begin the Introduction to the Cold War (base notes). Be sure to read Lecture 14 "The Origins of the Cold War" from The History Guide. Listen to a BBC programme on the defeat of Japan. See Churchill's "Iron Curtain Speech on Google video.

  • Tuesday, November 27 - Unit Test on Topic 4; 1933-45.

  • Wednesday, November 28 - Complete Origins of the Cold War (base notes). The Chinese Revolution (base notes). If you have time, check out the PBS Documentary China; A Century of Revolution (Note: The link is only to the first segment.)

  • Thurday, November 29 - AV - 20th Century History; Mao - One Man's Revolution. Complete Chinese Revolution lecture material (base notes).

  • Friday, November 30 - The United Nations (base notes).