Saturday, December 08, 2007

December 10-14

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If you can't read the PowerPoint material on your computer, download PowerPoint Viewer from Microsoft. It is free.

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 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.)

Expect a unit test on Friday. The mark breakdown will be as follows: 42 multiple choice questions (1 mark each), 5 definitions (2 marks each) and 3 out of 4 long answer question (6 marks each). The test is therefore out of a total of 70 marks.

  • Monday, December 10 - Take up #1-6, -216. Social Change video episodes from Canada; A Peoples' History - the following episodes: "A Question of Equality," "The World Was Mine," "A Changing Face," and "Winners and Losers." Do questions. If time, begin PowerPoint: Aboriginal Canadians; Land Claims and the Indian Act. Homework: Create a time line (click here to download blank) with two columns, with the following titles - Landmark Events in Canadian Autonomy and Landmark Events in Canadian Social Change. Go through the History portion of your book to identify events to include in your Time Line. 10 marks - due Wednesday.

  • Tuesday, December 11 - Take up any problems with timeline creation. PowerPoint on Land Claims & the Indian Act. Do the sidebar on p. 211. Read and do #1-2 in the sidebar on pp. 212-213. Also, describe what you think Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun is trying to show in his painting Despotism in Canada on the last slide of the PowerPoint (minus all of the print, obviously).

  • Wednesday, December 12 - Take up homework. Hand in the timeline assignment. Video segments from Canada; A Peoples' History - the following episodes: "Taking Back the Past" and "Land and Nation." Questions. PowerPoint on Land Claims & the Indian Act. Continue the PowerPoint. Complete the timeline. Review for test. Do #4, 6, & 7, on p. 217.
  • Thursday, December 13 - Take up homework. Complete any PowerPoint material. If time, introduce Geography portion of the course. Prepare for unit test on Post-War Canada next class.

  • Friday, December 14 - Unit Test on the Post-World War II years. Sign out Geography text. Read pp. 6-11. Do #1-5, p. 11.

Comparative Civilizations 12

Expect the next unit test (The Renaissance) to be next Tuesday. The mark breakdown is likely to be as follows: 20 slide identification (2 marks each -- name the work and name the artist), 35 multiple choice questions (1 mark each), and four from six long answer questions (6 marks each). The total is, therefore, out of 99 marks.

  • Monday, December 10 - Introduction to High Renaissance Painting (notes). Michelangelo - painting,sculpture and architecture. Work on the Hero as Artist package. For a little levity, watch Monty Python's Pope & Michelangelo. See a Unitedstreaming video on Michelangelo (you will need to login). If you are interested in Michelangelo's sketches, watch this video from the British Museum (40 minutes). You might also look at a video about his sculptures (5 minutes).

  • Tuesday, December 11 - Da Vinci. Work on the package. If you are interested in Dan Brown's books -- and the da Vinci Code in particular, you might enjoy Professor Ward Gasque's University of California lecture The da Vinci Code - Fact or Fiction.

  • Wednesday, December 12 - No Class. Post-Secondary Liaison Day.

  • Thursday, December 13 - Bramante and Raphael. Sister Wendy video segment. Work on the package.

  • Friday, December 14 - Giorgione and Titian. Sister Wendy video segments. 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. Link here to Topic 5 & 6 questions. Link here to the plan for Topics 5 & 6 - but note, there is an error: Post-Secondary Liaison Day is on Wednesday, December 12, in the afternoon -- so we will miss that day. I am rejigging the order of lectures a bit and will go from the Chinese Revolution material right into the Korean War, following it with the United Nations material.

Essay #3 is well underway and will be handed in any time in the last week of classes before Christmas.

If you are considering completing the bonus Glossary Assignment, you need to get on with it now. Remember, it is worth up to an addtional 5% on your final class mark -- most bonus marks come in at 1-3% -- only really extraordinary work earns 5% (2 in the last decade). However, even 1% corresponds to many marks.

  • Monday, December 10 - Decolonization India (base notes).
  • Tuesday, December 11 - The Middle East to 1956 (base notes). Video clip from the 20th Century History series. (base notes - I still need to scan and load this).

  • Wednesday, December 14 - No Class - Post-Secondary Liaison Day.

  • Thursday, December 13 - Complete the Middle East to 1956 - with video clip from the 20th Century History series. Begin the Cuban Missile Crisis (base notes). Be sure to watch CNN's Cold War; Episode 10; Cuba 1959-1962.

  • Friday, December 14 - We've fallen a bit further behind. Today we will see the 20th Century History material on the Cuban Missile crisis and carry on with the lecture (base notes). If you have almost two hours available on the weekend, get in the mood for Monday's lecture on nuclear war by viewing Threads, a British docudrama from the 1980s about a nuclear war -- banned from British TV at the time, it is a highly praised production that gives a frightening, but important view of what such a war might be like. A straight-forward documentary 0n what would happen to a city hit by a nuclear bomb, watch Nuclear War; A Guide to Armageddon - this links to the first episode, go to the sidebar to link to the other segments.