Saturday, December 01, 2007

December 3 to 7

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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.

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.)

For those interested in seeing and hearing more about the French-English dispute, the CBC archives has fascinating radio and television clips: Maurice Duplessis, The Road to Bilingualism, Rene Levesque's Separatist Fight, The October Crisis (1970), The 1980 Referendum, The 1995 Referendum, and there is also a NFB documentary on the 1995 referendum.

  • Monday, December 3 - Take up #1-4, p. 158. PowerPoint Post-War Canada - Slides 45-62. Read pp. 160-172. Do sidebar, p. 167, #2-6, p. 167, & #1-5, p. 172.
  • Tuesday, December 4 - Take up homework. Begin PowerPoint The Quiet and Not So Quiet Revolution. Read pp. 172-181. Do #1-4, p. 176 and #2-4, p. 182.
  • Wednedsday, December 5 - Material from Canada; A Peoples’ History ("Time for Change" & "Maitres Chez Nous"). Continue PowerPoint. Read pp. Read pp. Read. Pp. 184-189. Do 1 sidebar, p. 1865; #1-4, p. 187; #1-3, p. 189.
  • Thursday, December 6 - Material from Canada; A Peoples’ History ("Vive le Quebec Libre," "Language Wars", the "Choice"). Continue PowerPoint. Read pp. 202-206. Do #1-5, p. 206.
  • Friday, December 7 - Take up homework. Complete the PowerPoint and see any remaining material from Canada; A Peoples’ History, including the final segment: "Night of the Long Knives." Read pp. 206-216. Do #1-6, p. 216.

Comparative Civilizations 12

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

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

  • Monday, December 3 - Complete Bill Moyer's Florence video. Grunewald & Bosch. Work on the package. I highly recommend seeing Carol Gerten's pages on Grunewald, and Bosch - read the biographies and look at the images.
  • Tuesday, December 4 - Sister Wendy on the Northern Renaissance Painters. Durer - look at Carol Gerten's page on him.. Work on the package. Man the Measure of All Things Package due by 4:30 p.m. Wednesday..
  • Wednesday, December 5 - Hero as Artist Package assigned. Filmstrip or video summary of this chapter in Clark. Work on the new package. Hand in the Man the Measure of All Things package by 4:30 p.m. today.
  • Thursday, December 6 - Begin the video: The Agony and the Ecstacy. Work on the package.
  • Friday, December 7 - Continue The Agony and the Ecstacy. 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.

Note: Some of the base notes are not up as of Saturday, December 1. I will load them on Monday.

  • Monday, December 3 - Video from the 20th Century History series, "One Man's Revolution", Complete lecture material - Chinese Revolution to the Korean War (base notes).
  • Tuesday, December 4 - TheUnited Nations (base notes).
  • Wednesday, December 5 - Begin the Soviet Union & Eastern Europe to 1956 (base notes).
  • Thursday, December 6 - Video & Questions - The Cold War; Episode 6; Reds (You can see CNN companion material online). Time permitting, you might also see the video The Fragile Balance. Outside of class, watch this video -- a US school educational video entitled Communism (Caution - much of LiveLeak's video content is of dubious quality and content. Sources are rarely properly attributed).
  • Friday, December 7 - Complete The USSR & Eastern Europe to 1956 (base notes). If time, begin Decolonization India (base notes).