Wednesday, January 02, 2008

January 7 - 11

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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

Over Christmas it is important to begin preparation for your Provincial Final Exam. Go to the Ministry website and look at the exam table of specifications, familiarize yourself with key exam terms, access past exams and answer keys, and look at the essay scoring criteria to see how your essays will be marked.

Your Geography textbook is also available online at . Though we will use some material from the other text, most will be from this e-text. Be aware that this text is now a few years old and many hyperlinks are broken. Rewriting is a massive job that I have not had time to take on yet.

There is a major research assignment currently underway (since October), the

Family History - Immigration Assignment (With additional options for International and First Nations students.) The due date for this work is right after the Christmas holidays, to allow plenty of time for research and discussion with family members.) Please submit on Monday or Tuesday, January 7 or 8.

Note: We will test chapters 2 & 3 together -- probably at the end of next week. I will post the mark breakdown once I have the test written.

  • Monday, January 7 - Immigration/Family History Assignment due today or tomorrow. Preparing for the Provincial Final Exam. See my Tips for Writing the Social Studies 11 Final Exam and the ministry material indicated above. Continue PowerPoint on Population. Read pp. 31-37. Do #2, p. 36 - but use 2006 data from US Census Bureau's International Data Base - Canada Population pyramid, #1-2, p. 37 (Click on the following for a Nigeria population pyramid and a Japan population pyramid).

  • Tuesday, January 8 - Immigration/Family History Assignment due. Take up homework. PowerPoint – Theories of Population and the Demographic Transition Model. Read pp. 37-42. Do #1-6, p. 39 & 1-6, pp. 41-42).

  • Wednesday, January 9 - Video – Population Transition in Italy and questions (or alternative, if unavailable). Read pp. 42-45. Do #1-5, p. 45.

  • Thursday, January 10 - Urbanization material from the chapter 2 PowerPoint. Video segment and questions on Shanghai, Changing China - Urbanization ). Do the Further Thought assignment #1-5, p. 46.

  • Friday, January 11 - Tuesday, January 9 - Final call for Family History Assignments. Take up homework. Streaming video of Stewart Brand at Google --"City Planet" -- with questions. Do the scattergram assignment on Fertility and Education, #$1-3 on p. 48.

Comparative Civilizations 12

With only three weeks remaining, we will not have another unit test. The remaining material will be tested on the final exam.

The final examination in this course will be held on the last two days of class, instead of during exam week. This test is worth 15% of your course mark. Only the first part of the test is closed book. You may refer to your notebooks in answering all other material.

Final Exam, Day 1: Slide Identification (closed book). Expect 50 items. You are to identify the work, the artist and the period (100 marks - since not all items have all three parts, we will give bonus marks for any third part identified). The remaining part of day 1 is an essay question - choose 1 from among 4 options (24 marks - 6 for composition and 18 for content -- marked according to the provincial examinations English & History rubrics).

Final Exam, Day 2: 15 matching items (1 mark each), 10 identifying styles from written descriptions (10 marks), 80 multiple choice (80 marks), and two from 5 long answer questions (20 marks - 10 each).

The final examination is, therefore, out of 249 marks -- but this is scaled to 15% of your final course mark.

The Mannerism package is due by Monday, January 14 - this is an extension from the original due date of Wednesday, Jan. 9. The Reformation package is due on Monday, January 14 -- though we will begin the new package before then.

  • Monday, January 7 - Video - A Man For All Seasons on Sir Thomas More.

  • Tuesday, January 8 - Video (continued). Work on packages.

  • Wednesday, January 9 - Mannerism package due date postponed to Monday by 4:30 p.m. -- at the same time as the Reformation package. Protest & Communication filmstrip - or full Kenneth Clark video. Work on Reformation package.

  • Thursday, January 10 - Grandeur & Obedience package assigned. Filmstrip or full Kenneth Clark video.

  • Friday, January 11 - Palladian and Baroque Architecture. Work on Reformation or Baroque packages.

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.

You must begin to prepare for the final examination, which is worth 40% of your over-all mark. Go to the Ministry of Education's History 12 website and access the following material: The exam table of specifications, the description of key verbs used on the exam, a description of the scoring criteria used in marking the exam, and, of course, familiarize yourself with the look of the exam itself -- the response booklet, sample and released examinations and answer keys. The best way to prepare for this exam is to actually write a previous exam.

Expect to hand in questions to the end of #62 -- even if we do not quite reach this in our lectures -- at the end of this week.

  • Monday, January 7 - The Vietnam War - the French Experience (base notes). Watch an excellent 48 minute documentary on this topic, Dien Bien Phu, part of the fabulous series "The 10,000 Day War." All episodes are excellent.

  • Tuesday, January 8 - The Vietnam War - the American Experience (base notes). Watch episode 11 of CNN's outstanding documentary "The Cold War", Vietnam 1954-1968 (46 minutes).

  • Wednesday, January 9 - The USA (domestic) Since 1945 (base notes). Watch this short video (7 minutes) with images and protest songs (mostly Bob Dylan) about the civil rights movement. Watch the 11 minute video of Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I have a dream" speech.

  • Thursday, January 10 - The USA (domestic) Since 1945 (base notes).

  • Friday, January 11 - Economic Resurgence in Western Europe (base notes).