Saturday, February 16, 2008

February 18 -22

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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.

Social Studies 11 (Regular)

Block 4. See Ms. Carlson's blog.

Block 3:

Expect a test on ideologies, parties and elections on Monday. The mark breakdown will be roughly as follows: 31 multiple choice questions (1 mark each), 10 statements requiring you to identify the ideology (1 mark each), Identifying political parties on a political spectrum graph (4 marks), 5 definitions (2 marks each), and two long answer questions (6 marks each). The total should be out of around 67 marks. 25 flash cards will be the minimum required to earn 5 bonus marks on the test.

Note: I will be collecting the Government text books when you write your unit test.

  • Monday, February 18 - Test on Introduction to government, ideologies, parties & elections. Read 226-231. Do #1-3, p. 231.
  • Tuesday, February 19 - We were a bit blindsided today. The Brock Tully talk happened to fall in this block -- which I did not anticipate. Sorry folks. Tuesday's planned class will now be on Wednesday and every lesson is now put off by one class. Oops.
  • Wednesday, February 20 - Set-up of Parliament continued. Filmstrip or video and questions or note-taking on Parliament. Handout – “On the Job With a Member of Parliament.” Read 231-233 sidebar. Do #1-3, p. 233.

  • Thursday, February 21 - Filmstrip or video & questions or note-taking on Parliament. Complete material from last class. Take up homework, #1-3, p. 233. The Senate – Pros and cons of present setup (Be sure to look at the Senate material at Mapleleafweb). Handout – newspaper article. Essay Writing. There will be an essay question on what shall be done with the Canadian Senate on the next unit test.

  • Friday, February 22 - Go over homework -- the Senate Essay planning. Introduction to the executive branch. Role of the Queen, Governor General and Prime Minister. Reread “Constitutional Monarchy” on p. 223. Identify points for and against getting rid of the Queen and Governor General. Should Canada become a Republic? Why or why not? Identify 3 reasons for and 3 reasons against doing so. Look at the Monarchist League of Canada and the Canadian Monarchist Online websites for arguments supporting the monarch; see Citizens for a Canadian Republic for arguments against retaining the monarchy. There has also been an active debate in Australia and New Zealand on this topic. Web searches would yield useful information.

Social Studies 11 (Honours)

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.

The next test will include material on both Population and Standards of Living, so it is still more than a week away. However, it is likely to take the following shape: 65 multiple choice questions (1 mark each) and a choice of 3 from 10 long answer questions (6 marks each). 30 flash cards are the required minimum to earn 5 bonus marks.

  • Monday, February18 - Take up #1-5, p. 45. Streaming video of Stewart Brand at Google --"City Planet" -- with questions. Do the Further Thought assignment #1-5, p. 46. Do the scattergram assignment on Fertility and Education, #1-3 on p. 48. Video Sidebar: Hans Rosling's Gapcast #2 on Urbanization is a must-see. Find out about life in slums by watching Hans Rosling's "A Slum Insight." This video integrates parts of Gapcast #2.

  • Tuesday, February 19 - Take up homework. Begin chapter 3 PowerPoint. Read pp. 57-61. Do #1-8, p. 61. Video sidebar: Watch Staffan Landin's Gapcast #3 for a look at Human Development changes between 1960-2001.

  • Wednesday, February 20 - Take up homework. Video - Gwynne Dyer's Escaping From History. (Sorry, this one is not available on the Internet). 1) What are living conditions like in Mexico City? 2) Why are people abandoning the countryside? 3) What does Dyer believe must happen for the developing world to get their fair share of consumer goods? Read pp. 62-64. Do #1-5, p. 64. Video sidebar: For a look at what Mexico is doing to sort out air pollution watch the World Resources Institute's "Retrofit Mexico City." (The link is to part 1).

  • Thursday, February 21 - Take up homework. Take up homework, continue PowerPoint on chapter 3. If we do not finish this in class, be sure to download and work through the remainder. Read pp. 64-73. Do #1-3, p. 70, #1-8, p. 73. Sidebar: See Gapminder World 2006 for a comparison of the countries of the world.

  • Friday, February 22 - Introduction video: "Consumerism; the Musical." Take up homework. Video: Gwynne Dyer's The Bomb Under the World." (Sorry, it is not available on the Internet). While watching this video, answer the questions: How is consumerism changing India? What are the positive and negative consequences for this developing country and for the world? Prepare for chapter 2 & 3 unit test next class. Video sidebar: Watch the video "Big Ideas That Changed the World: Consumerism." (link is to the first segment). This will get you thinking.