Friday, February 01, 2008

February 4-8

For those of you new to my blogsite, it is intended to work alongside my website at:

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Those of you in block 4 have the honour of working with my student teacher, from UBC, Miss Carlson. She too will be blogging at: .

Things that are static -- not requiring regular change -- will be posted on the website. This blogsite will have the changing material -- lesson plans and links to particular assignments. I will try to ensure that all assignments are made available on the Internet in this way. If something is underlined on the blog, it means that you can click on it to see a copy of the particular item -- this could be a pdf document, powerpoint, music or a video.

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.

Provincial Exam Make-Up Exams:

  • History 12 will be on Monday, February 4, starting at 1:00 p.m. in rooms 103-105 of the old school.
  • Social Studies 11 will be on Tuesday, February 5, starting at 1:00 p.m. in rooms 103-105 of the old school.

Social Studies 11 (Regular)

Block 4 is the same as block 3 for the first class. After that block 4 should refer to Miss Carlson's blog: .

  • Monday, February 4 - Introduction & Expectations. Course Outline. Final Exam Table of Specifications. Handout: What is Government?. Complete the questions for Tuesday.
  • Tuesday, February 5 - Thursday, Sept. 6 - Take up responses. Why government? 3 branches of government. Sign out texts. Read pp. 2-6 in Government. Do #1-4, p. 6.
  • Wednesday, February 6 - Take up homework. Introduction to Ideologies. Origins and the Political Spectrum. Read pp. 7-15. Do #1-5, p. 11 & #1-6, pp. 15-16. To identify your own ideology, take the online Political Compass quiz.
  • Thursday, February 7 - Take up homework. Origins of the Political Spectrum - including summary handout sheet. Ideology identification practice. Smith & Marx handout. Audio/Video sidebar: Click here for a quick video overview of Adam Smith's views. For a longish, but humerous treatment of Karl Marx, see this video (Part 1 -- for the other parts, click on the Chomsky1 link to the right, then search for "Marx" in the video search box, beneath the playlists in the right column of Chomsky1's blog page. This will get you to the other parts. Some of the language is a bit off colour, but Steele's lecture is unforgettable.)
  • Friday, February 8 - Video clip. PowerPoint – “Ideologies”. Other ways to show political spectrum & Ideologies summary sheet. More practice with ideologies.

In Block 3, expect a unit test on ideologies, political parties and elections, in a little over two weeks from when we started. The mark breakdown is likely to be as follows: 30 multiple choice (1 mark each). 10 identify the ideology of the speaker questions (1 mark each) 1 diagram (5 marks), 5 definitions (I give you the term and you give the definition - 2 marks each), 2 from 4 long answer questions (6 marks each). The total value of the test is 67 marks. If you complete at least 30 flash cards - , you can earn 5 bonus marks.

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.

Expect a chapter 1 quiz next Monday, February 11. The mark breakdown will be roughly as follows: 15 multiple choice questions (1 mark each) and 3 long answer questions from 5 options (6 marks each). The total will be out of around 33 marks. 3 bonus marks are available for completing flash cards.

  • Monday, February 4 - Introduction and Expectations. Course Outline. Text assigned. Essay Writing Workshop handout. Pre-read parts 1 & 2.
  • Tuesday, February 5 - Text sign out. Final Exam - Table of Specifications. Essay workshop material -- Parts 1 & 2. Begin PowerPoint for chapter 1. Do Essay Workshop Part 2 assignment. Video sidebar: For an excellent treatment of how technology is changing our world, see Tom Friedman's address at MIT, following up on his book, The World is Flat.
  • Wednesday, February 6 - Essay workshop material taken up, Part 3 addressed. Homework taken up. Continue PowerPoint (Chapter 1) . If time, we will begin watching Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth. Read pp.7-16. Do #1-5, p. 11#1-9, p. 16 and #1-4, p. 17.
  • Thursday, February 7 - Take up homework. Continue An Inconvenient Truth. Read pp. 17-22. Do #1-2, p. 17. #1-4, p. 21. (Have the assignment for Essay Workshop Part 3 completed for Tuesday. Video sidebar: For an alternative view, see The Great Global Warming Swindle. (You will need to do a video search for following segments.) You might also be interested in a follow up to this, a follow-up debate, starting with this episode (link to the following segments from the sidebar).
  • Friday, February 8 - Finish An Inconvenient Truth. Geography essay assigned. This will involve library and Internet research. Read p. 22 and do the "Further Thought questions, #1-2, on p. 22. Prepare for the Chapter 1 Quiz on Monday. Have the Part 3 assignment from the Essay Writing W0rkshop prepared for next Monday. Video sidebar: This year's United Nations Human Devlopment Report takes as its over-arching theme Climate Change. You will find the report's accompanying video interesting (choose your download speed and language).