Friday, February 29, 2008

March 3-7

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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.

Note: When I posted this blog on Saturday, I made an error, thinking that programming was in block 1, when it will actually be in block 3 on Wednesday. Please note that this week's plan has therefore changed.

Social Studies 11 (Regular)

Block 4: See Ms. Carlson's blog.

Block 3:

Your test on the Legislative/Executive/Judicial branches will be on Monday. The breakdown of marks will be roughly as follows: 35 multiple choice questions. 2 from a choice of 5 long answer questions (6 marks each) and one essay on what should be done with the Senate (12 marks - 2 x 6). The test will therefore be out of around 59 marks. 25 flash cards are the minimum needed to earn 5 bonus marks.

  • Monday, March 3 - Unit Test on the Legislative/Executive/Judicial Branches. Read pp. 296-297 sidebar & do #1-2, p. 297, sidebar questions.
  • Tuesday, March 4 - Go over test results. Take up #1-3 and #1-2 (sidebar), p. 297. What is a constitution? PowerPoint on the Canadian Constitution. Read pp. 298-3-4. Do #1-3, p. 304.
  • Wednesday, March 5 - Programming for grade 11 students. After attendance is taken, grade 11s will go to the library. Grade 12s will remain in the class, but will have a study block. Be sure to bring work.
  • Thursday, March 6 - Take up homework. Video Our Constitution; The Law of the Land and questions. If time watch the CBC news video clip, Constitutional Shortcomings and identify the key problem with the new constitution. Read pp. 304-308. Do #1-5, p. 308.
  • Friday, March 7 - Take up homework. Distribute Red Government books for use in class. Brainstorm human rights - what rights should Canadians have? Compare these with Schweitzer's list of fundamental rights in Government, p. 152. Examine the Categories of Rights and Freedoms, pp. 152-158. When examining fundamental freedoms, look at the Counterpoints sidebar, pp. 302-303. Read pp. 309-312. Do #1-3, p. 312. Also do #1-2, p. 311.

  • Monday, March 10- Take up homework. Take up homework. Filmstrip -- Provincial Government. Government (red) texts. Distribute red Government texts. In class, read pp. 170-178. Do #1-3, p. 178. (sign out books after school if this work is not finished - or answer the questions from external research. A good starting point is the BC Legislature website). Read pp. 240-244. Do the question in figure 9-19, p. 241, #1, p. 246 and sidebar questions #1 (without the group input) and 2, p. 244 sidebar.
  • Tuesday, March 11 - Stephen Point, BC Lieutenant Governor - newspaper handout - website introduced. Federal and Provincial governments compared. Municipal government introduced. Video & questions on Provincial and Municipal Government. Read (red book) pp. 186-191. Do #1-6, p 196. Read (blue book) pp. 245-246. Do #2-4, p. 246.

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.

There is an ongoing essay assignment that is the culmination of our work in the Essay Writing Workshop. Construct a research essay, based on a thesis of your choice. Be sure to have at least three strong supporting points. Cite at least three sources and have a proper bibliography with at least three references. Be sure to use a standard format, such as MLA. Value: 24 marks (1 x 6 for composition and 3 x 6 for content). Due: the week we return after Spring Break (by Friday).

The next test will include material on both Resources and the concluding chapter. This will be this Friday. The mark breakdown is as follows: 35 multiple choice questions (1 mark each) and 4 from 10 long answer questions (6 marks each). The total is, therefore, out of 53 marks. 25 flash cards may earn a bonus of up to 5 marks.

  • Monday, March 3 - Take up #1-7, p. 102 & #1-6, p. 105. PowerPoint for Chapter 5. Read pp. 116-120. Do #1, p. 118, #1-4, p. 118 & #1-3, p. 120.
  • Tuesday, March 4 - Take up homework. Worldmapper animation. Complete any unfinished PowerPoint. Watch Gapcast #4, Globalization. Read pp 120-130. #1-5, p. 123, 1-3, p. 129 and #1-3, p. 130.
  • Wednesday, March 6 - Take up homework. Hans Rosling's TED Lecture, The Seemingly Impossible is possible. Read pp. 130-132. Do #1-2, p. 131, #1-4, p. 132 and Further Thought #1-6, p. 132. Prepare for Unit Test on chapters 4 (Resources) and 5 (Aid) on Friday. If you liked Hans Rosling, try William McDonough's TED lecture (the sustainable architecture fellow from our recent conservation video from Discovery Education.
  • Thursday, March 7 - Take up homework. Video: Nova; The Fragile Mountains (sorry, unavailable online). Do note: This is a very old video, but the intermediate technology solutions posed for Nepal's problems are still valid today. Learn how to reduce your carbon footprint by watching Ethical Man on BBC's Panorama Programme - the stream is low quality but the content is outstanding.
  • Friday, March 7 - Unit Test for Chapters 4 & 5. Hand in Geography texts, sign out Government texts. Read and do the questions on the What is Government? handout.