Saturday, April 05, 2008

April 7-11

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Social Studies 11 (Regular).

Block 4: See Ms. Carlson's blog.

You have an ongoing assignment, due in mid-May. This is the Family History Assignment (International Students' Version and First Nations Students' Version - which will not be due until mid May. (See also the BBC's pedigree sheet - a rough form to serve as a starting point for your own pedigree).

Block 3.

You have the same ongoing assignment as is noted in Block 4, above.

Expect a unit test on the History work to the end of World War I next Wednesday, April 16. I will post the test breakdown when I have the test ready.
  • Monday, April 7 - Hand in photographic analysis assignment. Take up #1-5, p. 23. Complete introduction to World War I, including Blackadder explanation for the start of the war. Begin video & questions The Killing Ground. Handout - Maps regarding the origins of World War I. Read pp. 24-28. Do #1-4, p. 28. Pre-war alliances map - 10 marks, based on completion, accuracy and appearance.

  • Tuesday, April 8 - Take up homework. Continue The Killing Ground & viewing guide questions. Read pp. 28-33. Do sidebar questions p. 30 & 31 & 1 & 3, p. 33.

  • Wednesday, April 9 - Take up homework. Go over video questions (if not done so in the previous class). Trench Warfare – handouts & overheads. Canada & World War I PowerPoint on – Life on the Western Front and The Home Front parts. Read pp. 34-38. Do #1-4, p. 39 & sidebar #1, p. 34.

  • Thursday, April 10 - Take up homework. The Conscription crisis. Overheads and Video material from Canada; A Peoples’ History Turmoil on the Home Front (Be sure to read the series' homepage on this episode) & questions - 1. Why were people "interned in World War I" 2. Why did many men avoid serving in the war? 3. How did they avoid serving after conscription was introduced? 4. Why did Borden see conscription as necessary? Why did Laurier oppose it? 5. What were the lasting effects of the conscription crisis? (Handouts - Under Suspicion, Avoiding the War, and The Conscription Crisis. PowerPoint - Was Conscription the Right Choice? If we do not have time to see this in class, be sure to look at it for homework.

  • Friday, April 11 - Take up homework. Literature of War Assignment. Using computers (if available) or handouts and library resources. 10 marks, due Monday.

Social Studies 11 (Honours).

You have an ongoing assignment, due in mid-May. This is the Family History Assignment (International Students' Version and First Nations Students' Version - which will not be due until mid May. (See also the BBC's pedigree sheet - a rough form to serve as a starting point for your own pedigree).

Your test on the Legislative/Executive/Judicial branches will be next Monday -- though we may begin the next unit on Friday. Note: This has changed from the posting to April 10! I have redone the test. The breakdown of marks will be roughly as follows: 30 multiple choice questions. 5 definitions (2 marks each) and 4 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 64 marks. 25 flash cards are the minimum needed to earn 5 bonus marks.

  • Monday, April 7 - Intro video - What people have said about the monarchy and Rick Mercer's rant a out the monarchy. Take up #1,3 & 4, p. 44. Introduction to the executive branch. Role of the Queen, Governor General and Prime Minister. Read pp. 46-54. Do #1-5, p. 48 & #1-7, p. 54. 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. If you have some time to spare, enjoyTony Robinson's (from Blackadder) Britain's Real Monarch, a documentary that claims that Britain's current royal family's claim to the throne is false and that the legitimate king drives a forklift and is an Australian republican. Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4 (each segment is around 11 minutes). This is terrific viewing. Also watch Rick Mercer's sleepover at 24 Sussex Drive.

  • Tuesday, April 8 - Intro video - "This Hour Has 22 Minutes" - Leave it to Stever. Take up homework. Discuss the role of the PM., Cabinet & the bureaucracy. Watch Yes, Minister episode -- who really runs each government department? The Cabinet Minister? The Deputy Minister? Read pp. 55-62. Do #1-5, p. 58 & 1-5, p. 62. Assignment: 5 marks - submit a handwritten list of Canada's present cabinet, including names and departments.

  • Wednesday, April 9 - Take up homework. 1. Pressure groups and Lobbyists and their tactics and effect on Government. Online list of federal lobby groups - interest groups and social movements. 2. Overview of the Judiciary – PowerPoint from The Government of Canada. Handout on Courts. Read pp. 64-71. Do #1-3, p.p. 67-68 sidebar, #1-4, p. 70 & #2-3, p. 71.

  • Thursday, April 10 - Take up #1-3, pp. 67-68. sidebar #1-4, p. 70 & #2-3 p. 71. Complete Judiciary PowerPoint - section in the Government of Canada PowerPoint, if necessary. Review AV - on BC court system. 1. Create a chart showing the hierarchy of BC courts. 2. Identify the positions of court officians and note the roles that they play. Read pp. Read pp. 126-135. Do sidebar, #2-3, p. 132. #1-3 & 5, pp. 134-135.

  • Friday, April 11 - Take up homework. Unless we are still catching up with material from Thursday, this lesson is attached to the next unit. Rather than test today, we will write the test on Monday to allow a little extra study time. Take up homework. Constitution video & questions. PowerPoint – The Constitution. Read pp. 140-148. Do #1-3, p. 143, #1, p. 147, #1 & 3, p. 148. Constitutional Reform Since Patriation handout & questions. We will take up the homework on Tuesday, next week.