Saturday, May 03, 2008

May 5 to May 9

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Social Studies 11 (Regular)

You have an ongoing assignment, by Friday, May 16. 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).

Our next unit test is next Monday, May 12. It will cover the Interwar period and World War II. The mark breakdown is as follows: 45 multiple choice questions (1 mark each), 5 definitions (2 marks each) and 3 from 5 long answer questions (6 marks each). The total is therefore out of 73 marks. 30 flash cards are needed to generate 5 bonus marks.

  • Monday, May 5 - Take up #1-3, p. 125. Complete the video series Canada Remembers. Watch the final two episodes - "Endings and Beginnings" (sorry, unavailable over the Internet) and questions. Take up any blanks on viewing guides. Read pp. 125-128. Do sidebar question p. 128 & 1-4, p. 128.
  • Tuesday, May 6 - Take up homework. Note: This is a change of plan. Our original idea was to show The Valour & the Horror; Savage Christmas; Hong Kong. This video has mysteriously disappeared, so could not be used. Instead, we began Canada; A People's History; The Crucib le. The task set was to answer the question "How did World War II transform Canada? Students were to create a chart - using the exam prep. formula SPERM-G. The first letters stand for Social/Political/Economic/Religious/Military/ Geographic. Students should try to identify things that changed in these areas. Not all terms will apply. This acronym should be used when planning to answer any history question. It ensures a thorough response. Do #1-4, p. 129.
  • Wednesday, May 7 - Take up homework. Continue the video from Tuesday. Take up the findings. Work on the Family History/Immigration assignment.
  • Thursday, May 8 - Watch The Long Journey Home from the CBC Archives. Discuss Japanese Internment – compare to Japanese treatment of Allied prisoners. Begin material on the Holocaust. Do #7 & 8 on p. 129 -- these require long paragraphs to answer them properly. Work on the Family History/Immigration assignment. If you are interested in what Nazi anti-Jewish propeganda was like, watch The Eternal Jew (with English dubbing), Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6 & Part 7.
  • Friday, May 9 - Take up homework. Lesson on the Holocaust/Shoah. Brief background to the event. Video segments from Frontline, "Memory of the Camps." Students are warned that what is shown is quite graphic and very disturbing. I quite understand if you wish to leave the class - however, you will be responsible for covering this material in a library research, written response question if you choose to do so. These videos are not of the main "death camps", but of what amounted to labour/transit camps. The worst camps were in the East, liberated by the Soviets, at places like Auschwitz/Birkenau, Treblinka, Majdanek and others -- where murder was carried out on an industrial scale. Do #11, p. 129. Study for the Unit Test on Monday. Those of you interested in this subject, and having some spare time, might find the following interesting: Still Alive: A Holocaust Girlhood Remembered (abour an hour) a lecture by a Holocaust survivor. A documentary, Hitler's Henchmen; Heinrich Himmler (about an hour) is quite interesting. The BBC's Auschwitz: The Final Solution is also available on YouTube (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5 - these are 10 minute or so segments.) Another 60 minute documentary is Children Remember the Holocaust. A wealth of material on the Holocaust can be found at The Holocaust History Project - their material on Holocaust denial is of particular interest. Bear this material in mind if you watch Holocaust denial material, like Judea Declares War on Germany; A Critical Look at the Holocaust.Your unit test on the Interwar years and World War II will be on 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 due on or before May 16. (See also the BBC's pedigree sheet - a rough form to serve as a starting point for your own pedigree).

Your next unit test is on Wednesday, May 14 and will include all of the introductory material, Canada before the Great War, and World War I itself. Expect the following mark breakdown: 40 multiple choice questions (1 mark each), 5 definition items (2 marks each) and 4 from 5 long answer questions (6 marks each). The total is therefore 74 marks. 25 acceptable flash cards are needed to earn 5 bonus marks.

  • M0nday, May 5 - Hand in the pre-war Europe map assignment. Take up #1-3, p. 40, #1-3, sidebar, p. 42 and 1-5, p. 47. Continue The Killing Ground video (sorry, unavailable on the Internet) and questions. If we complete this, we will take up any blanks in class. Read pp. 47-53. Do #1-3, p. 53.
  • Tuesday, May 6 - Introductory music: Callin Doon the Line, and The Green Fields of France. Take up homework. Finish The Killing Ground and questions. Trench warfare, lecture and overheads. Read pp. 54-60. Do #1-6, p. 60.
  • Wednesday, May 7 - Introductory music: And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda and Gallipoli. Take up homework. The Conscription Crisis. Read article French Canada & Recruitment during the First World War. PowerPoint: Was Conscription the Right Choice? Video material from Canada; A Peoples’ History Turmoil on the Home Front. Be sure to read the supporting material at the series' website: Under Suspicion, Avoiding the War, and The Conscription Crisis. (See Mr. Benoy for a print-out if you are unable to access this material at home or at school.) Answer the following questions on these readings: 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? Read the sidebar, pp. 50-51 & do #1-3, p. 51.
  • Thursday, May 8 - Introductory music: On the Road to Passchendaele and Passchendaele. Take up #1-3, p. 51. Literature of War Assignment. Using computers (if available) or handouts and library resources. 10 marks, due Monday.
  • Friday, May 9 - Take up homework. Lecture: The End of World War I & the Paris Peace Conference. Video and board questions: 1) Who were the main participants in the Conference and what did they want? 2) What important powers were not invited to attend? 3) What were the key outcomes of the Conference? Read pp. 60-66. Do #1-6, p. 66. Note: We will begin the next unit on Monday and Tuesday and will write the unit test on Wednesday. The delay is because I will be attending the Honours Luncheon on Wednesday afternoon, so this is the ideal class to be writing the test.