Saturday, September 27, 2008

September 29 to October 3

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Sutherland has a license to access Discovery Education'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

Expect to write the unit test on the Legislative/Executive/Judicial branches of the Federal government on Wednesday. The mark breakdown is most likely to be as follows: 30 multiple choice questions (1 mark each), 4 definitions - where I give you the term and you define it in a sentence or more (2 marks each), 2 from a choice of 6 long answer questions -- to be answered in long paragraphs (6 marks each), and 1 essay question (6 marks for composition and 18 marks for content = 24 marks total. Please note: An essay must be at least 5 paragraphs long and contain an introduction with a clear thesis statement, at least three supporting paragraphs, and a concluding paragraph). The test total is, therefore, 74 marks. 30 or more flash cards will earn up to 5 bonus marks on this test.

Please bring your red Government text to class this week. I have decided to use parts of it to examine BC's provincial government. It may be an old book but it does nicely summarize some of the course content.

  • Monday, September 29 - Take up homework, #1-3, p. 275. Video’s on the court system. Comparison of Adversarial vs. Inquisitorial court systems. If time, we will go over how to write an analytical essay. Read pp. 277-288. Do #1-3, p. 280, & 1 & 4, p. 288. Please bring your red Government text to class next day -- along with your blue text.
  • Tuesday, September 30 - Take up homework. Introduce concept of Human rights – examine text p. 294. Students to list what they would expect fundamental rights to be in Canada - Think-Pair-Share. Use Government text p. 60 to list Schweitzer’s list of fundamental rights. Government text pp. 152-158. Examine the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedomes - see PowerPoint; The Constitution. Summarize each of the key sections in your notes. Effect of passing the Charter on Canadian law -- all laws in Canada must conform unless passed using the notwithstanding clause or if they can withstand a challenge based on their being within reasonable limits. If we did not go over essay writing last class, we will do so today. Read pp. 292-312. Do #1, p. 297, #2-3 sidebar p. 303, #1 & 3, p. 304, #3, p. 308 & #2, p. 312. We will not take up the homework until Thursday's class. Remember to bring 30+ flashcards to the test tomorrow to earn 5 bonus marks.
  • Wednesday, October 1 - Hand in flashcards. Unit Test - Legislative Executive and Judicial branches. Read pp. 240-246. Do #1-3, p. 246, & sidebar #1, p. 244. Bring red Government text to next class if you did not do so today.
  • Thursday, October 2 - Take up homework. Filmstrip -- Provincial Government. Government (red) texts. Read pp. 170-178. Do #1-3, p. 178. Note: Municipal Government will be tested using a take home test next Tuesday (October 9).
  • Friday, October 3 - Take up homework, #1-3, p. 178. New BC Lieutenant Governor. Federal and Provincial governments compared. Municipal government introduced. Video & questions on Provincial and Municipal Government. Read (red book) pp. 186-196. Do #1-6, p 196. Read (blue book) pp. 245-246. Do #2-4, p. 246.

Comparative Civilizations 12

It looks very likely that your Ancient World Unit Test will be next Wednesday, October 8. Your Roman/Byzantine Package will be due the following day.

Expect approximately the following on the unit test: 25 slide identification items (the only closed notes portion of the test) - these have three blanks to fill for each item, though many items only have two possibilities, so the third will be a bonus mark when all three can be identified -- you need to identify the name of the item, the creator, and the historic period the item was created in -- the period options are listed for you to choose from. You must hand in Part 1 before starting part 2; Parts 2-5 are open notebook. Part 2 consists of 25 multiple choice questions (1 mark each). Part 3 is diagram label identification (1 mark each), where you are given 10 diagram items and have to identify the name of the indicated parts; Part 4 consists of 5 name/definition questions (2 marks each), where you are given the name/term and you must define it or say why the person was important in a sentence or three; Part 5 is an essay question (24 marks - 1 x 6 for composition and 2 x 6 for content -- marked according to the provincial examination 6 point grading system. The total value of the test is 119 marks. Given the bonus opportunity it is possible to score over this total.

Don't forget the bonus assignment opportunities for this course (one in the first term and one in the second). Attend a cultural event and explain its cultural significance or create an art analysis for an interesting cultural item. These do not have to be covered within the units we study in the course. They can be of any culture at any time. 10 marks, with the marks assigned to the most recent unit test written.

History 12