Thursday, September 04, 2008

September 8-12

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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 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.

I do not read comments posted by readers on this blog -- not through lack of interest, just lack of time. Sorry.

Note: Thursday after school will be a busy time. The Clubs Fair begins right after school and there will be many guests in the school because Sutherland's official opening will take place after that. Socials 11 types who want a glimpse of our local political figures should think about sticking around and checking out city mayor Darrel Mussato and our local Member of Parliament, Don Bell.

This would not be a good afternoon to seek after school extra help. E-mail me if there is something that cannot wait!

Social Studies 11

Note: Block 3 is a little behind because we lost time to the assembly last week. My plan is to catch you up on Monday. It will mean that block 4 will have class time to work on the homework assignment that block 3 will not. This way we will keept the classes parallel. The reverse will likely happen later in the term.

Rather than quiz ideologies, political parties and elections separately -- taking much more time out of class for testing -- we will test these bits together. Expect a quiz on the introduction to government, ideologies, Canadian political parties and elections, probably next Wednesday (September 19). We might complete the material before this, but I do not want to risk testing on Tuesday, which is photo day and likely to have some disruption.

Political junkies should have a look at Steven Kreis' lectures on ideologies, published on his website: The History Guide; Lectures on Modern Intellectual History. This is pretty advanced stuff, but well worth the reading.

  • Monday, September 8 - Take up #1-5, p. 11. 1-6, pp. 15-16. Origins of the Political Spectrum - including summary handout sheet. Ideology identification practice. Smith & Marx handout. The following reading is completely optional: For an interesting American article on the difference between Lefties and Righties, see Patricia Cohen's New York Times Article: "Across the Great Divide; Investigating Links Between Personality and Politics."

  • Tuesday, September 9 - Video clip. PowerPoint – “Ideologies”. Other ways to show political spectrum & Ideologies summary sheet. More practice with ideologies.

  • Wednesday, September 10 - Take up homework. Lecture/discussion – from ideologies to political parties – national parties in Canada. Read Counterpoints pp. 255-258. Do #3 & 4, p. 258. For homework over the last weekend, you took an online quiz to identify your political viewpoint. To see which Canadian political party comes closest to your views (2005 comparison - according to this organization), link here and see if this is what you expected. Interested in pursuing this further? Try some more tests -- mostly American -- to see where you stand.

  • Thursday, September 11 - Take up homework. Placing parties on the political spectrum. PowerPoint. BC & Canadian political parties. Read Counterpoints pp. 249-258. Do #1-5, p. 253, #4, p. 258 & sidebar #1-3, p. 257.

  • Friday, September 12 - Take up #4, p. 258 & sidebar #1-3, p. 257. Elections handout. Elections in Canada – The first-by-the-post system. (If time; proportional representation too). Read sidebar in Counterpoints pp. 256-257. Do #1-3, p. 257. Read Government pp. 88-97. Do #4, p. 97. Research Canadian federal political parties. Which party would you support in the next federal election? Why? About a half page or so of writing is needed to adequately answer this question. Find political party information at Elections Canada's registered political parties page.

Comparative Civilizations 12

***Your Egypt package is to be handed in on Friday of this week. The Greek package will be distributed on Thursday. You can either begin it, or use the class time to work on finishing Egypt. The unit test is still a couple of weeks away and it will cover all of the Ancient World, including: Egypt, Greece, Rome & Byzantium.

Yipes! Your package does not have values assigned on it. Total value: 40 marks, broken down as follows: Introduction and conclusion 5, Architecture 5, Painting and Low Relief Carving 5, Sculpture 5, Pyramid Art Analysis 10, Nefertiti Art Analysis 10.

Note: Normally I would have all of the class work come in the day of the test, but because I blew it and did not have your topic 1 questions ready for you on time, I will give you a day of grace and have this work handed in by 4:00 p.m. on Friday.

Here's a bonus for all you bloggers -- the mark breakdown for the first test. The test for unit 1 is on the introduction to History, the content we covered in class and the readings that were assigned. I've just finished getting the exam ready and the mark break-down is as follows: 15 multiple choice, 10 terms(I give you the definition and you provide the term or name), 5 definitions (I give you the term or name and you explain what it is or why the person is important in a sentence or two), and one essay (6 marks for composition and 2 x6 for content). The total is therefore out of 53 marks. Your assigned work is out of 10 for the written material -- this must be done quite thoroughly, with paragraphs for all answers. The map is also valued at 10 -- so be thorough and accurate.

Topic #1 Quiz is this Thursday. All topic #1 work is due by 4:30 p.m. on this day. Essay #1 is a couple of weeks after the first unit ends -- somewhere around the end of September.

Monday, September 10 - Complete Theories of History. Writing History essays. Work on Topic 1 questions.
Tuesday, September 11 - Complete Writing History essays & MLA style. (If time) Begin Themes and Topics in History 12. Work on Topic 1 questions.
Wednesday, September 12 - Themes and Topics in History 12. KWork on Topic 1 questions.
Thursday, September 13 - Quiz on Topic #1. Topic #2 assigned. Be sure to pick up topic plan and questions. Work on topic 1 questions.
Friday, September 14 - Imperialism & Social Darwinism. Work on Topic 1 questions.