Saturday, October 11, 2008

October 14-17

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Breaking News: In Tuesday's mock election in Mr. Benoy's classes, the following results were tallied:

Tunya Audain (Libertarian) 3, Don Bell (Liberal) 25, Michael Charrois (NDP) 15, Andrew Saxton (Conservative) 27, and Jim Stephenson (Green) 26. Were this to be the real vote, Andrew Saxton would be elected with his total of 27 of 96 ballots cast - this amounts to 28% of the popular vote.

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 too ill to work while away, be sure to attach a note from home to any overdue work when you hand it in and I will most likely waive any late deduction.

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.

My tutorial times are officially 2:55-3:15 every Monday and Friday. However, I am available most days before school, at noon and after school. Drop by or make an appointment if you need guaranteed time.

Social Studies 11

There is a major research assignment currently underway, the Family History - Immigration Assignment (With additional options for International and First Nations students.) The due date for this work is not until right after the Christmas holidays, to allow plenty of time for research and discussion with family members.)

The next unit test will not be for at least another week and will include the introduction to History, and Canada from 1900 to 1919. The mark breakdown will be posted when I have the test written and have a clearer idea of what we will have covered.

  • Monday, October 13 - Thanksgiving Holiday. Eat turkey, unless you are vegetarian, in which case substitute tofu or the like.
  • Tuesday, October 14 - Take up homework - #1-3, p. 16. Canada and the Empire. PowerPoint. Read pp. 17-19. #1-7, pp. 18-19 sidebar. Excellent material on early immigration to Canada can be found at the Library and Archives of Canada site's Immigration page - see further pages too.
  • Wednesday, October 15 - Take up homework. (*Sorry - lab not available for both blocks, so we will go with plan B- the video. Photography as historical evidence. Assignment Computer Lab Historical Photograph Assignment (if computers available - Completed work due on Friday). If not – Komogata Maru video and board questions - 1) What did the Canadian public think of Indian immigration in 1914? 2) How did government try to restrict Indian immigration? 3) What world event pushed news of the Komogata Maru into the background in the summer of 1914? Do “Looking Back” questions #1,2 & 5-7, p. 19.
  • Thursday, October 16 - Take up homework. Complete Canada & the Empire PowerPoint (and video) if necessary. Begin background to World War I. (PowerPoint - the origins material in Canada and World War I). If time, filmstrip or video on the origins of the war. Read the sidebar on p. 23 & do #1-5. Watch, online, EAV's Origins of World War I - part 1 (9 minutes) and part 2 (8 minutes). An excellent BBC documentary The First World War: To Arms looks at the period around the outbreak of war - excellent viewing and available online in segments - Begin with Part 1, then 2, 3, 4, 5, & 6.
  • Friday, October 17 - Take up #1-5, p. 23. Complete introduction to World War I. 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.

Comparative Civilizations 12

For additional video material on Islam, see Mr. Benoy's online video directory.
The next unit test will not be for several weeks, as we will test Islamic Civilization and the Western Middle Ages together.

History 12

Ensure that you have both the Topic #3 outline and the Topic #3 questions. The test for this unit is a few weeks off at this point - possibly Monday, October 27ish, if not the class before this. We seem to be running a day or two behind schedule at the moment.

If you have time to watch some documentaries on Russian and Soviet History, pick some from PBS'
Commanding Heights video clips on the Soviet Union and Mr. Benoy's Video Directory on Russia and the USSR to 1939. See also some of the PowerPoint presentations from other sources, linked to from Mr. Benoy's Topic 3 Webpage.

  • Monday, October 13 - Eat Turkey -- or not. Get a start on Essay #2 or watch a historical movie -- do you need suggestions?
  • Tuesday, October 14 - Complete the Stalin Revolution; the Great Purge (base notes). Italy & Fascism (base notes). If you have time, watch Fascism in Colour; Mussolini in Power, Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5.
  • Wednesday, October 15 - Germany, France & Britain (maybe) in the 1920's (base notes).
  • Thursday, October 16 - Britain in the 1920s. (UK segment within the base notes.) and The British Empire in the Interwar Years (base notes).
  • Friday, October 17 - The USA in the 1920s (base notes). Includes video segment from 20th Century History series.