Saturday, October 18, 2008

October 20-24

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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 be Tuesday of next week and will include the introduction to History, and Canada from 1900 to 1919. The mark breakdown is roughly as follows (subject to last-minute changes): 38 multiple choice questions (1 mark each); 5 definition questions (2 marks each); 4 from a selection of 5 long answer questions (6 marks each). The total value of the test is, therefore, around 72 marks. 5 Bonus marks are available for completing a minimum of 30 good flash cards (terms & names only on one side; definitions or why the person is important on the other).

  • Monday, October 20 - Hand in Pre-War Alliances Map, take up #1-4, p. 28. Continue The Killing Ground & viewing guide questions. Read pp. 28-33. Do sidebar questions p. 30 & 31 & 1 & 3, p. 33.
  • Tuesday, October 21 - 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.
  • Wednesday, October 22 - Take up homework - discuss the social changes brought by World War I. PowerPoint The Conscription Crisis segment from Canada and World War I. (If Available) Video segment from Canada; A Peoples' History; Ordeal By Fire; Turmoil on the Homefront and handout. While watching the episode answer the following board questions: 1) Why was opposition to the war strongest in Quebec? 2) What did people do to express their disapproval? Read pp. 38- 41 and do #1, 4 & 5 on p. 41. Also answer the question in figure 2-21 on p. 42.
  • Thursday, October 23 - Take up homework. Literature of War Assignment. Using computers (if available) or handouts and library resources. 10 marks, due Monday. Read pp. 42-46. 1) Do you think that the the peace arrangement arrived at in 1919 was workable? Why or why not? 2) How serious was the flu epidemic of 1918-1920?
  • Friday, October 24 - Provincial Professional Day - While I am off in Coquitlam meeting with Social Studies teachers from across the province, take the time to catch up and prepare for the test on the material we have covered in history so far -- essentially chapters 1 & 2 in the textbook. You might consider looking at other World War I videos - see my online video directory for World War I. Pick something that looks interesting to you.

Comparative Civilizations 12

The next unit test will not be for several weeks, as we will test Islamic Civilization and the Western Middle Ages together.

The Islam package is due Monday by 4:30 p.m.

The Frozen World package is due next Monday, by 4:30 p.m.

See Mr. Benoy's online video directory of films on the Early Middle Ages.

History 12

Ensure that you have both the Topic #3 outline and the Topic #3 questions. The test for this unit is a week off at this point - likely Monday, October 27ish. We are running a bit behind schedule at the moment. Don't forget that Essay #2 is underway and we need to firm up the end due date for this this week -- avoiding major conflict assignments with other courses if possible.

Expect your topic #3 unit test to have roughly the following breakdown (subject to last minute changes): 50 multiple choice questions (1 mark each); 10 map items (1 mark each); 10 definitions (2 marks each); and 3 from 5 long answer questions (6 marks each). The test is therefore likely to be out of about 98 marks. Your topic 3 questions are due by 4:30 p.m. on Monday -- unless you are in Civ. 12 or have a due date conflict with another course, in which case you may hand in your work on Tuesday in class. If you have a conflict with a course other than Civ. 12, you need to see me before Monday.

  • Monday, October 20 - Complete the USA in the 1920's lecture (base notes). USA in the 1930s (base notes) -- we will also look at the video 20th Century History; Roosevelt and the New Deal. Watch two narrated PowerPoint presentations on Youtube: Melinda Klein's Interwar Years - segment 2 and segment 3 deal with the USA in the 1930's.
  • Tuesday, October 21 - US foreign policy between the wars (base notes).
  • Wednesday, October 22 - Japan between the wars (base notes).
  • Thursday, October 23 - We will finish anything not completed on unit 3, and begin the first lecture material on unit 4 (I am running the Europe and the coming of the Great Depression material into the next unit instead of this one in order to recover some lost time.) Video: The Road to War; Japan or The Road to War; the Soviet Union (provided I can get this video series to track on the new vcr -- or can patch in via an older device with a tracking control. Otherwise, it is likely to be another video on the period.
  • Friday, October 24 - Provincial Professional Day - a chance to catch up or get ahead. Prepare for the test on Monday. If you do have the chance, take in a historical film on the period -- see Mr. Benoy's Historical videos page.