Saturday, October 25, 2008

October 27-31

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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 on Tuesday 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 27 - Hand in the Literature of War assignment. Take up the two board questions from Thursday: 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? (If available) Video Clip from Canada; A Peoples' History; Ordeal by Fire on the great influenza pandemic. Note pandemics are an ongoing concern and that they have had a huge influence on history. Discuss historical examples. Lecture: The End of World War I & the Paris Peace Conference. Video Make Germany Pay (sorry - not available online) 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. 42-46. Do #1 sidebar, p. 44, 1. Explain how Canada’s role in the world was different in 1919 to 1914. 2. What limited the effectiveness of the League of Nations from its very start? 3. What great epidemic swept the world from 1918-1920? What was its effect in Canada? Unit Test on Unit 1 next class.
  • Tuesday, October 28 - Unit Test - Introduction to the end of World War I. Students with IEPs should see Mr. Benoy before the test if special arrangements are needed for the exam. Read pp. 48-51. Do #1-3, p. 51.
  • Wednesday, October 29 - Introduction to Post-War Canada. The Winnipeg General Strike. Lecture and video, On Strike! - with questions. Read pp53-56. Do #1-3, p. 56.
  • Thursday, October 30 - Take up homework. Filmstrip & questions: The Ecstatic 20’s. If time, begin PowerPoint - Canada Between the Wars; 1919-1939. Read pp. 57-67. Do sidebar questions, p. 57 & 59, #1-3, p. 61, #1-3, p. 65, & sidebar #1-2, p. 67.
  • Friday, October 31 - Take up homework. Background to the Great Depression (including statistics) - Continue PowerPoint - Canada Between the Wars; 1919-1939. AV on the Depression - (From: Canada; A People’s History). Read pp. 68-79. Do sidebar questions p. 71 & 72 & #1-4, p. 72, sidebar questions p. 76, 78 & 79 & #1-2, p. 79. If you have time, read the Vancouver Sun article by Roger Bootle on the economic theory of John Maynard Keynes.

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 Frozen World package is due on Monday, by 4:30 p.m. -- unless you have arranged an extension prior to today. Be sure to include a note on the front page of your assignment reminding Mr. Benoy of the specifics of your extension arrangement. The Great Thaw package will be due Thursday, next week.

See Mr. Benoy's online video directory of films on the Early Middle Ages. If you have a little time to spare and feel like a laugh with educational benefits, watch Tony Robinson's two episodes from The Worst Jobs in History; The Dark Ages and The Middle Ages. Less comedic, but no less educational are episodes from Time Team -- Medieval England, The Norman Conquest, and The Monastery and the Mansion.

History 12

The topic #3 test is Monday of this week. Expect the following mark 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.

Don't forget that Essay #2 is underway and is due any day in the second week of November - between November -- avoiding major conflict assignments with other courses if possible. This is due early to mid November.

The Topic #4 Unit Plan and the Questions for Topic #4 are available here.

Good online video material to supplement our studies can be found at Benoy's Directory of Googlevideo & Youtube videos of or about Nazi Germany, Benoy's Directory of Googlevideo & Youtube Songs of and about the Spanish Civil War. Benoy's Directory of Googlevideo & Youtube World War II Documentaries and Frontline's Memories of the Camps video.- Outstanding footage of liberated SS concentration camps. Don't forget to look at the resources available on my Topic #4 webpage.

  • Monday, October 27 - Topic #3 Unit Test; Promise & Collapse; the World to 1933. Note: we go beyond this date,to 1941, in the cases of the USA and the Soviet Union, and to 1940 for Italy. Be sure to pick up the plans for Topic #4 and Topic #4 Questions.
  • Tuesday, October 28 - Hitler & the Rise of the Nazis (base notes).
  • Wednesday, October 29 - Hitler's Germany (base notes), and AV - probably from the 20th Century History series.
  • Thursday, October 30 - Complete Hitler's Germany (base notes). If time, supplementary AV material.
  • Friday, October 31 - Appeasement (base notes).