Saturday, November 08, 2008

November 10 to 14

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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.

The first term ended on Friday of last week. Mid semester marks are now being finalized. I will take in late assignments and conduct make up testes until Wednesday, November 12. I cannot guarantee being able to mark, record and get onto this report any work that comes in after this time. I will be entering report marks on Thursday and submitting them Friday morning.

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 is a bit over a week away and will include all of the material on Canada between the world wars and World War II. The minimum number of flash cards for 5 bonus marks is 30. Start making and using your flash cards now! Expect roughly the following breakdown for marks on the unit test: 45 multiple choice questions (1 mark each), 5 definitions (2 marks each), 3 from a selection of 5 long answer questions (5 marks each). The total value of the test is, therefore, about 71 marks -- subject to last minute changes.

If you have an interest in World War II, check out the contents of my directory of World War II documentaries uploaded to Google video and Youtube - all 19 pages. Canada's National Film Board has made a number of their World War II videos available online -- including the ones we are watching in class. See their World War II and the NFB site.

Comparative Civilizations 12

The next unit test will be on Monday, November 17; we will test Islamic Civilization and the Western Middle Ages together. The mark breakdown on the test is as follows: 10 slide identification items (2 marks each), requiring you to name the work and say what city it can be found in - give the country for 1/2 a mark; Church Floorplan and nave elevation parts identification (1 mark each), 40 multiple choice questions (1 mark each); 2 from a choice of 3 illustration interpretation questions (6 marks each) and one essay question from a selection of 7 questions (18 marks - 1 x 6 for composition and 2 x 6 for content). The total value of the test is, therefore, 100 marks.

  • Monday, November 10 - Gothic Painting PowerPoint. Sister Wendy video segment (**Note: We barely started this, so it will roll over to Wednesday's class). Work on Romance & Reality package. If you have the time and inclination, do watch Bill Moyer's interview of Sister Wendy -a humble genius of art analysis.

  • Tuesday, November 11 - Remembrance Day. Visit the cenotaph for the ceremony if you can manage it.

  • Wednesday, November 12 - Begin with video introduction. Sister Wendy on Giotto and other Gothic painters. Work on package. Click here for the Webmuseum description of Giotto.

  • Thursday, November 13 - Gothic Sculpture PowerPoint.Work on package.

  • Friday, November 14 - Video: The Western Tradition; The Late Middle Ages Romance & Reality package due Monday – along with Exam. Work on package.

History 12

Essay #2 is underway and is due any time this week. Your next unit test is still about a week off. Expect roughly the following material on the Topic #4 Test: 70 multiple choice questions (1 mark each), 5 map items (1 mark each), and 2 from 4 Long Answer questions (12 marks each - based on 2 x 6). The total value will therefore be around 99 marks.

Be sure that you have the plan for Topic #4 and Topic #4 Questions. Do not procrastinate and leave the work until the end. This is a big unit and it needs to be tackled a little bit at a time.

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. For a very brief summary of World War II, read The History Guide; Lecture 11; Hitler and World War II. Use the interactive timeline on the BBC's WW2 People's War site. For that matter, investigate the whole site and then look at the BBC's World War II site. These are fabulous, though admittely, UK-centric sources of fascinating material. Look at the World War II animated maps and flash movies that relate to the war.

  • Monday, November 10 - Slides & Music: Benoys at War. World War II chronology (base notes).

  • Tuesday, November 11 - Remembrance Day - North Vancouver's main ceremony is at the cenotaph in Victoria Park, but there are others -- in West Vancouver, at Vancouver's main cenotaph off Hastings St., at Cates Park, and elsewhere. Be sure to attend one.

  • Wednesday, November 12 - Video: Twentieth Century History: Britain Alone. World War II chronology (base notes).

  • Thursday, November 13 - Video: Twentieth Century History; Pearl Harbour to Hiroshima. World War II chronology (base notes).

  • Friday, November 14 - Video: Twentieth Century History; The Road to Berlin. Complete the World War II chronology (base notes). Hopefully, begin World War II; the British Experience (base notes).