Friday, November 14, 2008

November 17-21

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utherland 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.

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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 is on Wednesday 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.

  • Monday, November 17 - Take up #1-2, p. 127. Complete Savage Christmas. Discuss Japanese Internment – compare to Japanese treatment of Allied prisoners. Complete Savage Christmas and to the assignment - to submit next class. Test on chapters 3-5 Wednesday.
  • Tuesday, November 18 - Hand in Savage Christmas assignment. Lesson on The Holocaust/Shoah. Video on the Holocaust (Frontline; Memory of the Camps – Chapter 4. Available online at .) Assignment: Holocaust deniers claim that this genocide never happened. In a short composition, after doing additional research, explain what evidence exists to prove that the Holocaust is a historical fact. 10 marks. Due Friday.
  • Wednesday, November 19 - Unit Test on Chapters 3-5. Read pp. 130-135. Do sidebar questions p. 133 & 134 & #1-4, p. 135.
  • Thursday, November 20 - Test post-mortem. Take up p. 133 & 134 & #1-4, p. 135. Filmstrip & questions Middle Power Introduction to the Cold War. Read pp. 135-139. Do sidebar questions pp. 136 & 137 & #1-5, p. 139.
  • Friday, November 21 - Hand in Holocaust Assignment. Take up homework. PowerPoint Post 1945 Canada. Material from Canada; A Peoples’ History; Comfort & Fear. (Comfort & Fear, From Sea to Sea and Boom- questions). Read pp. 140-146. Do sidebar questions pp. 140, 141 #1-2, 143 #3, 145 & #1-6, p. 146.

Comparative Civilizations 12

The next unit test is 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.

Man the Measure of All Things will not be due for about two weeks. We have a great deal to cover.

  • Monday, November 17 - Middle Ages Unit Test. Man the Measure of All Things package assigned.
  • Tuesday, November 18 - Sorry, Man, the Measure of all Things filmstrip is unavailable We will see the original video, that the filmstrip is a summary of - available online at Work on package.
  • Wednesday, November 19 - Ghiberti & Donatello. Work on the package
  • Thursday, November 20 - Watch Bill Moyers' video: Florence. Sorry, this is not available online. Work on the package.
  • Friday, November 21 - Complete the Bill Moyers' video. Work on the package.

History 12

The next unit test will be Monday, November 24. 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.

Essay #3 begins this week and is due the last week before Christmas.

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 17 - Video: 20th Century History; The Road to Berlin. Complete the World War II Chronology (base notes).
  • Tuesday, November 18 - Complete war chronology (base notes), if necessary. Total War; the British Experience (base notes).
  • Wednesday, November 19 - Complete Total War; The British Experience (base notes), if necessary. Shoah/the Holocaust (base notes).
  • Thursday, November 20 - AV - The World at War; Episode 20; the Holocaust. Sorry, this appears to be unavailable online -- unless you can access it using Bittorrent. You might like to watch Hitler's Henchmen; Heinrich Himmler to get some insight into the head of the SS.
  • Friday, November 21 - The Wartime Conferences (base notes). The Unit test for this section will be on Monday, November 24.