Friday, November 21, 2008

November 24-28

Above: Chairman Miao (aka Mittens, and Osama bin Mittens, the Benoy cat).

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Note: This is an unusual week, with shortened days on Wednesday and Thursday - for Parent/Teacher interviews. Friday is a Curriculum Implementation Day, so there are no classes on that day.

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 more than two weeks away. Information on it will be posted as we get closer to test day.

Expect that this week's material may not go exactly as planned. It is difficult to estimate the time needed for this material, particularly with two shortened days.

  • Monday, November 24 - Take up sidebar questions pp. 140, 141 #1-2, 143 #3, 145 & #1-6, p. 146. Propaganda film from 1952, Communism. PowerPoint Post 1945 Canada. Material from Canada; A Peoples’ History; Comfort & Fear. (Seeing Red, On Guard for Thee and The Shadow of Nuclear War - questions). Read pp. 146-150. Do #1-4, p. 150.
  • Tuesday, November 25 - Take up #1-4, p. 150. PowerPoint Post 1945 Canada. Material from Canada; A Peoples’ History; Comfort & Fear. ("First Tremors," "A Prairie Storm" & "The Fight for Medicare" - questions). Read pp. 150-156. Do #1-5, p. 156 & sidebar #1-4, p. 155. If you have the time, Watch the stunning British Documentary Nuclear War: A Guide to Armageddon (Part 1, Part 2 & Part 3) to understand the stakes of nuclar confrontation. Another rivetting show on nuclear war is Threads, a BBC production about what would happen to a community if nuclear war occurred. I link to these and other Cold War videos in my Googlevideo and Youtube directory.
  • Wednesday, November 26 - Take up #1-5, p. 156 & #1-4 in the sidebar, p.155. PowerPoint Post 1945 Canada. segments from Canada; A Peoples’ History. (Material not completed in the previous two classes). Read pp. 157-158. Do #1-4, p. 158.
  • Thursday, November 27 - Take up #1-4, p. 158. PowerPoint Post-War Canada - Slides 45-62. Read pp. 160-172. Do sidebar, p. 167, #2-6, p. 167, & #1-5, p. 172.
  • Friday, November 28 - Curriculum Implementation Day. No classes.

Comparative Civilizations 12

We are several weeks away from our next unit test. The Renaissance units are a couple of weeks in length each.

  • Monday, November 24 - Massachio PowerPoint & Boticelli PowerPoint presentations. Work on the package. Work on package.
  • Tuesday, November 25 - PowerPoint on Fra Angelico. Sister Wendy on Fra Angelico. Work on the Man the Measure of All Things package.
  • Wednesday, November 26 - Video: Art of the Western World; The Early Renaissance. Work on the package.
  • Thursday, November 27 - Mantegna and Piero della Francesca. Work on package.
  • Friday, November 28 - Curriculum Implementation Day. No Classes.

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 - Europe in this time period (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.

If you have time, watch some of the Cold War videos linked to in my Googlevideo and Youtube directory.

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

  • Monday, November 24 - Topic #3 Unit Test. Pick up Plan for Topic #4 and questions.
  • Tuesday, November 25 - Introduction to the Cold War (base notes). Be sure to read Lecture 14 "The Origins of the Cold War" from The History Guide. See Churchill's "Iron Curtain Speech on Google video. An excellent introduction to the Cold War, that explains how it came about, is Episode 1 of The Cold War; Comrades 1917-1945. Episode 2 covers 1945 to 1947. Episode 3 covers the Marshall Plan, 1947 to 1952.
  • Wednesday, November 26 - Video Twentieth Century History; One Man's Revolution; Mao Tse Tung - sorry, this is not available online. Mao and the Revolution in China (base notes). If you have time, watch China; A Century of Revolution. 6 hours in total, Segments are available on Youtube - search for the above title and then the individual episodes, called "China in Revolution" - Part 1; "The Mao Years," part 2; "Under the Red Flag," Part 3. Sorry I've not linked to individual episodes, but you can get to them by clicking here.
  • Thursday, November 27 - AV on the Chinese Revolution or early Cold War.
  • Friday, November 28 - Curriculum Implementation Day. No Classes.