Saturday, November 01, 2008

November 3-7

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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 more than two weeks away and will include all of the material on Canada between the world wars and World War II. I will post test information as we get closer to the exam and we will set the minimum number of flash cards for full bonus marks at that time. However, start making and using your flash cards now!

If you are interested in economics and want to find out some of the basic concepts, you might like to look at Discovery Education's United Streaming video: Macroeconomic Concepts. This will require you to login. 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.

  • Monday, November 3 - Take up sidebar questions p. 71 & 72 & #1-4, p. 72, sidebar questions p. 76, 78 & 79 & #1-2, p. 79. Watch Canada; A People’s History; Hard Times and do the viewing guide questions. If time we will continue with the PowerPoint on the interwar years. Read pp. 79-86. Do sidebar #1-4, p. 81, sidebar questions p. 82 & #3-4, p. 85 & #1-3, p. 86. If you have time, watch Discovery Education's The Great Depression (login required). While this is really about the US, it is not possible to understand the Canadian situation without referring to what happened in our neighbour to the South.
  • Tuesday, November 4 - Take up homework. Continue Canada; A People’s History; Hard Times and PowerPoint - Canada Between the Wars; 1919-1939. Political Cartoon Assignment. (10 marks, due Thursday). Read pp. 86-90. Do #1-2 sidebar p. 89, #1-3, p. 90. Follow the US Presidential election results. We will talk about it in class next day.
  • Wednesday, November 5 - Take up homework. Video King & Country & questions. Read pp. 90-98. Do sidebars p. 92 both on 95 & 96, #1-5, p. 98. If you are interested and have the time, watch this British anti-war advertisement from the 1930s to understand the roots of appeasement. In contrast, listen to this warning from Winston Churchill at the same time. Watch the 20 minute 30's documentary: The European Arms Race 1935 - 1939 part 1 and part 2. To see Nazi Germany, watch this largely unnarrated documentary, Nazi Germany Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8 & Part 9. How Were Decisions Made in Nazi Germany. Look at Hitler's art: Part 1, Part 2.
  • Thursday, November 6 - Hand in Political Cartoon Assignment. Take up homework. Complete King & Country video and questions. Introduction to World War II. Read pp. 100-110. Do 1-4, p. 105, sidebar questions p. 106, 107, 110 & #1-3, p. 110.
  • Friday, November 7 - Take up homework. Begin video series & questions; Episode I; Canada Remembers; Turning the Tide). WWII series. Read pp. 111-115. Do #1-4, p. 115.

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 Great Thaw package will be due Thursday.

  • Monday, November 3 - Video – Art of the Western World; A White Garment of Churches. Work on Great Thaw package.
  • Tuesday, November 4 - Romanesque to Gothic Architecture. PowerPoint, Diagrams and Demonstration. (Slides next class). Work on Great Thaw package.
  • Wednesday, November 5 - Video - Medieval Help Desk. The Human Cathedral - an analysis of Romaneque & Gothic engineering. Gothic Architecture Slides. Work on Package.
  • Thursday, November 6 - Video - Faith in Numbers (Available in parts on Youtube: part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5). This is a quirky but fascinating film that covers far more than what we are looking at in this unit -- but, like all of the other films in James Burke's Connections series some of the best documentary viewing around. Burke sees History as moving forward because of strange and quirky connections being made between ideas, generating revolutionary changes. New Package, Romance & Reality assigned. Great Thaw package, is to be handed in by 4:30 p.m.
  • Friday, November 7 - Romance & Reality filmstrip. Work on Package.

History 12

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. Your next unit test is still some way off. 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.

Please note, I am trying to accelerate the plan by a day here, to make room for additional AV material.

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, November 3 - Complete the Appeasement lecture (base notes). Discuss origins of World War II. If time, begin video The Road to War; Britain. Unfortunately this video is not available online.
  • Tuesday, November 4 - Complete The Road to War; Britain and watch The Road to War; France. Be sure to watch the US Presidential election results tonight.
  • Wednesday, November 5 - The Spanish Civil War (base notes).
  • Thursday, November 6 - Complete Spanish Civil War material. If time, watch another in the Road to War series -- possibly the USSR. See my directory of Spanish Civil War videos available on Googlevideo and Youtube.
  • Friday, November 7 - World War II chronology (base notes).