Wednesday, December 03, 2008

December 8-12

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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.) Pedigree sheet. Map blank -- click to a resource on my Social Studies 11 History web page to locate an appropriate blank map to work with. 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.)

There was a mistake in the posting for this week, which said the History unit test is next week. It is, in fact, this Friday, though we will begin the Geography part of the course on Thursday. The unit test will include 34 multiple choice questions (1 mark each), 5 definition or name items (2 marks each), and 4 long answer questions (6 marks each). The total is, therefore, out of 68 marks. 30 flash cards or more can earn the 5 bonus marks available for this test. The test will evaluate the Post 1945 material (chapers 5-8) and the material in the Quebec and Aboriginal PowerPoint presentations.

Your Geography text is available online at:

Monday, December 8 - Take up Do #1-6, p. 216. Continue PowerPoint: "Land Claims and the Indian Act" and questions. Create a time line (click here to download blank) with two columns, with the following titles - Landmark Events in Canadian Autonomy and Landmark Events in Canadian Social Change. Go through the History portion of your book to identify events to include in your Time Line. 10 marks - due Wednesday.
  • Tuesday, December 9 - Take up any problems with timeline creation. PowerPoint on "Land Claims & the Indian Act." Do the sidebar on p. 211. Read and do #1-2 in the sidebar on pp. 212-213. Also, describe what you think Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun is trying to show in his painting Despotism in Canada on the last slide of the PowerPoint (minus all of the print, obviously).
  • Wednesday, December 10 - Take up homework. Hand in the timeline assignment. Video segments from Canada; A Peoples' History - the following episodes: "Taking Back the Past" and "Land and Nation." Questions. PowerPoint on Land Claims & the Indian Act. Continue the PowerPoint. Complete the timeline. Review for test. Do #4, 6, & 7, on p. 217.
  • Thursday, December 11 - Take up homework. Sign out Geography texts. Introduce Geography portion of the course. PowerPoint for Ch. 1 - Geography. Prepare for unit test on Post-War Canada next class.
  • Friday, December 12 - Unit Test on the Post-World War II years. Sign out Geography text. Read pp. 6-11. Do #1-5, p. 11.

Comparative Civilizations 12

We have just commence our Hero as Artist package on the High Renaissance.

We will discuss when our next test will take place on Monday, December 8 and I will go with what the majority in the class prefers. Choice 1 is to write a Renaissance only test on Thursday, December 18 -- or wait until after Christmas and after we complete the Reformation and Mannerism mini-units and write a test on the Renaissance to Mannerism material. Students taking History 12 along with C. Civ. 12 can expect a little flexibility in the due date for their History 12 questions to avoid crazy curricular overload.

  • Monday, December 8 - Begin the video: The Agony and the Ecstacy. Work on the package.
  • Tuesday, December 9 - Continue The Agony and the Ecstacy. Work on the package.
  • Wednesday, December 10 - Introduction to High Renaissance Painting (notes). Michelangelo (notes) - painting,sculpture and architecture. Work on the Hero as Artist package. For a little levity, watch Monty Python's Pope & Michelangelo (moved to Thursday). See a Unitedstreaming video on Michelangelo (you will need to login). If you are interested in Michelangelo's sketches, watch this video from the British Museum (40 minutes). You might also look at a video about his sculptures (5 minutes).
  • Thursday, December 11 - Da Vinci (notes). Work on the package. If you are interested in Dan Brown's books -- and the da Vinci Code in particular, you might enjoy Professor Ward Gasque's University of California lecture The da Vinci Code - Fact or Fiction.
  • Friday, December 12 - Bramante and Raphael (notes - see also the diagram showing who the models were in The School of Athens). Sister Wendy video segment. Work on the package.

History 12

Topics 5 & 6 are underway (Pick up Plan for Topic #4 and questions). We will not have a unit test on this unit, to save a block for instruction. This material will be well represented on the final examination -- whether you opt for the provincial examination or the schoo exam.

Expect to hand in questions to the end of #62 -- even if we do not quite reach this in our lectures -- at the end of the first week back after the holidays.

You must begin to prepare for the final examination, which is worth 40% of your over-all mark if you take the Provincial and 20% if you take the school exam. The school exam will mirror the Provincial in layout and content. Go to the Ministry of Education's History 12 website and access the following material: The exam table of specifications, the description of key verbs used on the exam, a description of the scoring criteria used in marking the exam, and, of course, familiarize yourself with the look of the exam itself -- the response booklet, sample and released examinations and answer keys. The best way to prepare for this exam is to actually write a previous exam.

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

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

  • Monday, December 8 - Video - India; The Brightest Jewel - from the 20th Century History series (sorry, not available online). Decolonization India (base notes).
  • Tuesday, December 9 - No Class. Post-Secondary Liaison afternoon.
  • Wednesday, December 10 - The Middle East to 1956 (base notes). Video clip from the 20th Century History series. (base notes - I still need to scan and load this). Click here to see what Arab leaders at the time said about Palestine.
  • Thursday, December 11 - Complete the Middle East to 1956. If time, begin video Mr. Kennedy & Mr. Khrushchev (sorry, not available online). If time, Begin the Cuban Missile Crisis (base notes). Be sure to watch CNN's Cold War; Episode 10; Cuba 1959-1962.
  • Friday, December 12 - The Cuban Missile Crisis (base notes). If you have almost two hours available on the weekend, get in the mood for Monday's lecture on nuclear war by viewing Threads, a British docudrama from the 1980s about a nuclear war -- banned from British TV at the time, it is a highly praised production that gives a frightening, but important view of what such a war might be like. For a straight-forward documentary 0n what would happen to a city hit by a nuclear bomb, watch Nuclear War; A Guide to Armageddon - this links to the first episode, go to the sidebar to link to the other segments.