Saturday, January 10, 2009

January 12 to 16

Mr. B. & Mr. G.

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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.

Social Studies 11

We are working through the Geography portion of this course and are using our in-house textbook, The 21st Century World. This book is available online at . It is a number of years since this was created, so I offer apologies in advance for dead links. Until a 36 hour day is available, I am unable to update it all unless I am offered significant help doing so.

Chapters 2 & 3 will be tested together at the end of this week. The test breakdown is as follows: 65 multiple choice questions (1 mark each), and 3 choices from 10 options of long answer questions (worth 6 marks each). The total value of the test is, therefore 81 marks. To earn the maximum of 5 bonus marks, 30 good flash cards are required.

You should be preparing for the final examination. Read my Tips for Writing the Social Studies 11 Provincial Exam. Go to the Ministry website and look at the exam table of specifications, familiarize yourself with key exam terms, access past exams and answer keys, and look at the essay scoring criteria to see how your essays will be marked.

  • Monday, January 12 - Take up #1-3, p. 48. Begin chapter 3 PowerPoint. Read pp. 57-61. Do #1-8, p. 61.
  • Tuesday, January 13 - Take up homework. Video - Gwynne Dyer's Escaping From History. (Sorry, this one is not available on the Internet). 1) What are living conditions like in Mexico City? 2) Why are people abandoning the countryside? 3) What does Dyer believe must happen for the developing world to get their fair share of consumer goods? Read pp. 62-64. Do #1-5, p. 64.
  • Wednesday, January 14 - Take up homework, continue PowerPoint on chapter 3. If we do not finish this in class, be sure to download and work through the remainder. Read pp. 64-73. Do #1-3, p. 70, #1-8, p. 73.
  • Thursday, January 15 - Take up homework. Video: Gwynne Dyer's The Bomb Under the World." (Sorry, it is not available on the Internet). While watching this video, answer the questions: How is consumerism changing India? What are the positive and negative consequences for this developing country and for the world? Prepare for chapter 2 & 3 unit test next class.
  • Friday, January 15 - Unit Test on Chapter 2 (Population) and Chapter 3 (Standards of Living). Read pp. 83-86. Do #1-3, p. 84, #1-4, p. 85 & 1-2, p. 86. Be sure to spend time preparing for the final exam on the weekend.

Comparative Civilizations 12

With only three weeks remaining, we will not have another unit test. The remaining material will be tested on the final exam.

The final examination in this course will be held on the last two days of class, instead of during exam week. This test is worth 15% of your course mark. Only the first part of the test is closed book. You may refer to your notebooks in answering all other material.

Final Exam, Day 1: Slide Identification (closed book). Expect 50 items. You are to identify the work, the artist and the period (100 marks - since not all items have all three parts, we will give bonus marks for any third part identified). The remaining part of day 1 is an essay question - choose 1 from among 4 options (24 marks - 6 for composition and 18 for content -- marked according to the provincial examinations English & History rubrics).

The Mannerism and Reformation packages are due on Monday, January 12 -- by 4:30 p.m.

The Grandeur and Obedience package is due on the last day of classes - day 2 of the final examination -- in class.

History 12

This unit is global in scope -- far more than previous units. I will tend to focus on one region or issue at a time, which will mean that we will jump around more in time order. We did a bit of this in the last unit, but expect far more from now on. It is, therefore, essential that you find a way to make sure that you get the chronology right. I strongly suggest that you create a time line, with years on one axis and a series of columns, labelled Europe, Asia, North America, and South America on the other axis. Put major events on this timeline in the appropriate location and time. This will help you see events graphically -- recognizing how they might influence other events, elsewhere in the world, in the Cold War era.

The good news is that there will be no more unit tests. To save time, I have also cancelled the in-class essay that was first planned. I do not wish to lose further blocks to testing. Topic 5 & 6 material will, however, be strongly present on the Provincial Final Exam. Link here to Topic 5 & 6 questions. Link here to the plan for Topics 5 & 6. This is increasingly inaccurate in terms of dates of lessons though, as we have taken a bit longer than originally outlined.