Thursday, February 19, 2009

February 23-27

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Use this blog to see what is coming up each week. I will usually post it on Saturdays for the following week. If you are away, you can check up on what you are missing. There really is no reason for you not to know what is happening. If you do not have an Internet connection, you certainly know someone who does. If too ill to work while away, be sure to attach a note from home to any overdue work when you hand it in and I will most likely waive any late deduction.
If you can't read the PowerPoint material on your computer, download PowerPoint Viewer from Microsoft. It is free.

Sutherland 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 and given to you on your course outline 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.

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 (Honours)

Your Geography textbook is also available online at . Though we will use some material from the other text, most will be from this e-text. Be aware that this text is now a few years old and many hyperlinks are broken. Rewriting is a massive job that I have not had time to take on yet.

The next test will cover chapters 2 & 3 together. Our chapter 2 & 3 test was set for Friday, but we posponed until Monday, March 2 because of the lockdown drill in this class on Friday. Chapters 2 & 3 will be tested together. 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.

  • Monday, February 23 - Take up #1-5, p. 64. 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. 64-73. Do #1-3, p. 70, #1-8, p. 73.
  • Tuesday, February 24 - Take up homework. Chapter 3 PowerPoint continued. Do "Further Thought" questions, #1-4 & 7, p. 74.
  • Wednesday, February 25 - Library/Computer research block for essay.
  • Thursday, February 26- Take up homework from Tuesday. 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, February 27 - Unit Test on Chapter 2 (Population) and Chapter 3 (Standards of Living delayed until Monday). We began the chapter 4 (Resources) PowerPoint. Study for the test this weekend.

History 12

Essay #1 is at the end of this week -- Friday, February 27. Value: 20 marks (5 for composition & 3 x 5 for content). You must write a proper essay format. Make sure that you state your thesis clearly.

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lan for Topic 2 is available - along with the questions for this unit. The unit test for this unit is now scheduled for Monday, March 2.

Plenty of great documentary films are available on World War I. You can find a sampling of these on my Topic #2 Googlevideo and Youtube Directory.

Comparative Civilizations 12

Your Greece package is to be handed in on Monday, February 23.

Be sure to check out Benoy's directory of web-base videos on Ancient Rome if you have the time.

Your Test on the Ancient World is a little over a week away -- probably on Monday, March 2 -- once we complete this unit.