Friday, February 27, 2009

March 2-6

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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.

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, March 2 - Unit Test, Chapters 2 & 3. Read pp. 83-86. Do #1-3, p. 84, #1-4, p. 85 & 1-2, p. 86.
  • Tuesday, March 3 - Continue Chapter 4 PowerPoint. Read pp. 86- 93. Do #1-3, p. 87, #1-4, p. 89, #1-5, p. 91 and #1-5, p. 93.
  • Wednesday, March 4 - Take up homework. Video: History’s Harvest and do the viewing guide questions. If time we will look at more of the Chapter 4 PowerPoint. Read pp. 93-102. Do #1-6, p. 97 (but note "1997" in #3 should read "1973" and the typographical error in #5, where "grater" should read "greater"), #1-7, p. 102. Be sure to investigate the CBC Archives material on the GMO debate. Identify arguments for and against producing genetically modified foods. See Genetically Modified Food; Panacea or Poison? for an anti-GMO presentation (54 minute documentary).
  • Thursday, March 5 - Take up homework. Note: Our video from last class ran over into this block. Video: Resources & Conservation and questions. If time we will look at more of the Chapter 4 PowerPoint. This video wasn not completed, and runs into Friday. You must watch any unfinished Chapter 4 PowerPoint on your own time, for homework. Read pp. 102-106. Do #1-6, p. 105 and Further Thought #1-4, p. 108.
  • Friday, March 6 - Take up homework. Complete the video from last class. Chapter 5 PowerPoint. Read pp. 116-129. Do #1, p. 118, #1-3, p. 120, #1-5, p. 123, #1-3, p. 129.

History 12

The unit test for this unit is now scheduled for Monday, March 2. The mark breakdown is as follows: 60 multiple choice questions (1 mark each), 10 map items (1 mark each), 5 definition questions where I give you the term and you define in complete sentences (2 marks each) and 2 long answer questions where you answer in complete paragraphs (10 marks each) -- essay format is not required. The total value of the test is, therefore 100 marks.

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.

Be sure to pick up the plan for Topic #3 and the questions that go with it at the end of the test on Monday. Also pick up the Essay #2 assignment sheet.

Comparative Civilizations 12

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 week away, on March 9, once we complete this unit. Expect the test to include: 25 image identification (give the name of the item, the creator and the period -- 2 marks are assigned per item and as in many cases all three are unknown, any third item identified earns a bonus mark - the total is therefore 50 for this section);25 multiple choice (1 mark each); 10 term identification from diagrams (1 mark each); 5 definitions (I give you the term and you explain in complete sentences -- 2 marks each); 1 essay question (24 marks with 6 for composition and 3 x 6 for content). The total value of the exam is, therefore 119 marks.