Saturday, March 28, 2009

March 30 to April 3

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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 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.

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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 (Honours)

There is an ongoing assignment. This is the Family History Assignment (See also the International Students' Version and First Nations Students' Version ) - which will not be due until mid May. (See also the BBC's pedigree sheet - a rough form to serve as a starting point for your own pedigree).

Expect to write your unit test on pre-war Canada and World War I on Friday. The mark breakdown for the test is as follows: 40 multiple choice questions (1 each), 5 definition items (2 marks each) and 4 from a choice of 5 long answer questions (6 marks each). The test is, therefore, out of 68 marks. 5 bonus marks are available for flash cards, so it is theoretically possible to earn 73 out of 68.

  • Monday, March 30 - Introductory music: Callin Doon the Line, and The Green Fields of France. Hand in Photo and Map assignments. Take up figure 2-12, p. 34, figure 2-13, p. 35, figure 2-14, p. 36, #1-3, p. 39. Continue watching The Killing Ground (sorry, not available online) and doing the questions. Read pp. 39-42. Do figure 2-18 , 2-19 & 2-20 and do #1 & 4, p. 42.
  • Tuesday, March 31 - Introductory music: And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda and Gallipoli. Take up homework. Complete any of The Killing Ground and take up the questions. Video segment from Canada; A Peoples' History; Ordeal By Fire; Turmoil on the Homefront and handout. While watching the episode answer the following board questions: 1) Why was opposition to the war strongest in Quebec? 2) What did people do to express their disapproval? Read article French Canada & Recruitment during the First World War. PowerPoint: Was Conscription the Right Choice? Be sure to read the supporting material at the series' website: Under Suspicion, Avoiding the War, and The Conscription Crisis. (See Mr. Benoy for a print-out if you are unable to access this material at home or at school.) Read sidebar on p. 44. Do #1 & 2 in the sidebar. Note: PMI stands for "Plus," "Minus" and "Interesting." You should set up a chart on a sheet of paper using these three headings. In the "Plus" column, indicate those events and things that contributed to creating Canadian Unity during the war. In the "Minus" column, indicate those events and things that created disunity. In the "Interesting" column, note those events and things that you think should be noted, but which may be ambiguous. This critical thinking technique can be used in any situation that demands you decide one way or the other about something. It is particularly useful for long answer test items that require this.
  • Wednesday, April 1 - Introductory music: On the Road to Passchendaele and Passchendaele. Take up homework. Literature of War Assignment. Using computers (if available) or handouts and library resources. 10 marks, due Monday. Read pp. 42-46. 1) Do you think that the the peace arrangement arrived at in 1919 was workable? Why or why not? 2) How serious was the flu epidemic of 1918-1920?
  • Thursday, April 2 - Take up homework. Video Clip from Canada; A Peoples' History; Ordeal by Fire on the great influenza pandemic. Note pandemics are an ongoing concern and that they have had a huge influence on history. Discuss historical examples. Lecture: The End of World War I & the Paris Peace Conference. Video Make Germany Pay (Part 1, Part 2) Do board questions: 1) Who were the main participants in the Conference and what did they want? 2) What important powers were not invited to attend? 3) What were the key outcomes of the Conference? Read pp. 42-46. Do #1 sidebar, p. 44, 1. Explain how Canada’s role in the world was different in 1919 to 1914. 2. What limited the effectiveness of the League of Nations from its very start? Prepare for the unit test next class.
  • Friday, April 3 - Unit Test, Canada to 1919. Read pp. 48-51. Do #1-3, p. 51.

History 12

Topic #3 questions are due along with the test on Thursday, this week.. Essay #2 is due on April 15. Our unit test on Promise & Collapse; the World to 1933 (with some extended material for the USA/USSR/Italy to WWII) is on Thursday, but we will look at two related videos from the Road to War Series (sorry, unavailable online) which are not in your early plan for the unit. This allows us to push the test back a little and give you more preparation time. The videos would normally be screened in the next unit.

Expect the following mark breakdown: (subject to last minute changes): 50 multiple choice questions (1 mark each); 10 map items (1 mark each); 10 definitions (2 marks each); and 3 from 5 long answer questions (6 marks each). The test is therefore likely to be out of about 98 marks.

Please talk to me in advance if your schedule makes it difficult to get the work in at the appointed time. I am prepared to be flexible with you, but not if you fail to see me ahead of time.

  • Monday, March 30 - Japan Beteween the Wars (base notes).
  • Tuesday, March 31 - We will finish anything not completed on unit 3, and begin the first lecture material on unit 4 Video: The Road to War; Japan or The Road to War; the Soviet Union (provided I can get this video series to track on the new vcr -- or can patch up via an older device with a tracking control. Otherwise, it is likely to be another video on the period.
  • Wednesday, April 1 - We will watch another in the Road to War series -- either one of the above that was not seen or The USA.
  • Thursday, April 2 - Unit Test - Topic #3. Pick up the Topic #4 plan and Topic #4 questions.
  • Friday, April 3 - Hitler & the Rise of the Nazis (base notes).

Comparative Civilizations 12

Your Frozen World package is due on Wednesday -- though we begin The Great Thaw package on Tuesday.

Don't worry about the next unit test yet; it is still a few weeks off as we have two new units to complete first.

See Mr. Benoy's online video directory of films on the Early Middle Ages. If you have a little time to spare and feel like a laugh with educational benefits, watch Tony Robinson's two episodes from The Worst Jobs in History; The Dark Ages and The Middle Ages. Less comedic, but no less educational are episodes from Time Team -- Medieval England, The Norman Conquest, and The Monastery and the Mansion.