Saturday, April 11, 2009

April 13-17

Quasimodo - the Hunchback of Notre Dame -- or is it Sutherland?

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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.

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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).

The next unit test is a little way off right now -- a couple of weeks -- and will cover both the interwar years and World War II.

  • Monday, April 13 - Easter Monday Holiday. Catch up if you are behind. Look ahead if you are caught up.
  • Tuesday, April 14 - Take up sidebar #1-4, p. 81, sidebar questions p. 82 & #3-4, p. 85 & #1-3, p. 86. Lecture on political responses to the Great Depression. Video on Fascism in Canada - Why did fascism have particular appeal during the 1930's?. Continue Canada; A People’s History; Hard Times and PowerPoint - Canada Between the Wars; 1919-1939. Political Cartoon Assignment. (10 marks, due Thursday). Read pp. 86-90. Do #1-2 sidebar p. 89, #1-3, p. 90.
  • Wednesday, April 15 - Take up homework. Video King & Country & questions. Read pp. 90-98. Do sidebars p. 92 both on 95 & 96, #1-5, p. 98. If you are interested and have the time, watch this British anti-war advertisement from the 1930s to understand the roots of appeasement. Watch the 20 minute 30's documentary: The European Arms Race 1935 - 1939 part 1 and part 2. To see Nazi Germany, watch this largely unnarrated documentary, Nazi Germany Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8 & Part 9. How Were Decisions Made in Nazi Germany. Look at Hitler's art: Part 1, Part 2.
  • Thursday, April 16 - Hand in Political Cartoon Assignment. Take up homework. Complete King & Country video and questions. Introduction to World War II. Read pp. 100-110. Do 1-4, p. 105, sidebar questions p. 106, 107, 110 & #1-3, p. 110.
  • Friday, April 17 - Take up homework. Begin video series & questions; Episode I; Canada Remembers; Turning the Tide). WWII series. Read pp. 111-115. Do #1-4, p. 115.

History 12

We are just starting Topic #4, so your next unit test is a long way off.

Topic #4 plan and Topic #4 questions are available. Do not procrastinate on the questions to this and further units. Completing them all at last minute will not produce your best results. Don't forget, graduation activities become increasing distractions as the year comes to a close!

Good online video material to supplement our studies can be found at
Benoy's Directory of Googlevideo & Youtube videos of or about Nazi Germany, Benoy's Directory of Googlevideo & Youtube Songs of and about the Spanish Civil War. Benoy's Directory of Googlevideo & Youtube World War II Documentaries and Frontline's Memories of the Camps video.- Outstanding footage of liberated SS concentration camps. Don't forget to look at the resources available on my Topic #4 webpage.

Note: An excellent series of short segments on World War II is available, starting with They Were There; War months WW2 - Prelude 2. We will use segments from this in class from time to time, replacing damaged 20th Century History segments. I highly recommend watching all of this online series if you have the time. Better still, but really time consuming, is the terrific British series The World at War. Start with The World At War - First segment - Episode 1 - A New Germany and carry on from there as many videos are available on Youtube.

Comparative Civilizations 12.

The Great Thaw package is due by 4:30 p.m. today. The last Medieval package, Romance & Reality will come out on Tuesday.

At the end of this final medieval package there will be a unit test -- I estimate on Wednesday, April 22 at this point. The mark breakdown is as follows: 10 slide identification items (2 marks each), requiring you to name the work and say what city it can be found in - give the country for 1/2 a mark; Church Floorplan and nave elevation parts identification (1 mark each), 40 multiple choice questions (1 mark each); 2 from a choice of 3 illustration interpretation questions (6 marks each) and one essay question from a selection of 7 questions (18 marks - 1 x 6 for composition and 2 x 6 for content). The total value of the test is, therefore, 100 marks. This unit test covers everything from Islamic Civilization to the end of the Gothic Age.

  • Monday, April 13 - Easter Monday holiday. Catch up. If caught up, get ahead or watch some of the fabulous video material available on this time period.
  • Tuesday, April 14 - Video- Faith in Numbers (Available in parts on Youtube: part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5). This is a quirky but fascinating film that covers far more than what we are looking at in this unit -- but, like all of the other films in James Burke's Connections series some of the best documentary viewing around. Burke sees History as moving forward because of strange and quirky connections being made between ideas, generating revolutionary changes. New Package, Romance & Reality assigned. Great Thaw package, is to be handed in by 4:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 15 - Romance & Reality filmstrip. Work on Package.
  • Thursday, April 16 - Gothic Painting PowerPoint. Sister Wendy video segment. Work on Romance & Reality package. If you have the time and inclination, do watch Bill Moyer's interview of Sister Wendy -a humble genius of art analysis and a cult heroine in Sutherland's Comp. Civ. 12 class.
  • Friday, April 17 - Begin with video introduction. Sister Wendy on Giotto and other Gothic painters. Work on package. Click here for the Webmuseum description of Giotto.