Saturday, May 09, 2009

May 11 to 15

Things static -- not requiring regular change -- will be posted on the website. This blogsite will have the changing material -- lesson plans and links to particular assignments. If something is underlined on the blog, it means that you can click on it to see a copy -- this could be a pdf document, PowerPoint, music or a video.

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 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 video collection. Students may download or stream videos from the collection by going to . Use the passcode posted in the classroom and 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.

Social Studies 11 (Honours)

Your Family History Assignment (See also the International Students' Version and First Nations Students' Version ) is due next Monday - May 18 (See also the BBC's pedigree sheet - a rough form to serve as a starting point for your own pedigree).

Our next unit test will be on Post-War Canada and is a week or so away. We are also breaking into the History unit with some Government material, just before the provincial election on May 12.

  • Monday, May 11 - Elections lesson – day 2. Various voting systems. BCSTV animation. Assignment: What electoral system do you feel is best? Why? (due Wednesday. About 1 page). Read pp. 172-181. Do #1-4, p. 176 and #2-4, p. 182.
  • Tuesday, May 12 - Take up pp. 172-181. Do #1-4, p. 176 and #2-4, p. 182. Begin PowerPoint -- The Quiet and Not-So-Quiet Revolution and questions. Watch "Winners & Losers," "Time for Change" & "Maitres Chez Nous" from Canada; A Peoples' History. Read pp. 184-189. Do 1 sidebar, p. 1865; #1-4, p. 187; #1-3, p. 189. Make sure you have completed the electoral systems assignment from Monday.
  • Wednesday, May 13 - Take up 1 sidebar, p. 1865; #1-4, p. 187; #1-3, p. 189. Material from Canada; A Peoples’ History ("Vive le Quebec Libre," "Language Wars", the "Choice" - questions). Continue PowerPoint and questions. Read ppl 190-200. Do #1-5, p. 194, sidebars p. 192 & 194, #1-7, p. 200 and sidebars 8-4 and 8-5, p. 196.
  • Thursday, May 14 - Take up #1-5, p. 194, sidebars p. 192 & 194, #1-7, p. 200 and sidebars 8-4 and 8-5, p. 196. Complete the PowerPoint and questions and, if time, see remaining material from Canada; A Peoples’ History, the final segment: "Night of the Long Knives." Read pp. 201-206. Do #1-5, p. 206 & sidebars p. 205.
  • Friday, May 15 - Take up #1-5, p. 206 & sidebars p. 205. (If we did not complete this yesterday, finish the PowerPoint and questions and see any remaining material from Canada; A Peoples’ History, including the final segment: "Night of the Long Knives." Begin PowerPoint: "Land Claims and the Indian Act." Read pp. 206-216. Do #1-6, p. 216.

History 12

The Plan for the final unit is available, as are the questions.

If you have time, watch some of the Cold War videos linked to in

my Googlevideo and Youtube directory. You absolutely have to watch Threads, a 1984 British film on the likely effect of nuclear war - brilliant and terrifying. Another equally frightening documentary on nuclear war is A Guide to Armageddon (Part 1, Part 2 & Part 3), which documents the effects of a one megaton explosion over London, England. This is less than 30 minutes in length.
  • Monday, May 11 - Video - India; The Brightest Jewel - from the 20th Century History series (sorry, not available online). Decolonization India (base notes). Decolonization India (base notes). A nice short (under 10 minute) history of partition and the endless conflict that followed it can be found here. If you are prepared to install Veoh on your computer, you can see the entire BBC documentary The Day India Burned (I had to uninstall as it conflicted with another programme. You might not have this difficulty). The first 23 minutes of the documentary can be be found elsewhere. Another excellent, longish, documentary is The Last Days of the Raj (part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5, part 6, part 7, part 8, part 9)Time for a movie? Watch Partition -- available in its entirity on Googlevideo.
  • Tuesday, May 12 - The Middle East to 1956 (base notes). Video clip from the 20th Century History series - if avalable. Click here to see what Arab leaders at the time said about Palestine. Watch the BBC documentary The Birth of Israel. For those really interested in the Middle East - try The 50 Years War; Israel and the Arabs (chunked into 29 parts, I just link to the Youtube directory for its parts). There is a nice BBC documentary on the 1956 war - The Other Side Of Suez 1956 (part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5, part 6, part 7, part 8, part 9).
  • Wednesday, May 13 - Complete the Middle East to 1956. If time, begin video Mr. Kennedy & Mr. Khrushchev (sorry, not available online). If time, Begin the Cuban Missile Crisis (base notes). Be sure to watch CNN's Cold War; Episode 10; Cuba 1959-1962. Thirteen Days is a decent Hollywood treatment of the crisis, though it is a little loose in dealing with people and events -- not enough to worry about messing up your knowledge for the final exam though.
  • Thursday, May 14 - The Cuban Missile Crisis - continued (base notes). If we get through this material in time, I will begin the nuclear war material. If you have almost two hours available, get in the mood for our lectures on nuclear war by viewing Threads, a British docudrama from the 1980s about a nuclear war -- banned from British TV at the time, it is a highly praised production that gives a frightening, but important view of what such a war might be like. For a straight-forward documentary 0n what would happen to a city hit by a nuclear bomb, watch Nuclear War; A Guide to Armageddon - this links to the first episode, go to the sidebar to link to the other segments.
  • Friday, May 15 - Deterrence & Nuclear War (base notes). Watch a 1 1/2 minute film and animation sequence on the Hiroshima bombing -- from a BBC documentary (1 1/2 hours). A longer 9+ minute segment is also available on Youtube.

Comparative Civilizations 12

Work hard on your packages -- your next unit test is still several weeks off.

  • Monday, May 11 - Durer (notes). Sister Wendy - The Northern Renaissance painters. Work on the package.
  • Tuesday, May 12 - Hero as Artist Package assigned. Filmstrip or video (if filmstrip unavailable). Work on the new or old package. Hand in the Man the Measure of All Things package by 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.
  • Wednesday, May 13 - Begin the video: The Agony and the Ecstacy. Work on the package.
  • Thursday, May 14 - Continue The Agony and the Ecstacy. Work on the package.
  • Friday, May 15 - Introduction to High Renaissance Painting (notes). Michelangelo (notes) - painting,sculpture and architecture. Work on the Hero as Artist package. For a little levity, watch Monty Python's Pope & Michelangelo. See a Unitedstreaming video on Michelangelo (you will need to login). If you are interested in Michelangelo's sketches, watch this video from the British Museum (40 minutes). You might also look at a video about his sculptures (5 minutes).