Sunday, September 27, 2009

October 5-9

Please forgive the formatting problems below: line spacing does not want to cooperate this week - I've fixed the problem a half a dozen times, only to have it come back.

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Social Studies 8

Expect a unit test on Tuesday, October 6 - it will be based on map reading and the use of your Canadian Oxford World Atlas. You will write answers into blanks on the test and there will be around 75 items on the test.

  • Monday, October 5 - Take up last worksheet on time zones. Thematic maps introduced. Work on the Thematic Maps worksheet. Review any problems for the Unit Test on Tuesday.
  • Tuesday, October 6 - Geography Unit Test. If extra time is needed, you may write into noon break.
  • Wednesday, October 7 - Test post-mortem (discussion of how the class did and how things can be improved in the future). Sign out new texts and return old ones. Introduction to History text and to SQ3R study method. 3 Timeline assignment - personal/family/world - 10 marks, due next class.
  • Thursday, October 8 - Time Line Field Trip. Introduction to the Greco-Roman world. Read Patterns of Civilization, pp. 2-6. Do #1-6, p. 6.
  • Friday, October 9 - Take up homework. Video - Roman City and questions. Handout and questions for homework.

Social Studies 11

Our next exam is Friday, October 9. Expect the test to be roughly as follows: 35 multiple choice questions (1 mark each), 2 from 4 long answer questions (6 marks each), and one essay question on what should be done with the Canadian Senate (12 marks - 2 x 6). The total is, therefore, most likely to be out of 59 marks. Create and use flashcards now to master terms and names. This not only helps you with subject content, but it ensures that you know what test questions are asking. At least 25 flash flash cards are needed to earn the 5 bonus marks.

  • Monday, October 5 - Take up #1-4, p. 240 and hand in the Cabinet assignment. Lobbying & Pressure Groups. Look at the list of institutionalized groups on p. 259 (Click here for an online list of federal lobby groups - interest groups and social movements). Explain what lobbying is and look at the activities of several lobby groups -- also describe Pressure Groups and their purpose. Divide into groups (with printed - or online --background information) Each group is to come up with a poster to make their group's case to the public. Poster Assignment - on a regular size sheet of paper -- 8 1/" by 11" is fine (due Monday) . Read pp. 258-267. Do #1-2, p. 264. Do #1-3, p. 267.
Tuesday, October 6 - Take up homework. Overview of the Judiciary - PowerPoint - go to the section on the Judiciary. Read pp. 270-275. Do #1-3, p. 275.
  • Wednesday, October 7 - Take up homework, #1-3, p. 275. Video’s on the court system. Comparison of Adversarial vs. Inquisitorial court systems. If time, we will go over how to write an analytical essay. Read pp. 277-288. Do #1-3, p. 280, & 1 & 4, p. 288. Please bring your red Government text to class next day -- along with your blue text.
  • Thursday, October 8 - Take up homework. Introduce concept of Human rights – examine text p. 294. Students to list what they would expect fundamental rights to be in Canada - Think-Pair-Share. Use Government text p. 60 to list Schweitzer’s list of fundamental rights. Government text pp. 152-158. Examine the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedomes - see PowerPoint;The Constitution. Summarize each of the key sections in your notes. Effect of passing the Charter on Canadian law -- all laws in Canada must conform unless passed using the notwithstanding clause or if they can withstand a challenge based on their being within reasonable limits. If we did not go over essay writing last class, we will do so today. Read pp. 292-312. Do #1, p. 297, #2-3 sidebar p. 303, #1 & 3, p. 304, #3, p. 308 & #2, p. 312. We will not take up the homework until Monday''s class. Remember to bring 30+ flashcards to the test tomorrow to earn 5 bonus marks.
  • Friday, October 9 - Hand in flashcards. Unit Test - Legislative Executive and Judicial branches. Read pp. 240-246. Do #1-3, p. 246, & sidebar #1, p. 244. Bring red Government text to next class if you did not do so today.

Social Studies 11H

You have an ongoing project -- the Geography research essay on a geographical topic of your choice that relates to our current curriculum. This will be due in about a month and we will set the precise due date after discussing the options in class. I rather expect that Monday, October 26 would be good, as it follows the October 23 province-wide professional day.

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.

To save a little time in the course, we will join chapters 2 & 3 together for testing purposes. Expect your next unit test to be on Monday, October 5. The following breakdown of marks for the next unit test is by no means final, but should be a good rough guide: 65 multiple choice questions (1 mark each) and 3 from a choice of 10 long answer questions (6 marks each). The test total will be out of roughly 83 marks. I would expect at least 30 flash cards to generate the full 5 bonus marks available.

  • Monday, October 5 - Take up #1-3, p. 70, #1-8, p. 73 & 1-4 & 7 in "Further Thought", p. 74. Unit Test, Chapters 2 & 3. Read pp. 83-86. Do #1-3, p. 84, #1-4, p. 85 & 1-2, p. 86.
  • Tuesday, October 6 - 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, October 7 - 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, October 8 - 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, October 9 - 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

Topic #2's plan and questions.

Topic #3's plan and questions are also now available.

Essay #2 is due: ______________________________

Topic #2 will be tested on Tuesday, October6 - depending on our progress. The following is a very rough guestimation of the mark breakdown of the
multiple choice items. 60 multiple choice items (1 mark each), 10 map items (1 mark each), 5 definitions and names (I give you the term and you define it or say why the person is important - valued at 2 marks each), and 2 long answer questions (10 marks each). The total value of the test is, therefore, likely to be 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.