Friday, December 11, 2009

December 14-18

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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 goingto Use the passcode posted in the classroom. Please note that since renewing our licence, our starting access code for new users has changed and is no longer what was given on your course outline. I cannot post this online, but you can confirm the new number by looking at what is posted in the classroom.

Please note: North Vancouver schools have had a 50% hold-back imposed on their supplies budget. As a result, I shall be handing out far fewer paper handouts in class. Fortunately it is all available here, online. Paper copies will be made available for many items only to those students who specifically request them because they have difficulty accessing online material.

Social Studies 8

The next test on the Renaissance and Reformation will not be until after Christmas. I will post the week plan for the first week back during the Christmas holidays -- probably after Christmas itself.

  • Monday, December 14 - Take up #1-5, p. 143. Introduction to Medieval Art -- Perspective. Video clip from The Story of Maths (Episode 3 - part 1 of 5 - just the first 3 minutes) - BBC Renaissance & the Frontiers of Space, then James Burke's The Day the Universe Changed; Point of View. Video: Sister Wendy's The Story of Painting. Homework: Pick one Renaissance painting and explain why you either really like it or really dislike it. If you do not have access to the Internet or to art history books, you could choose one from p.p. 134, 138, 140, 141, or 142 of Patterns of Civilization II. You might like the short video on Renaissance art History from Interested in drawing or painting? Watch The Illusion of Depth to learn how to use a variety of techniques to show depth in a two dimensional image..
  • Tuesday, December 15 - Take up homework. We took much longer than expected yesterday and had some technical problems at the end. Consequently we will see yesternday's videos today. If time, we will look at the 3 Davids - Donatello's, Verrochio's and Michelangelo's. Note that realism in sculpture had a powerful effect on realism in painting. Read pp. 143-147. Do #1-4, p. 147.
  • Wednesday, December 16 - Take up homework. Begin watching Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet (Part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5, part 6, part 7, part 8, part 9, part 10, part 11, part 12, part 13, part 14, part 15 - sorry - the link to part 14 is not present). Romeo & Juliet Assignment. Due Friday - If we do not finish the video in class Thursday, we will complete it Friday and the assignment will become an in-class project, with the Friday lesson material dropped to allow time for completion).
  • Thursday, December 17 - Watch Romeo & Juliet (see links in Wednesday, above) and assignment.
  • Friday, December 18 - If we did not complete the movie last class, we will do so today and you will have this time to complete the Romeo & Juliet assignment. If we finished the film yesterday, the assignment is due today and we will move on to the following material: Filmstrip(s) from the National Geographic Renaissance series and play around with the Shakesperian Insult Kit.

Social Studies 11

The test on Post-War Canada is on Tuesday this week.
The test will be arranged roughly as follows: 43 multiple choice questions (1 mark each), 5 definitions (2 marks each) and a choice of 3 from 5 choices (6 marks each). The test is, therefore, out of 71 marks. 30 flash cards are needed to earn 5 marks.

There is a major research assignment currently underway, the
Family History - Immigration Assignment (With additional options for International and First Nations students.) Pedigree sheet. Map blank -- click to a resource on my Social Studies 11 History web page to locate an appropriate blank map to work with. The due date for this work is not until right after the Christmas holidays, to allow plenty of time for research and discussion with family members.)

We have just started the Geography portion of this course. We are using our in-house textbook, The 21st Century World. This book is available online at . Click here to read chapter 1. It is a number of years since this was created, so I offer apologies in advance for dead links. Until a 36 hour day is available, I am unable to update it all unless I am offered significant help doing so.

To save precious class time, we will not test every chapter; chapters 1, 2 & 3, and 4 & 5 will be grouped into single tests after Christmas. I will post mark breakdowns after Christmas.

Read my Tips for Writing the Social Studies 11 Provincial Exam.

Over Christmas it is important to begin preparation for your Provincial Final Exam. Go to the Ministry website and look at the exam table of specifications, familiarize yourself with key exam terms, access past exams and answer keys, and look at the essay scoring criteria to see how your essays will be marked.

  • Monday, December 14 - Complete the PowerPoint on Native Land Claims. Pick up Red Government text book. Sign out The Twenty-First Century World. Read pp. 6-11. Do #1-5, p. 11.
  • Tuesday, December 15 - Unit Test on Canada since 1945.
  • Wednesday, December 16 - Take up #1-5, p. 11. Introduce Geography portion of the course. PowerPoint for Ch. 1 - Geography. Read pp. 12-16. Do #1-9, p. 16 & #1-4, pp. 16-17.
  • Thursday, December 17 - Complete to end of "Gloabal Warming" frames in One World PowerPoint. Begin watching Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth. Your job while watching this film is to: 1) Identify Gore's thesis in this film. 2) List the evidence he cites to prove his thesis. 3) Explain why Gore convinced you or did not convince you that we must take immediate action to deal with climate change. You will hand in your notes on the Monday when we return from the Christmas break as we will still be watching the film on Friday -- they will be evaluated out of 10 marks for content (parts 1 & 2) and thoughtfulness (part 3). Read pp. 17-20. Do #1-2, p. 17 & #1-4, p. 21.
  • Friday, December 18 - Take up homework. Complete watching An Inconvenient Truth. Complete Thursday's assignment for the Monday when we return.
Social Studies 11 Honours

The unit test on the final History unit - Post-War Canada is Monday. The mark breakdown is as follows: 43 multiple choice questions (1 mark each), 5 definitions (2 marks each) and a choice of 3 from 5 choices (6 marks each). The test is, therefore, out of 71 marks. 30 flash cards are needed to earn 5 marks.

  • Monday, December 14 - Unit Test on Post-War Canada. Complete the "Government" homework assigned on Friday: What is Government. Read pp. 2-6 in the Government text and do #1-4, p. 6.
  • Tuesday, December 15 - Take up homework. Introduction to Ideologies. Origins and the Political Spectrum. Read pp. 7-15. Do #1-5, p. 11 & #1-6, pp. 15-16. To identify your own ideology, take the online Political Compass quiz.
  • Wednesday, December 16 - Take up #1-5, p. 11 & #1-6, pp. 15-16 and the ideologies practice sheet. Survey of who took the Political Compass quiz - if you did not do this over the weekend, you must do so for Tuesday's class. Video clip. PowerPoint – “Ideologies”. Other ways to show political spectrum & Ideologies summary sheet. Practice with ideologies. Smith & Marx handout (online only due to paper restrictions). The following reading is completely optional: For an interesting American article on the difference between Lefties and Righties, see Patricia Cohen's New York Times Article: "Across the Great Divide; Investigating Links Between Personality and Politics."
  • Thursday, December 17 - Take up homework. Lecture/discussion – from ideologies to political parties – national parties in Canada. Read Counterpoints pp. 255-258. Do #3 & 4, p. 258. For homework over the last weekend, you took an online quiz to identify your political viewpoint. To see which Canadian political party comes closest to your views (2005 comparison - according to this organization), link here and see if this is what you expected. Interested in pursuing this further? Try some more tests -- mostly American -- to see where you stand.
  • Friday, December 18 - Take up homework. Placing parties on the political spectrum. Ideologies video. More practice with ideologies. . Read Government pp. 88-97. Do #4, p. 97.

History 12

Remember, it is essential that you start preparing for the final exam -- whether you write the school or provincial exam, preparation is identical. The only real difference is that the provincial has twice as much weight. Design and composition of the tests are virtually identical.

Link to any grade 12 ministry exam material from here. Look at all of the material here. The more comfortable you are with the exam and its composition, the better you will do. Be sure to write the sample exams over the Christmas Break.

Be sure to look at some of the documentaries listed in my Googlevideo and Youtube Cold War directory.

  • Monday, December 14 - 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.
  • Tuesday, December 15 - The Cuban Missile Crisis (base notes). If you have almost two hours available, get in the mood for Wednesday's lecture 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. You might also look at Defcon 2 - Cuban Missile Crisis (Part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5, part 6).
  • Wednesday, December 16 - Deterrence & Nuclear War (base notes). See Robert McNamara's comments on nuclear war. Watch CNN's Cold War; M.A.D. to see terrific coverage of the nuclear conflict between 1960-1972.
  • Thursday, December 17 - Complete material on Deterrence & Nuclear War. Begin British & French Decolonization in Africa & Asia (base notes).
  • Friday, December 18 - Continue British & French Decolonization (base notes). Begin Indochina & Vietnam (base notes). Watch the first part of a video on Kwame Nkrumah -- which gives a 4 minute background to African decolonization. Watch the podcast of David Newsome of the University of Virginia on "The Imperial Mantle; Decolonization and the Third World" for excellent treatment of the subject by an extremely keen observer -- a talking head, but a clever one.