Friday, February 19, 2010

February 22-26

For those of you new to my blogsite, it is intended to work alongside my website at:

Please note: I am too busy to update this site right now and major revisions are needed now that GooglePages has been terminated and my work transferred to GoogleSites, which works differently.

Things that are 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. I will try to ensure that all assignments are made available on the Internet in this way. If something is underlined on the blog, it means that you can click on it to see a copy of the particular item -- 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 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.

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. 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 hold-back imposed on their supplies budget. As a result, I shall be handing out far fewer paper handouts in class than in the past. 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. Help me save money for the school and also preserve forests by using online material as much as possible.

History 12

We are slightly ahead of schedule with our lectures, so we will have a chance to see additional video material in this unit that is not indicated on the Unit Plan. Sorting out earlier confusion, we have moved the test originally scheduled for this Friday to Monday, March 1. Please note, this will mean that the questions and essay are due on the same day. Be careful in planning how you use your time to ensure all is completed for the due date.

I now have the PowerPoint for World War I available online, click here.

Essay #1 is now due on March 1. The essay topic is published at the bottom of the Topic #1 plan. If you wish to submit it earlier, I will be quite happy to receive it. The Topic #2 Plan and Questions are both available. The Topic #3 Plan and Questions are also available.

In the future, to save paper, I will only publish copies of these for those who request them. Online copies should suffice for most people.

  • Monday, February 22 - This is a Professional Day. Work on your essay and questions.
  • Tuesday, February 23 - Complete the last lesson - Total War; the German Experience - continued (Base notes).
  • Wednesday, February 24 - The Paris Peace Conference PowerPoint. Base lecture notes. If time - AV material - The War to End All Wars - but note, the conference was held in Paris, not Versailles as the film indicates - this film is from a US perspective -- something I do not always present effectively in class (5 minutes), World War One: 1914-1918 Map - a multimedia summary of the war's main events. If you can manage the time, watch Secrets of the Dead; Killer Flu - which deals with the dangers of the flu pandemic that killed up to 30 million people at the end of the First World War.
    Thursday, February 25 - The Guns of August. Sorry, this is unavailable on the Internet; at least I have not found it.
  • Friday, February 26 – Complete The Guns of August and do the first lecture from Topic #3 - The League of Nations (base notes). For a good treatment of the League's dealing with a major dispute, see ITV Schools' TV's The League of Nations and the Manchurian Dispute (20 minutes). There is much fascinating material at the League of Nations Homepage. M. Cliffe has a couple of online PowerPoints on the League: The League of Nations and Failures of the League.
  • Monday, March 1 - Hand in Topic #2 questions and Essay #1 today. Unit Test for Topic #2. Pick up Topic #3 questions and plan if you have asked for print copies.

Comparative Civilizations 12

The Greece Package is due on Tuesday, February 23.

The Rome Package is due on Monday, March 15 - right after Spring Break. Expect a unit test on the Ancient World at this time.

Social Studies 11

Note: We have the pleasure of working with Mr. St. Laurent, a student teacher from UBC, this term. He completed his short first practicum in the Fall and is now with us for his long practicum. If the short practicum is anything to go by, you are in luck having him work with you.

I still have over-all responsibility for the class, but Mr. St. Laurent will do most of the teaching for the next couple of months. There is no shortage of extra help available to you between the two of us!

Find Mr. St. Laurent's lesson plans at: .