Friday, March 19, 2010

March 22-26

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

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.

Cool tech tip for Google searches. Did you know that Google allows you to search in a mind-map format -- with the standard search still showing in a sidebar on the right. Here is a quick introduction toGoogle's "Wonder Wheel" search.

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 a hold-back imposed on our 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.
See the bottom of this page for a video of slides from the Grad Boat Cruise.
History 12

Here are the Topic #3 Plan and questions. Essay #2 is also available here. Save trees and school money by using the online versions. I will print copies for you, if you ask, but stick to the digital if at all possible. Please note: I am varying a little from the original printed plan and will not give a lecture on the Great Depression in Europe -- instead I will push this material into the next unit as background to new material, thus saving a day and I will sneak in the Road to War; USA video next week. The unit test will, therefore, move to Wednesday, March 31, from Tuesday the 30th.

Expect the unit test to have roughly the following breakdown -- subject to last minute changes: 50 multiple choice questions (1 mark each); 10 map items (1 mark each); 10 definitions (2 marks each); and 3 from 5 long answer questions (6 marks each). The test is therefore likely to be out of about 98 marks.

Comparative Civilizations 12

The next test will come at the end of the Middle Ages unit, which is a long way off. We will follow Islamic Civilization with three packages on the Middle Ages in Europe.

Social Studies 11

Note: We have the pleasure of working with Mr. St. Laurent, a student teacher from UBC, this term. I still have over-all responsibility for the class, but Mr. St. Laurent will do most of the teaching for the next few weeks. There is no shortage of extra help available to you between the two of us!

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

The Grad Boat Cruise