Saturday, March 27, 2010

March 29-April 2

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.

History 12

Here are the Topic #3 Plan and questions. Essay #2 is also available here.
Here are the Topic #4 Plan and questions.

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. The unit test will, move to Wednesday, March 31, from Tuesday the 30th, as I allowed in class -- though we begin the next unit on Tuesday, before the test..

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.
  • Monday, March 29 - Japan Beteween the Wars (base notes). See Japan in the 1930s with this colour footage (10 minutes). Watch the episode on Japan's war in Asia: The World at War - Banzai (Japan 1931-1942) part 1, part 2,part 3, part 4, part 5.
  • Tuesday, March 30 - Hitler & the Rise of the Nazis (base notes).
  • Wednesday, March 31 - Unit Test, Topic #3. Hand in Topic #3 work by 4:30 p.m. today.
  • Thursday, April 1 - Test post-mortem. Complete Hitler's Germany (base notes). If time, supplementary AV material. Watch Hitler; Mein Kampf part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4.
  • Friday, April 2 - Good Friday Holiday. If you need to catch up, this is an ideal opportunity.
Comparative Civilizations 12

We are in the first of three packages of the Medieval European unit, so the next unit test is still a fair way off.

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: .