Thursday, April 15, 2010

April 19-23

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.

Essay 3 is here at last -- due at the end of the first week in June.

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.

The next unit test approaches soon - next Wednesday, April 28, in fact. The mark breakdown is as follows: 70 multiple choice questions (1 mark each) and answer 2 out of a choice of 4 long answer questions (12 marks each - based on 2 x 6 in each case -- the provincial exam marking system). The total is, therefore, out of 94 marks.

  • Monday, April 19 - Video From Pearl Harbour to Hiroshima (sorry, not available online). Complete the WWII chronology (base notes). Hopefully, begin World War II; the British Experience (base notes). Most of the film we see of World War II is in black and white if it isn't from Hollywood. World War II; The Lost Colour Archives (part 1, part 2 - note: this one is missing from this series, but can be had at Veoh, requiring registration and download, part 3) is interesting footage. Interested in technological change in war? Watch a 23 minute documentary on tanks: Weapons of World War II; Tanks on Veoh (requires downloading software to see their videos), also watch Aircraft Carriers.
  • Tuesday, April 20 - Complete World War II; the British Experience (base notes). Be sure to watch History Helper's 10 minute podcast: Beveridge & the Five Giants Revision Guide. Do look at other History Helper items. If you get a chance to watch a movie about the Holocaust, there are many to choose from and all help to come to grips with the topic: I suggest The Grey Zone, Sophie's Choice, The Pianist, The Counterfieters, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, and Schindler's List as good starting points. However, be aware of the limitations of Hollywood dealing with this topic. There is a good 4 minute documentary about this very topic that contains scenes from many of the films on the topic -- Imaginary Witness.
  • Wednesday, April 21 - Begin Shoah/the Holocaust (base notes).
  • Thursday, April 22 - Complete the lecture from last class. Shoah/the Holocaust (base notes). Watch: The World At War; Genocide, part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5.
  • Friday, April 23 - Professional Day! Use the time to get completely caught up.

Comparative Civilizations 12

We are working through the final package on the Middle Ages - so you can expect a unit test next Monday. The mark breakdown is as follows: 10 slide identification items (2 marks each), requiring you to name the work and say what city it can be found in - give the country for 1/2 a mark; Church Floorplan and nave elevation parts identification (1 mark each), 40 multiple choice questions (1 mark each); 2 from a choice of 3 illustration interpretation questions (6 marks each) and one essay question from a selection of 7 questions (18 marks - 1 x 6 for composition and 2 x 6 for content). The total value of the test is, therefore, 100 marks. This unit test covers everything from Islamic Civilization to the end of the Gothic Age.

Social Studies 11

At last I have the opportunity to do more than observe. I extend a huge thank you to Mr. St. Laurent for his prodigious efforts.

Understand that the class will run a little differently with me teaching. We have much curriculum to cover and a limited time to do so. I have to prepare you to write the provincial exam in June -- which is really not far off. I will not quiz weekly as Mr. St. Laurent did. Instead, expect larger unit tests as we complete units. I will post dates and exam specifications as soon as possible on this blog. These larger tests require that you review a little all the time and that you spend even more additional time studying as the exam gets closer.

When studying history I have found that students get the biggest payoff for time by doing two things: 1. Prepare flash cards for names and terms (name or term on one side and definition or why the person is important on the other) -- this helps you master all of the language specific to the course. If you don't know the vocabulary, you cannot understand the more important concepts. 2. Make time lines to get when things happened right. History is about cause and effect. If you put the cart before the horse, you do not get very far; if you do not understand when things happened relative to other things, you will not learn the lessons that history has for us. As an incentive to studying, I will give 5 bonus marks for you handing in a specified minimum number of flash cards on any test valued at more than 50 marks, and 3 bonus marks if it is worth under 50 marks. I will give one additional bonus mark for a properly constructed time line. (with at least 5 events shown on a time line where time is shown proportionally -- i.e. You give the same amount of space on the line to any time span; for instance, ten years takes up the same amount of space no matter where you are on the line).

  • Monday, April 19 - Background to the Great Depression (including statistics) - PowerPoint - Canada Between the Wars; 1919-1939. AV on the Depression - (From: Canada; A People’s History). Read pp. 68-79. Do sidebar questions p. 71 & 72 & #1-4, p. 72, sidebar questions p. 76, 78 & 79 & #1-2, p. 79. If you have time, read the Vancouver Sun article by Roger Bootle on the economic theory of John Maynard Keynes.
  • Tuesday, April 20 - Introductory video clip on the Great Depression. Take up sidebar questions p. 71 & 72 & #1-4, p. 72, sidebar questions p. 76, 78 & 79 & #1-2, p. 79. WatchCanada; A People’s History; Hard Times and do the viewing guide questions. If time we will continue with the PowerPoint on the interwar years. Read pp. 79-86. Do sidebar #1-4, p. 81, sidebar questions p. 82 & #3-4, p. 85 & #1-3, p. 86. If you have time, watch Discovery Education's The Great Depression (login required). While this is really about the US, it is not possible to understand the Canadian situation without referring to what happened in our neighbour to the South. On the Internet, watch The Crash of 1929.
  • Wednesday, April 21 - Take up homework. Continue Canada; A People’s History; Hard Times and PowerPoint - Canada Between the Wars; 1919-1939. Read pp. 86-90. Do #1-2 sidebar p. 89, #1-3, p. 90.
  • Thursday, April 22 - Take up #1-2 sidebar, p. 89, #1-3, p. 90. Continue Canada; A Peoples' Histrory; Hard Times. PowerPoint - Canada Between the Wars; 1919-1939 (Sorry -not available online). Read pp. 90-97. Do sidebar 4-16, p. 93, 4-17 and 4-18, p. 95, 4-19, p. 96 and #1-5, p. 98.
  • Friday, April 23 - Professional Day. Use the time to get caught up if you have fallen behind. Otherwise take a little time to study