Thursday, April 22, 2010

April 26 - 30

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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.

Here is the Topic 5 & 6 Plan.
Here are the Topic 5 & 6 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.

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 26 - Shoah/the Holocaust (base notes).
  • Tuesday, April 27 - 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
  • Wednesday, April 28 - Unit Test, Topic 4. Topic #5-6, The Cold War, is now assigned. Here are the questions. Here is the plan.
  • Thursday, April 29 - Introduction to the Cold War (base notes). If we complete this material, we will move on to the start of Tuesday's lecture material. Be sure to read Lecture 14 "The Origins of the Cold War" from The History Guide. If at all humanly possible, be sure to watch the recommended Cold War videos. The History 12 Provincial exam is heavily weighted toward the Cold War material and these videos are outstanding. See the CNN series on the Cold War, Episode 2 covers 1945 to 1947. Episode 3 covers the Marshall Plan, 1947 to 1952. You should watch both.
  • Friday, April 30 - Video Twentieth Century History; One Man's Revolution; Mao Tse Tung - sorry, this is not available online. Mao and the Revolution in China (base notes). If you have the time, be sure to watch episode 15 of The Cold War; China (1949-1972).

Comparative Civilizations 12

The Unit test is this 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). The total value of the test is, therefore, 82 marks. This unit test covers everything from Islamic Civilization to the end of the Gothic Age.

  • Monday, April 26 - Middle Ages Unit Test. Pick up the next unit assignment, Man the Measure of All Things.
  • Tuesday, April 26 - Kenneth Clark video - Man the Measure of All Things. (See in one piece on Veoh - but beware; installation of Veoh will interfere with RealPlayer -- or watch it in bits on Youtube - Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, part 4). Work on the package.
  • Wednesday, April 27 - Watch Bill Moyers' video: Florence. Sorry, this is not available online. Work on the package.
  • Thursday, April 28 - Complete the Bill Moyers' video. Work on the package.
  • Friday, April 29 - Ghiberti & Donatello. Work on the package.

Social Studies 11

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).

Expect a unit test at the end of next week on all of the material between the end of WWI and the end of WWII. It will combine the material on Canada between the wars and Canada in World War II. The mark breakdown is probably as follows: 45 multiple choice questions (1 mark each), 5 definitions (2 marks each) and 3 from a choice of 5 long answer questions (6 marks each). The total is, therefore, out of 73 marks. 5 bonus marks are available if you submit more than 25 flash cards done as required.