Friday, May 14, 2010

May 17-21

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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. With less than $900 left in our paper budget for the remainder of the year, you know we need to conserve.

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History 12

Essay 3 is due 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.

I need to tell Ms. Buchanan how many of you are planning to write the Provincial Exam in June. It is still possible to switch to the in-class exam later -- but it is not possible to change from the in-class to the provincial, as exams have to be ordered and printed in Victoria.

Do not expect a unit test on the Cold War, though I will collect up to question #62 near the end of the term. I want you all to have a very clear idea of your class mark before you go into the final examination as this is needed to decide logically on whether you should write the in-class exam (20% value) or the provincial exam (40% value).

Ordinarily I suggest your default setting should be the provincial exam. If you are college or university bound, they tend to take the better of your class mark (including the in-class final) or your composite (after povincial exam)mark. A 40% exam obviously allows greater movement -- up or down -- and they will not worry about a reduction in their calculation (unless, of course, you fail the course!). If there is danger of failing on a bad day -- if your class mark is under 55% -- you should write the in-class test, rather than the provincial. If you are under 50%, write the provincial as it has the greatest potential for raising your mark. In the end it is your decision. Make up your mind and live with it. I will need to know your decision at least a week before the final to ensure that I run off sufficient numbers of in-class test papers. Both final exams have exactly the same level of difficulty as I model the in-class final on the provincial exam, using questions from the same test bank.

  • Monday, May 17 - Deterrence & Nuclear War (base notes). Any time remaining will be used to watch one of the available videos on the nuclear standoff. You should watch the CNN Cold War videos that I post here. Mutual Assured Destruction, Detente, Star Wars. Each are around 45 minutes.
  • Tuesday, May 18 - British & French Decolonization in Africa & Asia (base notes).
  • Wednesday, May 19 - Continue British & French Decolonization (base notes). Begin Indochina & Vietnam (base notes). Watch the first part of a video on Kwame Nkrumah -- which gives a 4 minute background to African decolonization. Watch the podcast of David Newsome of the University of Virginia on "The Imperial Mantle; Decolonization and the Third World" for excellent treatment of the subject by an extremely keen observer -- a talking head, but a clever one.
  • Thursday, May 20 - The Vietnam War (base notes). You must watch the CNN Cold War episode, Vietnam 1954-1968 (Episode 11). On your own, watch Dien Bien Phu - a film of a little under 1 hour, on the decisive battle leading to France's withdrawal from Vietnam and the rest of Indo-China. Hearts and Minds is a documentary dealing with the importance of the importance of winning support for the war in order to successfully fight it. The Tet Offensive deals wtih the dramatic Viet-Cong & North Vietnamese offensive that broke American public belief in the likelyhood of American victory in the war. Vietnam; The Last Battle looks at the collapse of the South and the end of the conflict. Take 7 minutes to watch Last Word; Dith Pran - the subject of the stunning 1984 film The Killing Fields, which told the story of the murderous Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia. Look at Susan Pojer's PowerPoint on the Vietnam War.
  • Friday, May 21 - Continue the Vietnam War (base notes). If time, begin looking at Domestic America after 1945 (base notes). Watch this short video (7 minutes) with images and protest songs (mostly Bob Dylan) about the civil rights movement. Watch the 11 minute video of Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I have a dream" speech. See other Civil Rights videos at the PBS site - Eyes on the Prize. Link back for other material.

Comparative Civilizations 12

We began the second Renaissance unit on Friday - The Hero as Artist. We will follow that with two very short units on the Reformation and Mannerism before facing another test.

  • Monday, May 17 - Begin the video: The Agony and the Ecstacy. Work on the package.
  • Tuesday, May 18 - Continue The Agony and the Ecstacy. Work on the package.
  • Wednesday, May 19 - Introduction to High Renaissance Painting (notes). Michelangelo (notes) - painting,sculpture and architecture. Work on the Hero as Artist package. For a little levity, watch Monty Python's Pope & Michelangelo. See a Unitedstreaming video on Michelangelo (you will need to login). If you are interested in Michelangelo's sketches, watch this video from the British Museum (40 minutes). You might also look at a video about his sculptures (5 minutes).
  • Thursday, May 20 - Da Vinci PowerPoint. Work on the package. If you are interested in Dan Brown's books -- and the da Vinci Code in particular, you might enjoy Professor Ward Gasque's University of California lecture The da Vinci Code - Fact or Fiction.
  • Friday, May 21 - Bramante and Raphael (notes - see also the diagram showing who the models were in The School of Athens). Sister Wendy video segment. Work on the package.

Social Studies 11

The next unit test is early next week. There will be 50 multiple choice questions (1 mark each) and 4 from a choice of 7 long answer questions (6 marks each). The total is, therefore, 74 marks. 40 flash cards are needed to generate 5 bonus marks. A time line for post-war Canada will earn another bonus mark.

  • Monday, May 17 - Take up homework. More material from the PowerPoint Post 1945 Canada. Material from Canada; A People’s History (“First Tremors" and "The Fight for Medicare" and questions. (“A Question of Equality,” “A Changing Face,”and “The Computer Moves In” and questions -- I am sure we will not see all of this, but we will see what time permits). Read pp. 160-172. Do #2-5, p. 167 &n 1-5, p. 172.
  • Tuesday, May 18 - Take up homework. Finish any PowerPoint material not completed. Complete video material not seen last class. Read pp. 172-187. Do #1-4, p. 176, #2-4, p. 182, and 2-5, p. 187.
  • Wednesday, May 19 - Take up homework. PowerPoint The Quiet and Not-So-Quiet Revolution. Watch "Vive le Quebec Libre," "October Crisis", the "Choice" - questions. Read pp. 191- 200. Do #1,2, 4 & 5, p. 194, #1,34 & 5, p. 197 and 1, 2 & 4, p. 200.
  • Thursday, May 20 - Take up homework. Complete any PowerPoint or video material not finished on Wednesday. Begin PowerPoint: "Land Claims and the Indian Act." Read pp. 201-207. Do #1-5, p. 204 and 1-5, p. 206.
  • Friday, May 21 - Take up homework. Video segments from Canada; A Peoples' History - the following episodes: "Taking Back the Past" and "Land and Nation" and questions. PowerPoint on Land Claims & the Indian Act - and questions.Read pp. 208-216. Do the sidebar on p. 211 & #1-2, p. 213 and #2-6, p. 216.