Saturday, May 22, 2010

May 24-28

Do I seem irritable or distracted? Don't worry -- I become human again next week, once the Grad Ceremony is over and I have time again to think.

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 to
Google'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.

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 24 - Victoria Day Holiday. Start planning your studying - while also getting ready for the upcoming Grad Weekend.
  • Tuesday, May 25 -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.
  • Wednesday, May 26 -The USA (domestic) Since 1945 (base notes). Note: look at Britain's SchoolHistory's revision material for this topic. Look at Susan Pojer's PowerPoint on 1950's America.
  • Thursday, May 27 -USA (domestic) Since 1945 - continued.
  • Friday, May 28 -Economic Resurgence in Western Europe (base notes).

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. Because of Grad Weekend, I will have nothing due this week or early next week. However, the Hero package will be due by the end of next week, even though we move on to the Reformation and Mannerism this week.

Please note: I made changes to the plan for Thursday and Friday. I think this meshes better with the craziness of the end of this week!

  • Monday, May 24 - Victoria Day Holiday. More properly referred to as "catch-up day."
  • Tuesday, May 25 -Titian. Sister Wendy on Venetian painters, and particularly old Titian. Work on the package.
  • Wednesday, May 26 -Video: Art of the Western World; the High Renaissance. (Accessing this requires a login to PBS/Annenberg - free to register for this.) Work on the package.
  • Thursday, May 27 -Mannerism and Reformation small packages assigned. We will begin with the Reformation package. Introduction to the Reformation. Video: A Man For All Seasons - on the life of Sir Thomas More.
  • Friday, May 28 - Continue A Man For All Seasons.

Social Studies 11

The next unit test is this Wednesday. 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 24 - Victoria Day Holiday - or, more properly, study for the unit test day.
  • Tuesday, May 25 - Take up sidebar on p. 211 & #1-2, p. 213 and #2-6, p. 216. Complete the PowerPoint on Land Claims and the Indian Act. Create a time line (click here to download blank) with two columns, with the following titles - Landmark Events in Canadian Autonomy and Landmark Events in Canadian Social Change. Go through the History portion of your book to identify events to include in your Time Line. 10 marks - due Thursday.
  • Wednesday, May 26 -Unit Test: Canada since World War II. Complete the government assignment from Tuesday. Sign outGovernment text (used only for the "Ideologies" chapter.) Read pp. 1-6, do #1-4, p. 6. Handout: What is Government? We will take this up on Thursday.
  • Thursday, May 27 -Take up What is Government questions and #1-4, p. 6 and What is Government? handout. Introduction to Ideologies. Origins and the Political Spectrum. Do the Identifying Ideologies handout. Read pp. 7-15. Do #1-5, p. 11 & #1-6, pp. 15-16. To identify your own ideology, take the online Political Compass quiz.
  • Friday, May 28 -Take up #1-5, p. 11 & #1-6, pp. 15-16 and the ideologies practice sheet. Survey of who took the Political Compass quiz. Video clip on ideologies - sorry, not available online. PowerPoint – “Ideologies”. Other ways to show political spectrum & Ideologies summary sheet. Ideology identification practice.