Saturday, October 30, 2010

November 1-5

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Social Studies 8

We will quiz the Byzantine Empire and the Islamic World this week. I have decided to make this test a bit longer than I indicated last week -- because of the relevance of the subject matter and the time we have available for it. Expect the mark breakdown to be as follows: 30 multiple choice questions (1 mark each), 10 definitions (2 marks each) and a choice of 3 from 5 long answer questions (6 marks each). The test is out of a total of 68 marks. 25 flash cards -- done as I require them -- will result in 5 bonus marks. It is possible to score 73/68 on this test!

  • Monday, November 1 - Take up #1-7, p. 107. The religious background to Islamic culture. Handouts - sorry, I still need to scan these. Hopefully I will manage to do this to post on Monday. PowerPoint on Islamic Architecture (from Mr. Benoy's Comparative Civilizations 12 class). Read pp. 107-110. Do #1-5, p. 110. If you have the chance, go to the BBC's excellent web pages on Islam and explore. IslamiCity is another good web site for information on Muslim culture.
  • Tuesday, November 2 - Take up #1-5, p. 110. Watch the video: What the Ancients Did for Us - The Islamic World and take notes on what exactly Islamic Civilization passed on to us. Crossword Puzzle on Islam. Study for the test - be sure to make and use flash cards.
  • Wednesday, November 3 - Unit Test - Byzantine and Islamic Civilizations. Read pp. 40-45. Do #1-6, p. 45.
  • Thursday, November 4 - Take up homework. Video:Europe After the Fall of Rome; 476-1066 AD. Focus Questions: What happened to Britain after the Romans left? How did life change? How did Christian missionaries change the Germans? Who were the Vikings and how did their threat affect Western Europe? Handout:Charlemagne. Do the questions on the handout for homework.
  • Friday, November 5 - Take up homework. Video: The Dark Ages; Part 8; The Greatest King . What made Charlemagne a great ruler? How did he keep tight control over his subjects? How did the Roman Catholic church help him? Why did his efforts eventually collapse? Read pp. 45-48. Do #1-6, p. 48. Interested in the Franks? Watch Barbarians; the Franks. Interested in the Vikings? Why not watch the following as a bonus: Ancient Warriors: The Vikings, part 1, part 2, part 3 (totals just over 20 minutes) orBarbarians; the Vikings.
Social Studies 11

The next unit test will be on Thursday! This will cover all of the History material up to the end of World War I. The mark breakdown will be roughly as follows: 40 multiple choice questions (1 mark each), 5 definitions or names (2 marks each) and 4 long answer questions (6 marks each) from a choice of 5. The total is, therefore, out of 74 marks. 5 bonus marks are available for a minimum of 25 flash cards. It is possible to earn 79/74.

There is a major research assignment starting now, theFamily History - Immigration Assignment (With additional options for International and First Nationsstudents.) The due date for this work is not until right after the Christmas holidays, to allow plenty of time for research and discussion with family members.)

  • Monday, November 1 - Introductory music: Callin Doon the Line, and The Green Fields of France. Take up #1 & 3, p. 42. Video segment from Canada; A Peoples' History; Ordeal By Fire; Turmoil on the Homefront and handout. While watching the episode answer the following board questions: 1) Why was opposition to the war strongest in Quebec? PowerPoint: Was Conscription the Right Choice? Assignment: Create a poster favouriong or opposing conscription in Canada (please restrict yourself to regular paper size). Be sure to employ both text and images. On the back, be sure to identify yourself and provide a short written description of what your intentions are with the poster -- why do you write say what you say on the poster and what do you intend the graphic elements to convey? 10 marks. Due next class.
  • Tuesday, November 2 - Hand in poster assignment. Introductory music: On the Road to Passchendaele and Passchendaele. Literature of War Assignment. Using computers (if available) or handouts and library resources. 10 marks, due Thursday. Read pp. 42-46. 1) Do you think that the the peace arrangement arrived at in 1919 was workable? Why or why not? 2) How serious was the flu epidemic of 1918-1920?
  • Wednesday, November 3 - Take up homework. Video Clip from Canada; A Peoples' History; Ordeal by Fire on the great influenza pandemic. Note pandemics are an ongoing concern and that they have had a huge influence on history. Discuss historical examples. Lecture: The End of World War I & the Paris Peace Conference. Video Make Germany Pay (Part 1, Part 2) Do board questions: 1) Who were the main participants in the Conference and what did they want? 2) What important powers were not invited to attend? 3) What were the key outcomes of the Conference? Do #1 sidebar, p. 44, 1. Explain how Canada’s role in the world was different in 1919 to 1914. 2. What limited the effectiveness of the League of Nations from its very start? Prepare for the unit test next class.
  • Thursday, November 4 - Unit Test, Canada to 1919. Read pp. 48-51. Do #1-3, p. 51.
  • Friday, November 5 - Introduction to Post-War Canada. The Winnipeg General Strike. Lecture and video,On Strike! - with questions. Read pp53-56. Do #1-3, p. 56.
History 12

Essay #2 is due on Monday November 15.

Plan for Topic #3.

Questions for Topic #3.

Plan for Topic #4.

Questions for Topic #4.

The test for Topic #3 will have the following mark breakdown: 50 multiple choice questions, 10 map items (1 mark each), 10 definitions (2 marks each), and 3 from 5 paragraph items (6 marks each). The total is, therefore, out of 98 marks.

  • Monday, November 1 - Unit Test for Topic #3. Topic #3 work due. Pick up the Plan for Topic #4 and the Questions for Topic #4.
  • Tuesday, November 2 - Test post-mortem. Hitler & the Rise of the Nazis (base notes). Interested in getting into the mind of the Fuhrer? Watch Inside the Mind of Adolf Hitler, a biodocumentary based on a psychological profile of the German leader that was put together by US intelligence services during World War II.
  • Wednesday, November 3 - Complete Hitler & the Rise of the Nazis (base notes). Begin Hitler's Germany (base notes), and AV - probably from the 20th Century History series. Leni Riefenstahl was one of the 20th century's greatest film-makers -- and a Nazi. See Triumph des Willens, and Olympia (on the 1936 Olympics). If you are interested in film-making and have a few hours to spare, you might watch Leni Riefenstahl (part 1, part 2).
  • Thursday, November 4 - Complete Hitler's Germany (base notes). If time, supplementary AV material - probably from the Road to War series (Part 1, Part 2). Also have a look at colour footage in The Rise of the Nazis. Watch Hitler; Mein Kampf part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4.
  • Friday, November 5 - Appeasement (base notes) - this time also on PowerPoint.

If you have quite a bit of time on your hands, the documentary Hitler's Children is an excellent series on Hitler's youth policies. Link from the following to each of the 48 minute segments: Episode 1: Seduction; Episode 2: Dedication; Episode 3: Education; Episode 4: War; Episode 5: Sacrifice.