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This blogsite will have all of the changing material -- lesson plans and links to assignments. I will try to ensure that all assignments are posted here. If you see something underlined, it means that you can click on the item to have it appear. I will do this for all pdf documents, PowerPoints, videos, and even some music.
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- Monday, October 11 - Eat Turkey (or Tofu if you are so inclined) and relax. Enjoy the Thanksgiving break -- unless you are one of those who have not handed in all of their work -- you should catch up!
- Tuesday, October 12 - Take up handout questions. Introduction to Ancient Religions: Paganism, Judaism, Mystery Cults and Christianity. Watch Ancient Roman Religion. (On your own, watch this tongue-in-cheek account of Roman Religion - History With a Twist of Lime; The Early Roman Religion. You might not get all the jokes, or you might find them cheesy, but the information about Roman religion is good and at 7:00 minutes, it is an easy review.) We will also watch two more short clips that examine Pagan influences on early Christianity: Mithras - Pagan Origins of Christianity and Osiris - Pagan Origins of Christianity. Be sure to list things that seem to be common to these pagan religions and Christianity. Read pp. 6-10. Do #1-6, p. 10 for homework. Don't forget to complete the Architecture Hunt assignment.
- Wednesday, October 13 - Hand in the Architecture Huntassignment. Take up #1-6, p. 10. Watch The Western Tradition; Early Christianity (you may need to register to use this resource -- but this is American public television and they do not sell your contact information, so it is safe for you to do so) and do the questions. Assignment: Conversion to Christianity -- Imagine that you are a young Greek person living in the city of Rome. Write a letter to your parents in Athens explaining why you have decided to give up worshiping the old Greek Gods and become a Christian. You will have to find out something about both Ancient Greek religion and early Christianity to do this. The assignment will be marked out of 10 and will be marked on both content and composition. It is due next class. Note: When we deal with religion in this course it is not with the intention of supporting one religious view over another. What we want to do is to understand basic beliefs of each religion and know something about the impact that any particular religion has had on the world. We do this using an historical approach.
- Thursday, October 14 - Hand in the Conversion to Christianity assignment. Video Legions of Rome (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3) andquestions. Read pp. 10-12. Do #1-6, p. 12. You might enjoy playing a small game from the BBC - Romans vs. Britons.
- Friday, October 15 - Take up #1-6, p. 12. Look at the sidebar on p. 11. Video: Constantine and questions. Read pp. 12-16. Do #1-6, p. 16. Bring coloured pencils to next class for map work.
- Monday, October 11 - Eat turkey (or Tofu if you are so inclined) and relax -- unless you have incomplete work to submit!
- Tuesday, October 12 - Take up homework. Comparison of BC Provincial and Federal systems of Government. Video BC's Government House. Watch this video on the work of an MLA -- Having Your Say Through Your MLA. While doing so, do the following: 1) note the tasks that an MLA is expected to do, and 2) List similarities and differences between the setup of the Provincial Legislature and the Federal Parliament. Download and read Welcome to the House to fill in any gaps and to better understand the workings of provincial government. You might also like to look at other brochures and documents from this website. Government (red) texts. Read pp. 170-178. Do #1-3, p. 178. Note: Municipal Government will be tested using a take home test on Friday.
- Wednesday, October 13 - Take up homework, #1-3, p. 178. Municipal government introduced. Video & questions on Provincial and Municipal Government. Read (red book) pp. 186-196. Do #1-6, p 196. Read (blue book) pp. 245-246. Do #2-4, p. 246.
- Thursday, October 14 - Take up #1-6, p 196 (red book) and #2-4, p. 246 (blue book). Take up homework. Discuss Aboriginal self-government. Mayor Mussatto's PowerPoint on Municipal affairs. Write a paragraph to a page explaining why we should study History. 10 marks. Due next class.
- Friday, October 15 - Introduction to History. Family History and Immigration Assignment or alternative (see above) assigned and explained. Take home test assigned. Read pp. 10-20. Do #1-4, p. 16 & #1-6, pp. 19-20.
- Monday, October 11 - Eat turkey (or Tofu) and enjoy the break -- or, better still, work on essay #2 and your Topic #3 questions.
- Tuesday, October 12 - Russia Before the Revolutions and The Russian Revolutions. (Base notes). Be sure to look at the excellent resources at The History Guide's Russian Revolution Resources.Spartacus Schoolnet's Russian Revolutionaries page has links to great material. Scott Masters has a decent PowerPoint on the revolution. If you are interested in finding out more about Lenin, try Lenin; Revolutionary (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4).
- Wednesday, October 13 - The Russian Revolutions (Base Notes). Be sure to look at the excellent resources at The History Guide's Russian Revolution Resources. Spartacus Schoolnet's Russian Revolutionaries page has links to great material. Scott Masters has a decent PowerPoint on the Revolution. Watch The Russian Revolution (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3.) You might also have a look at World War I; The Russian Revolution (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4) - this deals with the importance of the war in leading to the momentous events of 1917.
- Thursday, October 14 - The USSR From Lenin to Stalin (Base Notes). You should consider watching the following biographical treatment, Stalin (Part 1, Part 2).
- Friday, October 15 - Complete From Lenin to Stalin (Base Notes) and begin The Stalin Revolution; Collectivization and Industrialization (Base Notes). If you have an hour and a half to spare, watch Stalin; Man of Steel.