Saturday, October 16, 2010

October 18-22

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Great news! Sutherland has renewed its license with Discovery Education Streaming services and all of the Discovery videos and video clips are once again available for student use. If you established an account in previous years, you can once again access it using your existing login name and password. If you do not yet have an account, get the code from the poster at the front of my classroom (sorry, I cannot post this online) and enroll. Use is free and students have copywright privileges; you can use chunks within your presentations legally.

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Social Studies 8

Expect the next unit test in about a week. However, be sure to be making and using your flash cards every day to master vocabulary and names. Your test on Rome will include the following: 40 multiple choice questions (1 mark each), 5 definition items (2 marks each) and 3 long answer questions (6 marks each). The total is, therefore, out of 68 marks. You can earn up to 5 bonus marks for submitting at least 25 correctly made flash cards (term or name only on the front and definition or why the person is important on the back) at the time of the exam. You may not hand these in late to earn marks; they must be submitted when you write the test.

Be sure to visit the BBC's Roman Empire pages. There is plenty of fascinating material to interest anyone interested in this ancient empire.

  • Monday, October 18 - Take up #1-6, p. 16. Complete watching Constantine and complete the questions. Hosford Atlas, pp. 3 & 4. Screencast on the Decline of Rome. Also look at this video of the changing map of Europe during this time. Map Assignment: The "Barbarian Invasions." 10 marks. Complete for next class.
  • Tuesday, October 19 - Hand in map assignments. Watch Terry Jones' Surprising History of Rome and questions. For homework, be sure to make more flash cards and spend a little time reviewing them.
  • Wednesday, October 20 - Hand in map assignments. Video & Questions: Terry Jones' The Barbarians; The End of the World. Homework: Explain why the Roman Empire collapsed. Give your reasons in a point-form list. Be sure to mention Social, Political and Economic reasons.
  • Thursday, October 21 - Take up homework and create a master list. Video: The Roman Arena and questions (1. What happened at the Colosseum and other Roman arenas? List the events that were staged. 2. Why do you suppose the Romans were so interested in "blood-sports." Check out the BBC's animation on the Colosseum. Study for the Unit test on Rome on Monday.
  • Friday, October 22 - Today is a Provincial professional Day. What an ideal chance to study for the Rome Unit Test on Monday!
Social Studies 11

We are just starting the History portion of the course and a unit test is a couple of weeks away.

There is a major research assignment starting now, theFamily History - Immigration Assignment (With additional options for International and First Nations students.) 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, October 18 - Hand in the take home tests. Take up #1-4, p. 16 and #1-6, pp. 19-20. I erred in assigning this first and should have gone to the first few pages of text. We will fix this today. Discuss Immigration Assignment issues. Begin looking at late 19th century and early 20th century immigration to Canada -- push and pull factors. Laurier's Canada PowerPoint. Read pp. 4-10. Do #1-3, p. 9 and the questions in figure 1-2 and 1-5, p. 8. Homework: Talk to someone who immigrated to Canada in their lifetime. What difficulties have they faced in coming to a new land?
  • Tuesday, October 19 - Take up homework. Look at the earliest film of Vancouver - shot in 1907 on a hand-cranked movie camera, bolted to the front of a streetcar while travelling along Granville, Hastings, Carrall, Cordova, Cambie and Robson Streets. 1) What kinds of traffic do you see? 2) Did anything about the traffic surprise you? 3) What else did you notice about Vancouver in 1907? Another interesting look back in time is City Reflections; Vancouver - a set of 1907 and 2007 photos of the same locations - with the 1907 pictures taken from the streetcar film. Discuss the problems of immigration to Canada in the late 19th and early 20th century - including the 1907 Vancouver race riot. More of the PowerPoint on Laurier's Canada. Read the sidebar on pp. 10-11 of your text and explain why you would support or oppose the payment of compensation to families who paid the head tax to come to Canada.
  • Wednesday, October 20 - Discuss the head tax and the issue of compensation. Video - Komagata Maru - sorry, unavailable online. Board questions - 1) What did the Canadian public think of Indian immigration in 1914? 2) How did government try to restrict Indian immigration? 3) What world event pushed news of the Komogata Maru into the background in the summer of 1914? Do the "Looking Back" questions #1, 2, 6 and 7 on p. 19. Excellent material on early immigration to Canada can be found at the Library and Archives of Canada site's Immigration page - see further pages too.
  • Thursday, October 21 - Take up homework. Canada and the Empire. PowerPoint - If we do not complete this in class, please do so for homework. Read pp. 20-24. Do #1,2, & 4 p. 24 and the cartoon interpretation on p. 23 - Be sure to do #1-5 "Applying the Skill." Watch EA's Origins of World War I, part 1 & part 2.
  • Friday, October 22 - Professional Day - catch up if you are behind. If caught up, do some review -- especially with flash cards.
History 12

Plan for Topic #3.

Questions for Topic #3.

Essay #2.

    • Monday, October 18 - Italy & Fascism (base notes). If you have time, watch Fascism in Colour: Mussolini in Power - with early colour (and colourized) footage.
    • Tuesday, October 19 - No class today as this is Post-Secondary Liaison Afternoon.
    • Wednesday, October 20 - Introductory video Berlin in the 1920s. Germany, France & Britain (maybe) in the 1920's (base notes).
    • Thursday, October 21 - Germany & Britain in the 1920s (base notes) - anything not covered Wednesday. If time, we will continue with the British Empire in the 20s (base notes). We might begin the USA in the 1920s (Base Notes). For a 5 minute video summary of the USA in the 1920's see From the Great War to the Great Depression.
    • Friday, October 22 - Provincial Professional Day -- use the time to work on Essay #2 or on your questions.