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Social Studies 8
The unit test for Geography will be Monday, October 4. Expect it to be out of around 75 marks. You need to memorize some important information for the exam, but mostly it will involve answering questions using your Canadian Oxford School Atlas 7th edition. All material that we have covered so far, and will cover this week, is fair game for the test.
- Monday, October 4 - Geography Unit Test. Sign out History textbooks -- look them over if you finish early.
- Tuesday, October 5 - Test post-mortem (discussion of how the class did and how things can be improved in the future). Sign out new texts and return old ones. Introduction to History text and to SQ3R study method. 3 Timeline assignment - personal/family/world - 10 marks, due next class.
- Wednesday, October 6 -Time Line Field Trip. Introduction to the Greco-Roman world. Read Patterns of Civilization, pp. 2-6. Do #1-6, p. 6.
- Thursday, October 7 - Take up homework. Video - Roman City and questions. Handout and questions for homework.
- Friday, October 8 - Take up homework -- the questions on the Roman Towns handout. We will also go over the answers to the video questions on David Macauley's Roman City. Introduction to Classical Architecture -- how the Romans built and how this knowledge is the foundation of modern building today. PowerPoint on Roman Architecture -- from Mr. Benoy's Comparative Civilizations 12 course. If we have time, we will watch What the Ancients Knew; The Romans (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6). Read the handout and do questions for homework. Also complete the Architecture Hunt assignment -- value: 10 marks and due next Wednesday. Are you interested in learning more about Roman engineering? Check out the BBC's animation on the Roman Colosseum.
Social Studies 11
Expect your unit test on the Legislative, Executive and Judicial branches of the Canadian Federal Government to be either Thursday or Friday of this week -- depending on our in-class progress. The mark breakdown should be roughly as follows: 35 multiple choice questions (1 mark each), 2 from 4 long answer questions (6 marks each), and one essay question on what should be done with the Canadian Senate (12 marks - 2 x 6). The total is, therefore, most likely to be out of 59 marks. Create and use flashcards now to master terms and names. This not only helps you with subject content, but it ensures that you know what test questions are asking. At least 25 flash flash cards are needed to earn the 5 bonus marks.
- Monday, October 4 - Take up homework. Overview of the Judiciary - PowerPoint - go to the section on the Judiciary. Read pp. 270-275. Do #1-3, p. 275.
- Tuesday, October 5 - Take up homework, #1-3, p. 275. Video’s on the court system. Comparison of Adversarial vs. Inquisitorial court systems. If time, we will go over how to write an analytical essay. Read pp. 277-288. Do #1-3, p. 280, & 1 & 4, p. 288. Please bring your red Government text to class next day -- along with your blue text. (Note - we did not get to the video material, so this is pushed forward to the next day.)
- Wednesday, October 6 - Take up homework. Introduce concept of Human rights – examine text p. 294. Students to list what they would expect fundamental rights to be in Canada - Think-Pair-Share. Use Government text p. 60 to list Schweitzer’s list of fundamental rights. Government text pp. 152-158. Examine the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms - see PowerPoint;The Constitution. Summarize each of the key sections in your notes. Effect of passing the Charter on Canadian law -- all laws in Canada must conform unless passed using the notwithstanding clause or if they can withstand a challenge based on their being within reasonable limits. If we did not go over essay writing last class, we will do so today. Read pp. 292-312. Do #1, p. 297, #2-3 sidebar p. 303, #1 & 3, p. 304, #3, p. 308 & #2, p. 312. Remember to bring 25+ flashcards to the test Friday to earn 5 bonus marks. Note: We did not get to the constitutional material this class, so the test is postponed until Friday.
- Thursday, October 7 - Introduce concept of Human rights – examine text p. 294. Students to list what they would expect fundamental rights to be in Canada - Think-Pair-Share. Use Government text p. 60 to list Schweitzer’s list of fundamental rights. Government text pp. 152-158. Examine the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms - see PowerPoint;The Constitution. Summarize each of the key sections in your notes. Effect of passing the Charter on Canadian law -- all laws in Canada must conform unless passed using the notwithstanding clause or if they can withstand a challenge based on their being within reasonable limits.
- Friday, October 8 - Unit Test on the Legislative, Executive and Judicial branches of government. Read pp. 240-246. Do #1-3, p. 246, & sidebar #1, p. 244.
Topic #2 will be tested on Tuesday. Expect the breakdown of marks to be roughly as follows: 60 multiple choice questions (1 mark each), 10 map items (1 mark each), 5 definitions (2 marks each) and 2 long answer questions (10 marks each). The total is, therefore, out of roughly 100 marks.
- Monday, October 4 - We will complete any material missed last week. If time, we will watch a video on the Great War -- perhaps Barbara Tuchman's The Guns of August.
- Tuesay, October 5 - Unit Test on Topic 2. Be sure to pick up the plan for Topic #3 and the Topic #3 questions.
- Wednesday, October 6 - The League of Nations. Base lecture notes.For a good treatment of the League's dealing with a major dispute, see ITV Schools' TV's The League of Nations and the Manchurian Dispute (20 minutes). There is much fascinating material at theLeague of Nations Homepage. M. Cliffe has a couple of online PowerPoints on the League: The League of Nations and Failures of the League.
- Thursday, October 7 - The Origins of Socialism. Base lecture notes. A great comedic presentation of Marx' ideas and their releveance today can be had in British Socialist Mark Steel's talk The Revolutionary Ideas of Karl Marx - warning: there is some strong language used.
- Friday, October 8 - Origins of Socialism and Russia Before the Revolutions. (Base notes). See Susan Pojer's PowerPoint on the 1905 Russian Rebellion.