Wednesday, November 17, 2010

November 15-19 - Redone

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Sutherland has renewed its license with Discovery Education Streaming services and all of the Discovery videos and video clips are available for student use. If you established an account in previous years, you can 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.

My tutorial times are officially 3:10 to 3:30 on Mondays and Fridays, however I am available most days before school, at noon and after school. Drop by or make an appointment if you need guaranteed time. I will respond to e-mails within a day at worst.

86% Club

We meet on Thursday of this week. Many of you are unable to attend because of competing meetings. The information I will go over is contained in the following two documents. Click on them to download or read them:

Agenda & New Opportunities.

Financial Planning for First Year.

Social Studies 8

The next exam will not be for at least a week or so and possibly more. This one will include more than one chapter from the textbook. I will post details about the exam when we are a little closer to it.

Medieval Research Project. Part 1. Part 2.

We saw two episodes of Terry Jones' Medieval Lives in class. If you want to see about the lives of other medieval people, here are links to other episodes: The Monk, The Damsel, The Minstrel, The Philosopher, The Outlaw, The KingA terrific documentary about medieval life is Michael Woods' Christina; A Medieval Life.Be sure to watch this if you get the chance. It gives real insight into 14th Century peasant life.

Interested in Medieval weapons? Watch Weapons that Made Britain; The Long Sword, Weapons that Made Britain; the Shield and The Weapons that Made Britain; The Longbow.Watch Battlefield Britain; Hastings about the Norman conquest of Britain.

Major glitch! I thought I had the library booked during this week, but apparently booked the following week instead. I am, therefore, re-planning this week. Expect library classes on the following dates: November 24, 25, 29 and 30. Report to the class and we will go from there.

Social Studies 11

We just had a unit test, so the next exam is at least a week away. I will post the mark breakdown when we are a little closer to the test.There is a major research assignment underway, theFamily History - Immigration Assignment (With additional options for International and First Nations students. Click here to get a sample pedigree sheet. ) 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 15 - (Some time this block we will be doing a Social "Responsibility Survey." This will take about half an hour and is likely to result in rejigging the plan for the week. I will do so when I have a clearer idea on its impact on our class.) Introductory video clip on the Great Depression. Take up sidebar questions p. 71 & 72 & #1-4, p. 72, sidebar questions p. 76, 78 & 79 & #1-2, p. 79. WatchCanada; A People’s History; Hard Times and do the viewing guide questions. If time we will continue with the PowerPoint on the interwar years. Do sidebars 4-16, p. 93, 4-17 & 4-18, p. 95 & 4-19, p. 96.
  • Tuesday, November 16 - Take up homework. Continue Canada; A People’s History; Hard Times and PowerPoint - Canada Between the Wars; 1919-1939. Read pp. 86-90. Do #1-2 sidebar p. 89, #1-3, p. 90.Take up #1-2 sidebar p. 89, #1-3, p. 90. Continue Canada; A People’s History; Hard Times and PowerPoint- Canada Between the Wars; 1919-1939. Read pp. 90-98. Do #1-5, p. 98.
  • Wednesday, November 17 - Take up homework. Complete PowerPoint. Video King & Country (sorry, unavailable on the Internet) & questions. If you have not read pages 90-98, please do so and ensure that #1-5, p. 98 is completed. Read pp. 100-110. Do 1-4, p. 105, sidebar questions p. 106, 107, 110 & #1-3, p. 110. If you are interested and have the time, watch this British anti-war advertisement from the 1930s to understand the roots of appeasement. Watch the 20 minute 30's documentary: The European Arms Race 1935 - 1939 part 1 andpart 2. To see Nazi Germany, watch this largely unnarrated documentary, Nazi Germany Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5,Part 6, Part 7, Part 8 & Part 9. How Were Decisions Made in Nazi Germany. Look at Hitler's art: Part 1, Part 2.
  • Thursday, November 18 - Take up homework. Complete King & Country video and questions. Introduction to World War II. Begin video series & questions; Episode I; Canada Remembers; Turning the Tide). WWII series. pp. 111-115. Do #1-4, p. 115.
  • Friday, November 19 - Take up homework. Finish material on Turning the Tide & questions. Begin The Liberators; D-Day to the Rhine & questions. 115-122. Do #1, 2 & 4, p. 122.

History 12

Essay #2 is due on Monday November 15.

Plan for Topic #4.

Questions for Topic #4.

  • Monday, November 15 - Hand in Essay #2. Video: Twentieth Century History: Britain Alone (If available) . World War II chronology (base notes). Interested in the Battle of Britain? Be sure to watch the 1969 movie by the same name. Aircraft used were surviving models from the time - watch the climax scenes here; watch the whole movie on Youku. Probably the best documentary on the subject is Battlefield; The Battle of Britain - (part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5, part 6, part 7, part 8, part 9, part 10, part 11, part 12). A much shorter documentary is Battlefield Britain; The Battle of Britain. For a Canadian viewpoint on the battle, watch the 20 minute nfb film Churchill's Island. A US wartime perspective can be found at Why We Fight; The Battle of Britain.
  • Tuesday, November 16 - Introductory slideshow - Coventry Cathedral. Video: Twentieth Century History; Pearl Harbour to Hiroshima (if available). World War II chronology (base notes). 2/3 of the land fighting of WWII took place on the Eastern Front. Be sure to watch some video material on this important area.
  • Wednesday, November 17 - World War II chronology (base notes). Don't bother with the movie Pearl Harbour as it is historically poor; do watch Tora! Tora! Tora! however. Watch World War II; War in the Pacific, from the World at War series.
  • Thursday, November 18 - Video: Twentieth Century History; The Road to Berlin (if available). Complete the World War II chronology (base notes). Hopefully, begin World War II; the British Experience (base notes). Most of the film we see of World War II is in black and white if it isn't from Hollywood. World War II; The Lost Colour Archives (part 1, part 2 - note: this one is missing from this series, but can be had at Veoh, requiring registration and download, part 3) is interesting footage.
  • Friday, November 19 - Complete World War II; the British Experience (base notes).