Saturday, November 27, 2010

November 29-December 3

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Social Studies 8

Block 3 students - be sure to get DPA (Daily Physical Activity) sheets in.
Students have quite a bit on their plates with the major project due soon. I'm going to add chapter 5 to the next unit test to put off the date a little longer still - I expect it to be on Tuesday, December 14. It will include chapters 3-4-5. Expect the mark breakdown to be as follows: 50 multiple choice questions ( 1 mark each) and 4 long answer questions from a choice of 7 possibilities (6 marks each). The test total is, therefore, out of 74 marks. At least 35 flash cards will be needed to earn the full 5 bonus marks available.

Students should be working on the Medieval Research Project. Part 1. Part 2. The due date has been extended to Monday, December 6.

  • Monday, November 29 - Writing point-form outlines. Library research block
  • Tuesday, November 30 - Library block. We will take attendance at class before heading there.
  • Wednesday, December 1 - Take up #1-6, p. 74. Complete Terry Jones' The Crusades; Pilgrims in Arms. Questions: 1) What started the First Crusade? 2) What did crusader knights hope to gain? 3) Why did peasants join the crusade? 4) Why were Jews persecuted in Medieval Europe? 5) How did the "Peoples' Crusade" end? 6) What was the relationship between the crusaders and the Byzantines? Watch Episode 2: Jerusalem, and do the questions on the 2nd screen: 1) What equipment did a night on the first crusade take with him? 2) What hazards did crusaders face and was it likely that a crusader would survive the 1st Crusade? 3) Why did Baldwin leave the main crusader group to go to Edessa? 4) How were fortified cities attacked by the crusaders? 5) What happened at Marat? 6) Did Christians in Jerusalem need rescuing? Explain. 7) How did the Crusader's treat the inhabitants of Jerusalem when they took the city? Work on your reports.
  • Thursday, December 2 - Complete Jerusalem video, if not completed in class and take up the questions (See Wednesday). Note: This is some of the most important material we will look at in History this year. It ties in the distant past with the world today. Video: Christianity; A History; The Crusades. Why does the word "crusade" upset Muslims in the Middle East? Do western leaders today seem to understand this view? Go online and read the Hosford Atlas Crusades material, pp. 27-28. Crusades Map Assignment, due next class; 10 marks.
  • Friday, December 3 - Take up homework. Finish the video from last class if we did not do so. Introduction to the "Growth of Royal Power in England and France." Video clip; WilliamI of England. 1) Why did William of Normandy invade England? 2) How were 7,000 Normans able to control 2 million Anglo-Saxons? 3) How did this change life for England's inhabitants? Mr. Zoller's Video Podcasts; the Magna Carta. Questions: 1) How did English Kings after the Norman conquest centralize power in the King's hands. 2) How did Magna Carta change this? Sidebar on Magna Carta in Patterns of Civilization, p. 80 & handout questions for homework - pick up a paper copy after school if you cannot access online.
Social Studies 11

There is a major research assignment underway, the Family 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.

The next unit test will be on Wednesday, December 1. Expect the mark breakdown to be as follows: 45 multiple choice questions (1 mark each), 5 definitions (2 marks each) and 3 from a choice of 5 long answer questions (6 marks each). The total is, therefore, out of 73 marks. 5 bonus marks are available if you submit more than 25 flash cards done as required.

  • Monday, November 29 - Take up "Looking Back" #2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, & 14, p.129. Complete watching The Valour & the Horror; Savage Christmas; Hong Kong 1941 and questions. The video assignment for this is due Tuesday. Begin:Shoah/Holocaust -PowerPoint. Video: on the Holocaust (Frontline; Memory of the Camps – Chapter 4. Available online at In sections on Youtube - Part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5, part 6). Prepare for the unit test on Wednesday.
  • Tuesday, November 30 - Complete any material not finished on Monday. Introduction to post-war Canada. PowerPoint Post 1945 Canada. Prepare for the unit test on Wednesday.
  • Wednesday, December 1 - Unit Test on Chapters 3-5. Read pp. 130-135. Do sidebar questions p. 133 & 134 & #1-4, p. 135.
  • Thursday, December 2 - Take up homework. PowerPoint Post 1945 Canada. Material from Canada; A Peoples’ History; Comfort & Fear. (Comfort & Fear, From Sea to Sea and Boom- questions). Read pp. 135-139. Do #1-5, p. 139.
  • Friday, December 3 - PowerPoint Post 1945 Canada. Material from Canada; A Peoples’ History; Comfort & Fear. (Seeing Red, On Guard for Thee and The Shadow of Nuclear War -questions). Read pp. 140-146. Do sidebar questions pp. 140, 141 #1-2, 143 #3, 145 & #1-6, p. 146. Watch some anti-communist American propaganda from the 1950's He May Be a Communist,The Red Menace, and the ever popular film used in schools --Communism.
History 12

Plan for Topic #4.

Questions for Topic #4.

Essay #3 - Due the last week of classes before Christmas.

Plan for Topics #5 & 6.

Questions for Topics #5 & 6.

The unit test on Topic #4 is on Monday, November 29. Expect the following mark breakdown: 70 multiple choice questions (1 mark each), 5 map items (1 mark each) and 2 from a choice of 4 long answer questions (10 marks each). The total is, therefore, out of 95 marks.