Saturday, December 04, 2010

December 6-10

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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.

Click here for pictures of the Grad Dinner Dance.

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.

Medieval Research Project. Part 1. Part 2. is due on Monday. Please note: If you are using "Bibme" to generate your bibliography, you do not need to have a bibliographic information gathering form -- it is done on the website!

  • Monday, December 6 - Hand in your Medieval Projects. Take up Magna Carta homework.Introduce unification of France. Look at map on p. 81 of Patterns of Civilization. Land was added to the Royal domain because nobles were decimated by the Hundred Years War (which we will study more later) - and having their land revert to the King, and the development of a distinctly French & English nationalism (See this summary of the end of the Hundred Years War) and French Kings gained much control over the Church in France. Introduction to the "Struggle Between Popes and Emperors."Hosford Atlas, pp. 25 and 30. Assignment: 10 marks, due Thursday -Medieval Newspaper (See also the newspaper example) - after Medieval Research Assignment - due Thursday(Alone or in pairs). Read p. 82-84. Do #1-6, p. 84.
  • Tuesday, December 7 - Go over homework Watch Part 5 of The Rise and Fall of Islamic Spain(Click here for the full documentary, almost 2 hours.). Questions: 1) What happens to the reconquered people of Granada after the Christian reconquest? Read pp. 85-87. Do #1-6, p. 87. Interested in the Inquisition? Try these two documentaries: Secret Files of the Inquisition; Part 1, and Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4. And now for something completely different -- Monty Python's "Spanish Inquisition" and here for another episode. Please note: I deleted the filmstrip we were to watch today as the equipment is not functioning. However, it was brought to my attention that I neglected to assign the readings on pages 77-81 last week -- along with questions #1-6 on p. 81. The time not used for the filmstrip (about 20 minutes) was given, in class, to complete this material.
  • Wednesday, December 8 - Take up #1-6, p. 87. Introduction to the Plague. Page 42 of Hosford Atlas. Pint Size History; the Black Death. Watch History's Turning Points; 1347 AD; The Black Death. 1. Where did the Plague originate? 3) What did Medieval Europeans think caused the disease? What really caused it? 4) How did the Plague spread throughout Europe? 5) How did Medieval people deal with the disease? 6. What were the lasting effects of the Plague? Interested in the Black Death -- watch the History of Britain; King Death (1 hour). We will watch just a 10 minute excerpt from the video.Assignment: Imagine that you are a witness to the Plague. Write an account of its coming and its effects. 10 marks. Due Friday. Medieval newspaper assignment due next class.
  • Thursday, December 9 - Hand in Medieval Newspaper assignments. Introduction to the Hundred Years War - Hosford Atlas, page 43. We will watchBattles that Changed the World; Agincourt. 1) How did the Hundred Years' War damage both England and France? 2) How was it that a smallish English army defeated a much larger French force at Agincourt? 3) How did new weapons undermine the power of knights and lords? Introduction to heraldry - handout. Design and produce on a sheet of blank paper a personal coat of arms. For vast amounts of information on heraldry, visit the Society for Creative Anachronism's website. See also a detailed descriptionfrom Otis Norman Crandall. Time for a movie? If you have the time, watch Battlefield Detectives; Agincourt's Dark Secrets (You need to install Veoh for this - check with your parents as it does affect other programmes - I only have it on one of my computers because of Veoh's sometimes annoying changes).
  • Friday, December 10 - Collect coats of arms and Black Plague assignments. Look at Hosford Atlas, "Agents of Change" pp. 45-47. Watch The Western Tradition; Episode 23; the Late Middle Ages. (You will need to register to access this site, but don't worry -- it is American public television and you will not be pestered with junk mail after doing so). While watching, answer the following question: What changes were happening to life in the late Middle Ages? why? Introduction to the "Babylonian Captivity" when there were multiple popes at one time. See p. 44 of the Hosford Atlas. Read pp. 134-138. Do #1-7, p. 138.
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.
  • Monday, December 6 - Take up sidebar questions pp. 140, 141 #1-2, 143 #3, 145 & #1-6, p. 146. Watch videos (sorry, unavailable online) from Canada; A Peoaple's History; Comfort and Fear. "Boom," "Seeing Red," "On Guard for Thee" and "The Shadow of Nuclear War" -questions." This is material that we did not get to last week. Continue PowerPoint Post 1945 Canada. Read pp. 146-150. Do sidebars p. 146 & #1-4, p. 150. If you have the time, Watch the stunning British Documentary Nuclear War: A Guide to Armageddon (Part 1, Part 2& Part 3) to understand the stakes of nuclar confrontation. Another rivetting show on nuclear war is Threads, a BBC production about what would happen to a community if nuclear war occurred.
  • Tuesday, December 7 - Take up homework. PowerPoint Post 1945 Canada. Material from Canada; A Peoples’ History; Comfort & Fear. ("First Tremors" "A Prairie Storm" & "The Fight for Medicare" - questions)," Read pp. 150-158. Do sidebar, #1-3, p. 155, #1-5, p. 156 & #2-4, p. 158.
  • Wednesday, December 8 - PowerPoint Post 1945 Canada. Material from Canada; A Peoples’ History; Comfort & Fear. ("Material from Canada; A People’s History (“A Question of Equality,” “A Changing Face,”and “The Computer Moves In” and questions). Read pp. 160-172. Do #2-6, p. 167, & #1-5, p. 172.
  • Thursday, December 9 - Take up homework. Finish any PowerPoint material not completed. Material from Canada; A People’s History("Time for Change" & "Maitres Chez Nous" - questions). Read pp. 172-187. Do #1-4, p. 176, #2-4, p. 182, and 2-5, p. 187.
  • Friday, December 10 - Take up homework. PowerPoint The Quiet and Not-So-Quiet Revolution. Watch "Vive le Quebec Libre," "October Crisis", the "Choice" - questions. Read pp. 191- 200. Do #1,2, 4 & 5, p. 194, #1,34 & 5, p. 197 and 1, 2 & 4, p. 200.
History 12

Questions for Topic #4.

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

Plan for Topics #5 & 6.

Questions for Topics #5 & 6.

There will not be a unit test on topics 5 & 6. However, expect significant weight on this material on the final exam. You will submit work to #62 of the questions in January. The I may collect some of the remainder in the final week -- we will determine this after the Christmas holidays. The problem I have is that all marks must be finalized by the last week of classes, so you know your mark going into the final exam.

  • Monday, December 6 - CNN/BBC's Cold War videos. "Episode 6; Reds" (part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5,). "Episode 7; After Stalin" (part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5,).
  • Tuesday, December 7 - Video - India; The Brightest Jewel - from the 20th Century History series (Part 1, part 2). Decolonization India (base notes). Decolonization India (base notes). A nice short (under 10 minute) history of partition and the endless conflict that followed it can be found here. If you are prepared to install Veoh on your computer, you can see the entire BBC documentary The Day India Burned (I had to uninstall as it conflicted with another programme. You might not have this difficulty). The first 23 minutes of the documentary can be befound elsewhere. Another excellent, longish, documentary is The Last Days of the Raj (part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5, part 6,part 7, part 8, part 9)Time for a movie? Watch Partition -- available in its entirity on Googlevideo.
  • Wednesday, December 8 - The Middle East to 1956 (base notes). Video clip from the 20th Century History series - if available. Watch the BBC documentary The Birth of Israel. For those really interested in the Middle East - try The 50 Years War; Israel and the Arabs (chunked into 29 parts, I just link to the Youtube directory for its parts). There is a nice BBC documentary on the 1956 war - The Other Side Of Suez 1956 (part 1, part 2, part 3).
  • Thursday, December 9 - Complete the Middle East to 1956. If time, begin video Mr. Kennedy & Mr. Khrushchev (sorry, not available online). If time, Begin the Cuban Missile Crisis (base notes). Be sure to watch CNN's Cold War; Episode 10; Cuba 1959-1962 (part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5). Thirteen Days is a decent Hollywood treatment of the crisis, though it is a little loose in dealing with people and events -- not enough to worry about messing up your knowledge for the final exam though.
  • Friday, December 10 - The Cuban Missile Crisis (base notes). If you have almost two hours available, get in the mood for Wednesday's lecture on nuclear war by viewing Threads, a British docudrama from the 1980s about a nuclear war -- banned from British TV at the time, it is a highly praised production that gives a frightening, but important view of what such a war might be like. For a straight-forward documentary 0n what would happen to a city hit by a nuclear bomb, watch Nuclear War; A Guide to Armageddon - this links to the first episode, go to the sidebar to link to the other segments. You might also look at Defcon 2 - Cuban Missile Crisis (Part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5, part 6).