Saturday, January 15, 2011

January 17-21

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Things that are static -- not requiring regular change -- can be found at my website:, I'm afraid I do not update this regularly. I spend most of my time keeping the blog up to date.

This blogsite will have all of the changing material -- lesson plans and links to assignments. I will try to ensure that all assignments are posted here.If you see something underlined, it means that you can click on the item to have it appear. I will do this for all pdf documents, PowerPoints, videos, and even some music.

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.

Note: This is the last week of classes before final exams. Any missing work must come in before the final exam at the latest.

Social Studies 8

Block 3 students - be sure to get DPA (Daily Physical Activity) sheets in! Copies of the monthly forms are available here in Word andPDFformats.

We will test India/China/Japan all together in the last class - on Friday, January 21.

We will move quickly, studying this material in less depth. Expect 20 multiple choice questions (1 mark each), 2 groups of 5 matching questions (10 marks total) and a choice of 2 from 3 long answer questions (6 marks each). The total value is, therefore, 42 marks and you can earn 3 bonus marks from 25 flash cards.
The Social Studies 8 Final Exam is on Wednesday, January 26 between 11:15-12:45. Block 1 is in Room D206, Block 3 is in Room D209.

  • Monday, January 17 - Make up #1-5, p. 123. WatchGenghis Khan. 1. How did Genghis Khan unify the Mongols? 2. Where did the Mongols expand after unification? 3. Why were the Mongols so successful. No specific new homework tonight. Be sure to review for the last unit test and final exam.
  • Tuesday, January 18 - Tuesday, January 19 - Watch watch this French documentary (with English narration); Eurasia; Le Reve Mongol. 1. How did Kublai Khan come to rule China? 2. What was needed before Kublai Khan could unify China under his rule? 3. How did ruling China change the Mongols of Kublai Khan? How did they try to maintain their culture? 4. What contact did Kublai Khan's China have with the outside world? 5. Why did the West become interested in China at this time? Read pp. 123-125. Do #1-7, p. 125.
  • Wednesday, January 19 - Make up #1-7, p. 125. Video: Shinto Part 1, Part 2. 1. What are Kami? 2. Would Shintoism appeal to non-Japanese people? Why or why not? 3. How is it that Buddhism and Shintoism can be practiced at the same time? Read pp. 126-130. Do #1-8, p. 130.
  • Thursday, January 20 - Take up #1-8, p. 130. Watch Ancient Warriors; The Samurai, part 1, part 2. 1. What were the Samurai? 2. How were the Samurai similar to Medieval European Knights? How were they different? Study for the Unit Test tomorrow and the final exam on Tuesday.
  • Friday, January 21 - Final Unit Test - India/China/Japan. Review for final exam on Wednesday.
Social Studies 11

The Geography textbook 21st Century World is available online. Just click on the title to access the table of contents.

With so little time left, there will be only one unit test in the Geography unit. It will cover chapters 1-3 and will be on Monday, January 17. Expect it to have 65 multiple choice questions and two from a choice of 10 long answer questions - valued at 6 marks each. The total is, therefore, out of 77 marks. 30 properly done flash cards will earn 5 bonus marks. We will not test chapters 4 & 5 -- but this material needs to be studied as it will be part of the material tested on the final examination.

You should be studying for the final exam at this time. Next week I will run an exam preparation class outside of school time. Expect it to run for about an hour to an hour and a half. We will look for an appropriate time slot this week.

It is essential that you are currently preparing to write the Provincial Final Exam. This is not a test that you can cram for with one or two days to go. You must become familiar with what to expect on the final exam and comfortable with the format of the test. Go to the ministry sites ( Frequently asked questions page, table of specifications, key verb list, &scoring criteria) to see how the exam is put together and look at past exams -- in fact you should write the sample test and look at the posted key to see how you do. To see how to approach the essay questions, look at this documentprovided to train markers of the exam. Link from my web pageon writing the SS11 final, and also see myPowerPoint on how to approach the test.

I am giving an optional extra class after school on Monday, at 3:15 p.m., on how to prepare for the Provincial Final Exam. We will go over the PowerPoint above and also look at a past sample exam and look at how to approach it. Expect this to last 1-2 hours - depending on student interest. You do not need to stay for the whole session.

Past provincial exams for all subjects can be found at: -- Exam keys too!

Please Note: I have planned this weeks classes knowing that each lesson is crammed full. If we do not complete something, there is no longer the option of carrying it over to the next class. It is up to you to make sure that you look at any unfinished material on your own.
  • Monday, January 17 - Unit Test on chapters 1-3. Read pp. 83-87. Do #1-3, p. 84, #1-4, p. 85, #1-2, p. 86 and #1-3, p. 87.
  • Tuesday, January 18 - Take up homework. PowerPoint for Chapter 4 - Note -- we will move very quickly through this. Be sure to scan the PowerPoint again, on your own time, in order to take good notes. Read pp. 88-93. Do #1-4, p. 89, #1-5, p. 91 and #1-5, p. 93.
  • Wednesday, January 19 - Take up #1-4, p. 89, #1-5, p. 91 and #1-5, p. 93. Video: History’s Harvest and do the viewing guide questions. If time we will look at more of theChapter 4 PowerPoint. Read pp. 93-106. Do #1-6, p. 97 (but note "1997" in #3 should read "1973" and the typographical error in #5, where "grater" should read "greater"), #1-7, p. 102, #1-6, p. 105 and Further Thought #1-4, p. 108. Be sure to investigate the CBC Archives material on the GMO debate. Identify arguments for and against producing genetically modified foods. SeeGenetically Modified Food; Panacea or Poison? for an anti-GMO presentation (54 minute documentary).
  • Thursday, January 20 - Take up homework. Complete the any unfinished material from last class.Chapter 5 PowerPoint. Read pp. 116-129. Do #1, p. 118, #1-3, p. 120, #1-5, p. 123, #1-3, p. 129.
  • Friday, January 21 - Take up #1, p. 118, #1-3, p. 120, #1-5, p. 123, #1-3, p. 129. Introduction: Worldmapper animation. Watch the amazing Dr. Hans Rosling's presentation at the 2006 TED Conference - The Seemingly Impossible is Possible. We will also complete the chapter 5 PowerPoint. Read pp. 130-132. Do #1-2, p. 131, #1-4, p. 132 and Further Thought #1-6, p. 132. If you liked Hans Rosling, try William McDonough's TED lecture.
History 12

Past provincial exams for all subjects can be found at: -- Exam keys too!

Plan for Topics #5 & 6.

Questions for Topics #5 & 6. These were due last Friday, but I will accept them without penalty on Monday, January 17.

There will not be a unit test on topics 5 & 6. However, expect significant weight on this material on the final exam. All marks must be finalized by Monday, so you know your mark going into the final exam. I intend to give everyone their mark going into the exam on Tuesday -- but it is still possible to increase this mark up until Wednesday of next week, if overdue material is submitted. Beyond this date I cannot guarantee marking the material in time for having to submit your class mark to Victoria.

  • Monday, January 17 - We will complete the Middle East from 1956 then move on to the Rise of Islamic Fundamentalism (base notes). The Irish documentary Whose Afraid of Islam is an interesting look at cultural struggles. Watch and listen to the songs of the Iranian Revolution: Example 1 - Tribute to Imam Khomeini (with English subtitles),Example 2, Example 3 -Khamenei is Our Leader (With a speech by the Iranian cleric at the start), Example 4 - Iranian song supporting Palestinians against Israel.
  • Tuesday, January 18 - We will watch BBC documentary that compares the rise of radical islamists and American neo-conservatives is The Power of Nightmares. If there was any material left from last class, we will complete it today.
  • Wednesday, January 19 - Southern Africa and the Fall of Apartheid (base notes). Watch Charlie Rose's interview with F.W. De Klerk, the Afrikaaner who brought an end to apartheid. How can white and black reconcile in South Africa? Watch Spear Cleansing (23 minutes, about Letlapa Mphalele, who ordered the killing of whites, and Ginn Fourie, who's daughter was killed on the order of Mphalele. Both are now friends and colleagues. A good historical treatment of the lives of human rights leaders Gandhi and Mandela is Together We Lit Up the Sky. Music was a powerful weapon in the anti-apartheid movement. Johnny Clegg, a white student of Zulu music and dance, wrote hugely popular music, often with a strongly propolitical bent. Watch some of the videos of anti-Apartheid activist and ethnomusicologist Johnny Clegg: Scatterlings of Africa, Asimbonanga (Nelson Mandela appears on stage with him in this clip), One Man, One Vote. For something a little different, try Nwampfundla. ...and in response, a revival of Boer nostalgia from when the Boers once fought against all odds in the Boer war - Delarey.
  • Thursday, January 20 - We will complete any lecture material that is unfinished and watch video material if there is any class time remaining -- probably drawn from the optional material above, unless I find something better during the week.
  • Friday, January 21 - Click here for the PowerPoint Presentation. Exam preparation.