Things that are static -- not requiring regular change -- can be found at my website:http://sites.google.com/site/kbenoy/However, 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.
- Tuesday, January 4 - Reminder of Renaissance & Reformation test on Thursday. Introduction to the Reformation. Video - The Protestant Reformation; Part 1and Part 2. While watching, answer the following: 1. Why did the Roman Catholic Church face criticism in the 14th century? 2. How did the Church deal with critics? 2. Why were ideas spreading quickly during Luther's life? 3. Why did Luther criticize the Church? 4. How did he escape punishment by the Church? 5. What other reformers brought change to Europe? What did they believe? Read pages 147-150. Do #1-5, p. 150. If you are interested in the reformation and have a little time, watch one or more of the following BBC documentaries (1 hour each) The Protestant Revolution; Part 1; The Politics of Belief, The protestant Revolution; Part 2; The Godly Family, The Protestant Revolution; Part 3; A Reformation of the Mind, and The Protestant Reformation; Part 4; No Rest for the Wicked.
- Wednesday, January 5 - Take up homework. Video:Christianity - A History; Part 5; the Reformation. 1. How did the Reformation result in conflict in Europe? 2. How is the division of Christianity still evident in the world today? Read pp. 150-154. Do #1-6, p. 154.
- Thursday, January 6 - Take up homework. Quiz on Renaissance and Reformation. Read pp. 18-22. Do #1-5, p. 22. If time, PowerPoint on Hinduism and Buddhism. If we do not get to these in class, please look at them yourself, for homework.
- Friday, January 7 - Take up homework. Introduction to Indian civilization. Video: Legacy; Empire of the Spirit and questions. Read pp. 22-26. Do #1-7, p. 26. For a very nice summary of world religions, see the PowerPoint Religious Realms from the University of Texas.
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 page on writing the SS11 final, and also see myPowerPoint on how to approach the test.
- Tuesday, January 4 - Course Planning -- grade 12 options in Social Studies. Complete chapter 1 PowerPoint. Begin watching An Inconvenient Truth. Your job while watching this film is to: 1) Identify Gore's thesis in this film. 2) List the evidence he cites to prove his thesis. 3) Explain why Gore convinced you or did not convince you that we must take immediate action to deal with climate change. they will be evaluated out of 10 marks for content (parts 1 & 2) and thoughtfulness (part 3) - this will be due on Friday. Read pp. 12-16. Do #1-9, p. 16 & #1-4, pp. 16-17.
- Wednesday, January 5 - Take up homework. Continue watching An Inconvenient Truth and work on the assignment. Read pp. 17-20. Do #1-2, p. 17 & #1-4, p. 21.
- Thursday, January 6 - Take up homework. Complete watching An Inconvenient Truth and ensure that the assignment is completed for next day. If we do not finish watching it in class, you are to do so on your own by watching it online. Begin Ch. 2 PowerPoint. Read pp. 29-31. Do both #1-3 on p. 31.
- Friday, January 7 - Take up homework. Continue Ch. 2 PowerPoint - Population & Demographics. Go to Statistics Canada's website and read The Population Pyramid; What it is and How it Works. Use the data found at Statistics Canada's 2006 Data Table to calculate Canada's dependency ratio, based on the most recent census. Read pp. 31-37. Do #1 on p. 37. Go to the US Census Bureau's International Database and download and print a projected population pyramid for Nigeria in 2010. Do the same for Japan. Compare the shapes of these population pyramids. Suggest reasons why they are so different from one another.
Essay #3 - Due the last week of classes before Christmas.
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.
- Tuesday, January 4 - The USA (domestic) Since 1945 (base notes). Note: look at Britain's SchoolHistory'srevision material for this topic. Look at Susan Pojer's PowerPoint on 1950's America. Watch this short video (7 minutes) with images and protest songs (mostly Bob Dylan) about the civil rights movement. Watch the 11 minute video of Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I have a dream" speech. See other Civil Rights videos at the PBS site - Eyes on the Prize. Link back for other material.
- Wednesday, January 5 - USA (domestic) Since 1945 - continued.
- Thursday, January 6 - Economic Resurgence in Western Europe (base notes). Watch this short American video clip on America's reasons for launching the Marshall Plan (1 1/2 minutes). For a look at British 1980's cynicism about European cooperation, watch this 4 minute segment fromYes, Minister. The opposing view can be seen in this short pro-European Union animation (3 minute) made to explain the EU to the British public. Introductory video:European Union; 50 Years in 5 Minutes.
- Friday, January 7 - Complete European post-war resurgence (base notes), possibly, begin the material on post-war Japan (base notes).