Saturday, March 26, 2011

March 28-April 1

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Things that are static -- not requiring regular change -- can be found at my website: You will be glad to know that now I have a prep. block, I am once again updating my website.

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.

Social Studies 8

Mr. Nann, a student teacher from UBC, will work with you for the next little while. I will be in and out of the classroom during this block -- but I remain available for extra help, even on material Mr. Nann is teaching. This is an excellent opportunity to take advantage of all the tutorial help we have with all of the adult bodies in this class. Mr. Nann's blogsite works much like my own.

He will post his lessons at:

Do not hesitate to contact me for help if you need it. My job satisfaction comes from your success -- even if I have a student teacher working with you.

Social Studies 11

This class has the honour of working with our UBC student teacher, Mr. Nann. He will be with us for about half of the term. I will be in and out of the class, but I am always available for extra help, before school, at noon (except Wednesdays) and after school. Take advantage of the extra help available this semester!

Mr. Nann's blogsite is at:

History 12

You must be sure to visit The History Guide for excellent background material supporting this course.

Topic #3's Unit Test is not until around Thursday, April 7. I am not exactly sure at this time as we are running a little behind schedule.

  • Monday, March 28 - Introductory video, Berlin in the 1920's. Germany, France & Britain (maybe) in the 1920s (base notes). Interested in the Irish issue? Watch The Anglo Irish War (part 1, part 2, part 3). Be sure to watch this 5 minute video from Irish television on The Irish Civil War; 1922-1923. The best movie about these times is Michael Collins -- worth renting. Learn about Gandhi from the documentary Mahatma Gandhi; Pilgrim of Peace (part 1, part 2, part 3) -- or see the fabulous historical movie: Gandhi.
  • Tuesday, March 29 - Germany & Britain in the 1920s (base notes) - anything not covered Monday. If time, we will continue with the British Empire in the 20's (base notes). We might begin the USA in the 1920s (base notes). Watch Simon Schama's 59 minute documentary on the British Empire, A History of Britain; The Empire of Good Intentions.
  • Wednesday, March 30 - The USA in the 1920s (base notes). Be sure to see the video: The Century; America's Time; Boom and Bust (part 1 - seen at the end of Tuesday's class, part 2, part 3).
  • Thursday, March 31 - Introductory video Fear the Boom and Bust (Pay close attention to this as it deals with the fundamental question of how economies should be run -- looking at the theories of John Maynard Keynes and F.W. Hayek -- in a rap format, oddly enough. To understand the theories expounded in the song, be sure to go to to to watch the follow-up videos, where experts comment on the ideas of the two greatest economists of the 20th century. The lecture today is the USA in the 1930s (base notes). If available, and if we have time, we will watch the video Roosevelt and the New Deal. Be sure to watch two narrated PowerPoint presentations on Youtube: Melinda Klein's Interwar Years - segment 2 and segment 3 deal with the USA in the 1930s. Also watch either this excellent documentary on the Wall Street Crash of 1929 or this video: 1929; The Great Crash. You might also consider watching Stanford University Professor David Kennedy's discussion: Conversations With History: Lessons from FDR's New Deal.
  • Friday, April 1 - Complete any material from Thursday. Watch The Road to War; USA - ignore the advert that starts it. US Foreign Policy Between the Wars (base notes).