Saturday, April 16, 2011

April 18-22

Contact me by e-mail at:

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, is working with you. 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 posts 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
For any material up until last Monday, be sure to refer back to Mr. Nann's blog: .

A test is still a little way off - probably about a week or so. I will post the mark breakdown as we get a little closer to it.
History 12

  • Monday, April 18 - Video: Twentieth Century History: Britain Alone (If available). Continue the World War II chronology PowerPoint (base notes). Interested in the Battle of Britain? Be sure to watch the 1969 movie by the same name. Aircraft used were surviving models from the time - watch the climax scenes here or watch the whole movie ripped to Tudou (CD1 and CD2). The best documentary on the Battle of Britain, in my view, is from the Battlefield series (part 1, part 2). For a Canadian viewpoint on the battle, watch the 20 minute nfb film Churchill's Island. A US wartime perspective can be found at Why We Fight; The Battle of Britain.

  • Tuesday, April 19 - Video: Twentieth Century History; Pearl Harbour to Hiroshima (if available). Continue the World War II chronology PowerPoint (base notes). Don't bother with the movie Pearl Harbour as it is historically poor; do watch Tora! Tora! Tora!

  • Wednesday, April 20 - The Road to Berlin (if available). Continue the World War II chronology PowerPoint (base notes). Use some of your extra time on the weekend to watch some additional videos. Find out more about the Royal Navy in WWII by watching The Royal Navy (part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5). Watch World War II in Colour; Nazi Germany Invades Russia, then follow it up with the next installment in the same series: The Soviet Union Strikes Back. If you prefer a movie, rent or download the excellent Enemy at the Gates -- the story of Soviet sniper Valeri Zaitsev. For a German view of the battle, try Stalingrad (part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5).

  • Thursday, April 21 - School-Based Professional Day. Teachers go to school and students have some catch-up time.

  • Friday, April 22 - Good Friday Holiday.