Friday, April 22, 2011

April 26-29

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Social Studies 8

Mr. Nann's test is on Tuesday, April 26. After this time, the class will be with me again.

Mr. Nann's blog is at: Any of the work you did with him can be found here. If you are missing assignments, this is where to find them.

We are starting a new unit, so our next test is quite a long way off. We will test all of the Middle Ages material together -- so this will involve chapters 3, 4 & 5. I expect it will be about 5 weeks from now -- this is just an estimate.

  • Monday, April 25 - Easter Monday Holiday. No classes.
  • Tuesday, April 26 - Unit Test on Indian and Chinese Civilizations. Look back at pages 14-16, covering the fall of the Roman Empire. Homework: How do you think life changed for people in the Roman Empire once there were no longer Legions to protect people and trade and business broke down in the West? How do you think life might change in our own society if suddenly there was no law and order and our economy completely broke down? Be prepared to discuss this tomorrow. Also, read the handout Einhardt; The Life of Charlemagne and answer the questions on it.
  • Wednesday, April 27 - Take up homework. Watch Video: Europe After the Fall of Rome; 476-1066 AD. Focus Questions: What happened to Britain after the Romans left? How did life change? How did Christian missionaries change the Germans? How was life different than in ancient Roman towns? Read pp. 39-45. Do #1-6, p. 45. When it says "Locate" you must put the location into words. When it says "Identify," be sure to explain what something is or who a person is and why they are important.
  • Thursday, April 28 - Take up the Charlemagne handout from Tuesday. Handout: Charlemagne. Do the questions on the handout for homework. Video: The Dark Ages; Part 8; The Greatest King. What made Charlemagne a great ruler? How did he keep tight control over his subjects? Read pp. 45-48. Do #1-6, p. 48. Interested in the Franks? Watch Barbarians; the Franks. Interested in the Vikings? Why not watch the following: Barbarians; the Vikings.
  • Friday, April 29 - Take up #1-6, p. 48. WatchAncient Warriors: The Vikings, part 1, part 2, part 3(totals just over 20 minutes). Answer the following questions: 1) Why were the Vikings feared by all of Christian Europe? 2) What made the Viking Longship a particularly effective weapon for its time? 3) Where does our knowledge of the Vikings come from? Handout Viking Women. How does this account of Viking life differ from the video? Can you explain the difference?

Social Studies 11

A test is coming up soon. It will probably be on

We did not finish the film last week, so I extended the due date on the Japanese POW assignment to Monday, May 2. This will give you next weekend to study, though we will begin the next unit this week.

Expect the mark breakdown to be as follows: 45 multiple choice questions (1 mark each), 5 definitions (2 marks each) and 3 from a choice of 5 long answer questions (6 marks each). The total is, therefore, out of 73 marks. 5 bonus marks are available if you submit more than 25 flash cards done as required.

  • Monday, April 25 - Easter Monday Holiday. No Classes.
  • Tuesday, April 26 - Complete watching: The Valour & the Horror; Savage Christmas; Hong Kong 1941 and questions. We will go over any problems with the questions or assignment before moving on. If we have time, I will begin looking at the issue of the Holocaust - see my PowerPoint. Think about the issue of mass murder and come to class prepared to discuss how such an event is possible.
  • Wednesday, April 27 - Discuss explanations for the Holocaust. Complete the PowerPoint, then watch: Video: on the Holocaust (Frontline; Memory of the Camps).
  • Thursday, April 28 - Complete any Holocaust material that we did not finish. Holocaust deniers claim that the Holocaust did not happen or that it is vastly exaggerated. Make a list of evidence proving that the Holocaust did in fact happen -- this will require that you do a little outside research. If time -- Introduction to post-war Canada - PowerPoint: Post 1945 Canada. Read pp. 130-135. Do sidebar questions p. 133 & 134 & #1-4, p. 135.
  • Friday, April 29 - Take up homework. PowerPoint Post 1945 Canada. Material from Canada; A Peoples’ History; Comfort & Fear. (Comfort & Fear, From Sea to Sea and Boom- questions). Read pp. 135-139. Do #1-5, p. 139. Study for unit test on WWII material Monday.

History 12

Topic #4 Plan. Topic #4 Questions. Essay #3.

I still expect the unit test to be in the first week of May -- though much depends on our progress this week. Expect the mark breakdown to be approximately as follows: 75 multiple choice (1 mark each), 5 map items (1 mark each), 2 from a choice of 4 long answer questions (10 marks each). The total is, therefore, out of 100 marks -- subject, of course, to last minute changes.

  • Monday, April 25 - Easter Monday Holiday. No Classes.
  • Tuesday, April 26 - Complete the World War II chronology PowerPoint (base notes). Hopefully, begin World War II; the British Experience (base notes).
  • Wednesday, April 27 - Complete World War II; the British Experience (base notes). Note: We took more than half of this class to work on grad write-ups, so fell a little behind today.
  • Thursday, April 28 - Complete Total War, the British Experience - then Shoah/the Holocaust PowerPoint (base notes). If you were not in my grade 11 classes last year, or even if you were, it is well-worth watching Frontline's Memories of the Camps video.
  • Friday, April 29 - Complete the lecture from last class: Shoah/the Holocaust PowerPoint (base notes). Watch The World At War; Genocide (part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5.)