Saturday, May 21, 2011

May 23-27

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My regrets to those who hoped that the Social Studies trip to France and England in 2012 would work. Not enough people confirmed interest. We will look into the possibility of arranging something the next year.

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

You have a big research assignment that was just handed out. I will go over it in detail in classes this week. If you do not have the handouts. Click for them here: Part 1, Part 2. Unfortunately the library is fully booked this week. I will give you an extra week to complete the assignment because I can't give you any more library time. The assignment is now due on Monday, June 6.

You can expect a unit test on the Middle Ages next week -- probably Thursday, June 3. Expect the mark breakdown to be as follows: 50 multiple choice questions ( 1 mark each) and 4 long answer questions from a choice of 7 possibilities (6 marks each). The test total is, therefore, out of 74 marks. At least 35 flash cards will be needed to earn the full 5 bonus marks available.

  • Monday, May 23 - Victoria Day Holiday. No school today. Do take some time to work on your Medieval research assignment.

  • Tuesday, May 24 - Hand in the crusade map assignment. Finish the video from last class if we did not do so. Introduction to the "Growth of Royal Power in England and France." Video clip; WilliamI of England. 1) Why did William of Normandy invade England? 2) How were 7,000 Normans able to control 2 million Anglo-Saxons? 3) How did this change life for England's inhabitants? Mr. Zoller's Video Podcasts; the Magna Carta. Questions: 1) How did English Kings after the Norman conquest centralize power in the King's hands. 2) How did Magna Carta change this? Sidebar on Magna Carta in Patterns of Civilization, p. 80 & handout questions for homework - pick up a paper copy after school if you cannot access online.

  • Wednesday, May 25 - Take up Magna Carta homework. Video: Battle of Agincourt and questions - a) What weapon helped the English win here? b) What does this tell us about how warfare is changing toward the end of the end of the Middle Ages? Introduce unification of France. Look at map on p. 81 of Patterns of Civilization. Land was added to the Royal domain because nobles were decimated by the Hundred Years War (which we will study more later) - and having their land revert to the King, and the development of a distinctly French & English nationalism (See this summary of the end of the Hundred Years War) and French Kings gained much control over the Church in France. Read p. 77-81. Do #1-6, p. 81.

  • Thursday, May 27 - Watch Part 5 of The Rise and Fall of Islamic Spain(Click here for the full documentary, almost 2 hours.). Questions: 1) What happens to the reconquered people of Granada after the Christian reconquest? Read pp. 85-87. Do #1-6, p. 87. Interested in the Inquisition? Try these two documentaries: Secret Files of the Inquisition; Part 1, and Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4. And now for something completely different -- Monty Python's "Spanish Inquisition."

  • Friday, May 28 - Take up #1-6, p. 87. Introduction to the Plague. Page 42 of Hosford Atlas. Pint Size History; the Black Death. Watch History's Turning Points; 1347 AD; The Black Death. 1. Where did the Plague originate? 3) What did Medieval Europeans think caused the disease? What really caused it? 4) How did the Plague spread throughout Europe? 5) How did Medieval people deal with the disease? 6. What were the lasting effects of the Plague? Interested in the Black Death -- watch the History of Britain; King Death (1 hour). We will watch just a 10 minute excerpt from the video.Assignment: Imagine that you are a witness to the Plague. Write an account of its coming and its effects. 10 marks. Due Tuesday. Read pp. 82-84. Do #1-6, p. 84.
Social Studies 11

We are just starting the Geography unit and I intend to test a couple of chapters together -- to save class time. Expect chapters 1-3 to be tested together -- this is a couple of weeks away.

Your Geography textbook is also available online at . Though we will use some material from the other text, most will be from this e-text. Be aware that this text is now a few years old and many hyperlinks are broken. Rewriting is a massive job that I have not had time to take on yet.

Provincial exams are just around the corner. Now is a good time to begin preparing. See my Social Studies 11 Website for course material and PowerPoints. Link from here to my Study Skills Page. See the Provincial Exam Essay Marking Guide to see how essay questions are assessed on the exam. See past provincial exams here.

  • Monday, May 23 - This is the Victoria Day Holiday. Classes are not in session. Catch up on any work that you have missed or begin preparing for the final exam -- it will be here sooner than you think.

  • Tuesday, May 24 - Take up #1-5, p. 11. Complete any of the Chapter 1 PowerPoint that was not finished last day. Read pp. 12-16. Do #1-9, p. 16 & #1-4, pp. 16-17.

  • Wednesday, May 25 - Take up homework. Begin watching Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth. Do these questions while watching the film. Read pp. 17-22. Do #1-2, p. 17, #1-4, p. 21, & #1-2, p. 22.

  • Thursday, May 26 - Take up homework. Complete watching An Inconvenient Truth. Take up the questions. Read pp. 29-31. Do #1-3, p. 31 & the second set of #1-3, p. 31.

  • Friday, May 27 - Take up homework. PowerPoint - Population and Demographics. (Introduction to demography and population growth. Population pyramids. Using the data on p. 46, construct population pyramids for these countries. Read pp. 31-37. Do #2, p. 36 - but use 2011 data from US Census Bureau's International Data Base - Click on the year 2011 and Canada, Now click on the population pyramid tab. Copy the pyramid to your notes and answer#2 on p. 37. (Now do the same to get population pyramids from Japan and Nigeria in 2011). Video sidebar: If numbers interest you, watch professor Malcolm S. Forbes, Arithmetic, Population and Energy.
History 12

Topic #5 & 6 Plan.

Topic #5 & 6 questions.

Essay #3.

Note that the due date for Essay #3 is the last week in May.

Up to question #42 is due at the end of the first week in June.

  • Monday, May 23 - Victoria Day Holiday. No classes in session. Be sure to use this time to get some work done and to begin thinking about preparation for the final exam. Late May and Early June are busy times and it is easy to lose focus at a vital time in the year.

  • Tuesday, May 24 - Begin British & French Decolonization in Africa & Asia (base notes). Following up on the Nuclear War and Deterrence material -- You absolutely must see the CNN Cold War series film Star Wars.

  • Wednesday, May 25 - Continue British & French Decolonization (base notes). Begin Indochina & Vietnam (base notes). Watch the first part of a video on Kwame Nkrumah -- which gives a 4 minute background to African decolonization.

  • Thursday, May 26 - Continue Indochina & Vietnam (base notes). Watch Episode 11 of CNN/BBC's The Cold War - Vietnam; 1954-1968.

  • Friday, May 27 - Vietnam (base notes). Complete video from last class. Additional Vietnam War AV -- Possibly from The 10,000 Day War series.