Saturday, May 28, 2011

May 30 to June 3

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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:

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 underway. 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 this week -- on Thursday, June 2 -- though we will start the next unit on Tuesday. 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 30 - Curriculum Implementation Day. Work on your Medieval projects.
  • Tuesday, May 31 - Hand in your Black Death Assignment. We are booked into the library for work on your Medieval assignment. This is due next Monday.
  • Wednesday, June 1 - Take up #1-6, p. 84. Look at Hosford Atlas, "Agents of Change" pp. 45-47. Watch The Western Tradition; Episode 23; the Late Middle Ages. (You will need to register to access this site, but don't worry -- it is American public television and you will not be pestered with junk mail after doing so). While watching, answer the following question: What changes were happening to life in the late Middle Ages? why? Introduction to the "Babylonian Captivity" when there were multiple popes at one time. Read pp. 87-92. Do #1-7, p. 92.
  • Thursday, June 2 - Unit Test on the Middle Ages -- all of chapters 3 & 4. Read pp. 134-138. Do #1-7, p. 138.
  • Friday, June 3 - Take up #1-7, p. 138. Introduction to the Italian Renaissance. Watch:The Medici -- Godfathers of the Renaissance; Birth of a Dynasty. 1. How did the Medici come to dominate Florence? 2. How did they help bring about a flowering of interest in ancient learning and modern art and architecture? 3. What was the relationship between artists and patrons in Florence during the renaissance? 4. How did Brunelleschi change Western art? 5) How did Cosimo bring knowledge from the outside world to Florence? Read pp. 139-143. do #1-5, p. 143.

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 mySocial 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 30 - Curriculum Implementation Day. No Classes.
  • Tuesday, May 31 - Take up homework. PowerPoint - continued. Watch Hans Rosling'sWhat Stops Population Growth. Doom and gloom video. Read pp. 37-41. Do #1-6, p. 39 & #1-6, pp. 41-42. Sidebar: Doom and gloom text at DieOff.Org - read p. 15, an excerpt from William Catton's Overshoot; The Ecological Base of Revolutionary Change. Read a brief synopsis of Boserup's ideas from York University. Julian Simon was another writer who felt population growth is a good thing. Part of his book Population Matters: People, Resources, Environment, and Immigration is available online.
  • Wednesday, June 1 - Take up #1-6, p. 39 & #1-6, pp. 41-42. Urbanization material onPowerPoint. Video segment andquestions on Shanghai, Changing China - Urbanization ). Look atGapcast #2 - Urbanization. Read pp. 42-45. Do #1-5, p. 45. Do the Further Thought assignment #1-5, p. 46.
  • Thursday, June 2 - Take up homework. Stewart Brand's City Planet and questions. Read pp. 54-55. Do #1-4, pp. 55-56.
  • Friday, June 3 - Take up #1-4, pp. 55-56. Chapter 3 PowerPoint. Read pp. 57-61. Do #1-8, p. 61.

History 12

Topic #5 & 6 Plan.

Topic #5 & 6 questions.Essay #3.

Note that the due date for Essay #3 is any time this week.Up to question #42 is due at the end of next week.