Friday, May 13, 2011

May 16-20

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Social Studies 8

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We are still a couple of weeks or so away from our next unit test -- which will cover all of the Middle Ages (chapters 3, 4 & 5).

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. We will start having some class time for this next week -- when we've covered more background information in class.
  • Monday, May 16 - Library Block -- Ms. Clark will introduce you to BibMe -- a bilbliography programme that you will find useful as long as you are in school. The rest of the time will be used to work on your Medieval Research Project.
  • Tuesday, May 17 - Introduction to the Crusades. Watch Terry Jones' The Crusades; Pilgrims in Arms. Questions: 1) What started the First Crusade? 2) What did crusader knights hope to gain? 3) Why did peasants join the crusade? 4) Why were Jews persecuted in Medieval Europe? 5) How did the "Peoples' Crusade" end? 6) What was the relationship between the crusaders and the Byzantines? Read pp. 69-74. Do #1-6, p. 74. We will not get a chance to watch his following two documentaries, but if you can, be sure to watch them yourself: Jerusalem, Jihad, and Destruction. I'd love to screen all of these in class, but they take too long. A great documentary on the Crusades is The Crescent and the Cross (1 hour 30 minutes).
  • Wednesday, May 18 - Take up #1-6, p. 74. Complete Terry Jones' The Crusades; Pilgrims in Arms. Questions: 1) What started the First Crusade? 2) What did crusader knights hope to gain? 3) Why did peasants join the crusade? 4) Why were Jews persecuted in Medieval Europe? 5) How did the "Peoples' Crusade" end? 6) What was the relationship between the crusaders and the Byzantines? Watch Episode 2: Jerusalem, and do the questions on the 2nd screen: 1) What equipment did a night on the first crusade take with him? 2) What hazards did crusaders face and was it likely that a crusader would survive the 1st Crusade? 3) Why did Baldwin leave the main crusader group to go to Edessa? 4) How were fortified cities attacked by the crusaders? 5) What happened at Marat? 6) Did Christians in Jerusalem need rescuing? Explain. 7) How did the Crusader's treat the inhabitants of Jerusalem when they took the city? Work on your reports.
  • Thursday, May 19 - Library Block -- research for your Medieval Research Project.
  • Friday, May 20 - Complete Jerusalem video, if not completed in class and take up the questions (See Wednesday). Video: Christianity; A History; The Crusades. Why does the word "crusade" upset Muslims in the Middle East? Do western leaders today seem to understand this view? Go online and read the Hosford Atlas Crusades material, pp. 27-28. Crusades Map Assignment, due next class; 10 marks.
Social Studies 11

We have almost finished the post-WW2 unit. Expect the next unit test to be this week on Thursday.

The test will be arranged roughly as follows:
43 multiple choice questions (1 mark each), 5 definitions (2 marks each) and a choice of 3 from 5 choices (6 marks each). The test is, therefore, out of 71 marks. 30 flash cards are needed to earn 5 marks.

  • Monday, May 16 - Take up homework. Begin PowerPoint: "Land Claims and the Indian Act." Read pp. 201-207. Do #1-5, p. 204 and 1-5, p. 206.
  • Tuesday, May 17 - Take up homework. Watch video segments from Canada; A Peoples' History - the following episodes: "Taking Back the Past" and "Land and Nation" and questions. PowerPoint on Land Claims & the Indian Act. Anything we are unable to complete in class, you will need to view on your own. Read pp. 208-216. Do the sidebar on p. 211 & #1-2, p. 213 and #2-6, p. 216.
  • Wednesday, May 18 - Complete PowerPoint and any other material not finished on Land Claims and native issues. Study for the unit test next class.
  • Thursday, May 19 - Unit Test on Post-1945 Canada. Sign out Geography text The 21st Century World. Read pp. 6-11. Do #1-5, p. 11.
  • Friday, May 20 - Take up #1-5, p. 11. Introduce Geography portion of the course. PowerPoint for Ch. 1 - Geography. Read pp. 12-16. Do #1-9, p. 16 & #1-4, pp. 16-17.

History 12

Topic #4 Plan. Topic #4 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 16 - The Middle East to 1956 (base notes). Video clip from the 20th Century History series - if available. Watch the BBC documentary The Birth of Israel. For those really interested in the Middle East - try The 50 Years War; Israel and the Arabs (chunked into 29 parts, I just link to the Youtube directory for its parts). There is a nice BBC documentary on the 1956 war - The Other Side Of Suez 1956 (part 1, part 2, part 3).
  • Tuesday, May 17 - Complete the Middle East to 1956. If time, begin video Mr. Kennedy & Mr. Khrushchev (sorry, not available online). If time, Begin the Cuban Missile Crisis (base notes). Be sure to watch CNN's Cold War; Episode 10; Cuba 1959-1962. Thirteen Days is a decent Hollywood treatment of the crisis, though it is a little loose in dealing with people and events -- not enough to worry about messing up your knowledge for the final exam though.
  • Wednesday, May 18 - The Cuban Missile Crisis (base notes). If you have almost two hours available, get in the mood for Wednesday's lecture on nuclear war by viewing Threads, a British docudrama from the 1980s about a nuclear war -- banned from British TV at the time, it is a highly praised production that gives a frightening, but important view of what such a war might be like. For a straight-forward documentary 0n what would happen to a city hit by a nuclear bomb, watch Nuclear War; A Guide to Armageddon - this links to the first episode, go to the sidebar to link to the other segments. You might also look at Defcon 2 - Cuban Missile Crisis (Part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5, part 6).
  • Thursday, May 19 - Complete The Cuban Missile Crisis (base notes). Deterrence & Nuclear War (base notes) PowerPoint.. See Robert McNamara's comments on nuclear war.
  • Friday, May 20 - Complete material on Deterrence & Nuclear War. PowerPoint.Watch CNN's Cold War; M.A.D. (If time) Begin British & French Decolonization in Africa & Asia (base notes). At home, watch the next video in the Cold War series dealing with nuclear weapons: The Cold War; Star Wars 1980-1988.