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Social Studies 8
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We only just started 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 3-4 weeks from now -- this is just an estimate.
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 9 - Take up #4-6, p. 56. Video: David Macauley's Castle and questions - sorry, this video is not available on the Internet. Read pp. 58-63. Do #1-7, p. 63. (Optional)Read Castles and Fortifications; Fortifications After the Norman Conquest. Also read Castles and Fortifications; Concentric Castles. If you have time, watch one or more of the following videos on castles by Marc Morris: Episode 1, Episode 2, Episode 3, Episode 4, Episode 5, Episode 6 -- each are about 45 minutes long. Find out about Medieval warfare in Battlefield Britain; Battle for Wales (59 minutes).
- Tuesday, May 10 - Take up #1-7, p. 63. The revival of trade and growth of towns. Mr. Zoller's Video Podcast; the Revival of Medieval Trade. Hosford Atlas pp. 19-20 & 31. Working alone or in 2s or 3s, answer the following questions: 1) How did its location help Coventry grow? 2) How big did Coventry grow in the 14th century? 3) Were Medieval towns very big by modern standards? 4) What kinds of businesses were found in Coventry? On p. 31, answer the following: 5) What were the main trade goods of Europe in the Middle Ages? 6) What cities dominated Mediterranean trade? What League dominated northern European trade? Handout: Medieval Guild Regulations. Do the questions on the handout for homework and watch Mr. Zoller's Video Podcast; Medieval Guilds.
- Wednesday, May 11 - Take up Medieval Guild Regulations. Introduction to Medieval Church architecture - Romanesque to Gothic. PowerPoint - Romanesque to Gothic Architecture. Super-deluxe Benoy field trip and demonstration of Medieval engineering. Handouts: Romanesque to Gothic Architecture - online only - unless you request a copy. If time: Mr. Benoy's slides of Medieval European churches. Read pp. 63-69. Do #1-6, p. 69.
- Thursday, May 12 - Take up #1-6, p. 69. Video: David Macauley's Cathedral and questions.
- Friday, May 13 - Video: Illuminations; Treasures of the Middle Ages. Questions (will be posted on the 2nd screen in class): 1. Who wrote medieval books? 2. What were books written on before the Middle Ages? What were medieval books written on? 3. How were medieval books like modern comic books? 4. What kinds of illustrations were found in medieval books? 5. What was a “Book of Hours?” How was it a display of wealth? 6. What kinds of non-religious books were produced in the late Middle Ages? From Old English to Modern English - including the following video examples: Lord’s Prayer in Old English, "The General Prologue" tothe Canterbury Tales in Middle English, and this version in modern English. If we have time we will watch a few short samples from Chaucer's Canterbury Tales in modern English: "The Host's Speech"from "the General Prologue," the start of the "Pardoner's Tale," "the Sermon" from "the Pardoner's Tale," and "Chanticleer Escapes" from the Nun's Priest's Tale." Work on your research project.
We tested last week, so another unit test will not come your way for another couple of weeks. I will post a mark breakdown when we are a little closer to it.
- Monday, May 9 - Take up sidebar, #1-3, p. 155, #1-5, p. 156 & #2-4, p. 158. Material from Canada; A Peoples’ History; Comfort & Fear. ("Material from Canada; A People’s History (“A Question of Equality,” “A Changing Face,”and “The Computer Moves In” and questions). If time, PowerPoint Post 1945 Canada. Read pp. 160-172. Do #2-6, p. 167, & #1-5, p. 172.
- Tuesday, May 10 - Take up homework. Material from Canada; A People’s History("Time for Change" & "Maitres Chez Nous" - questions). PowerPoint material not completed. Read pp. 172-187. Do #1-4, p. 176, #2-4, p. 182, and 2-5, p. 187.
- Wednesday, May 11 - Take up homework. Complete any PowerPoint material not completed from Post 1945 Canada. Watch "Vive le Quebec Libre," "October Crisis", the "Choice" - questions. Read pp. 191- 194. Do #1,2, 4 & 5, p. 194,
- Thursday, May 12 - Take up homework. Complete any of the video material not covered on Wednesday. PowerPoint The Quiet and Not-So-Quiet Revolution. Read pp. 194-200 and do #1,34 & 5, p. 197 and 1, 2 & 4, p. 200.
- Friday, May 13 - Take up #1,34 & 5, p. 197 and 1, 2 & 4, p. 200. Watch the following segments of Canada; A People's History: "October Crisis", the "Choice," - questions and "Night of the Long Knives" - questions. Finish PowerPoint - The Quiet and Not-So-Quiet Revolution. Be sure to see anything we are unable to complete in class. Assignment: 10 marks, due Monday. Why do many Quebecers want and independent Quebec? Why has this not come about?
The unit test on Topic #4 is moved to Monday, May 9 -- We will start the next unit before then, but this ensures that everything is definitely covered before we test. Expect the following mark breakdown: 75 multiple choice questions (1 mark each) - this is slightly more than indicated in last-week's blog, 5 map items (1 mark each) and 2 from a choice of 4 long answer questions (10 marks each). The total is, therefore, out of 100 marks.
Do not expect all work to be marked overnight. Today is my wife`s birthday and I have commitments elsewhere! Hopefully the test will be done, however.
Topic #4 Plan. Topic #4 Questions. Essay #3.
We need to establish the due date for Essay #3 this week - expect it to be in late May.
Topic #5 & 6 Plan. Topic #5 & 6 questions.
- Monday, May 9 - Unit Test on Topic #4. Be sure to pick up Topic #4 Plan. Topic #4 Questions. Essay #3.
- Tuesday, May 10 - Complete material on the Chinese Revolution & the Korean War (base notes). If we finish early, we will watch as much as possible of CNN`s amazing Cold War series -- Episode 5 Korea; 1950-1953. On your own, be sure to watch Episode 15 of China 1949-1972 from the same series. If you have time, watch China; Chairman Mao Declassified. Interested in Chinese 20th century history? Watch China in Revolution; 1911-1949 (part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5, part 6, part 7, part 8, part 9, part 10).
- Wednesday, May 11 - The United Nations (base notes). If time, Begin the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe to 1956 (base notes). See what people thought of the United Nations when it was first founded -- watch the National Film Board film Now the Peace.
- Thursday, May 12 - The Soviet Union & Eastern Europe to 1956 (base notes). An interesting overview of the whole of the Cold War, showing the Soviet perspective well, is Britain's Channel 4 programme: The Cold War Game; The USSR.
- Friday, May 13 - Indian Independence. Video - India; The Brightest Jewel - from the 20th Century History series (Part 1, part 2). Decolonization India (base notes). Decolonization India (base notes). A nice short (under 10 minute) history of partition and the endless conflict that followed it can be found here. If you are prepared to install Veoh on your computer, you can see the entire BBC documentary The Day India Burned (I had to uninstall as it conflicted with another programme. You might not have this difficulty). The first 23 minutes of the documentary can be befound elsewhere. Another excellent, longish, documentary is The Last Days of the Raj (part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5, part 6,part 7, part 8, part 9)Time for a movie? Watch Partition -- available in its entirity on Googlevideo.