Saturday, June 04, 2011

June 6 to 10

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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.

Please be understanding this week. The Graduation Ceremony is on Friday and I am very involved in the planning of it. I will be both busy and bothered this week. If I am a little testy with you, I assure you that it is circumstances and not you that I am reacting to. I also will not have as much time to give extra help as I do usually. Things will be back to normal next week.

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. The assignment is due on Monday, June 6.

Expect an exam on the Renaissance and Reformation early next week. This will be a shorter test than the last one. I expect it to include: 10 fill in the blanks -- where I show you an image and you tell me its name or who created it; 25 multiple choice questions; 10 matching questions; and 2 from a choice of 4 long answer questions. The total is, therefore, out of 58 marks, so 30 properly done flashcards will earn 5 bonus marks.

  • Monday, June 6 - Take up homework. Watch this video clip from James Burke's The Day the Universe Changed; Point of View. Questions: How did Brunelleschi and Alberti change the art of painting? Watch Sister Wendy 0n Renaissance artists. 1) Name at least one major work by each artist she deals with. 2) Explain why each artist is considered great. Work on flashcards for this unit or begin planning to study for the final exam.

  • Tuesday, June 8 - Take up homework. How to plan for the final exam. Things to consider and techniques that work. Renaissance sculpture -- Donatello and Michelangelo. Watch this video on lost wax casting -- the technique Donatello used on his bronze statue of David. Watch Rick Steve's 2 minute segment on Michelangelo's David. If we have time, we may watch the short documentary on Michelangelo that is at the start of the movie The Agony & the Ecstacy -- a wonderful film on Michelangelo's relationship with Pope Julius II as he painted the Sistine Chapel ceiling. To watch the movie, start with this link to part 1 and click away to continue. Start planning your study schedule for final exams.

  • Wednesday, June 9 - Take up homework. Watch Zeffireli's version of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet (sorry, I can't seem to find an online version for you this year). Describe the renaissance world shown in the movie. How did the lives of upper middle class families then differ with the lives of the same kind of people today? Be sure to think about family relationships, work, interests and lifestyles. Read pp. 143-147. Do #1-4, p. 147.

  • Thursday, June 10 - Complete Romeo and Juliet and note-taking. Work on the assignment, which is due next class -- if we finish the video today. No homework today -- work on the assignment and work on flash cards.

  • Friday - June 11 - Introduction to the Reformation. Video - The Protestant Reformation; Part 1and Part 2. While watching, answer the following: 1. Why did the Roman Catholic Church face criticism in the 14th century? 2. How did the Church deal with critics? 2. Why were ideas spreading quickly during Luther's life? 3. Why did Luther criticize the Church? 4. How did he escape punishment by the Church? 5. What other reformers brought change to Europe? What did they believe? Read pages 147-150. Do #1-5, p. 150. If you are interested in the reformation and have a little time, watch one or more of the following BBC documentaries (1 hour each) The Protestant Revolution; Part 1; The Politics of Belief, The protestant Revolution; Part 2; The Godly Family, The Protestant Revolution; Part 3; A Reformation of the Mind, and The Protestant Reformation; Part 4; No Rest for the Wicked.
Social Studies 11

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.

Expect a unit test on chapters 1-3 on Thursday, though we will begin chapter 4 on Wednesday -- this allows you extra time on the test if you need it. You may write into the break. Expect your test breakdown to be as follows: 65 multiple choice questions and two from a choice of 10 long answer questions - valued at 6 marks each. The total is, therefore, out of 77 marks. 30 properly done flash cards will earn 5 bonus marks.

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.

Past provincial exams for all subjects can be found at: -- Exam keys too!

  • Monday, June 6 - Watch Hans Rosling's Chimpanzees Know Better, to see how countries and populations are and are not different around the world. Ch. 3 PowerPoint - be sure to do so yourself for homework if we cannot do so in class. Read pp. 61-70. Do #1-5, p. 64 and #1-2, p. 70.

  • Tuesday, June 7 - Take up homework. Watch Gwynne Dyer's Escaping From History, & do the following questions: 1) What are living conditions like in Mexico City? 2) Why are people abandoning the countryside? 3) What does Dyer believe must happen for the developing world to get their fair share of consumer goods? Read pp. 70-73. Do #1-8, p. 73 and 1, 2, 5 and 7, p. 74 in "Further Thought."

  • Wednesday, June 8 - Take up homework. Begin PowerPoint for Chapter 4. Read pp. 83-87. Do #1-3, p. 84, #1-4, p. 85, #1-2, p. 86 and #1-3, p. 87. We will take up this homework on Friday.

  • Thursday, June 9 - Unit test on chapters 1-3. Complete the homework from Wednesday.

  • Friday, June 10 - Take up homework from Wednesday. PowerPoint for Chapter 4. Read pp. 88-93. Do #1-4, p. 89, #1-5, p. 91 and #1-5, p. 93.
History 12

Topic #5 & 6 Plan.

Topic #5 & 6 questions.Essay #3.

Note that the due date for Essay #3 was the end of last week.

I'm giving you a break again -- up to question #42 is due by Monday of next week. The Grad Ceremony is this Friday -- so be sure to plan accordingly.