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Course outlines are posted in the material for the first class this semester - go to the Wednesday, September 7 posting.
- Monday, September 12 - Take up scale worksheet. Countries game - girls vs boys. Direction on maps - points on a compass. -- introduction and video clip. Direction & Scale Worksheet. Struggling with figuring out how compass directions work? Use this simple elementary school explanation from the BBC in Britain.
- Tuesday, September 13 - Take up Direction & Scale Worksheet (Block 2 should complete this sheet. Block 4 should complete up to and including #19). Introduction to map symbols Video clip on map symbols - colour. Symbols worksheet - complete for homework ( - Block 2 should complete this sheet. Block 4 should do #1-10.). For a really simple (elementary school level) explanation of map symbols, see this National Geographic site. Rather more advanced and rather cheesy is this 1967 US Department of Defense educational video dealing with map symbols.
- Wednesday, September 14 - Take up homework -- Symbols Worksheet. Naming countries contest. More symbols review - Symbols Worksheet 2 - complete for homework. Also complete the assignment: Continents and Major Water Bodies map - 10 marks. Due next class. Completely unrelated to learning map skills, but entertaining, is this video clip - MacGyver; How to Use a Map.
- Thursday, September 15 - Hand in the map assignment. Take up homework. Quiz - Scale & Directions. Introduction to grids. Geographical Essentials, pp. 15-19. Activity 9 #1-3, Complete #4 and Activity 10 for homework. Map Assignment - School to Home (valued at 10 marks - due Monday).
- Friday, September 16 - Take up Activity 9 #1-4 and Activity 10 work. Introduction to military grid. Military Grid Worksheet. Complete the Letter/Number Grid Worksheet for homework.
- Monday, September 12 - Origins of the Political Spectrum - including summary handout sheet. ( We did not get to the work within these parenthesis. Some of it moves to the next few days. PowerPoint – “Ideologies”.Ideology identification practice. ) The following reading is completely optional: For an interesting American article on the difference between Lefties and Righties, see Patricia Cohen's New York Times Article: "Across the Great Divide; Investigating Links Between Personality and Politics."
- Tuesday, September 13- Ideologies Identification homework. PowerPoint – “Ideologies” Video clip on ideologies - sorry, not available online. Other ways to show political spectrum. More practice with ideologies.
- Wednesday, September 14 - Take up homework. Lecture/discussion – from ideologies to political parties – national parties in Canada. Read Counterpoints pp. 255-258. Do #3 & 4, p. 258. For homework over the last weekend, you took an online quiz to identify your political viewpoint. To see which Canadian political party comes closest to your views (2008 comparison - according to this organization. Take a look at US national politics while you are here), link here and see if this is what you expected. Interested in pursuing this further? Try some more tests -- mostly American -- to see where you stand.
- Thursday, September 16 - Take up homework. Placing parties on the political spectrum. PowerPoint. BC & Canadian political parties. Read Counterpoints pp. 249-258. Do #1-5, p. 253, #4, p. 258 & sidebar #1-3, p. 257.
- Friday, September 15 - Take up #1-5, p. 253, #4, p. 258 & sidebar #1-3, p. 257. Review of party positions on the political spectrum and names of party leaders. Introduction to political party organizations. As part of your homework, you must go to Elections Canada's pages entitled I Can Vote, with information for young and first time voters. Answer these questions. Read pages 109-115 in the red Government text and answer questions #1-3 & 5, p. 115. Optional: Click here to go to a list of all of the political parties, with links to their web-pages.
You must be sure to visit The History Guide for excellent background material supporting this course.
- Monday, September 12 - PowerPoint: Themes and Topics.
- Tuesday, September 13 - PowerPoint: Themes and Topics.
- Wednesday, September 14 -PowerPoints: Writing History Essays & MLA style .
- Thursday, September 15 - Topic 1 Quiz. Pick up Topic 2 outline and questions.
- Friday, September 16 - Quick review of test and initial comments on writing tests and comments on how to improve handling question packages.