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Expect a unit test around Friday of next week (September 30), worth around 75 marks. It will be based on map reading and the use of Canadian Oxford World Atlas (7th edition). We will also have a number of quizzes worth from 5-30 marks throughout the unit. You will not always be warned ahead of time about quizzes -- so it is important to keep up.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.
Course outlines are posted in the material for the first class this semester - go to the Wednesday, September 7 posting.
Social Studies 8
- Monday, October 17 - Hand in map assignments. Watch Terry Jones' Surprising History of Rome and questions. For homework, be sure to make more flash cards and spend a little time reviewing them.
- Tuesday, October 18 - Video & Questions: Terry Jones' The Barbarians; The End of the World. Homework: Explain why the Roman Empire collapsed. Give your reasons in a point-form list. Be sure to mention Social, Political and Economic reasons.
- Wednesday, October 19 - Take up homework and create a master list. Video: The Roman Arena and questions (1. What happened at the Colosseum and other Roman arenas? List the events that were staged. 2. Why do you suppose the Romans were so interested in "blood-sports." Check out the BBC's animation on the Colosseum. Study for the Unit test on Rome on Monday.
- Thursday, October 20 - Block 2 only. Our class today is in room D103 because Mr. Benoy's room is in use for the post secondary block for Grade 12s. Examine Hosford Atlas, pp. 5-6 (To see scans, click here for p. 5 & click here for p.6). What made Constantinople an important trade crossroads (p. 5)? What evidence can you see on p. 6 that the Byzantines were great engineers and builders? Answer the questions posed on p. 7. Video: Engineering an Empire; the Byzantine Greeks, part 3, part 4. (If you want to see the other parts of this video, here are links to the rest: part 1, part 2, part 5). If there is time, Mr. Benoy will explain how Byzantine engineers improved on what the Romans developed before them. Assignment: Write a paragraph to a page explaining why Justinian has gone down in history as an important ruler. Be sure to mention his ambitions for the empire and his strengths and weaknesses as a ruler? When you conclude, be sure to indicate whether you think he was a great man and why or why not. 10 marks, due Wednesday.
- Friday, October 21 - This is a province-wide professional day. You can take the time to study and to catch up. I will be attending workshops with Social Studies teachers from around the province.
We are just starting the History unit, so a test is at least a couple of weeks away.
- Monday, October 17 - Hand in the take home tests. Take up #1-3, p. 9 and the questions in figure 1-2, p. 6 and 1-5, p. 8. Discuss Immigration Assignment issues. Begin looking at late 19th century and early 20th century immigration to Canada -- push and pull factors. Laurier's Canada PowerPoint. Read pp. 4-10. Do #1-3, p. 9. Homework: Talk to someone who immigrated to Canada in their lifetime. What difficulties have they faced in coming to a new land?
- Tuesday, October 18 - Take up homework. Look at the earliest film of Vancouver - shot in 1907 on a hand-cranked movie camera, bolted to the front of a streetcar while travelling along Granville, Hastings, Carrall, Cordova, Cambie and Robson Streets. 1) What kinds of traffic do you see? 2) Did anything about the traffic surprise you? 3) What else did you notice about Vancouver in 1907? Another interesting look back in time is City Reflections; Vancouver - a set of 1907 and 2007 photos of the same locations - with the 1907 pictures taken from the streetcar film. Discuss the problems of immigration to Canada in the late 19th and early 20th century - including the 1907 Vancouver race riot. More of the PowerPoint on Laurier's Canada. Read the sidebar on pp. 10-11 of your text and explain why you would support or oppose the payment of compensation to families who paid the head tax to come to Canada.
- Wednesday, October 19 - Discuss the head tax and the issue of compensation. Video - Komagata Maru - sorry, unavailable online. Board questions - 1) What did the Canadian public think of Indian immigration in 1914? 2) How did government try to restrict Indian immigration? 3) What world event pushed news of the Komogata Maru into the background in the summer of 1914? Do the "Looking Back" questions #1, 2, 6 and 7 on p. 19. Excellent material on early immigration to Canada can be found at the Library and Archives of Canada site's Immigration page - see further pages too.
- Thursday, October 20 - Take up homework. Canada and the Empire PowerPoint - If we do not complete this in class, please do so for homework. Read pp. 20-24. Do #1,2, & 4 p. 24 and the cartoon interpretation on p. 23 - Be sure to do #1-5 "Applying the Skill." Watch EA's Origins of World War I, part 1 & part 2.
- Friday, October 21 - Professional Day - catch up if you are behind. If caught up, do some review -- especially with flash cards.
Topic #3 Plan
Topic #3 Questions
I now have the material we did last Friday on PowerPoint. Click here to see it if you wish.
You must be sure to visit The History Guide for excellent background material supporting this course.
- Monday, October 17 - PowerPoint for The Great Purge - also (Base Notes). If you have an hour and a half to spare, watch Stalin; Man of Steel.
- Tuesday, October 18 - Soviet Foreign Policy Between the Wars (Base Notes) PowerPoint.
- Wednesday, October 19 - Italy and Fascism (Base Notes). If you have time, watch Fascism in Colour; Mussolini in Power - with early colour and colourized footage.
- Thursday, October 20 - Introductory video, Berlin in the 1920's. Watch Part 2 of Make Germany Pay -- dealing with the aftermath of the Treaty of Versailles. Germany, France & Britain in the 1920s (base notes). I expect we will only cover Germany and perhaps France.
- Friday, October 21 - Professional Day. Catch up and work on questions and Essay #2.