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Social Studies 8
We completed he Rome Unit last Thursday. The exam for this unit is on Monday, this week. Students can take more than the allotted time to complete the test -- working into noon break (block 2) or after school (block 4). Be sure to be making and using your flash cards every day to master vocabulary and names. Your test on Rome will include the following: 40 multiple choice questions (1 mark each), 5 definition items (2 marks each) and 3 long answer questions (6 marks each). The total is, therefore, out of 68 marks. You can earn up to 5 bonus marks for submitting at least 25 correctly made flash cards (term or name only on the front and definition or why the person is important on the back) at the time of the exam. You may not hand these in late to earn marks; they must be submitted when you write the test.
- Monday, October 24 - Unit Test on Ancient Rome. Read pp. 96 to 100. Do #1-7, p. 100.
- Tuesday, October 25 - Take up homework. Video:Byzantium & do the questions for Byzantium; Part 2. Byzantine Empire Notes handout (We did not get to this in class. -- look at this material and think about the questions. I will not collect it for marks). Complete the Justinian assignment for next class.
- Wednesday, October 26 - Hand in Justinian Assignment. Handout: The Conversion of Kievan Rus. Video: Ivan the Terrible. How did Ivan the Terrible earn his cruel reputation? Read pp. 100-103. Do #1-7, p. 103.
- Thursday, October 27 - Take up homework. Video: The World; A TV History and questions. Read pp. 103-107. Do #1-7, p. 107. If you are interested in learning much more about Islam and have a couple of hours to spare, watch Islam; Empire of Faith, part 1 andpart 2. This is really good and quite detailed. For a good, detailed, PBS documentary on the life of Muhammad, watch Muhammad; Legacy of a Prophet or watch the 1 1/2 hour cartoon treatment of his life: Muhammad - The Last Prophet.
- Friday, October 28 - Take up #1-7, p. 107. The religious background to Islamic culture. Handouts . PowerPoint on Islamic Architecture (from Mr. Benoy's Comparative Civilizations 12 class). Read pp. 107-110. Do #1-5, p. 110. If you have the chance, go to the BBC's excellent web pages on Islam and explore. IslamiCity is another good web site for information on Muslim culture.
- Monday, October 24 - Take up homework from Friday. Complete PowerPoint material from Canada and the Empire. Watch, online, EAV's Origins of World War I - part 1 (9 minutes) and part 2 (8 minutes). Read pp. 20-24. Do #1-4, p. 24.
- Tuesday, October 25 - Take up homework. Complete any material not covered last class on the origins of the war. Watch Blackadder's explanation of the war's origins. Begin PowerPoint on Canada & World War I. We will look at excepts from Canada; A People's History as we work through the PowerPoint (While watching these segments you need to make notes on the following 3 areas: 1) Describe attitudes toward the war. 2) Describe conditions at the front. 3) What changes did the war bring? Use the Acronym SPERMG to generate classes of ideas -- S=Social, P=Political, E=Economic, R=Religious, G=Geographic). Read pp. 24-28. Do #1-4, p. 28 .
- Wednesday, October 26 - Mr. Benoy's slides on the Western Front battlefield graves. Take up homework Continue the PowerPoint and People's History segments (While watching these segments you need to make notes on the following 3 areas: 1) Describe attitudes toward the war. 2) Describe conditions at the front. 3) What changes did the war bring? Use the Acronym SPERMG to generate classes of ideas -- S=Social, P=Political, E=Economic, R=Religious, G=Geographic). Read pp. 28-33. Do #1 & 3, p. 33. Also answer the questions in figure 2-8, 2-9, and 2-10.
- Thursday, October 27 - Take up homework. Complete any of the PowerPoint and People's History material. A Look at wartime propaganda. Posters (also click here for a Canadian exhibition from the Canadian War Museum), Postcards, Leaflets directed at the enemy, Film, and even music. Read this for a nice short treatment of First World War propaganda. An interesting World War I propaganda story is treated in the documentary The Crucified Soldier. If I can find time to show it in class, I will, but if not, you can watch it by linking from here. Read pp. 39-42. Do #1 & 3, p. 42.
- Friday, October 28 - Introductory music: Callin Doon the Line, and The Green Fields of France. Take up #1 & 3, p. 42. Video segment from Canada; A Peoples' History; Ordeal By Fire; Turmoil on the Homefront and handout. While watching the episode answer the following board questions: 1) Why was opposition to the war strongest in Quebec? PowerPoint: Was Conscription the Right Choice? Assignment: Create a poster favouring or opposing conscription in Canada (please restrict yourself to regular paper size). Be sure to employ both text and images. On the back, be sure to identify yourself and provide a short written description of what your intentions are with the poster -- why do you write say what you say on the poster and what do you intend the graphic elements to convey? 10 marks. Due next class.
Topic #3 Plan
Topic #3 Questions
- Monday, October 24 - France & Britain in the 1920's (base notes), also the British Empire in the 20s (base notes).
- Tuesday, October 25 - Video: Boom & Bust (The USA in the 20s ). The USA in the 1920s (Base Notes). An excellent treatment of the revolution in manufacturing efficiency that took place in 1920s America can be seen at Fordism 1920s USA. For a 5 minute video summary of the USA in the 1920's see From the Great War to the Great Depression.
- Wednesday, October 26 - USA in the 1930s (base notes) -- we will also look at the video 20th Century History; Roosevelt and the New Deal (if available). Compare Keynsian and Chicago School economic theories. Watch two narrated PowerPoint presentations on Youtube: Melinda Klein's Interwar Years - segment 2 and segment 3 deal with the USA in the 1930's. Also watch this excellent documentary on The Wall Street Crash of 1929 or 1929;The Great Crash. How about an entertaining rap on how to deal with economic crashes? Watch Fear the Boom and Bust; A Hayek vs Keynes Rap Anthem.
- Thursday, October 27 - Video - The Road to War; USA. US foreign policy between the wars (base notes). Watch FDR & the New Deal. On your own, watch some newsreel films on Roosevelt and the New Deal. Watch historian David M. Kennedy in a discussion about Roosevelt and his policies. For an anti-New Deal view watch The Truth About Taxes - an interesting critical look at the New Deal that blames it for wasting money instead of building armaments.
- Friday, October 28 - Complete any video material missed last class. Japan between the wars PowerPoint (base notes). For a look at Japan between the wars, see this colour footage (10 minutes). Watch The World at War - Banzai (Japan 1931-42), part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5.