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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
National Geographic has some nice overview PowerPoints for this unit. See Map Elements and Map Skills.
We have just completed the Geography unit. The unit test is on Monday, October 3. Expect it to be around 75 marks. You need to memorize some important information for the exam, but mostly it will involve answering questions using your Canadian Oxford School Atlas 7th edition. All material that we have covered so far, and will cover this week, is fair game for the test.
- Monday, October 3 - Geography Unit Test. Return Geographical Essentials and the Canadian Oxford School Atlas 7th Edition. Look over the new textbook if you have some time.
- Tuesday, October 4 - Test post-mortem (discussion of how the class did and how things can be improved in the future). Time Line Field Trip. Introduction to the Greco-Roman world. Watch What the Romans Did For Us; Life of Luxury & What the Romans Did For Us; Ahead of Their Time. List Roman inventions that we need and use today. Read Patterns of Civilization, pp. 2-6. Do #1-6, p. 6.
- Wednesday, October 5 - Take up homework. Video - Roman City and questions. . Note: Block 2 will be visited by the Public Health Nurse for about 30 minutes and will need to see the remainder of the film online -- or come in and see it after school -- Strangely this did not occur; I imagine it will be rescheduled. Block 4 is not affected.
- Thursday, October 6 - Take up the video questions on David Macauley's Roman City. Introduction to Classical Architecture -- how the Romans built and how this knowledge is the foundation of modern building today. PowerPoint on Roman Architecture -- from Mr. Benoy's Comparative Civilizations 12 course. If we have time, we will watch What the Ancients Knew; The Romans. Read the handout and do questions for homework. Also complete the Architecture Hunt assignment -- value: 10 marks and due next Wednesday. Are you interested in learning more about Roman engineering? Check out the BBC's animation on the Roman Colosseum.
- Friday, October 7 - Take up handout questions. Introduction to Ancient Religions: Paganism, Judaism, Mystery Cults and Christianity. Watch Ancient Roman Religion. (On your own, watch this tongue-in-cheek account of Roman Religion - History With a Twist of Lime; The Early Roman Religion. You might not get all the jokes, or you might find them cheesy, but the information about Roman religion is good and at 7:00 minutes, it is an easy review.) We will also watch two more short clips that examine Pagan influences on early Christianity: Mithras - Pagan Origins of Christianity and Osiris - Pagan Origins of Christianity. Be sure to list things that seem to be common to these pagan religions and Christianity. Read pp. 6-10. Do #1-6, p. 10 for homework. Don't forget to complete the Architecture Hunt assignment.
The next unit test is scheduled for Friday of this week. The mark breakdown should be roughly as follows: 35 multiple choice questions (1 mark each), 2 from 4 long answer questions (6 marks each), and one essay question on what should be done with the Canadian Senate (12 marks - 2 x 6). The total is, therefore, most likely to be out of 59 marks. Create and use flashcards now to master terms and names. This not only helps you with subject content, but it ensures that you know what test questions are asking. At least 25 flash flash cards are needed to earn the 5 bonus marks.
No text-book can possibly be completely up to date, so keep current by using reliable websites.Be sure to look at the Parliament of Canada website. Download, read and study from the Guide to the House of Commons.
- Monday, October 3 - Take up #1-2, p. 264. Do #1-3, p. 267. Overview of the Judiciary - PowerPoint - go to the section on the Judiciary. Read pp. 270-275. Do #1-3, p. 275.
- Tuesday, October 4 - Take up homework, #1-3, p. 275. Complete PowerPoint material from last class Comparison of Adversarial vs. Inquisitorial court systems. Read pp. 277-288. Do #1-3, p. 280, & 1 & 4, p. 288. Please bring your red Government text to class next day -- along with your blue text.
- Wednesday, October 5 - Take up homework. Video’s on the court system. While watching the video, identify the positions of court officials and note the roles that they play. Introduce concept of Human rights – examine text p. 294. Students to list what they would expect fundamental rights to be in Canada - Think-Pair-Share. Use Government text p. 60 to list Schweitzer’s list of fundamental rights. Government text pp. 152-158. Read pp. 292-312. Do #1, p. 297, #2-3 sidebar p. 303, #1 & 3, p. 304, #3, p. 308 & #2, p. 312. Remember to bring 25+ flashcards to the test Friday to earn 5 bonus marks.
- Thursday, October 6 - Take up homework. Examine the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms - see PowerPoint; The Constitution. Summarize each of the key sections in your notes. Effect of passing the Charter on Canadian law -- all laws in Canada must conform unless passed using the notwithstanding clause or if they can withstand a challenge based on their being within reasonable limits. Study for the test next class
- Friday, October 7 - Unit Test on the Legislative, Executive and Judicial branches of government. Read pp. 240-246. Do #1-3, p. 246, & sidebar #1, p. 244.
Topic #2 will be tested on Tuesday. Expect the breakdown of marks to be roughly as follows: 60 multiple choice questions (1 mark each), 10 map items (1 mark each), 5 definitions (2 marks each) and 2 long answer questions (10 marks each). The total is, therefore, out of roughly 100 marks.
- Monday, October 3 - The Paris Peace Conference PowerPoint. Base lecture notes. If time - AV material: Video Make Germany Pay Currently available in two parts on YouTube; Part 1, Part 2. - The War to End All Wars - but note, the conference was held in Paris, not Versailles as the film indicates - this film is from a US perspective -- something I do not always present effectively in class (5 minutes), World War One: 1914-1918 Map - a multimedia summary of the war's main events. If you can manage the time, watch Secrets of the Dead; Killer Flu - which deals with the dangers of the flu pandemic that killed up to 30 million people at the end of the First World War.
- Tuesday, October 4 - Unit Test on Topic 2. Be sure to pick up the plan for Topic #3 and the Topic #3 Questions. Note: Because we have a shortened day today, I will switch the test to Wednesday and go over Wednesday material today.
- Wednesday, October 5 - The League of Nations. Base lecture notes.For a good treatment of the League's dealing with a major dispute, see ITV Schools' TV's The League of Nations and the Manchurian Dispute (20 minutes). There is much fascinating material at theLeague of Nations Homepage. M. Cliffe has a couple of online PowerPoints on the League: The League of Nations and Failures of the League.
- Thursday, October 6 - Quick test post-mortem. The Origins of Socialism. Base lecture notes. A great comedic presentation of Marx' ideas and their relevance today can be had in British Socialist Mark Steel's talk The Revolutionary Ideas of Karl Marx - warning: there is some strong language used.
- Friday, October 7 - Origins of Socialism and Russia Before the Revolutions. (Base notes). See Susan Pojer's PowerPoint on the 1905 Russian Rebellion.