Saturday, October 22, 2011

October 31-November 4

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Course outlines are posted in the material for the first class this semester - go to the Wednesday, September 7 posting.

During the job action, parents who would like a mark update can contact me by -mail at any time. I should be able to provide this within a day or two of your request.

Parents, look out for a mark summary sheet to be sent home by the end of this week. Please sign it and send it back to me so that I know you received it. If you would like to meet on November 24 -- during interview times from 1:30 p.m. to 3:10 p.m., please e-mail me to arrange a time. I would ask that we keep interviews to 5 minutes unless no other parents are waiting.

Social Studies 8

We will quiz the Byzantine Empire and the Islamic World this week -- on Wednesday. Expect the mark breakdown to be as follows: 30 multiple choice questions (1 mark each), 5 definitions from a choice of 10 (2 marks each) and a choice of 3 from 5 long answer questions (6 marks each). The test is out of a total of 58 marks. 25 flash cards -- done as I require them -- will result in 5 bonus marks. It is possible to score 63/58 on this test!

  • Monday, October 31 - Take up #1-5, p. 110. Watch the video: What the Ancients Did for Us - The Islamic World and take notes on what exactly Islamic Civilization passed on to us. Complete PowerPoint on Islamic Architecture. Study for the test - be sure to make and use flash cards.

  • Tuesday, November 1 - Take up homework. Video:Europe After the Fall of Rome; 476-1066 AD. Focus Questions: What happened to Britain after the Romans left? How did life change? How did Christian missionaries change the Germans? Who were the Vikings and how did their threat affect Western Europe? Handout:Charlemagne. Do the questions on the handout for homework

  • Wednesday, November 2 - Unit Test - Byzantine and Islamic Civilizations. Read pp. 40-45. Do #1-6, p. 45.

  • Thursday, November 3 - Take up homework. Video: The Dark Ages; Part 8; The Greatest King . What made Charlemagne a great ruler? How did he keep tight control over his subjects? How did the Roman Catholic church help him? Why did his efforts eventually collapse? Read pp. 45-48. Do #1-6, p. 48. Interested in the Franks? Watch Barbarians; the Franks. Interested in the Vikings? Why not watch the following as a bonus: Ancient Warriors: The Vikings, part 1, part 2, part 3 (totals just over 20 minutes) orBarbarians; the Vikings.

  • Friday, November 4 - Take up #1-6, p. 48. WatchAncient Warriors: The Vikings, part 1, part 2, part 3(totals just over 20 minutes). Answer the following questions: 1) Why were the Vikings feared by all of Christian Europe? 2) What made the Viking Longship a particularly effective weapon for its time? 3) Where does our knowledge of the Vikings come from? Handout Viking Women. How does this account of Viking life differ from the video? Can you explain the difference? Origins of feudalism: Hosford Atlas pp. 13-16. Handout reading for homework: Feudalism and Medieval Life. Do the questions on the handout.

Social Studies 11

The next unit test will be on Thursday of this week -- to allow test writers to write into break if need be. I fully expect to finish the unit on Tuesday, so Wednesdays class will be from the following unit. This test will cover all of the History material up to the end of World War I. The mark breakdown will be roughly as follows: 40 multiple choice questions (1 mark each), 5 definitions or names (2 marks each) and 4 long answer questions (6 marks each) from a choice of 5. The total is, therefore, out of 74 marks. 5 bonus marks are available for a minimum of 25 flash cards. It is possible to earn 79/74.

There is a major research assignment starting now, the Family History - Immigration Assignment (With additional options for International and First Nations students.) The due date for this work is not until right after the Christmas holidays, to allow plenty of time for research and discussion with family members.)

  • Monday, October 31 - Hand in poster assignment. Introductory music: On the Road to Passchendaele and Passchendaele. Literature of War Assignment. Using computers (if available) or handouts and library resources. 10 marks, due Thursday. Read pp. 42-46. 1) Do you think that the the peace arrangement arrived at in 1919 was workable? Why or why not? 2) How serious was the flu epidemic of 1918-1920?

  • Tuesday, November 2 - Take up homework. Video - The 1917 Federal Election. Questions: 1. What key political issue divided Canadians in 1917. 2. What changes did Borden make to election laws before the next election? Video: The History of the Vote; Women's Right to Vote. 1. What arguments were made against women getting the vote? 2. How did Nellie McClung fight against these notions? 3. Why did some women get the vote in Federal elections in 1917? 4. How long did it take before all women had the same voting rights as men? Discuss whether our current voting rules are fair for all people. Finish any PowerPoint material not covered earlier. If there is any time left, look at In the Trenches (part 1 and part 2) Study for the test -- be sure to make flash cards.

  • Wednesday, November 2 - Take up homework. Video Clip from Canada; A Peoples' History; Ordeal by Fire on the great influenza pandemic. Note pandemics are an ongoing concern and that they have had a huge influence on history. Discuss historical examples. Lecture: The End of World War I & the Paris Peace Conference. Video Make Germany Pay (Part 1, Part 2) Do board questions: 1) Who were the main participants in the Conference and what did they want? 2) What important powers were not invited to attend? 3) What were the key outcomes of the Conference? Do #1 sidebar, p. 44, 1. Explain how Canada’s role in the world was different in 1919 to 1914. 2. What limited the effectiveness of the League of Nations from its very start? Prepare for the unit test next class.

  • Thursday, November 3 - Unit Test, Canada to 1919. Read pp. 48-51. Do #1-3, p. 51.

  • Friday, November 4 - Introduction to Post-War Canada. The Winnipeg General Strike. Lecture and video,On Strike! - with questions. Read pp53-56. Do #1-3, p. 56.
History 12

Topic #3 Plan

Topic #3 Questions
due Thursday.

Essay #2
due next week.

The test for Topic #3 is this Thursday. Questions are due by 4:30 p.m. Expect the following breakdown on the test: 50 multiple choice questions, 10 map items (1 mark each), 10 definitions (2 marks each), and 3 from 5 paragraph items (6 marks each). The total is, therefore, out of 98 marks.

Topic #4 Plan

Topic #4 Questions.

  • Monday, October 31 - Introductory music - Senyuu (one of the most famous Gunka - military songs - of the 1930s. Watch The Road to War; Japan (sorry, but it appears to be unavailable online at this time). If we have time, we will conclude by watching this travel film about Japan in 1932.

  • Tuesday, November 1 - Hitler & the Rise of the Nazis PowerPoint (base notes). Interested in getting into the mind of the Fuhrer? Watch Inside the Mind of Adolf Hitler, a biodocumentary based on a psychological profile of the German leader that was put together by US intelligence services during World War II. Interested in Nazi Germany? Watch The Story of the Third Reich (Part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5, part 6, part 7, part 8, part 9, part 10, part 11, part 12, part 13, part 14, part 15) - up to part 3 covers the period before the Second World War.

  • Wednesday, November 2 - Complete Hitler & the Rise of the Nazis PowerPoint (base notes). Begin Hitler's Germany - PowerPoint (base notes), and AV - probably from the 20th Century History series - but unavailable online. Leni Riefenstahl was one of the 20th century's greatest film-makers -- and a Nazi. See Triumph des Willens, and Olympia (on the 1936 Olympics). If you are interested in film-makers and have a few hours to spare, watch Leni Riefenstahl (Part 1, Part 2 - each are 1 hour 34 minutes). This is an interesting look at a creative woman who was an ardent Nazi.

  • Thursday, November 3 - Unit Test, Topic #3. Pick up Topic 4 Plan and Questions.

  • Friday, November 4 - Complete Hitler's Germany PowerPoint. Appeasement (base notes) - also on PowerPoint.