Friday, November 11, 2011

November 14-18

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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.

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 of grade 8 & 11 students should have received a mark sheet sent home with your son or daughter last week. Please sign it and send it back to me so that I know you received it. Grade 12 parents can expect to see marks on the report card that will soon be issued. 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 are in the midst of a long unit on the middle ages. Do not expect a unit test for at least a couple more weeks.

We are, however, in the middle of a major research assignment. It is due on Friday, December 9. Please note that the due date on the assignment document is for a previous year.

Medieval Research Project. Part 1. Part 2.

Social Studies 11

The next test is likely to be on Monday, November 28 -- depending on our progress over the next two weeks, of course. Expect the following mark breakdown: 70 multiple choice questions (1 mark each), 5 map items (1 mark each) and 2 from a choice of 4 long answer questions (10 marks each). The total is, therefore, out of 95 marks.

There is a major research assignment underway, theFamily History - Immigration Assignment (With additional options for International and First Nations students. Click here to get a sample pedigree sheet. ) 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.

History 12

The next test is still a long way off. I will post the mark breakdown as we get closer to it.

Topic #4 Plan
. Note that the plan is slightly off already -- having been prepared a week before we started the new unit. Tentatively the end date for the unit remains the same. This will be re-evaluated in a couple of weeks.

Topic #4 Questions.

  • Monday, November 14 - Introductory slide-show - Coventry Cathedral. World War II chronology (PowerPoint, base notes).
  • Tuesday, November 15 - Video: Twentieth Century History; Road to Berlin (if available). World War II chronology (PowerPoint, base notes). 2/3 of the land fighting of WWII took place on the Eastern Front. Be sure to watch some video material on this important area. Black and white film of the war tends to distance us from what is shown. There are some excellent colourized films on the war on the Eastern Front from the World War II in HD Colour series: Hitler Strikes East, and The Soviet Steamroller.
  • Wednesday, November 16 - Video: Twentieth Century History; Pearl Harbour to Hiroshima if available. World War II chronology (PowerPoint, base notes).
  • Thursday, November 17 - Complete World War II chronology (PowerPoint, base notes). Hopefully, begin World War II; the British Experience (base notes). Most of the film we see of World War II is in black and white if it isn't from Hollywood. World War II; The Lost Colour Archives at Veoh, requiring registration and download, part 3) is interesting footage. Find out more about the Royal Navy in WWII by watching The Royal Navy (part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5).
  • Friday, November 18 - Complete World War II; the British Experience (base notes). If we completed this on Thursday, then we will begin Shoah/the Holocaust (PowerPoint, base notes). If you were not in my grade 11 classes last year, or even if you were, it is well-worth watching Frontline's Memories of the Camps video.