Saturday, November 19, 2011

November 21-25

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Things that are static -- not requiring regular change -- can be found at my website:

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.

For the Grads: Find pictures from the Winter Formal on November 23 at:

Parents of grade 8 & 11 students should have received a mark sheet sent home with your son or daughter two weeks ago. Please sign it and send it back to me so that I know you received it. Thank you to those who have already done so. Grade 12 parents should have received a report card with marks showing -- this may be needed for applications to post-secondary institutions. 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. I am also available during the same times on the 25th. Of course it is also possible to make an appointment at other times, after school, if the scheduled dates do not work for you.

Social Studies 8

We are still in the middle of our longest unit - "The Middle Ages" - a test is still a couple of weeks away. We are also working on a major research assignment, due on December 9. Please note that the due date at the top of the assignment is not current.

Medieval Research Project. Part 1. Part 2.

Note: Because of the Justice Theater presentation on Wednesday of this week -- in block 2 -- I have changed the plan for this week.

  • Monday, November 21 - Take up Medieval Guild Regulations. Introduction to Medieval Church architecture - Romanesque to Gothic. PowerPoint - Romanesque to Gothic Architecture. Super-deluxe Benoy field trip and demonstration of Medieval engineering. Handouts: Romanesque to Gothic Architecture - online only - unless you request a copy. If time: Mr. Benoy's slides of Medieval European churches. Read pp. 63-69. Do #1-6, p. 69.
  • Tuesday, November 22 - Take up #1-6, p. 69. Video: David Macauley's Cathedral and questions.
  • Wednesday, November 23 - Block 2 (last block today) will see the Justice Theater presentation. Block 4 will carry on as usual. Video: Illuminations; Treasures of the Middle Ages. Questions (will be posted on the 2nd screen in class): 1. Who wrote medieval books? 2. What were books written on before the Middle Ages? What were medieval books written on? 3. How were medieval books like modern comic books? 4. What kinds of illustrations were found in medieval books? 5. What was a “Book of Hours?” How was it a display of wealth? 6. What kinds of non-religious books were produced in the late Middle Ages? From Old English to Modern English - including the following video examples: Lord’s Prayer in Old English, "The General Prologue" tothe Canterbury Tales in Middle English, and this version in modern English. If we have time we will watch a few short samples from Chaucer's Canterbury Tales in modern English: "The Host's Speech"from "the General Prologue," the start of the "Pardoner's Tale," "the Sermon" from "the Pardoner's Tale," and "Chanticleer Escapes" from the Nun's Priest's Tale." Work on your research project.
  • Thursday, November 24 - Block 2 will have the lesson they missed on Wednesday. Block 4 will get additional library time for their assignment.
  • Friday, November 25 - School Based Professional Day - No classes. Take some time to go to the public library to check out their resources for your major research assignment. Spend some time making flash cards for this unit.
Social Studies 11

The next test is coming soon. We will give it on Monday of next week (November 28), to allow you the long weekend to study for it. The mark breakdown is most likely to be as follows: 45 multiple choice questions (1 mark each), 5 definitions (2 marks each) and 3 from a choice of 5 long answer questions (6 marks each). The total is, therefore, out of 73 marks. 5 bonus marks are available if you submit more than 25 flash cards done as required.

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.
  • Monday, November 21 - Take up sidebar 5-21, p. 123 & #1-3, p. 125. Video:The Valour & the Horror; Savage Christmas; Hong Kong 1941 and questions. Make sure your preparations are underway for the test on 1919-1945 next week. Don't forget, you have a Family History/Immigration Assignment underway too. Read the sidebar on pp. 126-127. Do #1-3, p. 127.
  • Tuesday, November 22 - Complete The Valour & the Horror; Savage Christmas; Hong Kong 1941 and questions (posted on the 2nd screen). If we have time, I will begin looking at the issue of the Holocaust. Do "Looking Back" #2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, & 14, p.129.
  • Wednesday, November 23 - Take up homework.Begin: Shoah/Holocaust -PowerPoint. Video: on the Holocaust (Frontline; Memory of the Camps – Chapter 4. Available online at This material is particularly horrifying. It is important to watch it if you can, but if you are unable to do so, please go to the "fishbowl" lounge area beside Mr. Nichols' room and study there until the video is over.
  • Thursday, November 24 - Hand in POW assignment from the Valour and the Horror video. Complete the Holocaust video material. If time -- Introduction to post-war Canada. PowerPoint Post 1945 Canada. Prepare for the unit test on Wednesday.
  • Friday, November 25 - School-based professional day. No classes. This is an opportunity to prepare for the unit test on Monday as well as to start work on your "Immigration/Family History" Assignment.
History 12

Topic #4 Plan.

Topic #4 Questions.

We will complete this unit this week, but I will not test until Tuesday to give you the long weekend to complete work and study.

Expect the following on the unit test: 70 multiple choice questions - 1 mark each. 5 map items - 1 mark each. 2 of 3 long answer questions - 12 marks each. The t0tal is, therefore, out of 99 marks.
  • Monday, November 21 - Watch The World At War; Genocide (part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5.) If time, we will also watch this short video on Nazi Racial Science.
  • Tuesday, November 22 - Wartime Conferences (base notes).
  • Wednesday, November 23 - Complete material on the Wartime Conferences (base notes). We are likely to begin the lecture on The Origins of the Cold War (base notes) and PowerPoint.
  • Thursday, November 24 - Continue The Origins of the Cold War (base notes) and PowerPoint.
  • Friday, November 25 - School-based professional day. Catch up and study for the unit test on Tuesday.