Saturday, December 10, 2011

December 12-16

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

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Social Studies 8

Your test on chapters 3-4-5 (pp. 39-93 in your textbook) is on Monday. Expect the mark breakdown to be as follows: 50 multiple choice questions ( 1 mark each) and 4 long answer questions from a choice of 7 possibilities (6 marks each). The test total is, therefore, out of 74 marks. At least 40 flash cards will be needed to earn the full 5 bonus marks available.

Christmas holidays are almost upon us. Those students who are currently earning a mark of less than 50% need to use some of this time to get caught up and to begin preparing for the final exam. Not doing so may result in having to repeat this course.

  • Monday, December 12 - Unit test on chapters 3, 4 & 5. Read pp. 134-138. Do #1-7, p. 138.
  • Tuesday, December 13 - Take up homework. Introduction to the Italian Renaissance. Watch: The Medici -- Godfathers of the Renaissance; Birth of a Dynasty. 1. How did the Medici come to dominate Florence? 2. How did they help bring about a flowering of interest in ancient learning and modern art and architecture? 3. What was the relationship between artists and patrons in Florence during the renaissance? 4. How did Brunelleschi change Western art? 5) How did Cosimo bring knowledge from the outside world to Florence? Read pp. 139-143. do #1-5, p. 143.
  • Wednesday, December 14 - Take up homework. Watch this video clip from James Burke's The Day the Universe Changed; Point of View. Questions: How did Brunelleschi and Alberti change the art of painting? Watch Sister Wendy 0n Renaissance artists. 1) Name at least one major work by each artist she deals with. 2) Explain why each artist is considered great. Read pp. 143-147. Do #1-4, p. 147.
  • Thursday, December 15 - Take up homework. Watch Zeffireli's version of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet (part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5, part 6). Describe the renaissance world shown in the movie. How did the lives of upper middle class families then differ with the lives of the same kind of people today? Be sure to think about family relationships, work, interests and lifestyles. No homework today!
  • Friday, December 16 - Complete Romeo and Juliet and note-taking. Play around with the Shakesperian Insult Kit. Enjoy the Christmas holidays without Social Studies homework.
Social Studies 11

Expect our next unit test to be Tuesday this week. The test will be arranged roughly as follows:
43 multiple choice questions (1 mark each), 5 definitions (2 marks each) and a choice of 3 from 5 choices (6 marks each). The test is, therefore, out of 71 marks. 30 flash cards are needed to earn 5 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.

Christmas holidays are almost upon us. Those students who are currently earning a mark of less than 50% need to use some of this time to get caught up and to begin preparing for the final exam. Not doing so may result in having to repeat this course.

The Geography textbook 21st Century World is available online. Just click on the title to access the table of contents.
  • Monday, December 12 - Take up the sidebar on p. 211 & #1-2, p. 213 and #2-6, p. 216. Watch video segments from Canada; A Peoples' History - the following episodes: "Taking Back the Past" and "Land and Nation" and questions. PowerPoint on Land Claims & the Indian Act. Anything we are unable to complete in class, you will need to view on your own. Study for the test next class.
  • Tuesday, December 13 - Unit Test on Post-War Canada. Sign out Geography text The 21st Century World. Read pp. 6-11. Do #1-5, p. 11.
  • Wednesday, December 14 - Introduce Geography portion of the course. PowerPoint for Ch. 1 - Geography. If there is anything from the PowerPoint that we do not complete, you will need to look this over for yourself over the break. Be sure to work on your Family History/Immigration Assignment over the break. It will be due at the end of the first week we are back after the holidays!
  • Thursday, December 15 - Complete chapter 1 PowerPoint. Begin watching An Inconvenient Truth. Your job while watching this film is to: 1) Identify Gore's thesis in this film. 2) List the evidence he cites to prove his thesis. 3) Explain why Gore convinced you or did not convince you that we must take immediate action to deal with climate change. Read pp. 12-16. Do #1-9, p. 16 & #1-4, pp. 16-17.
  • Friday, December 16 - Take up homework. Continue watching An Inconvenient Truth - Finish watching this yourself if we do not get a chance to do so in class today. Read pp. 17-20. Do #1-2, p. 17 & #1-4, p. 21.
History 12

We will not test Topics 5 & 6 -- as this would take a block away from instruction and all of this material is tested on the final exam in any case. However, I will collect all work this year -- in two installments -- up to question 62 at the end of the first week back in January, and the remainder in the last week of classes. Do not procrastinate as deadlines become hard at the end of the semester.

Plan for Topics 5 & 6

Questions for Topics 5 & 6

Essay #3

Glossary Bonus Assignment