Saturday, February 18, 2012

February 20-24

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Course outlines are posted in the material for the first class this semester - go to the Monday, January 30 posting.

Social Studies 8

Your first unit test will be this Wednesday (allowing both block 2 and block 4 extra time to complete the test if needed), worth around 75 marks. It will be based on map reading and the use of Canadian Oxford World Atlas (7th edition). The questions will be of the fill-in-the-blank kind -- where you are asked: for terms, to identify something in the atlas, to find direction or to locate something.

  • Monday, February 20 - Take up the second time zone worksheet. Geography Review materials. Do the first section and then any sections that gave you trouble as we worked through the unit. The Unit Test for Geography is on Wednesday, February 22.
  • Tuesday, February 21 - Sign out new texts (return old ones after the test). What is History? Why study it? PowerPoint. Handout: Why Study History. Introduction to History text and to SQ3R study method. Other ways to study History: flashcards , timelines - handout & introduction. See examples of the new Facebook timeline concept - but think carefully before loading personal material online -- anyone can access it and it and content may never disappear! Timeline assignment - personal/family/world - 10 marks, due Thursday.
  • Wednesday, February 22 - Geography unit test. Work on timeline assignment Look over the new textbook.
  • Thursday, February 23 - 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.
Social Studies 11

The next unit test will be on the Legislative/Executive/Judicial branches and will be similar in size to our last test.

  • Monday, February 20 - Review the role of the Queen and Governor General. What are arguments for and against keeping the monarchy. Look at the role of the Prime Minister, cabinet and bureaucracy. Watch Yes, Minister episode. Read “Constitutional Monarchy” on p. 222-224 & "The GovernorGeneral" on p. 234. Read pp. 234-240. Do Do #1-4, p. 240. Assignment: Value 5 marks, Identify by name each member of the federal (national) cabinet and their department. This is an assignment, not a homework check, so accuracy is part of the mark. This assignment must be hand-written and not typed! (To help you remember some of it.)
  • Tuesday, February 21 - Take up #1-4, p. 240 and hand in the Cabinet assignment. Lobbying & Pressure Groups. Look at the list of institutionalized groups on p. 259 (Click here for an online list of federal lobby groups - interest groups and social movements). Explain what lobbying is and look at the activities of several lobby groups -- also describe Pressure Groups and their purpose. Divide into groups (with printed - or online --background information) Each group is to come up with ideas for posters to make their group's case to the public. Poster Assignment (Each person will prepare their own poster) - on a regular size sheet of paper -- 8 1/" by 11" is fine (due Thursday) . Read pp. 258-267. Do #1-2, p. 264. Do #1-3, p.
  • Wednesday, February 22 - 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.
  • Thursday, February 23 - Hand in poster assignment. 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.