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Social Studies 8
The Rome unit test will be on Monday, April 2 -- to allow you the weekend to study. We will start the next unit on Friday -- Byzantine & Islamic Civilizations.
Be sure to be making and using your flash cards every day to master vocabulary and names. Your test on Rome will include the following: 40 multiple choice questions (1 mark each), 5 definition items (2 marks each) and 3 long answer questions (6 marks each). The total is, therefore, out of 68 marks. You can earn up to 5 bonus marks for submitting at least 25 correctly made flash cards (term or name only on the front and definition or why the person is important on the back) at the time of the exam. You may not hand these in late to earn marks; they must be submitted when you write the test.
A quiz on the Byzantine, Eastern Orthodox and Islamic Civilizations will take place on Wednesday, April 11. 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!
To help students who struggle with reading, I have adapted readings and questions from a simpler text for them. Only do this material if you have been asked by Mr. Benoy to do so. These students will not do the regular homework when this alternative is given.
- Monday, April 2 - Unit Test on Ancient Rome. Finish the handout questions from last class.
- Tuesday, April 3 - Take up the questions from the Byzantine Empire handout. Complete the video on Byzantium & go over the questions at the end. Handout: The Conversion of Kievan Rus. Video: Ivan the Terrible. How did Ivan the Terrible earn his cruel reputation? Read pp. 100-103. Do #1-7, p. 103.
- Wednesday, April 4 - Take up homework. Video: The World; A TV History and questions. Read pp. 103-107. Do #1-7, p. 107. Adapted reading & questions: Read "The Rise of the Moslem Empire, pages 68-72 of World History I. Make flash cards for the important terms given on page 68. Answer the What do you think? questions on p. 73. If you are interested in learning much more about Islam and have a couple of hours to spare, watch Islam; Empire of Faith - Prophet Mohammed and the Rise of the Faith. This is really good and quite detailed. For a good, detailed, PBS documentary on the life of Muhammad, watch Muhammad; Legacy of a Prophet. If you would prefer a cartoon version of the same thing, watch Muhammad; The Last Prophet.
- Thursday, April 5 - Take up #1-7, p. 107. The religious background to Islamic culture. Handouts . PowerPoint on Islamic Architecture (from Mr. Benoy's Comparative Civilizations 12 class). Read pp. 107-110. Do #1-5, p. 110. Adapted reading & questions: Read "The Culture of the Moslems" pages 74-78 of World History I. Make flash cards for the important terms on p. 74. Answer the What do you think? questions on p. 79. If you have the chance, go to the BBC's excellent web pages on Islam and explore. IslamiCity is another good web site for information on Muslim culture.
- Friday, April 6 - Good Friday Holiday.
- Monday, April 2 - Take up homework from Friday. Complete PowerPoint material from Canada and the Empire. Watch, online, EAV's Origins of World War I - part 1 (9 minutes) and part 2 (8 minutes). List the causes of World War I for homework.
- Tuesday, April 3 - Take up homework. Complete any material not covered last class on the origins of the war. Watch Blackadder's explanation of the war's origins. Begin PowerPoint on Canada & World War I. We will look at excepts from Canada; A People's History as we work through the PowerPoint (While watching these segments you need to make notes on the following 3 areas: 1) Describe attitudes toward the war. 2) Describe conditions at the front. 3) What changes did the war bring? Use the Acronym SPERMG to generate classes of ideas -- S=Social, P=Political, E=Economic, R=Religious, G=Geographic). Read pp. 24-28. Do #1-4, p. 28 .
- Wednesday, April 4 - Mr. Benoy's slides on the Western Front battlefield graves. Take up homework Continue the PowerPoint and People's History segments (While watching these segments you need to make notes on the following 3 areas: 1) Describe attitudes toward the war. 2) Describe conditions at the front. 3) What changes did the war bring? Use the Acronym SPERMG to generate classes of ideas -- S=Social, P=Political, E=Economic, R=Religious, G=Geographic). Read pp. 28-33. Do #1 & 3, p. 33. Also answer the questions in figure 2-8, 2-9, and 2-10.
- Thursday, April 5 - Take up homework. Complete any of the PowerPoint and People's History material. A Look at wartime propaganda. Posters (also click here for a Canadian exhibition from the Canadian War Museum), Postcards, Leaflets directed at the enemy, Film, and even music. Read this for a nice short treatment of First World War propaganda. An interesting World War I propaganda story is treated in the documentary The Crucified Soldier. If I can find time to show it in class, I will, but if not, you can watch it by linking from here. Read pp. 34-42. Do #1-4, p. 39 and 1 & 3, p. 42.
- Friday, April 6 - Good Friday Holiday.