Monday, May 14, 2012

May 14 - 18

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Notice to Graduates and Parents: I regret to inform you that I am withdrawing from voluntary activities until further notice. My reasons are two-fold, relating to the current labour dispute and concerns for my personal health. I cannot legally say much more than this to students, but would be more than willing to explain my concerns to parents if they e-mail me. The 86% Club will not meet for the remainder of this year (fortunately we have covered the most important material in earlier meetings) and Mr. Benoy is no longer co-chairing the Sutherland Scholarship Committee, nor is he sitting as a member of the committee. Please direct any scholarship questions to Principal McGowan and the Sutherland Administration. I will still help any graduating students who ask me for individual help. 

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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 Medieval Research Assignment is due on Monday.

Your unit test on the Middle Ages will be on Thursday.  Expect 49 multiple choice questions (1 mark each) and 4 from a choice of 7 long answer questions (6 marks each).  The test total is out of 73 marks.  40 flash cards may earn up to 5 bonus marks.

To help students who struggle with reading, I have adapted some 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. If you find reading the text impossibly difficult, see Mr. Benoy to discuss the issue. The alternative is not as detailed and content will be missed by those using it. However, it is better than not understanding a thing!
  • Monday, May 14 - Hand in your Medieval Research Assignment.  Take up p. 81 homework.  Watch Part 3, Part 4 & Part 5 of The Rise and Fall of Islamic Spain(Click here for the full documentary). Questions: 1) What was life like in Moslem Spain? 2) What happens to the reconquered people of Granada after the Christian reconquest? Read pp. 85-87. Do #1-6, p. 87. Interested in the Inquisition? Try these two documentaries: Secret Files of the Inquisition; Part 1, and Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4. And now for something completely different -- Monty Python's "Spanish Inquisition."
  • Tuesday, May 15 - Take up #1-6, p. 87. Introduction to the Plague. Page 42 of Hosford Atlas. Pint Size History; the Black Death. Watch History's Turning Points; 1347 AD; The Black Death. 1. Where did the Plague originate? 3) What did Medieval Europeans think caused the disease? What really caused it? 4) How did the Plague spread throughout Europe? 5) How did Medieval people deal with the disease? 6. What were the lasting effects of the Plague? Interested in the Black Death -- watch the History of Britain; King Death (1 hour). We will watch just a 10 minute excerpt from the video. Read pp. 82-84. Do #1-6, p. 84.
  • Wednesday, May 16 - Hand in Medieval Research Assignment. Take up #1-6, p. 84. Look at Hosford Atlas, "Agents of Change" pp. 45-47. Watch The Western Tradition; Episode 23; the Late Middle Ages. (You will need to register to access this site, but don't worry -- it is American public television and you will not be pestered with junk mail after doing so). While watching, answer the following question: What changes were happening to life in the late Middle Ages? why? Introduction to the "Babylonian Captivity" when there were multiple popes at one time. Read pp. 87-92. Do #1-7, p. 92.
  • Thursday, May 17 - Unit test on chapters 3, 4 & 5. Read pp. 134-138. Do #1-7, p. 138.
  • Friday, May 18 - 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.

Social Studies 11

 ***Here is a set of summary notes for the Social Studies 11 course -- excellent to study from for the final exam.

Expect a unit test Tuesday of next 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.

  • Monday, May 14 - Take up sidebar, #1-3, p. 155, #1-5, p. 156.  Material from Canada; A Peoples’ History; Comfort & Fear. ("Material from Canada; A People’s History (“A Question of Equality,” “A Changing Face,”and “The Computer Moves In” and questions). If time, PowerPoint Post 1945 Canada. Read pp. 157-172. Do #2-4, p. 158, #2-6, p. 167, & #1-5, p. 172.
  • Tuesday, May 15 - Take up homework. Material from Canada; A People’s History("Time for Change" & "Maitres Chez Nous" - questions). PowerPoint material not completed. Read pp. 172-187. Do #1-4, p. 176, #2-4, p. 182, and 2-5, p. 187.
  • Wednesday, May 16 - Take up homework. Complete any PowerPoint material not completed from Post 1945 Canada. Watch "Vive le Quebec Libre," "October Crisis", the "Choice" - questions. Read pp. 191- 194. Do #1,2, 4 & 5, p. 194.
  • Thursday, May 17 - Take up homework. Canada; A People's History: "Night of the Long Knives". PowerPoint The Quiet and Not-So-Quiet Revolution. If we get a chance to start it, we will begin the PowerPoint: "Land Claims and the Indian Act.". Read pp. 201-207. Do #1-5, p. 204 and 1-5, p. 206. Assignment: 10 marks, due Monday. Why do many Quebecers want an independent Quebec? Why has this not come about?
  • Friday, May 18 - Take up homework. Continue or begin PowerPoint - "Land Claims and the Indian Act." Read pp. 208-216. Do the sidebar on p. 211 & #1-2, p. 213 and #2-6, p. 216.