Tuesday, May 22, 2012

May 21-25

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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. 

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 Monday, January 30 posting.

Social Studies 8

We just began the Renaissance & Reformation Unit.  Don't expect a test until around Thursday of next week.  We will then conclude the course with a unit on India, China and (if time permits), Japan.  I expect the Renaissance & Reformation test will be as follows: 25 multiple choice questions (1 mark each) and a choice of two from four long answer questions (6 marks each). The total is, therefore, out of 37 marks. 30 properly-done flashcards are needed to earn 3 bonus marks.

  • Monday, May 21 - Holiday.  Start thinking about the final exam.  Now is the time to start preparing! 
  • Tuesday, May 22 - 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.  (Unfortunately we did not get a chance to see Sister Wendy -- you are, therefore, not responsible for this material).  If you do get a chance to see the video, please do so -- it is excellent.  We were only able to give the barest treatment of Renaissance art in class in the time available.)
  • Wednesday, May 23 - 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!
  • Thursday, May 24 - Complete Romeo and Juliet and note-taking.
  • Friday, May 25 - Introduction to the Reformation. Video -The Protestant Reformation; Part 1and Part 2. While watching, answer the following: 1. Why did the Roman Catholic Church face criticism in the 14th century? 2. How did the Church deal with critics? 2. Why were ideas spreading quickly during Luther's life? 3. Why did Luther criticize the Church? 4. How did he escape punishment by the Church? 5. What other reformers brought change to Europe? What did they believe? Read pages 147-150. Do #1-5, p. 150. If you are interested in the reformation and have a little time, watch one or more of the following BBC documentaries (1 hour each) The Protestant Revolution; Part 1; The Politics of Belief, The protestant Revolution; Part 2; The Godly Family, The Protestant Revolution; Part 3; A Reformation of the Mind, and The Protestant Reformation; Part 4; No Rest for the Wicked.
  • A bonus assignment is now available to help you boost your mark before the final exam. Look at it and follow the instructions.


Social Studies 11

***Here is a set of summary notes for the Social Studies 11 course -- excellent for use in studying for the final exam.

Expect a unit test Wednesday.  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.

The Geography textbook 21st Century World is available online. Just click on the title to access the table of contents.
  • Monday, May 21 - Holiday.  Start thinking about the final exam.  Now is the time to start preparing! 
  •   Tuesday, May 22 - 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.
  • Wednesday, May 23 - Unit Test on Post-War Canada. Sign out Geography text The 21st Century World. Read pp. 6-11. Do #1-5, p. 11.
  • Thursday, May 24 - 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.
  • Friday, May 25 - 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.