Saturday, May 26, 2012

May 28 - June 1

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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.

Final Exam times and locations are now posted around the school.  Students with IEPs have been told of alternate locations where they will write their exams and have special accommodations.  Be sure to arrive early to ensure that you allow for unexpected delays or problems.

Most students will write in the posted locations:

SS8   Exam time is Monday, June 18 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Block 2 will write in room D202; Block 4 will write in room D203. 

SS11 Exam time is Wednesday, June 20 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the small gym

 Social Studies 8

Expect a quiz on Wednesday - to allow an extra day to study.

The Renaissance & Reformation quiz 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.

A bonus assignment is now available to help you boost your mark before the final exam. Look at it and follow the instructions.  

  •  May 30 -  Hinduism and Buddhism Powerpoints.   Test on Renaissance and reformation.Read  pp. 22-26.  Do #1-7, p. 26.
  •  May 31 - Quiz post-mortem. Take up #1-7, p. 26. Watch What the Ancients did For Us; India - part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5, part 6. List important Indian inventions and explain their significance. Read pp. 26-28, do #1-5, p. 28.
  •  June 1 - Take up homework answers in class. Video on Akbar the Great - sorry, this is a video tape that is not available on the Internet. Why is Akbar considered one of the great figures in world history? If not in class -- or if you would like to learn more, watch Michael Wood's documentary: The Story of India, part 27, part 28. You might also consider watching this 30 minute summary of the Mughal Empire. Read pp. 112-116 & Do #1-6, p. 116.

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. 

The Geography textbook 21st Century World is available online. Just click on the title to access the table of contents.

To save time and not lose as many blocks to testing, we will test chapters 1-3 together.  This will not be until Friday of next week.

  • Monday, May 28 - Take up homework,  #1-9, p. 16 & #1-4, pp. 16-17. 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.
  • Tuesday, May 29 - Take up Do #1-2, p. 17 & #1-4, p. 21. Begin Ch. 2 PowerPoint. Read pp. 29-31. Do both #1-3 on p. 31.
  •  Wednesday, May 30 - Take up #1-3 (both), p. 31. Video clip: The Seven BillionthContinue Ch. 2 PowerPoint - Population & Demographics.  If time we will watch Momentum 2011; Hans Rosling. Read pp. 31-37. Do #1 on p. 37. Go to the US Census Bureau's International Database  (OK - this is a bit of a search.  Click on "International Data Base" on the top left hand side of the page.  On the new page, look on the left side and go into the "Report" drop down menu and select "Population Pyramid Graph."  Now select 2011 in the year menu and the countries you want, one at a time in "Select Country".)  Now and download and print a population pyramid for Nigeria in 2011. Do the same for Japan. Compare the shapes of these population pyramids. Suggest reasons why they are so different from one another.
  •  Thursday, May 31 - Take up #1 on p. 37. Look at the population pyramids for Japan and Nigeria and go over reasons why their shapes are so different. PowerPoint - continued. Watch Hans Rosling's What Stops Population Growth. Doom and gloom video. Read pp. 37-41. Do #1-6, p. 39 , #1-6, pp. 41-42. I highly recommend that you read pp. 322-328 in your blue Counterpoints text -- material on the Demographic Transition model always appears on the final exam and will be prominent on your chapters 1-3 unit test.  Sidebar: Doom and gloom text at DieOff.Org - read p. 15, an excerpt from William Catton's Overshoot; The Ecological Base of Revolutionary Change. Read a brief synopsis of Boserup's ideas from York University. Julian Simon was another writer who felt population growth is a good thing. Part of his book Population Matters: People, Resources, Environment, and Immigration is available online.
  •  Friday, June 1 - Take up Video segment and questions on Shanghai, Changing China - Urbanization ). Look at Gapcast #2 - Urbanization. Read pp. 42-45. Do #1-5, p. 45. Do the Further Thought assignment #1-5, p. 46.  Read pp. 368-375 in your blue Counterpoints text.  Do #1-4, p.372 & #1, p.375.