Sunday, June 10, 2012

June 18-22

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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 Thursday, June 21 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the small Gym --- Please note, this was incorrectly posted differently earlier.



Social Studies 8


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

The unit test on India, China and Japan is most likely to be on Wednesday this week.  Expect 20 multiple choice questions (1 mark each), 2 groups of 5 matching questions (10 marks total) and a choice of 2 from 3 long answer questions (6 marks each). The total value is, therefore, 42 marks and you can earn 3 bonus marks from 25 flash cards.


  • Monday, June 18 - Take up #1-7, p. 125. Video: Shinto Part 1, Part 2. 1. What are Kami? 2. Would Shintoism appeal to non-Japanese people? Why or why not? 3. How is it that Buddhism and Shintoism can be practiced at the same time? Read pp. 126-130. Do #1-8, p. 130. 

  • Tuesday, June 19 - Take up #1-8, p. 130. Watch Ancient Warriors; The Samurai, part 1, part 2. 1. What were the Samurai? 2. How were the Samurai similar to Medieval European Knights? How were they different? Study for the Unit Test tomorrow and the final exam on Tuesday.

  •  Wednesday, June 20 - Final Unit Test - India/China/Japan.
  •  Thursday, June 21 - Preparing for and writing the final exam.
    Work on completing work and bonus material.
  •  Friday, June 22 -  Completion of work and bonus material.

  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. 

***Here is another, shorter, set of notes for the Social Studies 11 course.

***Here is a much more thorough webpage of review materials. 


Be sure to look at past exam material to get comfortable with the format.  Go to


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

Find another set of notes on the Counterpoints text at:


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


We will not test Chapters 4 & 5 in class, but be sure to study them as they are bound to be significantly present on the provincial exam.

 It is essential that you are currently preparing to write the Provincial Final Exam. This is not a test that you can cram for with one or two days to go. You must become familiar with what expect on the final exam and comfortable with the format of the test. Go to the ministry sites ( Frequently asked questions page, table of specifications, key verb list, &scoring criteria) to see how the exam is put together and look at past exams -- in fact you should write the sample test and look at the posted key to see how you do. To see how to approach the essay questions, look at this documentprovided to train markers of the exam. Link from my web page on writing the SS11 final.

  •  Monday, June 18 - Take up #1-3, p. 84, #1-4, p. 85, #1-2, p. 86 and #1-3, p. 87. Take up homework. PowerPoint for Chapter 4 - Note -- we will move very quickly through this. Be sure to scan the PowerPoint again, on your own time, in order to take good notes. Read pp. 88-93. Do #1-4, p. 89, #1-5, p. 91 and #1-5, p. 93.
  •  Tuesday, June 19 - Take up #1-4, p. 89, #1-5, p. 91 and #1-5, p. 93. Video: History’s Harvest and do the viewing guide questions. If time we will look at more of theChapter 4 PowerPoint. Read pp. 93-106. Do #1-6, p. 97 (but note "1997" in #3 should read "1973" and the typographical error in #5, where "grater" should read "greater"), #1-7, p. 102, #1-6, p. 105 and Further Thought #1-4, p. 108. Be sure to investigate the CBC Archives material on the GMO debate. Identify arguments for and against producing genetically modified foods.
  • Wednesday, June 20 - Take up homework. Complete the any unfinished material from last class.Chapter 5 PowerPoint. Read pp. 116-129. Do #1, p. 118, #1-3, p. 120, #1-5, p. 123, #1-3, p. 129. Thursday, June 21 - Take up #1, p. 118, #1-3, p. 120, #1-5, p. 123, #1-3, p. 129. Introduction: Worldmapper animation. Watch the amazing Dr. Hans Rosling's presentation at the 2006 TED Conference - The Seemingly Impossible is Possible. We will also complete the chapter 5 PowerPoint. Read pp. 130-132. Do #1-2, p. 131, #1-4, p. 132 and Further Thought #1-6, p. 132. If you liked Hans Rosling, try William McDonough's TED lecture. 
  • Friday, June 22 - Complete any material not finished earlier.  Hand in Geography texts (you may keep Counterpoints until the exam - but make sure that they are handed in before the test!).  Exam preparation - PowerPoint.