Monday, June 04, 2012

June 4-8

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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

 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. 

If we can manage the time, there will be a quiz in the last week of classes.  If it means missing needed instructional time, we will delete the test as material on the last unit appears on the final exam anyway.


  •  Monday, June 4 Take up homework. Watch Three Teachings- an introduction to Chinese culture and its roots in Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism. Why is it possible for people to believe in all three teachings at the same time? What do each of these belief systems focus on? Map Assignment: South and East Asia - 10 marks, due next class.Read pp. 28-31. Do #1-5.

  •  Tuesday, June 5 - Hand in maps. Take up homework. Video -- sorry this is unavailable on the Internet - on Shih Huang Ti (the Chi'in First Emperor). 1. How was the emperor able to unify China? 2. Why is he generally seen as an evil figure in history? 3. What great building project did he create? 4. How did he try to become immortal? Watch this film,Shih Huang Di as a substitute or to learn more. Read pp. 31-36. Do #1-6, p. 36.

  Wednesday June 6 - Take up #1-6, p. 36. Watch What the Ancients Did for Us; the Chinese - A few advertisements in Chinese will appear before the video starts, so be patient. What great contributions did the Chinese give to the world. If we do not finish seeing this video, you are expected to do so for homework.Read pp. 117-121. Do #1-5, p. 121. Read pp. 121-123. Do #1-5, p. 123. (Sorry about the double homework; it is needed for us to finish the course.

  •  Thursday, June 7 - Take up #1-5, p. 123. Watch Genghis Khan.1. How did Genghis Khan unify the Mongols? 2. Where did the Mongols expand after unification? 3. Why were the Mongols so successful. No specific new homework tonight. Be sure to review for the last unit test and final exam.

  •  Friday, June 8 - Watch watch this French documentary (with English narration); Eurasia; Le Reve Mongol. 1. How did Kublai Khan come to rule China? 2. What was needed before Kublai Khan could unify China under his rule? 3. How did ruling China change the Mongols of Kublai Khan? How did they try to maintain their culture? 4. What contact did Kublai Khan's China have with the outside world? 5. Why did the West become interested in China at this time? Read pp. 123-125. Do #1-7, p. 125.


    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.  Expect it to have 65 multiple choice questions and two from a choice of 10 long answer questions - valued at 6 marks each. The total is, therefore, out of 77 marks. 30 properly done flash cards will earn 5 bonus marks. We may or may not test chapters 4 & 5, depending on how our time goes -- but this material needs to be studied as it will be part of the material tested on the final examination.


    •  Monday, June 4 - Take up homework - #1-5, p. 45 and Further Thought assignment #1-5, p. 46; also #1-4, p. 370 & #1, . 375 in Counterpoints.   Stewart Brand's City Planet andquestions. Read pp. 54-55. Do #1-4, pp. 55-56.

    •  Tuesday, June 5 - Take up #1-4, pp. 55-56. Chapter 3 PowerPoint. Read pp. 57-61. Do #1-8, p. 61.

    •  Wednesday, June 6 - Take up homework. Watch Hans Rosling'sChimpanzees Know Better, to see how countries and populations are and are not different around the world. Ch. 3 PowerPoint - be sure to do so yourself for homework if we cannot do so in class. Read pp. 61-70. Do #1-5, p. 64 and #1-2, p. 70.

    •  Thursday, June 7 - Take up homework. Watch Gwynne Dyer'sEscaping From History, & do the following questions: 1) What are livingconditions like in Mexico City? 2) Why are people abandoning the countryside? 3) What does Dyer believe must happen for the developing world to get their fair share of consumer goods? Read pp. 70-73. Do #1-8, p. 73 and 1, 2, 5 and 7, p. 74 in "Further Thought." Study for the chapters 1-3 test next class.

    •  Friday, June 8 Unit Test on chapters 1-3. Read pp. 83-87. Do #1-3, p. 84, #1-4, p. 85, #1-2, p. 86 and #1-3, p. 87.