Thursday, September 06, 2012

September 10-14

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Comparative Civilizations 12

The Egypt package will likely be due Thursday of this week. (We may adjust this, depending on our progress .)

Expect a unit test on the Ancient World at the end of September or early in October. I will post a breakdown of test marks on this blog as we get closer to test day.

Laurie Bridge recommended John Green's Crash Course videos on Civilizations.  Give him a try for quirky, high interest treatments of ancient cultures -- like Egyptian Civilization.  His video clips are short and appear well researched.  If you are interested in cultures that we won't look at in class, these are great quick overviews.

History 12

You must be sure to visit The History Guide for excellent background material supporting this course.

Expect to write your first quiz on or about Thursday, September 13. There will likely be 15 multiple choice questions (1 mark each), 10 definitions -- where I give you the definition and you give me the term or name (1 mark each), 5 definitions -- where I give you the term or name and you provide the definition or why the person is important (2 marks each), and one essay (worth 18 marks - with 6 for composition and 2x6 for content). The test will most likely be out of 53 marks.

All Topic #1 work is due by 4:30 p.m. on the day of the test. Essay #1 is due a couple of weeks later.

OK -- As you are probably noticing.  We are  more than a little behind the plan on Thursday.  I am therefore putting off test day  until Monday of next week  - however, your package of work is still due Friday.  Be sure to keep a copy of your questions to study from over the weekend.  If your work is only handwritten, scan it, photocopy it, or get me to photocopy it..  Those of you also taking my Comparative Civilization course will  face two collection days at once, so you can put off handing in one of the packages of work until Monday.  The other will come in Friday, by 4:30 p.m.

Social Studies 11

Expect your first unit test on Ideologies/Parties/Elections to, most likely,be on Friday, September 21 -- or thereabout. The mark breakdown is most likely to be as follows: 30 multiple choice question (1 mark each); 4 items to label on a diagram (1 mark each); 5 definitions - you write a sentence or two about each term or name (2 marks each); 2 long answer questions from a choice of 4 options (6 marks each). The test should, therefore, be out of about 66 marks.

  • Monday, September 10 - Origins of the Political Spectrum - including summary handout sheet.  PowerPoint –Ideologies”.Ideology identification practice. ) The following reading is completely optional: For an interesting American article on the difference between Lefties and Righties, see Patricia Cohen's New York Times Article: "Across the Great Divide; Investigating Links Between Personality and Politics."
  • Tuesday, September 11 -  Ideologies Identification homework. PowerPoint –Ideologies Video clip on ideologies - sorry, not available online. Other ways to show political spectrum. More practice with ideologies.
  • Wednesday, September 12 - Sign out Counterpoints text.  Take up homework.  Lecture/discussion - from ideologies to political parties - national parties in Canada.  Read Counterpoints pp. 255-258.  Do #3 & 4, p. 258.  For homwork you earlier did an online quiz to determine your ideology.  Which political party comes closest to your views? You might try some more tests -- mostly American - to see where you stand.
  • Thursday, September 13 - Take up homework.  Placing parties on the political spectrun.  PowerPoint.  BC & Canadian political parties.  Read Counterpoints  pp. 249-258.  Do #1-5, p. 253 and sidebar #1-3, p. 257.
  • Friday, September 14 - Take up #1-5, p. 253, #4, p. 258 & sidebar, #1-3, p. 257.  Review of party positions on the political spectrum, what parties currently stand for, and names of party leaders.  Introduction to political party organizations.  As part of your homework, you must go to Elections Canada's pages entitled I Can Vote,  with information for young voters.  Answer these questions.  Read pp. 109-115 in the Red Government text and answer questions 1-3 &; 5, p. 115.  Optional:  Click here to get a list of all of the political parties, with links to their web-pages.