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September 24-28

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Comparative Civilizations 12

The Greek package is due Tuesday of this week.

The Rome Package is now available.

Your Ancient World unit test is coming soon - probably Friday, October 12.  The mark breakdown for the unit test is as follows: 25 slide identification items, 25 multiple choice questions (1 mark each), 10 name the part on a diagram (1 mark each), 5 definitions (2 marks each), 1 essay (24 marks - 1 x 6 for composition and 3 x 6 for content). The total is, therefore, out of 94 marks. - there is a bonus possibility on the slide identification portion; there are three components for you to identify -- the creator, the name of the work, and the period that the work was completed in. Since the creator is often unknown in ancient works -- this part will be given as a bonus. Each component is worth 1/2 mark.

  • Monday, September 24 -  Video: The Western Tradition: Episode 8; The Hellenistic Age. Available at . Work on Package.
  • Tuesday, September 25 -  Rome Package assigned. Video: Art of the Western World; The Classical Ideal - Part 2. Available at Work on package. Your Greece package is due Friday -- in class or right after school , by 4:30 p.m
  • Wednesday, September 26 -  Video: The Western Tradition; Episode 9; The Rise of Rome. Available at Work on packages
  • Thursday, September 27 -  Roman Architecture PowerPoint. Work on Rome Package.
  • Friday, September 28 -  Video The Roman Arena (sorry, not available on Internet stream). However, you could watch an alternative video: Colosseum; A Gladiator's Story. Work on Rome package. 
History 12 

Here is the Topic #2 Plan. Note:  We are a couple of days behind schedule.   We may or may not make this up on this unit.  The Topic #2 Unit Test is a long way off and a test breakdown will appear on this blog when we are closer to it.  Here are the Topic #2 Questions.

Your Nationalism Essay (found on the bottom of the Topic #1 Plan) is due this Friday.

Social Studies 11 

Expect your unit test on Ideologies/Parties/Electionsis on Monday, September 24.  We started the next unit before last wee - to give you the weekend to study.  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 24 - Unit test on Ideologies, Political Parties and Elections -- the material we have studied since classes commenced. Complete the homework from last Friday - read On the Job With a Member of Parliament and #1-3. p. 231.
  • Tuesday, September 25 -  Exam post-mortem.  Pros and cons of the current Senate setup.  Be sure to look at the Senate material at Mapleleafweb.  Essay Writing tips.  Please note:  there will be an essay question on what should be done with the Canadian Senate on the next unit test.  Read pp. 47-54 in the Red Government text.  Do #1-4, p. 48 and #1-5 and #7 on p. 54.  For homework you must also come up with a three-column table listing reasons to:  keep the Senate as it is, reform (change) it, or keep it as it is now.
  • Wednesday, September 26 - Take up #1-4, p. 48 and #1-5 & 7 p. 54.  Introduction to the Executive Branch.  Go over the role of the Queen, Governor General, Prime Minister, and Cabinet.  Read "constitutional Monarchy" on pp. 222-224 of Counterpoints.  Also read "The Governor General" on p. 234.  Identify points for and against getting rid of the monarchy (Queen and Governor General).  Should Canada become a republic?  Why or why not?  Identify at least 3 reasons for and 3 reasons against doing so.  Look at the Monarchist League of Canada and Canadian Monarchist Online websites for arguments supporting the monarch.  See Citizens for a Canadian Republic for arguments against.  There has also been an active debate on this topic in Australia and New Zealand.  Web searches about their debates would also prove useful.
  • Thursday, September 27 - Take up homework.  discuss the role of the P.M., Cabinet, and bureaucracy.  Watch Yes, Minister episode.  While watching, decide who really runs a government department -- the Minister?  or the Permanent Secretary (in Canada, the job is called the Deputy Minister)?  Read pp. 234-240.  Do #1-4, p. 240.  Assignment: value 5 marks.  Identify by name each member of the current federal (national) cabinet and be sure to give the name of each department.  This is an assignment -- not a homework check -- so accuracy is an important part of the mark.
  • Friday, September 28 - Take up #1-4, p. 240 and hand in the Cabinet assignment.  Discuss lobbying and pressure groups.  Look at the list of institutionalized groups on p. 259 of Counterpoints.  Click here for an online list of federal lobby groups -- interest groups and social movements.  Divide into groups with printed or online background information.  Each group should discuss how to make the public buy into supporting their position.  How should the argument be "spun" to maximize public support for this position?  After discussing as a group, each individual should now work on the Poster Assignment.  Please do this on regular (8.5 x 11 inch, blank) paper.  The assignment is valued at 10 marks and is due Monday.  Also read pp. 258-267.  Do #1-2, p. 264 and #1-3, p. 267 of Counterpoints.