Saturday, October 27, 2012

October 29 - November 2

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Please Note:  Mr. Benoy is not available for tutorials after school on Tuesday as he has a doctor's appointment.

Comparative Civilizations 12 

The Frozen World package  package is due on Tuesday.  Because Mr. Benoy is not available until the customary 4:30 p.m. deadline, assignments handed in before first block on Wednesday will not be considered late.

The Great Thaw Package will be due next Wednesday.

Our next unit test is 2-3 weeks off -- when we will finish the Medieval unit.

For all of you folk struggling to identify floor plan and interior elevation features of a cathedral -- use these diagrams, borrowed from David Macaulay's excellent work, Cathedral.

  • Monday, October 29 -  The Great Thaw (Romanesque) package assigned. Watch the original Kenneth Clark video. -- sorry, no possibility of watching the summary filmstrip instead as the projector bulb blew up last week.
  • Tuesday, October 30 - Frozen World package due  today or before first class tomorrow. The Western Tradition; Episode 19; The Middle Ages video. Work on Great Thaw package.
  • Wednesday, October 31 -  Romanesque Painting PowerPoint. Work on Great Thaw package.
  • Thursday, November 1 - Video - Faith in Numbers.  This is a quirky but fascinating film that covers far more than what we are looking at in this unit -- but like all of the other films in James Burke's Connections series, some of the best documentary viewing around.  Burke sees History as moving forward because of strange and quirky connections being made between ideas -- which generates revolutionary changes.
  • Friday, November 2 - Romanesque to Gothic Architecture.PowerPoint. (Slides & Demonstration next class). Work on Great Thaw package.
History 12 

Essay #2  is now posted.  The due date is not as posted, but will be in mid-November.

I stupidly assigned the next unit test for Wednesday, October 31.  This is, of course, Halloween and we will have shortened blocks this day.  I will postpone the test until Friday (the day after Halloween also being a poor day to test).  This will mean that there is no extra time beyond the end of the block, however -- one of the drawbacks of our existing timetable is that only Wednesdays allow for extra time.  We will begin the next unit before this, however.  Questions are due by 4:30 p.m. Expect the following breakdown on the test: 50 multiple choice questions, 10 map items (1 mark each), 10 definitions (2 marks each), and 3 from 5 paragraph items (6 marks each). The total is, therefore, out of 98 marks.

Social Studies 11 

The next Social Studies test should be on Thursday, November 1.  We will start the next unit a day before this - but will test on Thursday to allow both blocks extra time if people need it.  This test will cover all of the History material up to the end of World War I. The mark breakdown will be roughly as follows: 40 multiple choice questions (1 mark each), 5 definitions or names (2 marks each) and 4 long answer questions (6 marks each) from a choice of 5. The total is, therefore, out of 74 marks. 5 bonus marks are available for a minimum of 25 flash cards. It is possible to earn 79/74.

  • Monday, October 29 - Hand in poster assignment.  Video -The 1917 Federal Election. Questions: 1. What key political issue divided Canadians in 1917. 2. What changes did Borden make to election laws before the next election? Video: The History of the Vote; Women's Right to Vote1. What arguments were made against women getting the vote? 2. How did Nellie McClung fight against these notions? 3. Why did some women get the vote in Federal elections in 1917? 4. How long did it take before all women had the same voting rights as men? Discuss whether our current voting rules are fair for all people. Literature of War Assignment.Handouts and library resources. 10 marks, due Wednesday. Read pp. 42-46. 1) Do you think that the the peace arrangement arrived at in 1919 was workable? Why or why not? 2) How serious was the flu epidemic of 1918-1920?
  • Tuesday, October 30 - Take up homework. Video Clip from Canada; A Peoples' History; Ordeal by Fire: A Painful Peace on the great influenza pandemic. Note pandemics are an ongoing concern and that they have had a huge influence on history. (Watch Patrick Blower's How Pandemics Spread if you get the chance. If there is time at the end of class I will show it, but I think time will run out before we can do so.) Discuss historical examples. Lecture: The End of World War I and the Paris Peace Conference. Video Make Germany Pay (Part 1Part 2) Do board questions: 1) Who were the main participants in the Conference and what did they want? 2) What important powers were not invited to attend? 3) What were the key outcomes of the Conference? Do #1 sidebar, p. 44, 1. Explain how Canada’s role in the world was different in 1919 to 1914. 2. What limited the effectiveness of the League of Nations from its very start? Prepare for the unit test next class.
  • Wednesday, October 31 -  Note:  We did not complete all that was expected originally today.  The problem with the video Make Germany Pay resulted in our moving that material to this class.  The block was shortened to make time for an extended lunch break.  Consequently we did not begin post-war material and it has been moved to Friday.  Read pp53-56. Do #1-3, p. 56.
  • Thursday, November 1 - Unit Test on the History unit up to the end of World War I.
  • Friday, November 2 - Take up #1-3, p. 56. Take up homework. Introduction to Post-War Canada. The Winnipeg General Strike. Lecture and video,On Strike! - with questions. If time, begin PowerPoint -Canada Between the Wars; 1919-1939. Read pp. 57-65. Do sidebar questions, p. 57 & 59, #1-3, p. 61, #1-3, p. 65.