Friday, November 30, 2012

December 3 to 7

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Comparative Civilizations 12 

The next test is a fair distance off as we have just begun work on the Renaissance.

History 12 

Our test postponed from last week will be given on Wednesday, when extra time is available.    Expect this test to have, roughly, the following breakdown: 75 multiple choice items (1 mark each -- note, this is slightly longer than indicated last week!); 5 map items (1 mark each); 2 out of 3 long answer options (12 marks each). The total is, therefore, out of 104 marks).

Topic #4 Questions.

Topic #5 and 6 Plan. -- note, to ensure we have enough classes to complete course content, we will run units 5 and 6 into one -- "The Cold War" and we will not waste a block for a unit test as this material will form a significant part of the final exam that we write at the end of the course in any case.  These questions will also be submitted in two parts.  Questions #1-62 will come in at the end of the first week in January (marked out of 35) and the remainder are due on the last day of classes (marked out of 15).

Topic #5 and 6 questions

Be sure to watch as many of the CNN/BBC Cold War series as possible.  This is absolutely the best account of the Cold War on film. We saw the first episode and will see some in class, but cannot take the time to look at all of them.  Here are the links:

Episode 1 - Comrades; 1917-1945.
Episode 4 - Berlin; 1948-1949.
Episode 5 - Korea; 1950-1953.
Episode 6 - Reds; 1947-1953.
Episode 8 - Sputnik; 1949-1961.
Episode 9 - The Wall; 1958-1963.
Episode 10 Cuba; 1959-1962.
Episode 11 Vietnam; 1954-1968.
Episode 14 Red Spring; 1960s
Episode 15 China; 1949-1972.
Episode 16 Detente; 1969-1975.
Episode 18 Backyard; 1954-1990.
Episode 19 Freeze; 1977-1981.
Episode 21 Spies; 1944-1994.

  • Monday, December 3 - Complete the Soviet Union & Eastern Europe to 1956 (base notes). We will fill in the last part of the course with a video -- probably John Green's if there is only a short time.  If we have long enough, I will show The Cold War; After Stalin; 1953-1956.  An interesting overview of the whole of the Cold War, showing the Soviet perspective well, is Britain's Channel 4 programme:The Cold War Game; The US.  Look at John Green's Crash Course video: USA and USSR Fight; The Cold War
  • Tuesday, December 4 - Video - India; The Brightest Jewel - from the 20th Century History series (Part 1part 2). Decolonization India (base notes).  If you have an hour and a half, be sure to watch Partition; The Day India Burned.  Another very good docu-documentary series on the partition of India is The Last Days of the Raj (part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5, part 6, part 7, part 8, part 9).
  • Wednesday, December 5 - Unit Test; Topic #4.
  • Thursday, December 6 - The Middle East to 1956 (base notes). Video clip from the 20th Century History series - if available. Watch the BBC documentary The Birth of IsraelFor those really interested in the Middle East - try The 50 Years War; Israel and the Arabs (chunked into 29 parts, I just link to the Youtube directory for its parts). There is a nice BBC documentary on the 1956 war - The Other Side Of Suez 1956 (part 1part 2part 3).
  • Friday, November 7 - Complete the Middle East to 1956. If time, begin video Mr. Kennedy & Mr. Khrushchev (sorry, not available online). If time, Begin the Cuban Missile Crisis (base notes). Be sure to watch CNN's Cold War; Episode 10; Cuba 1959-1962. Thirteen Days is a decent Hollywood treatment of the crisis, though it is a little loose in dealing with people and events -- not enough to worry about messing up your knowledge for the final exam though.

Social Studies 11 

Your unit test on the period 1919-1945 -- the interwar years and World War II is on Monday.  The mark breakdown for the unit test is most likely to be as follows: 45 multiple choice questions (1 mark each), 5 definitions (2 marks each) and 3 from a choice of 5 long answer questions (6 marks each). The total is, therefore, out of 73 marks. 5 bonus marks are available if you submit more than 25 flash cards done as required.

  • Monday, December 3 - Unit Test on the Interwar Years and World War II.
  • Tuesday, December 4 - Test post-mortem.  Take up sidebar questions pp. 140, 141 #1-2, 143 #3, 145 & #1-6, p. 146.  Block 3 - Watch Canada; A People's History; The Shadow of Nuclear War and go over the questions.  Block 4 - Just go over the questions.   PowerPoint Post 1945 Canada. Material from Canada; A Peoples’ History; Comfort & Fear. ("First Tremors" "A Prairie Storm" & "The Fight for Medicare" - questions), Read pp. 146-156. Do sidebars p. 146 ; #1-4, p. 150, #1-3, p. 155 & #1-5, p, p. 156. Watch the stunning British Documentary Nuclear War: A Guide to Armageddon (Part 1Part 2Part 3) to understand the stakes of nuclar confrontation. Another rivetting show on nuclear war is Threads, a BBC production about what would happen to a community if nuclear war occurred. 
  • Wednesday, December 5 -  Take up sidebar, #1-3, p. 155, #1-5, p. 156. Material from Canada; A Peoples’ History; Comfort & Fear. ("Material from Canada; A People’s History (“A Question of Equality,” “A Changing Face,”and “The Computer Moves In” and questions). If time, PowerPointPost 1945 Canada. Read pp. 157-172. Do #2-4, p. 158, #2-6, p. 167, & #1-5, p. 172.
  • Thursday, December 6 - Take up homework. Material from Canada; A People’s History("Time for Change" & "Maitres Chez Nous" -questions). PowerPoint material not completed. Read pp. 172-187. Do #1-4, p. 176, #2-4, p. 182, and 2-5, p. 187.
  • Friday, December 7 - Take up homework. Complete any PowerPointmaterial not completed from Post 1945 Canada. Watch "Vive le Quebec Libre," "October Crisis", the "Choice" - questionsRead pp. 191- 194. Do #1,2, 4 & 5, p. 194.