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January 21-25

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This is the final week of classes.  All work and missed tests must be completed by Friday of this week.

Comparative Civilizations 12 

The final exam in this course is in the final two classes -- Thursday and Friday -- to allow you to focus better on your other grade 12 exams during exam week.  It is also worth 15% of your final mark, rather than the standard 20%.  
All work should be submitted on the last week of classes. While I cannot promise to mark anything that comes in after this date, you know that I will do my level best to do so and that I mark relatively quickly. Try not to take any chances though -- remember Murphy's Law, "everything that can go wrong will, and at the worst possible time."

Your final exam has the following format:  

Day 1Part 1: 50 image identification items from the entire course. For each, you should identify a) the name or title b) the artist or architect c) The period it was produced in -- and be specific (for example, if it is ancient Greek, you need to identify archaic, classical or hellenistic). Two marks are assigned per item and bonus marks are possible, if you get a third part - to a total of +15 bonus marks. Part 2: A diagram from a choice of two possibilities. This will be marked out of 10 and it requires labelled floor-plans and elevations. Part 3:This is an essay question. Choose one from 4 choices. This is marked out of 24 (1 x 6 for composition and 3 x 6 for content.) The First day is, therefore, out of a total of 134 marks
Day 2: This consists of 100 multiple choice questions. You will need to work quickly as this is a The entire final exam is, therefore, out of 234 marks --- but it is scaled to equal 15% of the total course mark.
  • Monday, January 21 - The Dutch Masters -- minor masters overview (Potter, Avercamp, De Hooch and others) and major masters (Hals Vermeer and Rembrandt). Sister Wendy segments.  Watch Sister Wendy The Story of Painting; Three Golden Ages (starting at the beginning of the video).  Work on the package.  Study for the final exam.  If you have additional time, why not watch the movie The Girl With the Pearl Earring -- based on the Vermeer painting?
  • Tuesday, January 22 - Watch Simon Schama - The Power of Art; Rembrandt.  Work on the package.
  • Wednesday, January 23 - Christopher Wren.  Watch this short treatment of Wren -- with the final exam in mind.   Watch this short video on Wren's Churches. Watch this short video on St. Paul's Cathedral.  How about this 10 minute video on Wren's St. Stephen Wallbrook.  Work on the package.  Study for the final, which starts tomorrow.
  • Thursday, January 24 - Final Exam Day 1.  Image identification, Floor-plans, and essay.
  • Friday, January 25 - Final Exam Day 2.  Multiple Choice.
History 12 

The History 12 final exam is set for Tuesday, January 29, from 9-10:30 a.m.  Extra time is only possible for students with existing IEPs allowing it.

Expect the breakdown of marks to be, most likely, as follows:  100 multiple choice questions, one long answer question based on using documents that you are given and your own background knowledge and an essay question -- you choose from four options.

Questions up to #62 were handed in last week.  The remainder of the questions -- marked out of 15 -- are due on Friday of this week.

A bonus assignment is available -- you can earn up to 5% on your class mark -- but most earn .5% to 3%.  This is a considerable amount of work.  It must be submitted before the final exam.

Once again,  be sure to watch as many of the Cold War videos as possible.  They are outstanding.

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.
Episode 22 Star Wars; 1981-1988.

  • Monday, January 21 - We begin, as usual, with some appropriate music -- Islamic Revolutionary song #1, Baharan, and Khomeini O Imam, and finally, some Iranian pop music with a background of photos and advertising of the period just before the revolution.  Lecture: Rise of Islamic Fundamentalism (base notes).  If we finish the lecture material early, we will look at one of the following documentaries:  Iranian Revolution 1979 (5 minutes - a film sympathetic to the Shah of Iran), and/or this clip from the American documentary Crisis in Iran.  This clip from LinkTV translates a report from Iranian TV during the Arab Spring in 2012, comparing events in Egypt with Iran in 1979 -- the comparison is more starling when one realizes that after this report, the Islamic Brotherhood went on to win Egypt's first free elections.  When you get time, consider watching the three hour documentary Iran and the West. As this class is a general introduction to rising Islamic fundamentalism, sometimes referred to as Islamism, why not watch the Irish documentary Whose Afraid of Islam (part 1, part 2), an interesting look at cultural struggles.
  • Tuesday, January 22 - Afghanistan (continued from yesterday's lecture notes).  We begin with more music and video clips: Black Tulip, Alexander Rosenbaum's KaravanFarewell AfghanistanLyube music video set to scenes from 9ya rota (9th CompanyRussian film of Afghan war) , also the title track. I don't think the lecture will take the full length of time, so we will conclude with a video from the Cold War series: Soldiers of God; 1975-1988.
  • Wednesday, January 23 - Music video clips again -- Tyd om te Trek, & Die Kaplyn by Bok van Blerk, Asimbomanga &  Scatterlings of Africa by Johnny Clegg.  Southern Africa and the Fall of Apartheid (base notes).  
  • Thursday, January 24 - More introductory music: Jawanasibeki, December African Rain & Great Heart,  and the multi-lingual (xhosa, Zulu, Sesotho, Afrikaans and English) national anthem.  Start with a 23 minute video: Spear Cleansing, about Letlapa Mphalele, who ordered the killing of whites, and Ginn Fourie, who's daughter was killed on the order of Mphalele. Both are now friends and colleagues.   Finish the lecture, Southern Africa and the Fall of Apartheid (base notes). Watch Poor Whites Rich Blacks in South Africa - a new reality in South Africa.  On your own, watch a couple of films when you get the chance:  Cry Freedom about the life and death of black activist Steven Biko, and Invictus about nation building (and rugby's role) in post-apartheid South Africa  - or see for yourself the emotional singing of the anthem at the 1995 Rugby World Cup.
  • Friday, January 25 - Complete anything  not finished last class.  Exam preparation.  Possibly some AV material.
Social Studies 11 

Even though it is getting a little long in the tooth, we will use our locally developed text book for the heart of the Geography unit (in fact the content was written about the same time as most of the material in the Blue text -- given that it takes about 2-3 years to get a book from the writing to the publishing stage).  The main advantage of the local text is that you can access it online at  21st Century World . Just click on the title to access the table of contents and go to what you want from there.

I will hold an exam preparation class will be held after school on Tuesday, January 22 in my room.  If you can't make it, or prefer another view, go to Mr. Hurley's prep class in his room after school on Wednesday, January 23.  It is imperative that you begin preparation for the test now, if you have not already done so.  Dust off your old flash cards.  Throw away all the ones you know and study those that you do not.

Your Provincial exam is on Monday, January 28 -- from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.  in the small gym.  Be sure to hand in your text books before the exam to avoid receiving a bill!  If you have an IEP, you may be writing in an alternate location.  Be sure to go to the right location.

***Here is a set of summary notes for the Social Studies 11 course -- excellent for use in studying for the final exam. 

***Here is another, shorter, set of notes for the Social Studies 11 course.

***Here is a much more thorough webpage of review materials. 

Find another set of notes on the Counterpoints text at:

Be sure to look at past exam material to get comfortable with the format.  Go to

To see how to approach the essay questions, look at this documentprovided to train markers of the exam. Link from my web page on writing the SS11 final, and also see my PowerPoint on how to approach the test.

  • Monday, January 21 - Unit test post-mortem.  Take up #1-3, p. 84, #1-4, p. 85, #1-2, p. 86 and #1-3, p. 87. Continue (hopefully finish) the Chapter 4 PowerPoint.  Be sure to scan the PowerPoint again, on your own time, in order to take good notes. Read pp. 88-93. Do #1-4, p. 89, #1-5, p. 91 and #1-5, p. 93.
  • Tuesday, January 22 - Take up #1-4, p. 89, #1-5, p. 91 and #1-5, p. 93. Video: History’s Harvest (part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5) and do the viewing guide questions. If time we will look at more of the Chapter 4 PowerPoint. Read pp. 93-106. Do #1-6, p. 97 (but note "1997" in #3 should read "1973" and the typographical error in #5, where "grater" should read "greater"), #1-7, p. 102, #1-6, p. 105 and Further Thought #1-4, p. 108.  Be sure to watch something from the anti-GMO side of things -- like GMOs, Enslavement & Poverty: Seeds of Freedom or Vandana Shiva's interview on the BBC's Hard Talk in November, 2012.
  • Wednesday, January 23 - Take up #1-6, p. 97, #1-7, p. 102 and #1-6, p. 105. Complete any remaining Chapter 4 PowerPoint.  Watch Gwynne Dyer being interviewed about his book Climate Wars on the effects of Climate Change on world conflict.  While watching, take notes on 1) Why is climate change likely to lead to conflict? and 2) Why is climate change more dangerous than most people realize?  Worldmapper animation. Read pp. 130-132. Do #1-2, p. 131, #1-4, p. 132 and Further Thought #1-6, p. 132.
  • Thursday, January 24 -  Take up #1-2, p. 131, #1-4, p. 132 and Further Thought #1-6, p. 132.  Begin Chapter 5 PowerPoint Watch the amazing Dr. Hans Rosling's presentation at the 2006 TED Conference - The Seemingly Impossible is Possible. If you liked Hans Rosling, try William McDonough's TED lecture. 
  • Friday, January 25 - Complete any material not finished on Thursday.  Exam preparation.