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When this blog was posted on Saturday, February 23, we set the unit test for Friday of this week.; So many students will be away or unable to complete the test if extra time is needed, that I have decided to have the test next week -- on Tuesday, March 5. We will work into the next unit in the classes leading up to this. Be aware that material from these lessons will not be tested on the Topic #2 Unit Test. Be sure to pick up the plan for Topic #3 and Topic #3 Questions to see the work for the next unit, which we are starting this week.
- Monday, February 25 - Introductory music - The Corries; The Green Fields of France and Callin Doon the Line by Alan Brydon. Watch Blackadder's explanation of the war's origins. Complete any material from 1915-1916 (base notes) and look at Exhaustion; 1917 (base notes). With any remaining time, look at Mr. Benoy's summer 2010 slides of the Western Front.
- Tuesday, February 26 - Introductory music: On the Road to Passchendaele and Blue Puttees; Recruiting Sergeant. Complete 1917 (base notes) if we did not do so Wednesday. 1918; War's End (base notes). Be sure to look at the BBC's Animated Map; The Western Front 1914-1918. Another tidy summary of the big events of the war can by found at World War One; 1914-1918 Map.
- Wednesday, February 27 - Introduction -- Mr. Benoy's slides of the World War I Western Front graves. Total War; The German Experience (base notes).
- Thursday, February 28 - Introductory Music: I Vow to The My Country. The Paris Peace Conference PowerPoint (base notes). If time - AV material - The War to End All Wars (but please note that the conference was held in Paris, not Versailles -- this is just where the treaty with Germany was signed. This film is also from a US perspective -- something I do not always present effectively in class -- 5 minute video).World War One: 1914-1918 Map -- a multimedia summary of the war's main events. If you can manage the time, watch Secrets of the Dead; Killer Flu, which deals with the flu pandemic that killed 20-30 million people at the end of the First World War.
- Friday, March 1 - The Origins of Socialism (base notes & PowerPoint). Absolutely take the time to watch Mark Steel's brilliant comedic presentation of Marx's ideas and their relevance today.
Block 2 can link to Mr. Wong's blog at: misterwong.weebly.com
- Monday, February 25 - Course Planning. We will go to the library, where you will hear about planning courses for grade 9 with Ms. Dohm. Anyone absent from this class will go to the planning session held from 8:30-9:45 in the library on Wednesday, February 27. They will have to make up class material on their own time using the material in Wednesday's blog entry, below.
- Tuesday, February 26 - Take up the Earth Grid worksheet. Watch Longitude and Time Zones and The Remarkable Story of the Discovery of Longitude by Dr. Callahan. (If you have the time and interest, you might also look at Cambridge University's video The Longitude Problem). Introduction to Time Zones. See Geographical Essentials, pp. 48 to 54 and watch this short clip on the International Time Zone. Time Zones worksheet -- complete for homework. If you get a chance and want to be clearer about time zones, watch GEG-103-OL; Time Zones. A helpful description of longitude and time zones can be found at this site from Iowa State University, which quizzes you as you work through it.
- Wednesday, February 27 - Take up the Time Zone worksheet. Watch Longitude and Time Zones and Why We Have Time Zones. Do the second time zone worksheet -- complete it for homework
- Thursday, February 28 - Take up the second time zone worksheet. Geography Review materials. Do the first section and then any sections that gave you trouble as we worked through the unit. The Unit Test for Geography is next class.
- Friday, March 2 - Unit Test on Geography. If any students need extra time to complete the test, they may come in after school to do so.