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***Crucial news for History 12 students. The promised fire drill did not occur, but, fully expecting it to happen in this block, I postponed the test. It is now set for Tuesday, February 19. The Topic #1 work is also due on that day -- but in class at the start of the exam and not at 4:30 p.m., as it would be ordinarily.
- Monday, February 11 - No Classes. Family Day Holiday -- so be sure to socialize with the parental units.
- Tuesday, February 12 - We did not complete the essay writing material last class, so we will see the MLA style PowerPoint, then move on to see Themes and Topics in History 12.
- Wednesday, February 13 - Complete Themes and Topics in History 12. If there is time, we will begin Imperialism & Social Darwinism PowerPoint (base notes) -- but note that this material will not be on the test next class.
- Thursday, February 14 - Imperialism & Social Darwinism PowerPoint (base notes). Begin Europe Before World War I - the Alliance system. Begin looking at the nations of Europe before the War. Base notes. See what Nigerian writer Chinua Achebe has to say about Imperialism in Africa in this YouTube video. Interested in Social Darwinism? Try these videos: James Burke's Fit To Rule, which explains how a biological concept became a powerful political tool in the hands of extreme nationalists, or this interview with Frans De Waal, who is horrified by Social Darwinist notions held by neo-conservatives in modern America. The horrific results of 19th century Social Darwinist ideas are described in Scientific Racism; The Eugenics of Social Darwinism.
- Friday, February 15 - Imperialism & Social Darwinism PowerPoint (base notes). Begin Europe Before World War I - the Alliance system. Begin looking at the nations of Europe before the War. Base notes. Work on Topic #2 Questions.
Block 2 can link to Mr. Wong's blog at: misterwong.weebly.com
- Monday, February 11 - No Classes. Family Day Holiday - Spend quality time with your parental units.
- Tuesday, February 12 - Hand in Canada; Political Map. Take up Scale homework. Take up scale worksheet. Countries game - girls vs boys. Direction on maps - points on a compass. -- introduction and video clip. Direction & Scale Worksheet. Struggling with figuring out how compass directions work? Use this simple elementary school explanation from the BBC in Britain.
- Wednesday, February 13 - Take up Direction and Scale worksheet (I may or may not do a homework check, worth 3 marks for completion). Animaniacs countries song. Countries game -- individual lists -- compare your total to the first time we did this. Introduction to map symbols. Video clip on map symbols - colour. Symbols worksheet - complete for homework. For a really simple (elementary school level) explanation of map symbols, see this National Geographic site. Rather more advanced, but quite cheesy, is this 1967 US Department of Defense educational video dealing with map symbols.
- Thursday, February 14 - Take up homework -- Symbols worksheet. Naming countries contest - boys vs. girls. More symbols review - Symbols 2 worksheet - complete for homework. Also complete the assignment: Continents and Major Water Bodies map -- due next class, value: 10 marks -- based on completion, accuracy and neatness. Completely unrelated to learning map symbols, but entertaining is this video clip - McGyver; How to Use a Map.
- Friday, February 14 - Hand in the map assignment. Take up homework. Quiz - Scale and Direction. Introduction to grids. Geographical Essentials, pp. 15-19. Activity #9 #1-3. Complete #4 and Activity 10 for homework. Map Assignment - School to Home - due Monday, Value: 10 marks -- based on having all the map basics, accuracy, neatness and usability.