Friday, April 12, 2013

April 15-19

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History 12 

Essay #2 is  pushed back, to a week next Monday.

Topic #4's plan is now posted -- with the changes to the Topic #3 and Essay #2 dates duly noted.

Essay #2.  Due next Monday.

Topic #3 Plan.

Social Studies 8 

Block 2 is working with Mr. Wong, my student teacher from UBC for the first part of the course.  The plan below is for my Block 3 class.  When Mr. Wong finishes - on Tuesday, the plan will apply to both classes.  

We are now in a very short unit -- just skimming two topics -- the Byzantine Empire and Islamic Civilization.  Expect a test Monday.

Expect the mark breakdown to be as follows: 30 multiple choice questions (1 mark each), 5 definitions from a choice of 10 (2 marks each) and a choice of 3 from 5 long answer questions (6 marks each). The test is out of a total of 58 marks. 25 flash cards -- done as I require them -- will result in 5 bonus marks. It is possible to score 63/58 on this test!

To help students who struggle with reading, I have adapted readings and questions from a simpler text for them. Only do this material if you have been asked by Mr. Benoy to do so. These students will not do the regular homework when this alternative is given. 

  • Monday, April 15 - Unit Test - Byzantine and Islamic Civilizations. Read pp. 40-45. Do #1-6, p. 45. Adapted reading & questions: Read The German Kingdoms. Make flash cards for the important terms on p. 24 and also make flash cards for the names in #1 of the "Do You Remember These People and Events? section on p. 29. Do the "What Do You Think?" questions on p. 29. 
  • Tuesday, April 16 - Take up #1-6, p. 45. Video:Europe After the Fall of Rome; 476-1066 AD (sorry, not available online)Focus Questions: What happened to Britain after the Romans left? How did life change? How did Christian missionaries change the Germans? Who were the Vikings and how did their threat affect Western Europe? Handout:CharlemagneDo the questions on the handout for homework. Interested in watching a documentary on the Saxons? Try Barbarians; The Saxons. Interested in post-Roman Britain in the period called the Dark Ages? Find out why the whole concept of Dark Ages is "complete rubbish." See Britain AD (Episode 1Episode 2,Episode 3). Do note that this is not the generally accepted view of British history.
  • Wednesday, April 17 - Take up homework. Video: The Dark Ages; Part 8; The Greatest King . What made Charlemagne a great ruler? How did he keep tight control over his subjects? How did the Roman Catholic church help him? Why did his efforts eventually collapse? If you want to see the rest of this video, The Dark Ages, click here for the entire 1 1/2 hour show. Read pp. 45-48. Do #1-6, p. 48. Adapted reading & questions: Read The Growth of FeudalismMake flash cards for the important terms on p. 36 and do the "What Do You Think?" questions on p. 41. Also read Feudal Life in the CastleMake flash cards for the terms on p. 42 and answer the "What Do You Think?" questions on p. 47. Interested in the Franks? Watch Barbarians; the Franks. Interested in the Vikings? Why not watch the following as a bonus: Ancient Warriors: The Vikingsor Barbarians; the VikingsFind out about the Viking discovery of North America by watching: The Vikings; Voyage to America.
  • Thursday, April 18 - Take up #1-6, p. 48 (or alternate work). Take up #1-6, p. 48. Watch Ancient Warriors: The Vikings. Answer the following questions: 1) Why were the Vikings feared by all of Christian Europe? 2) What made the Viking Longship a particularly effective weapon for its time? 3) Where does our knowledge of the Vikings come from? Handout Viking Women. How does this account of Viking life differ from the video? Can you explain the difference? Origins of feudalism: Hosford Atlas pp. 13-16. Handout reading for homework: Feudalism and Medieval Life. Do the questions on the handout.
  • Friday, April 19 - Take up homework. Video clip:FeudalismVideo:Medieval Lives: The Knight. How did medieval knights really live and act? Handout: A Feudal ContractRead pp. 49-52. Do #1-5, p. 52.Alternative reading: "Feudal Life on the Manor." Make flash cards for the terms on p. 48 and do the What Do You Think questions on p. 53.