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History 12 

Topic #5 & 6 (Cold War) Plan and Questions.

Pick up:  Topic #5 & 6 (Cold War) Plan and Questions.

Essay #3 is now available.  It is due the second from last week before the end of classes.

Your Topic #4 unit test is this Monday.  Expect this test to have, roughly, the following breakdown: 75 multiple choice items (1 mark each; 5 map items (1 mark each); 2 out of 3 long answer options (12 marks each). The total is, therefore, out of 104 marks).

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.
Episode 22 Star Wars; 1981-1988.

  • Monday, May 20 - Holiday.  Classes are not in session.  Work on Cold War questions, Essay #3 -- or catch up if you are behind.
  • Tuesday, May 21 - Watch Robert McNamara's comments on nuclear war. Deterrence & Nuclear War (base notesPowerPoint
  • Wednesday, May 22 - Complete material on Deterrence & Nuclear War. PowerPoint. Watch CNN's Cold War; M.A.D At home, watch the next video in the Cold War series dealing with nuclear weapons: The Cold War; Star Wars 1980-1988. Following up on the Nuclear War and Deterrence material -- You absolutely must see the CNN Cold War series film Star Wars. 
  • Thursday, May 23 -  Watch the first part of a video on Kwame Nkrumah -- which gives a 4 minute background to African decolonization.  British & French Decolonization in Africa & Asia (base notes).
  • Friday, May 24 -  Indochina & Vietnam (base notes). Watch the CNN Cold War Series Film Vietnam; 1954-1968.
Social Studies 8

We are still in a rather long unit -- the Middle Ages -- and we will have our next unit test this Wednesday, May 28.  Your unit test on the Middle Ages will be on Thursday.  Expect 49 multiple choice questions (1 mark each) and 4 from a choice of 7 long answer questions (6 marks each).  The test total is out of 73 marks.  30 flash cards may earn up to 5 bonus marks.

We  watched two episodes of Terry Jones' Medieval Lives in class. If you want to see about the lives of other medieval people, here are links to other episodes: The MonkThe DamselThe MinstrelThe PhilosopherThe OutlawThe King. A terrific documentary about medieval life is Michael Woods' Christina; A Medieval Life. Be sure to watch this if you get the chance. It gives real insight into 14th Century peasant life. Mr. Benoy is particularly fond of this film as it describes medieval live in the English County in which he was born. We may or may not get a chance to work this into a class.

Interested in Medieval weapons? Watch Weapons that Made Britain; The Long SwordWeapons that Made Britain; the ShieldWeapons that Made Britain; Armour and The Weapons that Made Britain; The Longbow.Watch Battlefield Britain; Hastings about the Norman conquest of Britain.

Interested in medieval lifestyles? Try Clarissa and the King's Cookbook to see how medieval royals ate. Also in the Inside the Medieval Mind series is Belief -- find out about their religious and supernatural beliefs -- with heavy stress being on the supernatural part. Try also Inside the Medieval Church; Power -- about how people were controlled. Try also Inside the Medieval World; Knowledge - what medieval people knew. Investigate life in England's greatest medieval city -- London -- in Filthy Cities; Medieval Londonnot a pretty place, but like the expanding great cities of the developing world today, a place of horror and opportunity.

  • Monday, May 20 - Holiday.  No classes are in session.  Why not take some time to get in any missing assignments or to begin studying for the Middle Ages unit test, which is coming soon.  You might also start thinking about the final exam, which is less than a month away.  Smart students start studying early.
  • Tuesday, May 21 - Take up #1-6, p. 84. Look at Hosford Atlas, "Agents of Change" pp. 45-47. Watch The Western Tradition; Episode 23; the Late Middle Ages. (You will need to register to access this site, but don't worry -- it is American public television and you will not be pestered with junk mail after doing so). While watching, answer the following question: What changes were happening to life in the late Middle Ages? why? Church and State and Introduction to the "Babylonian Captivity" when there were multiple popes at one time:  Hosford Atlas  pp. 25, 30 & 44. Read pp. 87-92. Do #1-7, p. 92.
  • Wednesday, May 22 -  Unit test on chapters 3, 4 & 5. Read pp. 134-138. Do #1-7, p. 138.
  • Thursday, May 23 - Take up homework. Introduction to the Italian Renaissance. Watch: The Medici -- Godfathers of the Renaissance; Birth of a Dynasty1. How did the Medici come to dominate Florence? 2. How did they help bring about a flowering of interest in ancient learning and modern art and architecture? 3. What was the relationship between artists and patrons in Florence during the renaissance? 4. How did Brunelleschi change Western art? 5) How did Cosimo bring knowledge from the outside world to Florence?Read pp. 139-143. do #1-5, p. 143.
  • Friday, May 24 - Take up homework. Watch this video clip from James Burke's The Day the Universe Changed; Point of View.Questions: How did Brunelleschi and Alberti change the art of painting? Watch Sister Wendy 0n Renaissance artists. 1) Name at least one major work by each artist she deals with. 2) Explain why each artist is considered great. Read pp. 143-147. Do #1-4, p. 147.