Friday, May 24, 2013

May 27 to May 31

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There are only 2 1/2 weeks of classes left!  Those of you who are behind in submitting work need to catch-up now.

Now is also the time to begin studying for final exams.

History 12 

Topic #5 and 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.  Here's a special deal...Your score on this essay can be substituted for one on an earlier paper (proportional to the original essay's mark total).  If you do not want to substitute, a bonus of 5 will be added to your last exam score.

Hand in up to #62 by Friday, June 14.  The remainder of the questions are due on the second from last day of classes -- Wednesday, June 12.

To save class time, there will not be a Cold War test.  Rather, there will be considerable Cold War material on the final exam.

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.

***This is a short semester and I am unable to complete everything needed in class time.  We will not have the lectures on European and Japanese Resurgence.  I have rounded out the American domestic material in its place.  Please look at this on your own -- here is the lesson Plan:

Economic Resurgence in Western Europe (base notes). Watch this short American video clip on America's reasons for launching the Marshall Plan (1 1/2 minutes). For a look at British 1980's cynicism about European cooperation, watch this 3 minute segment from Yes, Minister. The opposing view can be seen in this short pro-European Union animation (3 minute) made to explain the EU to the British public. Introductory video:European Union; 50 Years in 5 Minutes.

  • Monday, May 27 - The USA - From Truman to Johnson (base notes, PowerPoint). Note: look at Britain's SchoolHistory's revision material for this topic. Look at Susan Pojer's PowerPoint on 1950's America. Watch this short video (7 minutes) with images and protest songs (mostly Bob Dylan) about the civil rights movement. Watch the 11 minute video of Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I have a dream" speech. See other Civil Rights videos at the PBS site - Eyes on the Prize. Link back for other material. 
  • Tuesday, May 28 - The USA - From Nixon to Bush Sr. (base notes, PowerPoint).
  • Wednesday, May 29 - The USA - From Clinton to Obama (PowerPoint).
  • Thursday, May 30 - Introductory music -- how about this cheesy version of the Soviet national anthem.  The USSR and Eastern Europe from Khrushchev to Gorbachev. (base notes, PowerPoint). Watch  Lube music video set to scenes from Rota 9 (Company 9) -- a Russian film of Afghan war).
  • Friday, May 31 - The Collapse of Communism in Eastern Europe and the USSR (PowerPoint).  Try some recent Russian music videos, like  Lube's music video set to scenes from Rota 9 (Company 9) -- a Russian film of Afghan war) or this one by the sisters Tomaschevsky, or even the Devyatovys' take on American life, "Ya ogon, ti voda" or Russian hip hop, like Dezl or Mr. Misho.
Social Studies 8

We just began the Renaissance and Reformation Unit.  The Renaissance and Reformation test will be  Monday, June 4, though we will start our last unit on Friday.  We will  conclude the course with a unit on India, China and (if time permits), Japan (this is a short semester, so I expect we will not have time for the latter).

bonus assignment is now available to help you boost your mark before the final exam. Look at it and follow the instructions.    

I expect the Renaissance and Reformation test will be as follows: 25 multiple choice questions (1 mark each) and a choice of two from four long answer questions (6 marks each). The total is, therefore, out of 37 marks. 30 properly-done flashcards are needed to earn 3 bonus marks. 
  • Monday, May 27 -  Take up #1-4, p. 147. Watch Zeffireli's version of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet (part 1part 2,). Describe the renaissance world shown in the movie. How did the lives of upper middle class families then differ with the lives of the same kind of people today? Be sure to think about family relationships, work, interests and lifestyles. No homework today!
  • Tuesday, May 28 - Complete Romeo and Juliet and note-taking. Assignment:  10 marks.  Use the notes taken when you watched the film to write a paragraph comparing upper middle class life in the Renaissance with upper middle class life today.  Due next class.
  • Wednesday, May 29 - Introduction to the Reformation. Video -The Protestant Reformation; Part 1and Part 2. While watching, answer the following: 1. Why did the Roman Catholic Church face criticism in the 14th century? 2. How did the Church deal with critics? 2. Why were ideas spreading quickly during Luther's life? 3. Why did Luther criticize the Church? 4. How did he escape punishment by the Church? 5. What other reformers brought change to Europe? What did they believe? Read pages 147-150. Do #1-5, p. 150. If you are interested in the reformation and have a little time, watch one or more of the following BBC documentaries (1 hour each) The Protestant Revolution; Part 1; The Politics of BeliefThe protestant Revolution; Part 2; The Godly FamilyThe Protestant Revolution; Part 3; A Reformation of the Mindand The Protestant Reformation; Part 4; No Rest for the Wicked.
  • Thursday, May 30 - Hand in paragraph assignments.  Video: Christianity - A History; Part 5; the Reformation.1. How did the Reformation result in conflict in Europe? 2. How is the division of Christianity still evident in the world today? Read pp. 150-154. Do #1-6, p. 154. 
  • Friday, May 31 - Take up homework. Introduction to Indian civilization. Video: Legacy; Empire of the Spirit and questions.  Read pp. 18-22 and do #1-5, p. 22. We will take this homework up on Tuesday.  Note: Renaissance and Reformation test next Monday.  Bring regular and coloured pencils to class Monday to work on a map assignment.