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Social Studies 8
- Monday, September 16 - Quiz on Direction and Scale (10 marks). Hand in School to Home Map. Take up Activity #9 #1-3. Complete #4 and Activity 10. Introduction to Military Grid. Military Grid Worksheet -- do as much as we have time for in class. Complete the Letter/Number Grid Worksheet--this is for homework and may be collected next class.
- Tuesday, September 17 - Take up any problems with military grid. Take up the Letter/Number Grid Worksheet. Latitude introduction. Geographical Essentials, pp. 32-35. Key lines of latitutde and why we have seasons -- see the video Geography - Seasons for this. Introduction video to Latitude and Longitude. Complete the Latitude #1 worksheet for homework
- Wednesday, September 18 - Take up any problems with Latitude #1. Countries game. Review video on seasons and important lines of latitude. Quiz on important lines of latitude. Hand in quiz and pick up and start working on Latitude #2 worksheet -- to be completed for homework.
- Thursday, September 19 - Take up Latitude #2 worksheet. Watch GEG-103-OL; Latitude and Longitude. If this video is a bit difficult for you, watch the following quick videos when you get home to review the material: What Causes the Seasons on Earth, Absolute vs Relative Locations and Latitude and Longitude. Demonstrations of latitude and longitude using Google Earth. Complete the Longitude and Earth Grid worksheet for next class.
- Friday, September 20 - Professional Day. Use the time to catch up and complete work.
- Monday, September 16 - Reminder of flash card policy for tests (see above). Take up I Can Vote ( -- ***we did not assign this on Friday, so I did not take it up today. If you can look at and handle the material it is helpful, but we will now make it entirely optional) and #1-3 & 5, p. 115. Elections handout. Elections in Canada – The first-by-the-post system. (If time; proportional representation too). Read Government pp. 88-97. Do #4, p. 97. Research Canadian federal political parties. Which party would you support in the next federal election? Why? About a half page or so of writing is needed to adequately answer this question. Value: 10 marks, due Tuesday (next class). Find political party information at Elections Canada's registered political parties page. Watch this video account of the problems with first past the post elections.
- Tuesday, September 17 - Take up #4, p. 97. Elections lesson – day 2. Various voting systems. BCSTVanimation. Assignment: What electoral system do you feel is best? Why? (due Thursday, September 19. About 1 page).
- Wednesday, September 18 - Unit Test on Ideologies/Parties/Elections.
- Thursday, September 19 - Begin Legislative Branch - focus on the House of Commons. Be sure to look at the Parliament of Canada website. Download, read and study from the Guide to the House of Commons. Read pp. 231-233 sidebar. Do #1-3 in the sidebar on p. 233.
- Friday, September 20 - Professional Day. Go over anything that gave you trouble in the first unit -- remember, you will be tested on it again on the final exam. Why not look at the sample provincial exam posted by the Ministry of Education -- click here and move on to see the test -- see how it is set up and the kind of questions it poses.
Click here for Topic #1 work.
- Monday, September 16 - Topic #1 Test.
- Tuesday, September 17 - Begin Europe Before World War I - the Alliance system (Russia/France/Britain). Begin looking at the nations of Europe before the War. Base notes.
- Wednesday, September 18 - Continue with the nations of Europe before the war - finish Russia/France/Britain - base notes -- then continue with the Ottoman Empire/Germany & Italy - base notes.
- Thursday, September 19 - PowerPoint lecture: Causes of War and Reasons for Peace. If time, begin the lectur series on WW1, The Opening Phases of the War (base notes) PowerPoint.
- Friday, September 20 - Professional Day. Why not get stuck into your nationalism essay?
- Monday, September 16 - Hand in your thesis/3 supporting and 1 opposing point plan today or tomorrow (10 marks assigned -- based on clarity of the thesis and workable points) Note: Because of a very large amount of History marking today, I made an executive decision to put this off for another class -- after all, I will not have time to get to it tonight. Counterpoints text signed out. Take up #1 on p. 37. Look at the population pyramids for Japan and Nigeria and go over reasons why their shapes are so different. PowerPoint - continued. Watch Hans Rosling's What Stops Population Growth We did not complete this in class -- consider finishing it at home. Doom and gloom video. Continue the chapter 2 PowerPoint -- looking at Population theories. Read pp. 37-41. Do #1-6, p. 39 , #1-6, pp. 41-42. I highly recommend that you read pp. 322-328 in your blue Counterpoints text -- material on the Demographic Transition model always appears on the final exam and will be prominent on your chapters 1-3 unit test. Sidebar: Doom and gloom text at DieOff.Org - read p. 15, an excerpt from William Catton's Overshoot; The Ecological Base of Revolutionary Change. Read a brief synopsis of Boserup's ideas from York University. Julian Simon was another writer who felt population growth is a good thing. Part of his book Population Matters: People, Resources, Environment, and Immigration is available online.
- Tuesday, September 17 - Take up #1-6, p. 39 , #1-6, pp. 41-42. Video segment and questions on Shanghai, Changing China - Urbanization ). Look at Gapcast #2 - Urbanization. Read pp. 42-45. Do #1-5, p. 45. Do the Further Thought assignment #1-5, p. 46. Read pp. 368-375 in your blue Counterpoints text. Do #1-4, p.372 & #1, p.375.
- Wednesday, September 18 - Take up #1-5, p. 45 and Further Thought #1-5, p. 46. and #-14, p. 370 & #1, P. 375 in Counterpoints. Stewart Brand's City Planet and questions. Read pp. 54-55. Do #1-4, pp. 55-56.
- Thursday, September 19 - Take up#1-4, pp. 55-56. Chapter 3 PowerPoint. Read pp. 57-70. Do #1-8, p. 61, #1-5, p. 64 and #1-2, p. 70.
- Friday, September 20 - Professional Day. Why not use some time for review as there is a test next week.