Friday, September 20, 2013

September 23-27

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Social Studies 8 

Your Geography unit test is coming soon.  Expect it on Monday, September 30.  It will be worth about 75 marks and will involve using your atlas to answer questions posed to you.  You will not be able to use your Geographical Essentials text.  Only a small amount of material must be memorized.  The main thing is to be able to do tasks assigned to you, just as you have done while answering the various skill worksheets we assigned during this unit.

Social Studies 11 

We just had a unit test, so the next test is a couple of weeks away.

  • Monday, September 23 - Take up #1-3 in the sidebar on p. 233.   Reminder of the physical layout of Parliament.  Video:  Government in Canada; Citizenship in Action; Our National Parliament; the Inside Story (sorry, unavailable online) and questions.  Discuss the job of a Member of Parliament -- within and outside the House of Commons.  Go online to read On the Job With a Member of Parliament.  Read pp. 226-231 and do #1-3, p. 231.
  • Tuesday, September 24 - Take up #1-3, p. 231.  Pros and cons of the current Senate setup.  Be sure to look at the Senate material atMapleleafweb.  Essay Writing tips.  Please note:  there will be an essay question on what should be done with the Canadian Senate on the next unit test.  Read pp. 47-54 in the Red Government text.  Do #1-4, p. 48 and #1-5 and #7 on p. 54.  For homework you must also come up with a three-column table listing reasons to:  keep the Senate as it is, reform (change) it, or keep it as it is now.
  • Wednesday, September 25 - Take up #1-4, p. 48 and #1-5 & 7 p. 54.  Introduction to the Executive Branch.  Go over the role of the Queen, Governor General, Prime Minister, and Cabinet.  Read "constitutional Monarchy" on pp. 222-224 of Counterpoints.  Also read "The Governor General" on p. 234.  Identify points for and against getting rid of the monarchy (Queen and Governor General).  Should Canada become a republic?  Why or why not?  Identify at least 3 reasons for and 3 reasons against doing so.  Look at theMonarchist League of Canada and Canadian Monarchist Onlinewebsites for arguments supporting the monarch.  See Citizens for a Canadian Republic for arguments against.  There has also been an active debate on this topic in Australia and New Zealand.  Web searches about their debates would also prove useful.
  • Thursday, September 26 -  Take up homework.  discuss the role of the P.M., Cabinet, and bureaucracy.  Watch Yes, Minister episode.  While watching, decide who really runs a government department -- the Minister?  or the Permanent Secretary (in Canada, the job is called the Deputy Minister)?  Read pp. 234-240.  Do #1-4, p. 240.  Assignment: value 5 marks.  Identify by name each member of the current federal (national) cabinet and be sure to give the name of each department.  This is an assignment -- not a homework check -- so accuracy is an important part of the mark.
  • Friday, September 27 - Take up #1-4, p. 240 and hand in the Cabinet assignment.  Discuss lobbying and pressure groups.  Look at the list of institutionalized groups on p. 259 of Counterpoints.  Click here for an online list of federal lobby groups -- interest groups and social movements.  Divide into groups with printed or online background information.  Each group should discuss how to make the public buy into supporting their position.  How should the argument be "spun" to maximize public support for this position?  After discussing as a group, each individual should now work on the Poster Assignment  please note; this is an individual assignment and not a group one as indicated on the online version of the assignment.  It is also due next class and not at the end of this block as the online version says.  Please do this on regular (8.5 x 11 inch, blank) paper.  The assignment is valued at 10 marks and is due Monday.  Also read pp. 258-267.  Do #1-2, p. 264 and #1-3, p. 267 of Counterpoints.
History 12 

Please note.  In addition to keeping up with work, everyone should be working on Essay #1 on nationalism.  The assignment can be found on the bottom of the plan for Topic #1.

You must be sure to visit The History Guide for excellent background material supporting this course.

The next unit test is a long way off.  A mark breakdown will be published once we get closer to it.

Click here for the Topic #2 plan.

Click here for the Topic #2 questions.

Social Studies 11 Honours 

Your Geography textbook is also available online at . 

The Chapter 1-3 test will be on Friday (Please note that this is a postponement from what was advertised when this blog was first posted.  We will begin the material for the next chapter on Wednesday and Thursday -- but the new material will not be on the test.).  Expect the mark breakdown to be as follows:   65 multiple choice questions and two from a choice of 10 long answer questions - valued at 6 marks each. The total is, therefore, out of 77 marks. 30 properly done flash cards will earn 5 bonus marks. We may or may not test chapters 4 & 5, depending on how our time goes -- but this material needs to be studied as it will be part of the material tested on the final examination.

I expect chapters 3 and 4 to be tested the following Thursday.  That test will likely have the following breakdown: 40 multiple choice questions (1 mark each) and 3 from a choice of 8 long answer questions (6 marks each) for a grand total of 58 marks. 25 flash cards will earn 5 bonus marks.

  • Monday, September 23 - Take up  #1-8, p. 61, #1-5, p. 64 and #1-2, p. 70. Take up homework. Watch Hans Rosling's Chimpanzees Know Better, to see how countries and populations are and are not different around the world. Ch. 3 PowerPoint - be sure to do so yourself for homework if we cannot do so in class.   Read pp. 70-73. Do #1-8, p. 73 and 1, 2, 5 and 7, p. 74 in "Further Thought." 
  • Tuesday, September 24 - Take up #1-8, p. 73 and 1, 2, 5 and 7, p. 74 in "Further Thought."   Watch Gwynne Dyer's Escaping From History (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4), & do the following questions: 1) What are living conditions like in Mexico City? 2) Why are people abandoning the countryside? 3) What does Dyer believe must happen for the developing world to get their fair share of consumer goods?  Consider the movement of jobs from rich countries to the poor through globalization today.  Is this what Gwynn Dyer predicted in the 1990's?  Study for the Chapter 1-3 test next class.  Read pp. 83-87. Do #1-3, p. 84, #1-4, p. 85, #1-2, p. 86 and #1-3, p. 87.
  • Wednesday, September 25 -  Take up #1-3, p. 84, #1-4, p. 85, #1-2, p. 86 and #1-3, p. 87.  PowerPoint for Chapter 4 - Note -- we will move very quickly through this. Be sure to scan the PowerPoint again, on your own time, in order to take good notes.  Read pp. 88-93. Do #1-4, p. 89, #1-5, p. 91 and #1-5, p. 93.
  • Thursday, September 26 -   Video: History’s Harvest (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5) and do the viewing guide questions. If time we will look at more of theChapter 4 PowerPoint. Read pp. 93-106. Do #1-6, p. 97 (but note "1997" in #3 should read "1973" and the typographical error in #5, where "grater" should read "greater"), #1-7, p. 102, #1-6, p. 105 and Further Thought #1-4, p. 108. Be sure to investigate the CBC Archives material on the GMO debate. Identify arguments for and against producing genetically modified foods. Study for the test next class. Please note:  Because of the test tomorrow, the homework is not due until Monday's class.
  • Friday, September 27 - Unit Test chapters 1-3 Geography.