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Social Studies 8
Expect a unit test Friday, November 1 -- We will start the new unit before then, but writing on Friday allows you to continue into lunch break if you need more time. 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. These alternate readings will always be indicated in green print below.
- Monday, October 28 - Take up #1-7, p. 107. The religious background to Islamic culture. Handouts . Video - John Green's Crash Course; PowerPoint on Islamic Architecture (from Mr. Benoy's Comparative Civilizations 12 class). Read pp. 107-110. Do #1-5, p. 110. Adapted reading & questions: Read "The Culture of the Moslems" pages 74-78 of World History I. Make flash cards for the important terms on p. 74. Answer the What do you think? questions on p. 79. If you have the chance, go to the BBC's excellent web pages on Islam and explore. IslamiCity is another good web site for information on Muslim culture. For a really, really bizarre but accurate History of early Islam (comined with a computer game background of FIFA 11 soccer), try John Green's Early Islamic History: The Miracle of Swindon Town #64.
- Tuesday, October 29 - Take up #1-5, p. 110. Watch the video: What the Ancients Did for Us - The Islamic World and take notes on what exactly Islamic Civilization passed on to us. Complete PowerPoint on Islamic Architecture. Study for the test - be sure to make and use flash cards. 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.
- Wednesday, October 30 - 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:Charlemagne. Do 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 1, Episode 2,Episode 3). Do note that this is not the generally accepted view of British history.
- Thursday, October 31 - 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 Feudalism. Make 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 Castle. Make 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 Vikings or Barbarians; the Vikings. Find out about the Viking discovery of North America by watching: The Vikings; Voyage to America.
- Friday, November 1 - Unit Test - Byzantine and Islamic Civilizations.
- Monday, October 28 - Take up homework. Video Clip fromCanada; A Peoples' History; Ordeal by Fire: A Painful Peace on the great influenza pandemic. Note pandemics are an ongoing concern and that they have had a huge influence on history. (Watch Patrick Blower's How Pandemics Spread if you get the chance. If there is time at the end of class I will show it, but I think time will run out before we can do so.) Discuss historical examples. Lecture: The End of World War I and the Paris Peace Conference. Video Make Germany Pay (Part 1, Part 2) Do board questions: 1) Who were the main participants in the Conference and what did they want? 2) What important powers were not invited to attend? 3) What were the key outcomes of the Conference? Do #1 sidebar, p. 44, 1. Explain how Canada’s role in the world was different in 1919 to 1914. 2. What limited the effectiveness of the League of Nations from its very start? Prepare for the unit test next class.
- Tuesday, October 29 - Take up #1-3, p. 56. Take up homework. Introduction to Post-War Canada. The Winnipeg General Strike. Lecture and video,On Strike! - with questions. If time, begin PowerPoint -Canada Between the Wars; 1919-1939. Read pp. 57-65. Do sidebar questions, p. 57 & 59, #1-3, p. 61, #1-3, p. 65.
- Wednesday, October 30 - Unit Test on the History unit up to the end of World War I.
- Thursday, October 31 - Take up sidebar questions, p. 57 & 59, #1-3, p. 61, #1-3, p. 65. PowerPoint -Canada Between the Wars; 1919-1939. Read pp. 66-67, sidebar. Do #1-2, p. 67.
- Friday, November 1 - Take up homework. Background to the Great Depression (including statistics) - Continue PowerPoint - Canada Between the Wars; 1919-1939. AV on the Depression - (From: Canada; A People’s History). Read pp. 68-79. Do sidebar questions p. 71 & 72 & #1-4, p. 72, sidebar questions p. 76, 78 & 79 & #1-2, p. 79. If you have time, read the Vancouver Sun articleby Roger Bootle on the economic theory of John Maynard Keynes.
Expect the exam to involve roughly the following: 50 multiple choice questions, 10 map items (1 mark each), 10 definitions (2 marks each), and 3 from 5 paragraph items (6 marks each). The total is, therefore, out of 98 marks.
Topic #4 Plan.
Topic #4 Questions.
- Monday, October 28 - Complete US foreign policy between the wars (base notes) PowerPoint. Watch the video: The Road to War; The USA.
- Tuesday, October 29 - Introductory music - Senyuu (one of the most famous Gunka - military songs - of the 1930s. Complete Japan between the wars PowerPoint (base notes). Watch The Road to War; Japan.
- Wednesday, October 30 - Hitler & the Rise of the Nazis PowerPoint (base notes). Interested in getting into the mind of the Fuhrer? Watch Inside the Mind of Adolf Hitler, a bio-documentary based on a psychological profile of the German leader that was put together by US intelligence services during World War II. Interested in Nazi Germany? Watch The Story of the Third Reich (Part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5, part 6, part 7, part 8, part 9,part 10, part 11, part 12, part 13, part 14, part 15) - up to part 3 covers the period before the Second World War.
- Thursday, October 31 - Complete Hitler & the Rise of the Nazis PowerPoint (base notes). Begin Hitler's Germany -PowerPoint (base notes), and AV - probably from the 20th Century History series - but unavailable online. Leni Riefenstahl was one of the 20th century's greatest film-makers -- and a Nazi. See Triumph des Willens, and Olympia (on the 1936 Olympics). If you are interested in film-makers and have a few hours to spare, watchLeni Riefenstahl (Part 1, Part 2 - each are 1 hour 34 minutes). This is an interesting look at a creative woman who was an ardent Nazi.
- Friday, November 1 - Unit Test, Topic #3. Pick up Topic #4 plan and questions.
- Monday, October 28 - 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.
- Tuesday, October 29 - 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.
- Wednesday, October 30 - 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 Friday. Also read pp. 258-267. Do #1-2, p. 264 and #1-3, p. 267 of Counterpoints.
- Thursday, October 31 - Take up #1-3, p. 178 (red text). Comparison of Provincial and Federal government set-ups. Go over material from Friday's film. Video & questions on Provincial and Municipal Government. Video House Call; Having Your Say Through Your MLA -- which we began looking at earlier, but barely started and had no opportunity to finish (Given that this is a shortened block, we may not finish this today). Read (red book) pp. 186-196. Do #1-6, p 196. Read (blue book) pp. 245-246. Do #2-4, p. 246.
- Friday, November 1 - Take up #1-6, p 196 (red book) and #2-4, p. 246 (blue book). Complete anything unfinished from last block. Take up homework. Discuss Aboriginal self-government. Mayor Mussatto's PowerPoint on Municipal affairs. Complete this fact-finding Internet worksheet on local government to help prepare you for Thursday's test - for next class.