Friday, December 13, 2013

December 16-20

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Social Studies 8 

 Your Renaissance and Reformation quiz will be a very short one, this Thursday, December 19.  You must complete this test in class time.  No extra time will be available.  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. 

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

  • Monday, December 16 - Take up #1-4, p. 147. Continue Romeo and Juliet video  (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 specific homework today.  Why not work on flashcards for this unit?
  • Tuesday, December 17 - Complete the video.  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.   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.
  • Wednesday, December 18 - 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.  Study for the test on the Renaissance and Reformation next class.
  • Thursday, December 19 - Unit Test on the Renaissance and Reformation.  Read pp. 18-22 and do #1-5, p. 22.  If there is time, we will watch John Green's Crash Course #2; the Indus Valley Civilization. If we do not have time, do watch this on your own.
  • Friday, December 20 - Take up homework.   Take up homework. Introduction to Indian civilization. Video: Legacy; Empire of the Spirit and questions

Social Studies 11 

Your first Geography unit test will not be until after Christmas, when we test chapters 1-3 together.  I need to minimize the time lost to testing so we can finish the curriculum in time. I know this is not ideal - but the alternative is to test chapter 1 on its own and then lose additional time after Christmas.  This is the best alternative.

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.

Even though it is getting a little long in the tooth, we will use our locally developed text book for the heart of the Geography unit (in fact the content was written about the same time as most of the material in the Blue text -- given that it takes about 2-3 years to get a book from the writing to the publishing stage).  The main advantage of the local text is that you can access it online at  21st Century World . Just click on the title to access the table of contents and go to what you want from there.

***Here is a set of summary notes for the Social Studies 11 course -- excellent for use in studying for the final exam. 

***Here is another, shorter, set of notes for the Social Studies 11 course.

***Here is a much more thorough webpage of review materials. 

Find another set of notes on the Counterpoints text at:

Be sure to look at past exam material to get comfortable with the format.  Go to

To see how to approach the essay questions, look at this document provided to train markers of the exam. Link from my web page on writing the SS11 final, and also see my PowerPoint on how to approach the test.
  • Monday, December 16 - Take up #1-4, p. 21.  I think we should complete the resto of An Inconvenient Truth and questions (part 1part 2part 3part 4,part 5part 6, part 7part 8part 9part 10).  Discuss the video -- Why is it sometimes seen as controversial? Read p. 22 and do the "Further Thought questions, #1-2, on p. 22. Optional: For an alternative view, see The Great Global Warming Swindle.  Interestingly every BC school was sent a free copy of this by an organization (hard to determine the parent organization) that felt it needed to combat Climate Change proponents. To make sense of this debate you could look into what respectable academic bodies say. Many countries have academies of science; investigate their views. The United Nations' Secretary General, Ban-Ki Moon recently traveled to the Arctic and he is on record as speaking on the subject during this trip. His view is representative of most of the world's nations on the topic. Also the 2007-2008 United Nations Human Development Report took as its over-arching theme Climate Change. You will find the report's accompanying video interesting (choose your download speed and language).
  • Tuesday, December 17 - Take up homework.  If we did not complete An Inconvenient Truth on Monday, we shall do so today.  We will go over your conclusions from the Al Gore film and then will  watch Climate of Doubt which deals with the Climate Change denial viewpoint.  While watching it, answer the following questions:  1.  What groups in society are most prominent in denying climate change?  2.  What are their reasons for doing so? Work on flashcards for chapter 1.
  • Wednesday, December 18 -  Watch Hans Rosling's 200 Years; 200 Countries; 4 MinutesBegin chapter 2 - PowerPointRead pp. 29-31. Do both #1-3 on p. 31.
  • Thursday, December 19 -  Take up #1-3 (both), p. 31. Video clip: The Seven Billionth.  Continue Ch. 2 PowerPoint - Population & Demographics.  If time we will watch Momentum 2011; Hans RoslingRead pp. 31-37. Do #1 on p. 37. Go to the US Census Bureau's International Database  (OK - this is a bit of a search.  Click on "International Data Base" on the top left hand side of the page.  On the new page, look on the left side and go into the "Report" drop down menu and select "Population Pyramid Graph."  Now select 2011 in the year menu and the countries you want, one at a time in "Select Country".)  Now and download and print a population pyramid for Nigeria in 2011. Do the same for Japan. Compare the shapes of these population pyramids. Suggest reasons why they are so different from one another.
  • Friday, December 20 -   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 if we have time.
History 12 

Be sure to watch all of the Cold War video series.  This is absolutely the best account of the Cold War on film. We saw the first episode and episode 7 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.

Click here for the Essay #2 assignment sheet.  This is due Monday of this week.

Topic #5 and 6 Questions.

Here it is at last -- the final essay, Essay #3 -- due at the end of the first week in January.

I can't really afford to lose another day to testing.  Since you will study the Cold War and beyond in preparing for the final exam, I will leave evaluation of this unit until this final test.  I really don't want to have to decide to axe either Islamic Fundamentalism or the end of Apartheid.

  • Monday, December 16 - Complete the material on French De-Colonization (base notes - sorry, no PowerPoint). Indochina & Vietnam (base notes). 
  • Tuesday, December 17 -Complete Indochina & Vietnam (base notes). Watch the CNN Cold War Series Film Vietnam; 1954-1968. 
  • Wednesday, December 18 - The USA - From Truman to Johnson (base notesPowerPoint). Note: look at Britain's SchoolHistory's revision material for this topic. Look at Susan Pojer's PowerPoint on 1950's America. Watch Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I have a dream" speech (Long version; Short Version). See other Civil Rights videos at the PBS site - Eyes on the Prize. Link back for other material. 
  • Thursday, December 19 - The USA - From Nixon to Bush Sr. (base notesPowerPoint). 
  • Friday, December 20 -  The USA - From Clinton to Obama (PowerPoint).  I am quite sure we will have to finish this after Christmas.

Social Studies 11 Honours 

Oh dear -- it looks as though we won't get through the material we need to cover before the Christmas Break.  We will have to test after the holidays.  I'll set the examination date for the Interwar and WWII material for Thursday, January 9 -- though we will begin the next unit before then.  This should allow those of you with jet lag to recover.

The mark breakdown for the unit test is most likely to be as follows: 45 multiple choice questions (1 mark each), 5 definitions (2 marks each) and 3 from a choice of 5 long answer questions (6 marks each). The total is, therefore, out of 73 marks. 5 bonus marks are available if you submit more than 25 flash cards done as required.