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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.
A 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 1, part 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 Belief, The protestant Revolution; Part 2; The Godly Family, The Protestant Revolution; Part 3; A Reformation of the Mind, and 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.
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
- Monday, December 16 - Take up #1-4, p. 21. I think we should complete the resto of An Inconvenient Truth and questions (part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4,part 5, part 6, part 7, part 8, part 9, part 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 Minutes. Begin chapter 2 - PowerPoint. Read 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 Rosling. Read 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.
Here it is at last -- the final essay, Essay #3 -- due at the end of the first week in January.
- 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 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 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 notes, PowerPoint).
- Friday, December 20 - The USA - From Clinton to Obama (PowerPoint). I am quite sure we will have to finish this after Christmas.
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.
- Monday, December 16 - Take up #1-4, p. 115. Complete Turning the Tide and questions. Begin The Liberators; D-Day to the Rhine and questions. Read pages 115-122. Do #1, 2 & 4, p. 122.
- Tuesday, December 17 - Take up homework. Complete The Liberators; D-Day to the Rhine and questions. Begin Endings & Beginnings & do questions. Read pp. 122-125. Do sidebar 5-21, p. 123 and #1-3, p. 125.
- Wednesday, December 18 - Take up homework. Complete Endings & Beginnings & questions. If time, begin Video: The Valour & the Horror; Savage Christmas; Hong Kong 1941 and questions. Note that there is an assignment attached to the end of these questions. This will be due the day after we complete seeing the video. Make sure your preparations are underway for the test on 1919-1945 next week. Read pp. 125-128. Do #1-4, p. 128.
- Thursday, December 19 - Take up homework. Complete The Valour & the Horror; Savage Christmas; Hong Kong 1941 and questions. If we have time, we will begin looking at the Holocaust. Read the sidebar on pp. 126-127. Do #1-3, p. 127.
- Friday, December 20 - Take up homework. Well, the timing for this is not ideal, but we cannot waste blocks. Shoah/Holocaust -PowerPoint. This isn't exactly holiday fare.