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Social Studies 8
Your Medieval Research assignment ( Part 1. Part 2) is due this week. You can hand it in any day between Monday and Wednesday. It will be late if it comes in after this time.
Your unit test will most likely be this Tuesday, December 10 -- even though we should finished the unit last Friday. Writing on Tuesday allows you extra time if you need it by writing into lunch time.
Expect 49 multiple choice questions (1 mark each) and 4 from a choice of 7 long answer questions (6 marks each). The test total is out of 73 marks. 30 flash cards may earn up to 5 bonus marks.
- Monday, December 9 - Take up homework. Introduction to the Italian Renaissance. Watch: The Medici -- Godfathers of the Renaissance; Birth of a Dynasty. 1. How did the Medici come to dominate Florence? 2. How did they help bring about a flowering of interest in ancient learning and modern art and architecture? 3. What was the relationship between artists and patrons in Florence during the renaissance? 4. How did Brunelleschi change Western art? 5) How did Cosimo bring knowledge from the outside world to Florence? Read pp. 134-138. Do #1-7, p. 138.
- Tuesday, December 10 - Unit test on chapters 3, 4 & 5.
- Wednesday, December 11 - Take up homework. Watch this video clip from James Burke's The Day the Universe Changed; Point of View.Questions: How did Brunelleschi and Alberti change the art of painting? Watch Sister Wendy 0n Renaissance artists. 1) Name at least one major work by each artist she deals with. 2) Explain why each artist is considered great. Read pp. 139-143. do #1-5, p. 143.
- Thursday, December 12 - Take up p. 143 homework. Watch Zeffireli's version of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet (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 homework today! Read pp. 143-147. Do #1-4, p. 147.
- Friday, December 13 - Continue Romeo and Juliet and note-taking. Assignment: 10 marks. 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. Due the class after we finish the video -- this might be today, but is more likely to be after Monday's class, on Tuesday, December 17.
- Monday, December 9 - Continue PowerPoint "Land Claims and the Indian Act." Watch video segments from Canada; A People's History - the following episodes: Taking Back the Past and Land And Nations. Complete these questions while doing so. PowerPoint: Land Claims and the Indian Act. Study for the exam on Wednesday.
- Tuesday, December 10 - Complete the PowerPoint and any other material not finished. If there is significant time left over, we will look at some more episodes from Canada; a People's History. Work on the time line assignment.
- Wednesday, December 11 - Exam on post 1945 Canada.
- Thursday, December 12 - Exam post-mortem. Begin PowerPoint for chapter 1. Read pp. 6-16 of The 21st Century World text -- paper or online. Do #1-5, p. 11, #1-9 p. 16 and #1-4 pp. 16-17. Video sidebar (I do not require you to watch this, but highly recommend that you do so: Tom Friedman's MIT address - The World is Flat 3.0.)
- Friday, December 13 - Take up homework: #1-5, p. 11, #1-9 p. 16 and #1-4 pp. 16-17. Complete the Chapter 1 PowerPoint if we did not do so on Thursday. If time, begin watching Al Gore's seminal documentary 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) -- or buy it online (no I don't get a cut for advertising it and I really can't suggest checking Pirate Bay or an alternative). Read pp. 18-22. Do #1-4, p. 21.
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:
Here it is at last -- the final essay, Essay #3 -- due at the end of the first week in January.
- Monday, December 9 - Watch video Mr. Kennedy & Mr. Khrushchev. The Cuban Missile Crisis (base notes - sorry, no PowerPoint for this one). Be sure to watch CNN's Cold War; Episode 10; Cuba 1959-1962. Thirteen Days is a decent Hollywood treatment of the crisis, though it is a little loose in dealing with people and events -- not enough to worry about messing up your knowledge for the final exam though.
- Tuesday, December 10 - We will begin this class by watching watch Nuclear War; A Guide to Armageddon - this links to the first episode, go to the sidebar to link to the other segments. we will watch as much as possible of the Cold War series segment: Episode 12 Mutually Assured Destruction; MAD 1960-1972. If you have almost two hours available, get in the mood for Monday's lecture on nuclear war by viewing Threads, a British docudrama from the 1980s about a nuclear war -- banned from British TV at the time, it is a highly praised production that gives a frightening, but important view of what such a war might be like. Another outstanding film, also banned from television broadcast is The War Game, from the UK in 1965. Watch it if you have the chance. You might also look at Defcon 2 - Cuban Missile Crisis (Part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5, part 6).
- Wednesday, December 11 - Watch Robert McNamara's comments on nuclear war. Deterrence & Nuclear War (base notes) PowerPoint.
- Thursday, December 12 - Complete material on Deterrence & Nuclear War. PowerPoint. Watch CNN's Cold War; M.A.D . At home, watch the next video in the Cold War series dealing with nuclear weapons: The Cold War; Star Wars 1980-1988. Following up on the Nuclear War and Deterrence material -- You absolutely must see the CNN Cold War series film Star Wars.
- Friday, December 13 - Watch the first part of a video on Kwame Nkrumah -- which gives a 4 minute background to African decolonization. British & French Decolonization in Africa & Asia (base notes - sorry, no PowerPoint).
- Monday, December 9 - Take up #1-2, p. 67 and #1-4, p. 72. Continue PowerPoint - Canada Between the Wars; 1919-1939. AV on the Depression - (From: Canada; A People’s History) and do these questions. Read pp. 74-79. Do sidebar questions p. 76, 78 & 79 & #1-2, p. 79.
- Tuesday, December 10 - Take up sidebar questions p. 76, 78 & 79 & #1-2, p. 79. AV on the Depression - (From: Canada; A People’s History - answer Viewing Guide questions). Read pp. 79-86. Do #1-4, sidebar, p. 81 and #1-2, p. 86.
- Wednesday, December 11 - Take up homework. Video King and Country (sorry, unavailable on the Internet) & questions. Read pp. 86-98. Do sidebars 4-16, p. 93, 4-17 &and 4-18, p. 95 and 4-19, p. 96. Do #1-5, p. 98. If you are interested and have the time, watch this British anti-war advertisement from the 1930s to understand the roots of appeasement. Watch the 20 minute 30's documentary: The European Arms Race 1935 - 1939 part 1 andpart 2. To see Nazi Germany, watch this largely unnarrated documentary, Nazi Germany Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5,Part 6, Part 7, Part 8 & Part 9. Look at Hitler's art: Part 1, Part 2.
- Thursday, December 12 - Take up homework. Complete King and Country if we did not do so on Wednesday. Introduction to World War II. Begin video series and questions; Episode I; Canada Remembers; Turning the Tide). Read pp. 100-110. Do 1-4, p. 105, sidebar questions p. 106, 107, 110 & #1-3, p. 110.
- Friday, December 13 - Take up homework. Read pp. 100-110. Finish material on Turning the Tide and questions. Begin The Liberators; D-Day to the Rhine and questions. |Read pp. 111-115. Do #1-4, p. 115.