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Social Studies 8
Your Geography unit test is 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.
- Monday, September 30 - Unit Test on Geography. If you finish early, sign out the new text book and look through it.
- Tuesday, October 1 - Test post-mortem. Look over exam results and what they mean. Sign out new texts and return old ones. What is History? Why study it? PowerPoint. Introduction to History text and to SQ3R study method. Other ways to study History: flashcards , timelines - handout & introduction. See examples of the new Facebook timeline concept - but think carefully before loading personal material online -- anyone can access it and it and content may never disappear! Timeline assignment - personal/family/world - 10 marks, due Wednesday.
- Wednesday, October 2 - Time Line Field Trip. Introduction to the Greco-Roman world. Watch What the Romans Did For Us; Life of Luxury (Part 1, Part 2) & What the Romans Did For Us; Ahead of Their Time (Part 1, Part 2). While watching the videos list Roman inventions that we need and use today. Read Patterns of Civilization, pp. 2-6. Do #1-6, p. 6.
- Thursday, October 3 - Hand in timeline assignment. Take up #1-6, p. 6. Video - Roman City and questions.
- Friday, October 4 - Take up the video questions on David Macauley's Roman City if we did not do so last class. Introduction to Classical Architecture -- how the Romans built and how this knowledge is the foundation of modern building today. PowerPoint on Roman Architecture -- from Mr. Benoy's Comparative Civilizations 12 course. If we have time, we will watch What the Romans Did for Us; Arteries of the Empire (Part 1, Part 2). Read the handout and do questions for homework. Also complete the Architecture Hunt assignment -- value: 10 marks and due next Monday. Are you interested in learning more about Roman engineering? Check out the BBC's animation on the Roman Colosseum.
- Monday, September 30 - 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. Read (red book) pp. 186-196. Do #1-6, p 196. Read (blue book) pp. 245-246. Do #2-4, p. 246.
- Tuesday, October 1 - Take up #1-6, p 196 (red book) and #2-4, p. 246 (blue book). 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.
- Wednesday, October 2 - Take up the fact-finding worksheet on municipal government. We will finish anything not completed on Tuesday and regarding Municipal government. Overview of the Judiciary - PowerPoint - go to the section on the Judiciary. Read pp. 270-275. Do #1-3, p. 275.
- Thursday, October 3 - Take up homework, #1-3, p. 275. Complete PowerPoint material from last class Comparison of Adversarial vs. Inquisitorial court systems. Videos on the court system. Read pp. 277-288. Do #1-3, p. 280, & 1 & 4, p. 288. Please bring your red Government text to class next day -- along with your blue text.
- Friday, October 4 - Take up #1-3, p. 280, and 1-4, p. 288. Complete the second video on our Court system. While watching the video, identify the positions of court officials and note the roles that they play. Introduce concept of Human rights – examine text p. 294. Students to list what they would expect fundamental rights to be in Canada - Think-Pair-Share. Use Government text p. 60 to list Schweitzer’s list of fundamental rights. Government text pp. 152-158. Read pp. 292-312. Do #1, p. 297, #2-3 sidebar p. 303, #1 & 3, p. 304, #3, p. 308 & #2, p. 312.
- Monday, September 30 - Introductory Music: I Vow to The My Country. The Paris Peace Conference PowerPoint (base notes). If time - AV material - The War to End All Wars (but please note that the conference was held in Paris, not Versailles -- this is just where the treaty with Germany was signed. This film is also from a US perspective -- something I do not always present effectively in class -- 5 minute video). World War One: 1914-1918 Map -- a multimedia summary of the war's main events. If you can manage the time, watch Secrets of the Dead; Killer Flu, which deals with the flu pandemic that killed 20-30 million people at the end of the First World War.
- Tuesday, October 1 - The League of Nations (base notes). For a good treatment of the League's dealings with a major dispute, see ITV Schools' TV The League of Nations and the Manchurian Dispute (20 minutes). There is much fascinating material at the League of Nations Homepage. M. Cliffe has a couple of online PowerPoints on the League: The League of Nations and Failures of the League.
- Wednesday,October 2 - The Origins of Socialism (base notes &PowerPoint). Absolutely take the time to watch Mark Steel's brilliant comedic presentation of Marx's ideas and their relevance today.
- Thursday, October 3 - Unit Test on Topic #2. You may write into the lunch break time if you need extra time. Please pick up copies of the Topic #3 plan and the Topic #3 questions.
- Friday, October 4 - Russia Before the Revolutions (PowerPoint) and the Russian Revolutions (base notes, PowerPoint). Be sure to look at the excellent resources at The History Guide's Russian Revolution Resources. Spartacus Schoolnet's Russian Revolutionaries page has links to great material. Scott Masters has a decent PowerPoint on the revolutions. If you are interested in finding out more about Lenin, try Lenin; Revolutionary (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4).
Important Notice: We are a bit behind in our content and I have had a few requests to move the test to Friday for assorted reasons. I think this is a reasonable request and will do so to ensure that we get through all of the material on time. We may begin the next (Government) unit on Thursday, if time permits.
The test for chapters 4 and 5 (not 1-3 as first, mistakenly, posted) will be on Thursday, October 3. Expect the mark breakdown to be roughly as follows: 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 30 - Take up #1-6, p. 97, #1-7, p. 102 and #1-6, p. 105. Complete any remaining Chapter 4 PowerPoint. Watch Gwynne Dyer being interviewed about his book Climate Wars on the effects of Climate Change on world conflict. While watching, take notes on 1) Why is climate change likely to lead to conflict? and 2) Why is climate change more dangerous than most people realize? Worldmapper animation. Read pp. 130-132. Do #1-2, p. 131, #1-4, p. 132 and Further Thought #1-6, p. 132.
- Tuesday, October 1 - Take up #1-2, p. 131, #1-4, p. 132 and Further Thought #1-6, p. 132. Finish Chapter 4 Powerpoint. Begin Chapter 5 PowerPoint. Watch the amazing Dr. Hans Rosling's presentation at the 2006 TED Conference - The Seemingly Impossible is Possible. If you liked Hans Rosling, try William McDonough's TED lecture.
- Wednesday, October 2 - Take up homework. Finish the Chapter 5 PowerPoint. Complete any video material not done on Tuesday.
- Thursday, October 3 - Video: Nova; The Fragile Mountains (sorry, this is not available online). This is a very old video, but the intermediate technology solutions posed for Nepal's problems are still equally valid today. While watching the documentary, identify Nepal's problems that the film identifies, and what is being done about them. Learn how to reduce your own carbon footprint by watching Ethical Man episodes on BBC -- search for and find episodes on Youtube or elsewhere. Begin Government material - Read the What is Government handout. Do the questions for Monday.
- Friday, October 4 - Unit test on chapters 3 and 4. We will begin the Government unit next. Sign out new texts. Read pp. 2-6. Do #1-4, p. 6.