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Social Studies 8
Our Medieval unit is coming to an end. Expect a unit test The Tuesday after this one -- on December 10 -- even though we should finish the unit this 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.
We watched two episodes of Terry Jones' Medieval Lives in class. If you want to see about the lives of other medieval people, here are links to other episodes: The Monk, The Damsel, The Minstrel, The Philosopher, The Outlaw, The King. A terrific documentary about medieval life is Michael Woods' Christina; A Medieval Life. Be sure to watch this if you get the chance. It gives real insight into 14th Century peasant life. Mr. Benoy is particularly fond of this film as it describes medieval live in the English County in which he was born. We may or may not get a chance to work this into a class.
Interested in Medieval weapons? Watch Weapons that Made Britain; The Long Sword, Weapons that Made Britain; the Lance and The Weapons that Made Britain; The Longbow, Weapons that Made Britain; the Shield. Watch Battlefield Britain; Hastings about the Norman conquest of Britain.
Interested in medieval lifestyles? Try Clarissa and the King's Cookbook to see how medieval royals ate. Also in the Inside the Medieval Mind series is Belief -- find out about their religious and supernatural beliefs -- with heavy stress being on the supernatural part. Try also Inside the Medieval Church; Power -- about how people were controlled. Try also Inside the Medieval World; Knowledge - what medieval people knew. Investigate life in England's greatest medieval city -- London -- in Filthy Cities; Medieval London- not a pretty place, but like the expanding great cities of the developing world today, a place of horror and opportunity.
In addition to sources noted above, here are some additional links to sites useful for the various Medieval Research Assignments:
General: Netserf has an excellent links page to all things medieval; If you are interested in medieval primary documents, you cannot do better than the Internet Medieval Sourcebook; Another links page to all things medieval can be found at The Labyrinth, from Georgetown University; Find Medieval literature at The Online Medieval and Classical Library; If you are really interested in learning all about art and architecture from this time there is a terrific set of flashcards online at Gardner's Art Through the Ages online resource for chapter 18 - "The Age of Great Cathedrals; Gothic Art."
Castles: An interesting treatment of Welsh castles can be found at Castle - a 47 minute video; Lise Hull's Castles of Britain website is a good starting point for resources. You might also link out from herCastelology links page; Jeffrey L. Thomas' Castles of Wales site is awesome; Battle Castle is a docudrama series about Medieval Castle warfare. Go to the series' website for heaps of background information; Ordinarily I do not recommend commercial sites geared to making money from their efforts, however Medieval-Castle.comhttp://www.medieval-castle.com/ has a wealth of good information geared to about the right reading and content level for this course and another site, Castles and Manor Houses has some pretty wonderful pictures, along with attempts to sell you castle stays. Their links page is pretty good if you are thinking about staying in a special medieval location (talk it up with your parents!); and now that you're really interested in castles, why not think about visiting some of the best? See Travel guru Rick Steve's page - "Medieval Castle Experiences."
The Manor: Medieval Manor - British Social History - Changing Lives - 1066-1984 (7 minute video); Wharram Percy; Deserted Medieval Village (website); Rural Life - sources from the British Library that includes a slideshow; The Monk's Manor is a 45 minute video about archeologists digging up a Monastic manor; History Learning Site's Medieval Manor Houseswebpage is an excellent resource;
The Church: Church, from the British Library,;Church & Crown(video) - a short treatment of the division of power between Kings and the Church; Medieval Minds - another short video which discusses what Medieval peasants believed; from the same series, watchMonastic Life to see what it was like to live in such institutions;
Cathedrals: Building the Great Cathedrals is a one hour documentary; Try The Medieval Mind; How to Build a Cathedral for a one hour video on cathedral construction; The Gothic Cathedral; a Landmark in Engineering is a 26 minute video -- pretty advanced stuff though; Modern Marvels; Gothic Cathedrals is a 45 minute American made video; Watch NOVA's Building the Great Cathedrals(5 minutes); A wonderful summary of Romanesque and Gothic architecture can be found at A White Garment of Churches, from the "Art of the Western World" series;Find great images of Cathedrals at A Digital Archive of Architecture --Romanesque and Gothic pages. Alison Stone's Medieval Architecture site will get you to drawings and photos of an incredible selection of churches in England and France and there is also a very helpful glossary.
The Crusades: Terry Jones' The Crusades; Pilgrims in Arms. is the first film in his series of three documentaries, the others are Jerusalem, Jihad, and Destruction. A great documentary on the Crusades is The Crescent and the Cross, Part 1, Part 2 (1 hour 30 minuteseach). Christianity; A History; The Crusades (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4).
- Monday, December 2 - Horrible Histories; William the Conqueror. Measly Middle Ages; 1066. Measly Middle Ages: Domesday Book and the Death of William the Conqueror. Measly Middle Ages; Words we get from the Normans. Complete the introduction to William the Conqueror and the Norman conquest of England. Video clip; The Epic Adventure: William the Conqueror. a. How did William claim the English throne? b. What happened at the Battle of Hastings? c. How did Norman knights keep control of England's Anglo-Saxon population? Go over the Magna Carta handout questions (homework from last Wednesday). Video: Battle of Agincourt and questions - a) What weapon helped the English win here? b) What does this tell us about how warfare is changing toward the end of the end of the Middle Ages? Introduce unification of France. Look at map on p. 81 of Patterns of Civilization. Land was added to the Royal domain because nobles were decimated by the Hundred Years War (which we will study more later) - and having their land revert to the King, and the development of a distinctly French & English nationalism and French Kings gained much control over the Church in France. Read p. 77-81. Do #1-6, p. 81. If you would like to find out more about the Norman conquest, watch Medieval Realms; the Norman Conquest.
- Tuesday, December 3 - Measly Middle Ages; Buying Indulgences. Measly Middle Ages; Investigating Dodgy Trade in Religious Relics. Take up p. 81 homework. Introduction to the "Struggle Between Popes and Emperors."Hosford Atlas, pp. 25 and 30. Assignment: 10 marks, due Thursday -Medieval Newspaper (See also the newspaper example) Complete this alone or in pairs. Read p. 82-84. Do #1-6, p. 84.
- Wednesday, December 4 - Take up p. 81 homework. Watch from 1:17:00 to the end of The Rise and Fall of Islamic Spain. Questions: 1) What was life like in Moslem Spain? 2) What happens to the reconquered people of Granada after the Christian reconquest? Read pp. 85-87. Do #1-6, p. 87. Interested in the Inquisition? Try these two documentaries: Secret Files of the Inquisition; Part 1, and Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4. And now for something completely different -- Monty Python's "Spanish Inquisition."
- Thursday, December 5 - Horrible Histories; Plague Song. Measly Middle Ages; The Plague Report. Measly Middle Ages; Flagellants and the Black Death. Measly Middle Ages; Peasant's Plague. Measly Middle Ages; the Grim Reaper Quits. Hand in Medieval Newspaper assignment. Take up #1-6, p. 87. Introduction to the Plague. Page 42 of Hosford Atlas. Pint Size History; the Black Death. Watch History's Turning Points; 1347 AD; The Black Death.1. Where did the Plague originate? 3) What did Medieval Europeans think caused the disease? What really caused it? 4) How did the Plague spread throughout Europe? 5) How did Medieval people deal with the disease? 6. What were the lasting effects of the Plague? Interested in the Black Death -- watch the History of Britain; King Death (1 hour). We will watch just a 10 minute excerpt from the video. Read pp. 82-84. Do #1-6, p. 84.
- Friday, December 6 - Joan of Arc Historyteachers' song. Horrible Histories; Joan of Arc Song. Fabulous French; Joan of Arc. Measly Middle Ages; Joan of Ark Sketch. Take up #1-6, p. 84. Look at Hosford Atlas, "Agents of Change" pp. 45-47. Church and State and Introduction to the "Babylonian Captivity" when there were multiple popes at one time: Hosford Atlas pp. 25, 30 & 44. Watch The Hundred Years War; Part 2; Joan of Arc. Who was Joan of Arc and how did she contribute to the unification of France? Read pp. 87-92. Do #1-7, p. 92.
- Monday, December 2 - Take up sidebars p. 146 ; #1-4, p. 150, #1-3, p. 155 & #1-5, p, p. 156. We are a bit behind on the videos and PowerPoint material. I plan to look at some more of the PowerPoint today, then go onto more from the Canada; A People's History series (“A Question of Equality.” and questions) -- all of which were originally scheduled last Friday. Read pp. 157-172. Do #2-4, p. 158, #2-6, p. 167, & #1-5, p. 172.
- Tuesday, December 3 - Take up #2-4, p. 158, #2-6, p. 167, & #1-5, p. 172. “A Changing Face,”and “The Computer Moves In” and questions, Complete any PowerPoint from Post-1945 Canada. Material from Canada; A People’s History("Time for Change" & "Maitres Chez Nous" -questions). PowerPoint material not completed. Read pp. 172-187. Do #1-4, p. 176, #2-4, p. 182, and 2-5, p. 187.
- Wednesday, December 4 - New PowerPoint, The Quiet and Not-So-Quiet Revolution. Watch"Vive le Quebec Libre," "October Crisis", the "Choice" - questions. Read pp. 191- 194. Do #1,2, 4 & 5, p. 194.
- Thursday, December 5 - Take up #1,2, 4 & 5, p. 194. PowerPoint The Quiet and Not-So-Quiet Revolution. If we get a chance to start it, we will begin the PowerPoint: "Land Claims and the Indian Act." Read pp. 201-207. Do #1-5, p. 204 and 1-5, p. 206. Assignment: 10 marks, due Monday. Why do many Quebecers want an independent Quebec? Why has this not come about?
- Friday, December 6 - Take up homework. Continue or begin PowerPoint - "Land Claims and the Indian Act." Read pp. 208-216. Do the sidebar on p. 211 & #1-2, p. 213 and #2-6, p. 216.
Topic #4 Plan.
Topic #4 Questions.
Here it is at last -- the final essay, Essay #3 -- due at the end of the first week in January.
- Monday, December 2 - Complete the Chinese Revolution & the Korean War (base notes - PowerPoint). Watch Episode 5 Korea; 1950-1953. On your own, be sure to watch Episode 15 of China 1949-1972 from the same series. If you have time, watch China; Chairman Mao Declassified. Interested in Chinese 20th century history? Watch China in Revolution; 1911-1949 (part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5, part 6, part 7, part 8,part 9, part 10).
- Tuesday, December 3 - A look at the United Nations Organization (base notes). If time, begin the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe to 1956 (base notes). See what people thought of the United Nations when it was first founded -- watch the National Film Board film Now the Peace.
- Wednesday, December 4 - The Soviet Union & Eastern Europe to 1956 (base notes, PowerPoint). An interesting overview of the whole of the Cold War, showing the Soviet perspective well, is Britain's Channel 4 programme: The Cold War Game; The US.
- Thursday, December 5 - Video - India; The Brightest Jewel - from the 20th Century History series (Part 1, part 2). Decolonization India (base notes). If you have an hour and a half, be sure to watch Partition; The Day India Burned. Another very good docu-documentary series on the partition of India is The Last Days of the Raj (part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5, part 6, part 7,part 8, part 9). The rivalry between successor states India and Pakistan take on a surreal Monty-Pythonic appearance in the daily closing of the gate ceremony at Waggah. Watch comedian Sanjeev Bhaskar's video of it; now try Michael Palin's version. Here is Joe Little's film.
- Friday, December 6 - The Middle East to 1956 (PowerPoint, base notes). Video clip from the 20th Century History series - if available. Watch the BBC documentary The Birth of Israel. For those really interested in the Middle East - try The 50 Years War; Israel and the Arabs (chunked into 29 parts, I just link to the Youtube directory for its parts). There is a nice BBC documentary on the 1956 war - The Other Side Of Suez 1956.
It appears I've made rather a hash of the homework assignments. I have adjusted readings and questions on Wednesday and after below, so if you checked them earlier in the week -- look again.
- Monday, December 2 - Hand in Conscription Poster and Literature of War Assignments. 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, December 3 - Unit Test on the History unit up to the end of World War I.
- Wednesday, December 4 - 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. 49-56. Do #1-2, p. 51 and #1-3, p. 56.
- Thursday, December 5 - Take up sidebar questions, p. 57 & 59, #1-3, p. 61, #1-3, p. 65. PowerPoint -Canada Between the Wars; 1919-1939. Read pp. 57-65. Do sidebar questions, p. 57 and 59, #1-3, p. 61, #1-3, p. 65.
- Friday, December 6 - 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. 66-72, sidebar. Do #1-2, p. 67. '#1-4, p. 72. If you have time, read the Vancouver Sun article by Roger Bootle on the economic theory of John Maynard Keynes.