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Social Studies 8
We barely began our new unit on ancient and medieval India before the Christmas Holiday. We will not test again until we finish both India and Japan. Expect your next test to be around Thursday, January 16. Because this is first block in the day, you may only have 5 additional minutes to complete the test when the block ends. Expect 20 multiple choice questions (1 mark each), 2 groups of 5 matching questions (10 marks total) and a choice of 2 from 3 long answer questions (6 marks each). The total value is, therefore, 42 marks and you can earn 3 bonus marks from 25 flash cards.
A bonus assignment is available to help you boost your mark before the final exam. Look at it and follow the instructions. You need to hand this work in on or by the Friday of this week to ensure that it is taken into account in your final class mark.
- Monday, January 6 - Hinduism and Buddhism . We will also watch a short video presentation on Hinduism and Buddhism and answer these questions. Read pp. 22-26. Do #1-7, p. 26. If you have the time, watch John Green's Buddha and Asoka; Crash Course.
- Tuesday, January 7 - Take up homework. Watch What the Ancients did For Us; India - part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5,part 6. List important Indian inventions and explain their significance. Read pp. 26-28, do #1-5, p. 28.
- Wednesday, January 8 - Take up homework answers in class. Video on Akbar the Great - sorry, this is a video tape that is not available on the Internet. Why is Akbar considered one of the great figures in world history? If not in class -- or if you would like to learn more, watch Michael Wood's documentary: The Story of India, part 27, part 28. Read pp. 112-116. Do #1-6, p. 116.
- Thursday, January 9 - Take up homework. Watch Three Teachings, an introduction to Chinese culture and its roots in Confucianism, Taoism and Buddism. 1. Why is it possible for people to believe in all three teachings at the same time? 2. What does each belief system focus on? Read pp. 28-31. Do #1-5, p. 31.
- Friday, January 10 - Take up homework. Video -- sorry this is unavailable on the Internet - on Shih Huang Ti (the Chi'in First Emperor). 1. How was the emperor able to unify China? 2. Why is he generally seen as an evil figure in history? 3. What great building project did he create? 4. How did he try to become immortal? Watch this film, Shih Huang Di as a substitute or to learn more. Read pp. 31-36. Do #1-6, p. 36. If we have time this class, I will also show you John Green'sCrash Course; the Silk Road and Ancient Trade. If we don't have time, please watch it on your own.
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, January 6 - Look at Gapcast #2 - Urbanization. Video segment and questions on Shanghai, Changing China - Urbanization ). Read pp. 37-41. Do #1-6, p. 39 , #1-6, pp. 41-42.
- Tuesday, January 7 - Take up #1-6, p. 39 , #1-6, pp. 41-42. Watch China; From Red to Green. How is China's population growth stimulating green thinking? Provide examples of sustainable developments happening in Chinese cities. Now watch Masdar; the City of the Future; Fully Charged (part 1 and part 2). Can anything from the films we looked at today be applied to Vancouver? Explain. Read pp. 42-45. Do #1-5, p. 45. Do the Further Thought assignment #1-5, p. 46. Read pp. 368-375 in your blue Counterpoints text. Do #1-4, p.372 & #1, p.375.
- Wednesday, January 8 - Take up #1-5, p. 45 and Further Thought #1-5, p. 46. and #-14, p. 370 & #1, P. 375 in Counterpoints. Chapter 3 PowerPoint. Read pp. 57-70. Do #1-8, p. 61, #1-5, p. 64 and #1-2, p. 70.
- Thursday, January 9 - Take up #1-8, p. 61, #1-5, p. 64 and #1-2, p. 70. Take up homework. Watch Hans Rosling's Chimpanzees Know Better, to see how countries and populations are and are not different around the world. Ch. 3 PowerPoint - be sure to do so yourself for homework if we cannot do so in class. Read pp. 70-73. Do #1-8, p. 73 and 1, 2, 5 and 7, p. 74 in "Further Thought."
- Friday, January 10 - Take up #1-8, p. 73 and 1, 2, 5 and 7, p. 74 in "Further Thought." Watch Gwynne Dyer's Escaping From History (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4), & do the following questions: 1) What are living conditions like in Mexico City? 2) Why are people abandoning the countryside? 3) What does Dyer believe must happen for the developing world to get their fair share of consumer goods? Consider the movement of jobs from rich countries to the poor through globalization today. Is this what Gwynn Dyer predicted in the 1990's? Study for the Chapter 1-3 test next class. Read pp. 83-87. Do #1-3, p. 84, #1-4, p. 85, #1-2, p. 86 and #1-3, p. 87.
Here is the final essay, Essay #3 -- due at the end of the first week in January.
- Monday, January 6 - Finish The USA - From Clinton to Obama (PowerPoint).
- Tuesday, January 7 - Watch this short American video clip on America's reasons for launching the Marshall Plan (1 1/2 minutes). For a look at British 1980's cynicism about European cooperation, watch this 3 minute segment from Yes, Minister. The opposing view can be seen in this short pro-European Union animation (3 minute) made to explain the EU to the British public. Introductory video:European Union; 50 Years in 5 Minutes. Economic Resurgence in Western Europe (base notes).
- Wednesday, January 8 - Complete European post-war resurgence (base notes), possibly, begin the material on post-war Japan (base notes).
- Thursday, January 9 - Introductory music, Revisiting the USSR; Images and Music of the 1960's, see this additional 60's pop number, or this one, or try Song of a Working Man, . -- how about this cheesy version of the Soviet national anthem. The USSR and Eastern Europe from Khrushchev to Gorbachev. (base notes, PowerPoint).
- Friday, January 10 - The Collapse of Communism in Eastern Europe and the USSR (PowerPoint). Try some recent Russian music videos, like Lube's music video set to scenes from Rota 9 (Company 9) -- a Russian film of Afghan war) or this one by the sisters Tomaschevsky, or even the Devyatovys' take on American life, "Ya ogon, ti voda" or Russian hip hop, like Dezl or Mr. Misho.
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, January 6 - Video: on the Holocaust (Frontline; Memory of the Camps – This material is particularly horrifying. It is important to watch it if you can, but if you are unable to do so, please go to the "fishbowl" lounge area beside Mr. Nichols' room and study there until the video is over. Read pp. 130-135. Do sidebar questions p. 133 & 134 & #1-4, p. 135.
- Tuesday, January 7 - Take up sidebar questions p. 133 & 134 & #1-4, p. 135. Introduction to post-war Canada. PowerPointPost 1945 Canada. Study for the upcoming unit test.
- Wednesday, January 8 - Take up homework. PowerPoint Post 1945 Canada. Material from Canada; A Peoples’ History; Comfort & Fear. (Comfort & Fear, From Sea to Sea and Boom- questions). Read pp. 135-139. Do #1-5, p. 139.
- Thursday, January 9 - Unit Test on the Interwar Years and World War II.
- Friday, January 10 - Test post-mortem. Take up #1-5, p.139. Watch Canada; A People's History; The Shadow of Nuclear War and go over the questions. PowerPoint Post 1945 Canada. Material from Canada; A Peoples’ History; Comfort & Fear. ("Seeing Red," "On Guard for Thee" and "The Shadow of Nuclear War." - questions), Read pp. 140-146. Do sidebar questions pp. 140, 141 #1-2, 143 #3, 145 and #1-6, p. 146. On your own and outside of class, watch the stunning British Documentary Nuclear War: A Guide to Armageddon (Part 1, Part 2& Part 3) to understand the stakes of nuclar confrontation. Another rivetting show on nuclear war is Threads, a BBC production about what would happen to a community if nuclear war occurred.