Friday, February 14, 2014

February 17-21

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Social Studies 8 

We are in the midst of our Geography unit -- but will soon come to its end.  Expect your unit test to be on Wednesday, February 16.  It will be out of roughly 75 marks.  It will be based on map reading and the use of Canadian Oxford World Atlas (7th edition). 

Social Studies 11  

Expect your first unit test on Ideologies/Parties/Elections to be on Thursday, February 27 -- even though we will finish the unit on Monday. Testing Thursday allows those students needing extra time to write into lunch  break.  The mark breakdown is most likely to be as follows: 30 multiple choice question (1 mark each); 4 items to label on a diagram (1 mark each); 5 definitions - you write a sentence or two about each term or name (2 marks each); 2 long answer questions from a choice of 4 options (6 marks each). The test should, therefore, be out of about 66 marks.

  • Monday, February 17 -  Take up #4, p. 97. Elections lesson – day 2. Various voting systems. BCSTV animation. Assignment: What electoral system do you feel is best? Why? (due Thursday, September 19. About 1 page).
  • Tuesday, February 18 - Begin Legislative Branch - focus on the House of Commons. Be sure to look at the Parliament of Canada website. Download, read and study from the Guide to the House of Commons. Read pp. 231-233 sidebar. Do #1-3 in the sidebar on p. 233. 
  • Wednesday, February 19 - Take up #1-3 in the sidebar on p. 233.   Reminder of the physical layout of Parliament.  Video:  Government in Canada; Citizenship in Action; Our National Parliament; the Inside Story (sorry, unavailable online) andquestions.  Discuss the job of a Member of Parliament -- within and outside the House of Commons.  Go online to read On the Job With a Member of Parliament.  Read pp. 226-231 and do #1-3, p. 231.
  • Thursday, February 20 - Unit Test on Ideologies, Parties and Elections.
  • Friday, February 21 - Exam post-mortem.  Take up #1-3, p. 231.  Pros and cons of the current Senate setup.  Be sure to look at the Senate material at Mapleleafweb and also read The Senate Today  from The Parliament of Canada Website..  Essay Writing tips.  Please note:  there will be an essay question on what should be done with the Canadian Senate on the next unit test.  Read pp. 47-54 in the Red Government text.  Do #1-4, p. 48 and #1-5 and #7 on p. 54.  For homework you must also come up with a three-column table listing reasons to:  keep the Senate as it is, reform (change) it, or keep it as it is now.