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Social Studies 8
We are testing the Rome unit this week -- on Friday, March 14 -- that is the last day of classes before Spring Break. I know this is not ideal and it means that students will have to complete the test in class time, with at most 5 extra minutes during the break. I will adjust the length of the test from previous years to cut it down a little in size. The alternative is to write after Spring Break when you've had two weeks to forget everything; hence my decision. Your test on Rome will include the following: 40 multiple choice questions (1 mark each), 3 out of 5 definition items (2 marks each) and 2 long answer questions (6 marks each). The total is, therefore, out of 58 marks. You can earn up to 5 bonus marks for submitting at least 25 correctly made flash cards (term or name only on the front and definition or why the person is important on the back) at the time of the exam. You may not hand these in late to earn marks; they must be submitted when you write the test.
- Monday, March 10 - Hand in the Architecture Hunt assignment. Introduction to Legions -- importance, organization (including a short video) and vulnerabilities. Video Legions of Rome (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3) and questions. Read pp. 10-12. Do #1-6, p. 12. You might enjoy playing a small game from the BBC - Romans vs. Britons.
- Tuesday, March 11 - Hand in the Conversion to Christianity assignment from last Friday. Take up #1-6, p. 12. Look at the sidebar on p. 11. Video: Constantine and questions. Read pp. 12-16. Do #1-6, p. 16. Bring coloured pencils to next class for map work.
- Wednesday, March 12 - Take up #1-6, p. 16. Complete watching Constantine and the questions. Hosford Atlas, pp. 3 & 4. We will watch John Green's Crash Course episode -- The Fall of the Roman Empire. Also look at this video of the changing map of Europe during this time.Map Assignment: The "Barbarian Invasions." 10 marks. Due next class.
- Thursday, March 13 - Hand in map assignments. Watch Terry Jones' Surprising History of Rome and questions. For homework, be sure to make more flash cards and spend a little time reviewing them.
- Friday, March 14 - Unit Test on Ancient Rome. Read pp. 96-100. Do #1-7, p. 100.
- Monday, March 10 - Take up homework. Examine the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms - see PowerPoint; The Constitution. Summarize each of the key sections in your notes. Effect of passing the Charter on Canadian law -- all laws in Canada must conform unless passed using the notwithstanding clause or if they can withstand a challenge based on their being within reasonable limits. Read pp. 240-246. Do #1-3, p. 246, & sidebar #1, p. 244.
- Tuesday, March 11 - Take up #1-3, p. 246, & sidebar #1, p. 244. Complete any Constitutional material not completed Monday. Begin the new unit -- History. PowerPoint: Studying History. Read pp. 4-10. Do #1-3, p. 9 and the questions in figure 1-2, p. 6 and 1-5, p. 8. Assignment, due next class: Why should we study history? Answer in at least a half a page of writing and be sure to provide specific reasons with examples, not just vague generalities.
- Wednesday, March 12 - Take up #1-3, p. 9 and the questions in figure 1-2, p. 6 and 1-5, p. 8. Hand in the Why Study History assignment. Begin looking at late 19th century and early 20th century immigration to Canada -- push and pull factors. Laurier's Canada PowerPoint. Homework: Talk to someone who immigrated to Canada in their lifetime. What push & or pull factors brought them here? What difficulties have they faced in coming to a new land? Those of you who are immigrants, talk to yourself and to your parents/guardians about this.
- Thursday, March 13 - Unit Test on the Legislative/Executive/Judicial Branches of government -- including Provincial and Municipal government.
- Friday, March 14 - Exam post-mortem. Take up homework - immigration push and pull factors. Look at the earliest film of Vancouver - shot in 1907 on a hand-cranked movie camera, bolted to the front of a streetcar while traveling along Granville, Hastings, Carrall, Cordova, Cambie and Robson Streets. 1) What kinds of traffic do you see? 2) Did anything about the traffic surprise you? 3) What else did you notice about Vancouver in 1907? Another interesting look back in time is City Reflections; Vancouver - a set of 1907 and 2007 photos of the same locations - with the 1907 pictures taken from the streetcar film. What do you know about immigration to BC before the First World War? Discuss the problems of immigration to Canada in the late 19th and early 20th century - including the 1907 Vancouver race riot. More of the PowerPoint on Laurier's Canada. Read the sidebar on pp. 10-11 of your text and explain why you would support or oppose the payment of compensation to families who paid the head tax to come to Canada. Read pp. 9-16. Do #1-3, p. 16.