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Social Studies 8
We are working on the longest unit of the year -- The Middle Ages in Europe. This will involve studying all of chapters 3, 4 and 5 before we write out next test. This is a number of weeks away I will notify you of the next test with at least a week to go, but I cannot exactly predict when this will be just yet.
We will watch 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. 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.
We have an ongoing major assignment -- the Medieval project. ( Part 1. Part 2). We have three library blocks booked -- April 22, April 29 and May 8. The assignment is due on Monday, May 12.
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).
If you looked at the plan before Tuesday, April 29, please note that it has changed and you should check again. We did not get anywhere near as far as planned on Monday and were already a bit behind from Friday.
- Monday, April 28 - Take up #1-7, p. 63. Video: David Macauley's Cathedral and questions. Read pp. 63-69. Do #1-6, p. 69. We will take this up on Wednesday.
- Tuesday, April 29 - Library Research Block. Report to Class for attendance before we go to the library. Work in either the library computer lab or the main library area.
- Wednesday, April 30 - Take up #1-7, p. 63. Oops, this was a mistake, it should have been #1-6, p. 69. To ensure nobody is penalized for this if work was collected, we will take up this homework next class. Complete Cathedral video and questions. Super Deluxe Benoy Field Trip - The Human Cathedral. Romanesque to Gothic Architecture PowerPoint. Mr. Benoy's slides of European cathedrals to fill in any remaining time. No new homework assigned; work on your Medieval research projects..
- Thursday, May 1 - Take up #1-6, p. 69. Video: Illuminations; Treasures of the Middle Ages. Do the following questions. From Old English to Modern English - including the following video examples: Lord’s Prayer in Old English, "The General Prologue" to The Canterbury Tales in Middle English, and this version in modern English. If we have extra class time we will look at slides of French and English cathedrals.
- Friday, May 2 - Professional Day. No Classes in Session.
- Monday, April 28 - Take up #1-4, p. 115. Continue video series and questions; Episode I; Canada Remembers; Turning the Tide) - if not completed last class. Begin The Liberators; D-Day to the Rhine and questions. Read pp. 115-125. Do #1, 2 & 4, p. 122, sidebar 5-21, p. 123 and #1-3, p. 125.
- Tuesday, April 29 - Take up #1, 2 and 4, p. 122, sidebar 5-21, p. 123 and #1-3, p. 125. . Finish The Liberators; D-Day to the Rhine and questions. Begin Endings & Beginnings and do questions. Read pp. 125-128. Do #1-4, p. 128
- Wednesday, April 30 - Take up #1-4, p. 128. Complete Endings & Beginnings & do questions. If time, begin Video: The Valour & the Horror; Savage Christmas; Hong Kong 1941 and questions. Note that there is an assignment attached to the end of these questions. This will be due the day after we complete seeing the video. Make sure your preparations are underway for the test on 1919-1945 next week. Read the sidebar on pp. 126-127. Do #1-3, p. 127.
- Thursday, May 1 - Take up homework. We will examine the treatment of Japanese Canadians during World War II -- and note the apology and payment of compensation in 1988. Continue the video: The Valour & the Horror; Savage Christmas; Hong Kong 1941 and questions. Work on the assignment that accompanies the video. This will require some outside research on Japanese treatment of prisoners of war and the general standard of treatment expected under the "Geneva Conventions."
- Friday, May 2 - Professional Day. No Classes.