Saturday, April 12, 2014

April 14-18

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Social Studies 8 

We just completed a short unit on Byzantine and Islamic Civilizations and wrote a test on them last week.  We are now entering 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 MonkThe DamselThe MinstrelThe PhilosopherThe OutlawThe 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 SwordWeapons 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 Londonnot a pretty place, but like the expanding great cities of the developing world today, a place of horror and opportunity.

  • Monday, April 14 - Take up #1-6, p. 48 (or alternate work). Take up #1-6, p. 48. Watch Ancient Warriors: The Vikings. Answer the following questions: 1) Why were the Vikings feared by all of Christian Europe? 2) What made the Viking Longship a particularly effective weapon for its time? 3) Where does our knowledge of the Vikings come from? Handout Viking Women. How does this account of Viking life differ from the video? Can you explain the difference? Origins of feudalism: Hosford Atlas pp. 13-16. Handout reading for homework: Feudalism and Medieval Life. Do the questions on the handout.
  • Tuesday, April 15 - Take up homework. Video clip:Feudalism in Europe.  Video: Medieval Lives: The Knight. How did medieval knights really live and act? Handout: A Feudal ContractRead pp. 49-52. Do #1-5, p. 52.
  • Wednesday, April 16 -  Take up #1-5, p. 52 or alternative work.Sidebar, p. 50 of Patterns of Civilization 1. video: Medieval Lives;The Peasant . What was life like for Medieval peasants? How much control did they have on their lives? What was work like? What did they eat? How might a peasant improve his life? Read pp. 52-56. Do #1-7, p. 56.
  • Thursday, April 17 - Take up homework: #1-7, p. 56 or alternative. Handout: Analyzing a Primary Source - a serf's contract. PowerPoint: Monasticism. Introduction to Medieval Research Assignment. (Medieval Research Project. Part 1. Part 2).I have booked three library blocks (computer lab & print sources) on dates that should be set by next week. The assignment will be due in the first week of December -- by Monday, May 12. Homework: Watch Terry Jones' The DamselAnswer the following three questions: 1) Were women in the Middle Ages really as helpless as literature and Hollywood would have us believe? Explain. 2) How did women's roles change during the Middle Ages? 3) What was the attitude of the Church toward women -- especially at the end of the Middle Ages?
  • Friday, April 18 -  Good Friday Holiday.

Social Studies 11 

Expect your next unit test, on everything up to the end of World War I, to be around Monday, April 14 -- though we may finish the unit before this time.   Expect the mark breakdown for the test to be as follows:  40 multiple choice questions (1 mark each), 5 definitions or names (2 marks each) and 4 long answer questions (6 marks each) from a choice of 5. The total is, therefore, out of 74 marks. 5 bonus marks are available for a minimum of 25 flash cards. It is possible to earn 79/74.

  • Monday, April 14 -  Unit Test on the History unit up to the end of World War I.
  • Tuesday, April 15 - Take up  sidebar questions, p. 57 & 59, #1-3, p. 61, #1-3, p. 65.   PowerPoint -Canada Between the Wars; 1919-1939.  Read pp.  66-67, sidebar.  Do #1-2, p. 67.
  • Wednesday, April 16 - 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. 68-79. Do sidebar questions p. 71 & 72 & #1-4, p. 72, sidebar questions p. 76, 78 & 79 & #1-2, p. 79. If you have time, read the Vancouver Sun article by Roger Bootle on the economic theory of John Maynard Keynes.
  • Thursday, April 17 - Take up sidebar questions p. 71 & 72 & #1-4, p. 72, sidebar questions p. 76, 78 & 79 & #1-2, p. 79.   Introductory video clip on the Great Depression.  Continue PowerPoint - Canada Between the Wars; 1919-1939. AV on the Depression - (From: Canada; A People’s History -  answer Viewing Guide questions).  Read pp. 79-86.   On the Internet, watch The Crash of 1929.
  • Friday, April 18 - Good Friday Holiday.