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This blog provides lesson plans for each week. Look ahead to see where we are going. Look back to see what you might have missed. All assignments are provided here. If anything is underlined, click on it to bring up the document or, in the case of videos, link to an online version of what was scheduled for seeing in class or as enrichment.
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Things that are static -- not requiring regular change -- can be found at my website:http://sites.google.com/site/kbenoy/. Admittedly, I do not update this site regularly, so there may be dead links.
I take a few photos around the school, if you are interested, click here to see my Public Picassa photo albums.
Grad Boat Cruise photos are now posted.
Recent albums include the Centennnial Theater and Sutherland concerts of the Asahikawa High School Wind Orchestra, the Senior Girls' soccer games vs Howe Sound, Carson, Windsor and Seycove - also the playoff games against St. Thomas More and Windsor. The Junior Girls vs Windsor, Handsworth, & the playoff game vs Sentinel, the Junior Boys' rugby game vs Seycove, and the May 9 Ultimate Tournament. Finally, there are also pictures from Gwynne Dyer's talk to Senior Students.
***Strike Advisory: Tuesday, June 3 has been set for North Vancouver's one day strike -- part of the ongoing labour dispute involving revolving strikes throughout the province. There will be no classes Tuesday unless a settlement occurs. Teachers are trying to minimize the strike's impact on students. In the months that we have struck so far there has been little to no impact; as the dispute ramps up the impact will be greater, but I am hopeful that things are sorted before the impact becomes appreciable.
***Partial Lockout Advisory: I'm afraid this will impact students and I am not able to buffer them from its effects. You can read the full letter by the Government's chief negotiator here. Clearly those who wrote the letter don't understand the impact of what they order. To justify cutting teacher pay by 10% they have reduced what we are allowed to do at work or at home:"...we are suspending the performance of specified duties and reducing the hours of work of your members, which provides the basis for this reduction in salary." I face government sanctions if I try to do more than they outline!
Most significantly:"unit employees are directed not to work during recess or lunch hours except as specifically required by the essential services order." This means I cannot supervise make up tests or provide tutorial assistance as I would normally...or provide the usual extra exam prep classes for Provincial Exam writers. We are also directed "not to attend their workplace earlier than 45 minutes before the commencement of their instructional time or later than 45 minutes after the end of their instructional time...." This means there is no longer the opportunity to make up missed tests before or after school -- as 45 minutes is insufficient to do so. From now on, students will have to miss another class in order to make up tests.
I have no idea how final exams will be marked if I cannot legally work beyond the hours they specify. The Social Studies 11 provincial exam ends at 4:00 p.m. on the day before we are locked out for the remainder of the year. I have to leave school before the exam ends and I will not walk into school the next day if all my other colleagues are locked out on the street. Someone else (not teachers) will have to mark these. Similarly, now that the ministry has made it necessary to write non-provincial final exams during regular classes, I do not have time to mark these tests in the time provided and also complete report card entries. Report cards are endangered. Clearly this dispute has the potential to turn the year end into a major train wreck.
Social Studies 8
- Monday, June 2 - Take up #1-5, p. 150. Video: Christianity - A History; Part 5; the Reformation.1. How did the Reformation result in conflict in Europe? 2. How is the division of Christianity still evident in the world today? Read pp. 150-154. Do #1-6, p. 154. Study for the test on the Renaissance and Reformation next class.
- Tuesday, June 3 - Sorry everyone, this is a strike day so school is not in session. Be sure to use this time to study for the Renaissance and Reformation test next class and begin studying for the final exam.
- Wednesday, June 4 - Unit Test on the Renaissance and Reformation. Read pp. 18-22. Do #1-5, p. 22.
- Thursday, June 5 - Take up homework. Introduction to Indian civilization. Video: Legacy; Empire of the Spirit and questions. For homework, watch John Green's Crash Course #6; Buddha and Ashoka.
- Friday, June 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.
We made faster progress than I thought we would on Al Gore's film. I have therefore changed the Thursday and Friday plan this week. Please note this if you looked at the blog before Thursday.
***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, June 2 - Exam post-mortem. Continue PowerPoint for chapter 1. Read pp. 6-16 of The 21st Century World text -- paper or online. Do #1-5, p. 11, #1-9 p. 16 and #1-4 pp. 16-17. Video sidebar (I do not require you to watch this, but highly recommend that you do so: Tom Friedman's MIT address - The World is Flat 3.0.)
- Tuesday, June 3 - Sorry people, this is a strike day so there are no classes in session. Use the time to begin preparation for the final exam. In particular look at my PowerPoint on how to approach the final exam -- see above.
- Wednesday, June 4 - Take up homework: #1-5, p. 11, #1-9 p. 16 and #1-4 pp. 16-17. Complete the Chapter 1 PowerPoint if we did not do so on Thursday. If time, begin watching Al Gore's seminal documentary An Inconvenient Truth and questions (part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4,part 5, part 6, part 7, part 8, part 9, part 10) -- or buy it online (no I don't get a cut for advertising it and I really can't suggest checking Pirate Bay or an alternative). Read pp. 18-22. Do #1-4, p. 21.
- Thursday, June 5 - Take up #1-4, p. 21. I think we should complete the resto of An Inconvenient Truth and questions (part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4,part 5, part 6, part 7, part 8, part 9, part 10). Discuss the video -- Why is it sometimes seen as controversial? We will go over your conclusions from the Al Gore film and then will watch Climate of Doubt which deals with the Climate Change denial viewpoint. While watching it, answer the following questions: 1. What groups in society are most prominent in denying climate change? 2. What are their reasons for doing so? Work on flashcards for chapter 1.Read p. 22 and do the "Further Thought questions, #1-2, on p. 22. Optional: For an alternative view, see The Great Global Warming Swindle. Interestingly every BC school was sent a free copy of this by an organization (hard to determine the parent organization) that felt it needed to combat Climate Change proponents. To make sense of this debate you could look into what respectable academic bodies say. Many countries have academies of science; investigate their views. The United Nations' Secretary General, Ban-Ki Moon recently traveled to the Arctic and he is on record as speaking on the subject during this trip. His view is representative of most of the world's nations on the topic. Also the 2007-2008 United Nations Human Development Report took as its over-arching theme Climate Change. You will find the report's accompanying video interesting (choose your download speed and language).
- Friday, June 6 - Take up #1-2, p. 22. Watch Hans Rosling's 200 Years; 200 Countries; 4 Minutes. Begin chapter 2 - PowerPoint. Read pp. 29-31. Do both #1-3 on p. 31.