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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 Wednesday, May 21. Expect 49 multiple choice questions (1 mark each) and 4 from a choice of 7 long answer questions (6 marks each). The test total is out of 73 marks. 30 flash cards may earn up to 5 bonus marks.
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.
Your Medieval Research assignmens are due Monday. I hope to have them all marked and returned to you by Friday. Bear with me; these take some time to mark.
- Monday, May 12 - Hand in Medieval Projects. Introduction to the "Growth of Royal Power in England and France." Video: The Anglo-Saxon Report.Video clip; William the Conqueror (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3) 1) Why did William of Normandy invade England? 2) How were 7,000 Normans able to control 2 million Anglo-Saxons? 3) How did this change life for England's inhabitants? Mr. Zoller's Video Podcasts; the Magna Carta. Questions: 1) How did English Kings after the Norman conquest centralize power in the King's hands. 2) How did Magna Carta change this? Sidebar on Magna Carta inPatterns of Civilization, p. 80 & handout questions for homework - pick up a paper copy after school if you cannot access online.
- Tuesday, May 13 - Horrible Histories; William the Conqueror. Measly Middle Ages; 1066. Measly Middle Ages: Domesday Book and the Death of William the Conqueror. Measly Middle Ages; Words we get from the Normans. Complete the introduction to William the Conqueror and the Norman conquest of England. Video clip; The Epic Adventure: William the Conqueror. a. How did William claim the English throne? b. What happened at the Battle of Hastings? c. How did Norman knights keep control of England's Anglo-Saxon population? Go over theMagna Carta handout questions (homework from last Wednesday). Video: Battle of Agincourt and questions - a) What weapon helped the English win here? b) What does this tell us about how warfare is changing toward the end of the end of the Middle Ages? Introduce unification of France. Look at map on p. 81 of Patterns of Civilization. Land was added to the Royal domain because nobles were decimated by the Hundred Years War (which we will study more later) - and having their land revert to the King, and the development of a distinctly French & English nationalism and French Kings gained much control over the Church in France. Read p. 77-81. Do #1-6, p. 81. If you would like to find out more about the Norman conquest, watch Medieval Realms; the Norman Conquest.
- Wednesday, May 14 - Measly Middle Ages; Buying Indulgences. Measly Middle Ages; Investigating Dodgy Trade in Religious Relics. Take up p. 81 homework. Introduction to the "Struggle Between Popes and Emperors."Hosford Atlas, pp. 25 and 30. Assignment: 10 marks, due Thursday -Medieval Newspaper (See also the newspaper example) Complete this alone or in pairs. Read p. 82-84. Do #1-6, p. 84.
- Thursday, May 15 - Take up #1-6, p. 84. Watch from 1:17:00 to the end of The Rise and Fall of Islamic Spain. Questions: 1) What was life like in Moslem Spain? 2) What happens to the reconquered people of Granada after the Christian reconquest? Read pp. 85-87. Do #1-6, p. 87. Interested in the Inquisition? Try these two documentaries: Secret Files of the Inquisition; Part 1, and Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4. And now for something completely different -- Monty Python's "Spanish Inquisition."
- Friday, May 16 - Horrible Histories; Plague Song.Measly Middle Ages; The Plague Report. Measly Middle Ages; Flagellants and the Black Death. Measly Middle Ages; Peasant's Plague. Measly Middle Ages; the Grim Reaper Quits. Hand in Medieval Newspaper assignment. Take up #1-6, p. 87. Introduction to the Plague. Page 42 of Hosford Atlas. Pint Size History; the Black Death. Watch History's Turning Points; 1347 AD; The Black Death.1. Where did the Plague originate? 3) What did Medieval Europeans think caused the disease? What really caused it? 4) How did the Plague spread throughout Europe? 5) How did Medieval people deal with the disease? 6. What were the lasting effects of the Plague? Interested in the Black Death -- watch the History of Britain; King Death (1 hour). We will watch just a 10 minute excerpt from the video. Read pp. 82-84. Do #1-6, p. 84.
- Monday, May 12 - Unit Test on The Interwar Years and World War 2.
- Tuesday, May 13 - Test Post-Mortem. Take up sidebar questions pp. 140, 141 #1-2, 143 #3, 145 and #1-6, p. 146. Watch Canada; A People's History; Seeing Red, On Guard For Thee and The Shadow of Nuclear War and go over the questions. PowerPoint Post 1945 Canada. Material from Canada; A Peoples’ History; Comfort & Fear. . On your own and outside of class, watch the stunning British Documentary Nuclear War: A Guide to Armageddon to understand the stakes of nucelar confrontation. Another riveting show on nuclear war is Threads, a BBC production about what would happen to a community if nuclear war occurred.
- Wednesday, May 14 - Material from Canada; A Peoples’ History; Comfort & Fear. ("First Tremors" "A Prairie Storm" & "The Fight for Medicare" - questions) If time, PowerPointPost 1945 Canada. Read pp. 146-156. Do sidebars p. 146 ; #1-4, p. 150, #1-3, p. 155 & #1-5, p, p. 156.
- Thursday, May 15 - Blocks 3 & 4 differ today. I will show block 3 a Cold War Video or two. Block 4 will attend a speaker in the big gym -- News reporter and analyst Gwynne Dyer.
- Friday, May 16 - Take up sidebars p. 146 ; #1-4, p. 150, #1-3, p. 155 & #1-5, p, p. 156. We are a bit behind on the videos and PowerPoint material. I plan to look at some more of the PowerPoint today, then go onto more from the Canada; A People's History series ("Material from Canada; A People’s History (“A Question of Equality,” “A Changing Face,”and “The Computer Moves In” and questions). Read pp. 157-172. Do #2-4, p. 158, #2-6, p. 167, & #1-5, p. 172.