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- Monday, February 3 - Introduction and Expectations. We did not get as far as expected today -- so homework and texts were not assigned. Texts assigned. Tuesday, February 4 - Complete text sign out, if not finished Tuesday. Hand in map assignment, if given Tuesday. Mind Map - explained in class and not for marks. Complete to #15 on the Atlas Worksheet. If the Canada; Political; Map Assignment (10 marks) was not assigned on Tuesday, it is assigned today and due Thursday.
- Tuesday, February 4 - Complete the Introduction and Expectations. Text sign out. Mind Map - explained in class and not for marks. Complete to #15 on the Atlas Worksheet. The Canada; Political; Map Assignment (10 marks) was not assigned on Tuesday, so it is assigned today and due Thursday.
- Wednesday, February 5 - Countries Game. Take up #1-15 of the Atlas Worksheet. Complete the remainder of the questions for next class.
- Thursday, February 6 - Take up homework (the Atlas worksheet). Look at Geographical Essentials text, pp. 4-11 - "Map Basics." The Basic ingredients of all maps - Outlines, Direction, Colour and Symbols (and a key or legend, Scale. Scale Worksheet. If you have trouble grasping how scale works, get the basics from this BBC elementary school level site on the subject. A really nice advanced summary can be found at this National Resources Canada site.
- Friday, February 6 - District Professional Day. No classes in session.
- Monday, February 3 - Outline and Expectations PowerPoints. Final Exam table of specifications (link from here to additional exam material. Handout: What is Government? Complete the questions for next class.
- Tuesday, February 4 - Hand out textbooks. Complete anything missed from yesterday's introduction. Take up answers to What is Government. Discuss whether government is or is not necessary. Introduction to the three branches of government -- Legislative, Executive and Judicial. Read pp. 2-6 in the red Government text. Do #1-4, p. 6 for homework. Note: We did not get the text books out in block 3, we will add this material to the homework for the next day for this class and books will be issued at the start of Wednesday's class.
- Wednesday, February 5 - Take up #1-4, p. 6. Introduction to ideologies. Origin of the Political Spectrum - see this version as a line, and this version as a quadrant -- showing where Canadian political parties could be found in 2011. Read pp. 7-15. Do #1-5, p. 11 and #1-6, p. 15. To identify your own ideology, take the online Political Compass Quiz. Why not listen to some ideological tunes. The Political Compass people have put together a links list to ideological music that you can click to from here. Look elsewhere around this site if you are interested in politics.
- Thursday, February 6 - Take up #1-5, p. 11 and #1-6, p. 15. Continue with the origins of ideologies looking at ideologies as shown on a left/right line and also look at showing them on aquadrant. Remember, any time you show a complex world in a graphic model, you are simplifying reality. Here is a handoutcovering this material for your notes. If you took the Political Compass quiz, you can now compare your personal ideological position with main viewpoints -- and with each other. Ideology identification worksheet. The following reading is completely optional: For an interesting American article on the difference between Lefties and Righties, see Patricia Cohen's New York Times Article: "Across the Great Divide; Investigating Links Between Personality and Politics."
- Friday, February 7 - District Professional Day. No classes in session.