Saturday, June 14, 2008

June 16-20

Classes have finished and the provincial exam is on Friday.
The Social Studies 11 exam is on Friday, June 20, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Math rooms. You are placed alphabetically, so arrive early and get to the right location.
Some of you are writing in an alternate setting. You will be in room D107. I have talked to you each on two occassions now about this, so you know who you are. Go right to the alternate room. Your exam will come to you.
Remember, this is a provincial exam. If you miss it or are late, there is no chance of getting an extension or of writing it at another time -- unless you are prepared to wait months for the next set sitting time.
The exam is worth 20% of your mark in this course. This means you need to move roughly 5% on the exam to move 1% in your over-all mark.
Bring your text books to the exam. I will collect them from you in the hallway there. If you do not hand back your text, you will receive a bill at your exam.
Study Ning:
I have a social network site dedicated to preparing for the Social Studies 11 final. It is closed to the outside world to allow open discussion within it. You need an invitation to join. Just send me an e-mail at and I will reply to it with your invitation.
Study Skills on My Website:
I also have a study skills page on my open website.
Open Exam Preparation Workshop:
I will hold an exam prep. workshop from 1:00 to 4:00 pm on Wednesday, June 18, in my room - D208. This is purely optional and all are welcome to attend -- including students in Mr. Nichols' classes.
The focus of this workshop is on how to write the test, rather than how to prepare for it. The workshop that Mr. Aw Yong and I presented at the end of first semester seemed to be helpful, so this will be similarly organized.
The handouts used in the workshop are as follows:
Good Luck on Friday!

Saturday, June 07, 2008

June 9 to 13

As of Monday, there are 5classes left. Now is the time to begin preparing for the final examination.
1) Be sure all assignments are complete.
2) Start studying for the final. Use this blogsite to see what work we will be doing and note homework assignments. I will give advance warning about tests here and inform you of their mark breakdown.
3) E-mail me for an invitation to my "Study-Ning for the Socials 11 Final" social networking site. This is a closed site, requiring a password. People in the outside world cannot access its content. An invitation is required to enter the site. In the site you will find tips for studying and writing exams, example questions, and also discussion forums where you can share ideas with others about how to attack questions and otherwise prepare for the final. Please keep your comments appropriate to a school environment.

For those of you new to my blogsite, it is intended to work alongside my website at:

e-mail me at

Things that are static -- not requiring regular change -- will be posted on the website. This blogsite will have the changing material -- lesson plans and links to particular assignments. I will try to ensure that all assignments are made available on the Internet in this way. If something is underlined on the blog, it means that you can click on it to see a copy of the particular item -- this could be a pdf document, powerpoint, music or a video.

Use this blog to see what is coming up each week. I will usually post it on Saturdays for the following week. If you are away, you can check up on what you are missing. There really is no reason for you not to know what is happening. If you do not have an Internet connection, you certainly know someone who does.

If you can't read the PowerPoint material on your computer, download PowerPoint Viewer from Microsoft. It is free.

Sutherland has a license to access Discovery Education's United Streaming video collection. Students may download or stream videos from the collection by going to . Use the passcode posted in the classroom to register. If you have lost it, see me, or e-mail me, for this information. Students are licensed to include this content within their own creations.

I do not read comments posted by readers on this blog -- not through lack of interest, just lack of time. Sorry.

Social Studies 11 (Regular)

The next unit test will be on Monday, June 13. There will be 70 multiple choice questions and a choce of two from 6 long answer questions. It will take 40 flash cards to earn the maximum of 5 bonus marks for this test -- which will cover chapters 1-3 of the Geography text.

The final test is on Friday, June 13. 20 flash cards are needed to earn the maximum of 5 bonus marks. The mark breakdown is as follows: 40 multiple choice questions (1 mark each) and 3 from a choice of 8 long answer questions (6 each). The total is therefore out of 58 marks.
  • Monday, June 9 - Unit Test on Chapters 1-3. Introduction, Population & Standards of Living. Read pp. 84-91. Do #1-4, p. 85, #1-2, p. 86. #1-3, p. 87, #1-4, p. 89, & #1-5, p. 91.
  • Tuesday, June 10 - Take up homework. Video: History’s Harvest and questions. Read pp. 91-97. Do #1-5, p. 93 and #1-6, p. 97. Begin PowerPoint for ch. 4. Be sure to investigate the CBC Archives material on the GMO debate. Identify arguments for and against producing genetically modified foods. See Genetically Modified Food; Panacea or Poison? for an anti-GMO presentation (54 minute documentary).
  • Wednesday, June 11 - Take up homework. Video: Conservation of Natural Resources (access at ) and questions. PowerPoint for ch. 5 (Anything we do not complete in class must be seen for homework.) Read pp. 97-108, and 116-119. Do #1-7, p. 102, #1-6, p. 105, #1-4, & #1 p. 118 and #1-3, p. 120.
  • Thursday, June 12 - Take up #1-7, p. 102 & #1-6, p. 105. Intruduction: Worldmapper animation. Take up homework. Hans Rosling's TED Lecture, The Seemingly Impossible is possible. Watch Gapcast #4, Globalization. Read pp. 120-132. Do #1-5, p. 123, 1-3, p. 129 and #1-3, p. 130, #1-2, p. 131 & #1-4, p. 132.
  • Friday, June 13 - Test of Chapters 4 & 5. Study for the final.

Social Studies 11 (Honours)

I am hoping to be able to give the final test unit around Thursday, June 12. This gives us a day for review on Friday, the 13th. However, I cannot guarantee this. The mark breakdown for the test is as follows: 43 multiple choice questions (1 mark each), 5 definitions (2 marks each) and 3 from a choice of 4 long answer questions (6 marks each). The test is therefore out of 71 marks. 25 flash cards are the minimum to earn the 5 bonus marks alloted.