Tuesday, November 25, 2014

November 25


I covered some key concepts today in class (if you missed class today, get the notes from a classmate), including first past the post (FPTP), simple plurality, single member constituency, single vote, and proportional representation (PR). We re-cast the 2011 Canadian federal election to reflect what the results might have been if Canada employed PR. You then got your Unit 2 WRA II essay question sheet today. You'll be writing the Unit 2 WRA II Essay on Thursday, November 27th in the Blenheim Room and breakout room. Both classes are working with Ronald Reagan quotes, funny how that worked out. I also did a homework check on your Chapter 10 Key Terms and Questions.


We started a PowerPoint lecture on "American Expansionism" that I will finish off tomorrow. We'll do a closer examination of the Mexican-American War tomorrow. We should be able to finish off all of the content of our History of the Americas by Friday, and then you will be writing a Paper 3 on Monday. We'll start looking at Authoritarian and Single-Party States on Tuesday of next week.

Monday, November 24, 2014

November 24


I finished off going through the democratic systems notes in your Social 30-1 study booklet. I also went into a little detail on the structure of the Canadian government diagram. You'll get your Unit 2 essay question sheet tomorrow. You'll be writing your Unit 2 WRA II essay in Thursday's class.




We had our four options debate on the War of 1812 today, which took the entire period. We will be continuing our examination of the Nation-Building and Challenges unit by looking at American expansionism tomorrow.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

November 20


You wrote your Unit 2 Final Exam today in class. If you missed this test today, please see me on Monday, and we'll make arrangements to have you make up this exam. You will get the results of this exam on Monday. Your Chapter 10 Key Terms and Questions are due on Tuesday, November 25th.


I finished off the PowerPoint presentation called "The Jacksonian Age" today. I then went through the formation of political parties in American history. Some of the topics covered when I was talking about this will be covered in Grade 12 IB History. If you missed class today, you'll need to get notes from a classmate. I also gave out the option number assignments for the War of 1812 four option debate that we will be doing in Monday's class. (Eric you can be Option 1). By Tuesday of next week we should be starting to wrap up the last bit of the Nation-Building and Challenges unit, American expansionism culminating in the Mexican-American War. Once we have finished covering the Mexican-American War we will have finished the last topic in our Grade 11 History of the Americas course and we will proceed to get into a Paper 2 Topic 3 unit, Authoritarian and Single Party States.


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

November 19

Tomorrow in tutorial, I will be going through the three source analysis assignment that the IB 20 HOTA group wrote last week. If you (Grade 11 IB students) feel that you don't need to attend this tutorial session, it isn't mandatory. If you are a Grade 12 student, you can still come in to look over past exams.

I did a homework check on your Political Compass survey questions. We started looking at different democratic systems today: direct democracy, representative democracy and we started the parliamentary system. We'll continue this next week. Please remember that you're writing your Unit 2 Final Exam tomorrow.

The Unit 2 Final Exam is on Thursday, November 20th. It will be a 70-75 multiple choice question test. In your textbook, this is material from Chapters 3-8. It is recommended that you focus on your review on the PowerPoint lectures and material from your Social 30-1 study booklet. Please look at the studying hints below:

  • study "The Development of Classical Liberalism" (ppt)
  • study "Responding to Classical Liberalism" (ppt)
  • study "The Evolution of Modern Liberalism" (ppt)
  • study "The Techniques of Dictatorship" (ppt)
  • study "20th Century Rejections of Modern Liberalism" (ppt)
  • study "The Origins of the Cold War" (ppt)
  • study the key concepts from the Chapters 3-8 worksheets
  • please see the summary notes from the Ideologies textbook: Chapter 7 (Private Enterprise)
  • supply-side economics
  • boom and bust cycle/business cycle
  • laws of supply and demand, Adam Smith, invisible hand, market forces
    self-interest, consumer sovereignty, competition, private ownership, profit motive
  • basic economic problems/questions
  • advantages/disadvantages of the market economy
  • causes of the Great Depression
  • FDR and the New Deal 
  • please see summary notes from the Ideologies textbook on the Mixed Economy Case Studies #14 (Sweden) and #15 (Canada), #16 (Japan), #17 (Fascism and Nazism)
  • also see the Democratic Socialism booklet on Sweden (indicative planning, "cradle to the grave" economics)
  • characteristics of a mixed economy
  • nationalization
  • privatization
  • democratic socialism
  • welfare capitalism
  • Keynesian economics
  • the business cycle and fiscal and monetary policies (study all of the notes I gave you and the booklet that I gave you)
  • demand-side economics
  • neo-conservatives
  • monetarism
  • trickle down economics
  • supply-side economics
  • Thatcherism and Reaganomics
  • Milton Friedman
  • Friedrich Hayek
  • how Keynesian economics deals with a recession (remember "the percolator": increase circulation of money reducing taxes, increase government spending on "make work" projects, and reduce interest rates, which according to Keynesian economics is going increase demand for goods and services and lead to more money circulating in the economy)
  • how supply-side economics deals with a recession (remember "trickle down coffee maker": government should stimulate the goods and services sector of the economy by reducing corporate and personal taxes, eventually benefits will "trickle down" to the middle class and working class, make connections between supply-side economics and laissez faire economics/classical liberalism)
  • advantages and disadvantages of a mixed economy
  • neo-conservative criticism of government intervention
  • characteristics of a centrally planned economy
  • advantages and disadvantages of a centrally planned economy
  • Marx notes (sent by e-mail)
  • Lenin notes (sent by e-mail)
  • establishment of the Soviet Union
  • Soviet economic system (top-down decision-making process)
  • Lenin's War Communism and the New Economic Policy
  • "Stalin and the Modernization of Russia" (see film notes)
  • Stalin notes (sent by e-mail)
  • "Changes to Soviet Society After Stalin" notes (this bridges the gap between Stalin and Gorbachev)
  • Gorbachev to Collapse Notes
  • Economic Planning in the USSR booklet
  • techniques of dictatorships (USSR and Nazi Germany case studies)
  • modern liberalism
  • features of the Nazi state
  • Hitler's rise to power
  • Characteristics of Democracy
  • Characteristics of Dictatorship
  • Democratic Systems notes
  • Non-Democratic Systems notes
  • Types of Dictatorships notes (includes Techniques of Dictatorships as well)
  • A Comparison of Communism and Fascism notes
  • Totalitarianism notes
  • Fascism/Nazism booklet (has techniques of dictatorship in Nazi Germany and USSR)
  • do a brief review of the political spectrum and economic spectrum and the quadrant model



You wrote your Unit 6 Quiz today at the beginning of class. I also started a lecture on the Andrew Jackson presidency, which I will hopefully finish tomorrow.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

November 18


I did a homework check on your Chapter 8 Key Terms and Questions today. We also watched a video from BBC World called "10 Questions About Democracy" (here is a link to the companion website if you'd like to here what people had to say again). You are responsible for finishing the entire film study that went along with this video for tomorrow's class (I'll be doing a homework check on it, and in all likelihood, we'll be able to discuss some of the questions in the video). You have another homework assignment tonight: please go to the following website-Political Compass, complete the political survey (from the left-hand navigation menu, click on "Take the test"), print off where you fall in the economic-political grid and bring it to class tomorrow. We'll be able to talk about this tomorrow. Please remember that you have your Unit 2 Final Exam on Thursday, November 20th, check out the study guide below. I also gave back the results of your Cold War Exam as well today.


The Unit 2 Final Exam is on Thursday, November 20th. It will be a 70-75 multiple choice question test. In your textbook, this is material from Chapters 3-8. It is recommended that you focus on your review on the PowerPoint lectures and material from your Social 30-1 study booklet. Please look at the studying hints below:

  • study "The Development of Classical Liberalism" (ppt)
  • study "Responding to Classical Liberalism" (ppt)
  • study "The Evolution of Modern Liberalism" (ppt)
  • study "The Techniques of Dictatorship" (ppt)
  • study "20th Century Rejections of Modern Liberalism" (ppt)
  • study "The Origins of the Cold War" (ppt)
  • study the key concepts from the Chapters 3-8 worksheets
  • please see the summary notes from the Ideologies textbook: Chapter 7 (Private Enterprise)
  • supply-side economics
  • boom and bust cycle/business cycle
  • laws of supply and demand, Adam Smith, invisible hand, market forces
    self-interest, consumer sovereignty, competition, private ownership, profit motive
  • basic economic problems/questions
  • advantages/disadvantages of the market economy
  • causes of the Great Depression
  • FDR and the New Deal 
  • please see summary notes from the Ideologies textbook on the Mixed Economy Case Studies #14 (Sweden) and #15 (Canada), #16 (Japan), #17 (Fascism and Nazism)
  • also see the Democratic Socialism booklet on Sweden (indicative planning, "cradle to the grave" economics)
  • characteristics of a mixed economy
  • nationalization
  • privatization
  • democratic socialism
  • welfare capitalism
  • Keynesian economics
  • the business cycle and fiscal and monetary policies (study all of the notes I gave you and the booklet that I gave you)
  • demand-side economics
  • neo-conservatives
  • monetarism
  • trickle down economics
  • supply-side economics
  • Thatcherism and Reaganomics
  • Milton Friedman
  • Friedrich Hayek
  • how Keynesian economics deals with a recession (remember "the percolator": increase circulation of money reducing taxes, increase government spending on "make work" projects, and reduce interest rates, which according to Keynesian economics is going increase demand for goods and services and lead to more money circulating in the economy)
  • how supply-side economics deals with a recession (remember "trickle down coffee maker": government should stimulate the goods and services sector of the economy by reducing corporate and personal taxes, eventually benefits will "trickle down" to the middle class and working class, make connections between supply-side economics and laissez faire economics/classical liberalism)
  • advantages and disadvantages of a mixed economy
  • neo-conservative criticism of government intervention
  • characteristics of a centrally planned economy
  • advantages and disadvantages of a centrally planned economy
  • Marx notes (sent by e-mail)
  • Lenin notes (sent by e-mail)
  • establishment of the Soviet Union
  • Soviet economic system (top-down decision-making process)
  • Lenin's War Communism and the New Economic Policy
  • "Stalin and the Modernization of Russia" (see film notes)
  • Stalin notes (sent by e-mail)
  • "Changes to Soviet Society After Stalin" notes (this bridges the gap between Stalin and Gorbachev)
  • Gorbachev to Collapse Notes
  • Economic Planning in the USSR booklet
  • techniques of dictatorships (USSR and Nazi Germany case studies)
  • modern liberalism
  • features of the Nazi state
  • Hitler's rise to power
  • Characteristics of Democracy
  • Characteristics of Dictatorship
  • Democratic Systems notes
  • Non-Democratic Systems notes
  • Types of Dictatorships notes (includes Techniques of Dictatorships as well)
  • A Comparison of Communism and Fascism notes
  • Totalitarianism notes
  • Fascism/Nazism booklet (has techniques of dictatorship in Nazi Germany and USSR)
  • do a brief review of the political spectrum and economic spectrum and the quadrant model


We finished off the PBS documentary "The War of 1812" today. I assigned the TOK links in your History of the Americas on pages 86-87. This exercise is due tomorrow. You also have to complete the War of 1812 website assignment that is on the IB 20 wiki under Unit 6: Nation-Building and Challenges. This website assignment is due on Thursday. Please remember that you are writing your Unit 6 Quiz tomorrow. Please study the "Forging the New Republic" PowerPoint presentation and the War of 1812 (check out the collaborative notes section on the wiki for summary notes, and the causes, practices and effects of the War of 1812).