Wednesday, February 10, 2016

February 10


You had time to work on organizing your TOK presentation if you're a Diploma student, or if you're a Certificate student you got your assignment for your upcoming presentations on the Greatest Prime Minister in the 20th Century. Both TOK presentations and the Greatest PM presentations will go forward on February 23rd to 25th.

We started a film study today on the film "Whale Rider". We'll continue this film on Tuesday, after you complete your World Geography Test (please see the study guide below).



I continued going through some essay writing tips, and how to organize your essay. It is really important that you get on the Social 30-1 wiki this weekend and look at some of the essay samples. You can find some sample essays on the wiki by clicking on WRA II Essays. Please have a look at the upcoming important dates below. Your Chapter 2 Key Terms and Questions are due on Tuesday.



  • Chapter 1-2 Test is on Tuesday, February 16th
  • Chapter 2 Key Terms and Questions is due on February 16th
  • Unit 1 Final Exam is on Wednesday, February 17th
  • Unit 1 WRA II Essay is on Thursday, February 18th

The Chapter 1-2 Test is on Tuesday, February 16th. It is a mixed format test, it will have a matching section and a short/long answer section. Here is what you should review/study for this test:

Chapter 1 and 2 Key Terms/Concepts:
  • ideology
  • Thomas Hobbes
  • John Locke
  • Jean-Jacques Rousseau
  • representative democracy
  • individualism
  • collectivism
  • private property
  • public property
  • ideology
  • radical
  • liberal
  • moderate
  • conservative
  • reactionary
  • communism
  • socialism
  • liberalism
  • conservatism
  • fascism
  • adherence to collective norms
  • economic freedom
  • economic equality
  • rule of law
  • competition
  • individual rights and freedoms
  • cooperation
  • self-interest
  • Adam Smith

Other Study Tips:
  • you must know the 19th century political spectrum and the 20th century political spectrum
  • know similarities and differences between communism and fascism
  • what are the differences between communism and socialism
  • be able to label political and economic spectrums and the values associated with these ideologies
  • be able to label the political-economic grid and know examples of the ideologies in the quadrants (study the Ideology Notes and the notes I gave you in class)
  • know the differences between individualism and collectivism, be able to apply your understanding of these concepts
  • know the key ideas associated with Hobbes, Locke and Rousseau (for example, view of the nature of human beings, etc.)


The Unit 1 Final is a 55 question multiple choice test. It will be written on Wednesday, February 17th. Make sure that you study the following: 
  • Chapter 1 and 2 Key Terms (please see the Chapter 1-2 Test Study Guide for a list of terms
  • Study the Ideology Notes (Black Gold School District PDF file, on the Social 30-1 wiki, and in your study booklets, pages 12-17)
  • Review Hobbes, Locke and Rousseau (view of the nature of human beings, how society should be organized, people's role in society; notes on page 3 of your study booklet)
  • Study the 19th Century Political Spectrum
  • Study the 20th Century Political spectrum
  • Study the political-economic grid
  • Know the values and ideas associated with the various ideologies (on the 19th century and 20th century spectrums)
  • Study the Individualism and Collectivism booklet that is in your study booklets (pages 4-7)
  • you need to be able to apply your knowledge and understanding of these concepts/ideas
  • there are a lot of source-based questions on this exam! (there are references to Nazi Germany, the USSR)

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

February 9


We had our three option debate today in class; I think that it went very well. At the end of the debate, you were supposed to hand in your "July 1945: Moment of Decision" booklets, and voted on which option you agreed with the most. I will share the results of the vote tomorrow. Please remember that we are meeting in Room 241 tomorrow morning in Period 2.



We looked at the difference between argumentation and evidence in class today, but doing an introductory activity that required you to brainstorm arguments to convince a friend that they should attend Churchill. We then looked at how to write a proper argument, and how to develop evidence to support that argument. I also started talking about the "recipe for success" in writing WRA II Essays. We'll continue our essay talk tomorrow, when I will give you the essay question sheet. One week from today, you will write your Chapter 1-2 Test, please see the study guide below.
The Chapter 1-2 Test is on Tuesday, February 16th. It is a mixed format test, it will have a matching section and a short/long answer section. Here is what you should review/study for this test:

Chapter 1 and 2 Key Terms/Concepts:
  • ideology
  • Thomas Hobbes
  • John Locke
  • Jean-Jacques Rousseau
  • representative democracy
  • individualism
  • collectivism
  • private property
  • public property
  • ideology
  • radical
  • liberal
  • moderate
  • conservative
  • reactionary
  • communism
  • socialism
  • liberalism
  • conservatism
  • fascism
  • adherence to collective norms
  • economic freedom
  • economic equality
  • rule of law
  • competition
  • individual rights and freedoms
  • cooperation
  • self-interest
  • Adam Smith

Other Study Tips:
  • you must know the 19th century political spectrum and the 20th century political spectrum
  • know similarities and differences between communism and fascism
  • what are the differences between communism and socialism
  • be able to label political and economic spectrums and the values associated with these ideologies
  • be able to label the political-economic grid and know examples of the ideologies in the quadrants (study the Ideology Notes and the notes I gave you in class)
  • know the differences between individualism and collectivism, be able to apply your understanding of these concepts
  • know the key ideas associated with Hobbes, Locke and Rousseau (for example, view of the nature of human beings, etc.)



I gave you the Illustrated Concept Map Assignment today. This assignment is due on February 29th, and you can work on it individually or with a partner. I gave you some time to look up some of the concepts that you haven't been taught yet, so you can start to see the interrelationships and connections between concepts. I also gave you some time to get into small brainstorming groups to figure out how you would organize your concept maps (hierarchy and branching, sub-concepts, linking and linking sentences).


This test will take place on Tuesday, February 16th. It is simply a country and capital cities identification test. You will be given a world map with certain countries, capital cities, and places identified and you need to be able to write out what country it is. Here are the countries that may appear on the test:
  • any of the EU countries (there are 27 countries in the EU)
  • any of the NATO countries (there's some overlap here with the EU, but not all EU countries are members of NATO)
  • any of the G8 countries: Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the United States, and the United Kingdom
  • full members of MERCOSUR: Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay and other associate members or countries that are achieving membership in MERCOSUR, such as: Venezuela, Bolivia, Peru, Colombia, Ecuador
  • to ask you to know ALL of the countries in the African Union would be cruel, so we'll focus on countries that came up last year or will likely be in the news this year: Democratic Republic of the Congo, Egypt, Nigeria, South Africa, Sudan
  • other very important countries that will be in the news this year, or that we'll be talking about, or get mentioned in your textbook: Cuba, Mexico, China, India, Myanmar (Burma), Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, Pakistan, Philippines, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Israel
  • **BIG HINT: if a country is a member of a few of these international organizations then there's a STRONG possibility that they will be on the test!!**

Please use the following links for studying for this test:
World Geography Games
Test Your Geography Knowledge
Maps.com Online Games (the "Find It" games are excellent!)

Monday, February 08, 2016

February 8


You had most of today's class to work in your debate groups, to prepare for tomorrow's debate. You'll have a little bit of time tomorrow to do some last second preparation. You are strongly encouraged to work on your group's Google Doc to keep yourselves organized. Make sure that you read, highlight, and annotate the historiography of the atomic bomb article that I gave to you.


I did a homework check on your Global Connections Map Assignment today. On Tuesday, February 16th you'll be writing a World Geography Test, please see the study guide below. We also did an activity where you listed off your favorite TV shows, movies, and musicians. The point of that exercise was to introduce the concepts of CAVCO, CRTC, CanCon, and cultural protectionism to you. I also talked a little bit about media consolidation. No one met the percentages that the CRTC imposes on TV and radio.



This test will take place on Tuesday, February 16th. It is simply a country and capital cities identification test. You will be given a world map with certain countries, capital cities, and places identified and you need to be able to write out what country it is. Here are the countries that may appear on the test:
  • any of the EU countries (there are 27 countries in the EU)
  • any of the NATO countries (there's some overlap here with the EU, but not all EU countries are members of NATO)
  • any of the G8 countries: Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the United States, and the United Kingdom
  • full members of MERCOSUR: Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay and other associate members or countries that are achieving membership in MERCOSUR, such as: Venezuela, Bolivia, Peru, Colombia, Ecuador
  • to ask you to know ALL of the countries in the African Union would be cruel, so we'll focus on countries that came up last year or will likely be in the news this year: Democratic Republic of the Congo, Egypt, Nigeria, South Africa, Sudan
  • other very important countries that will be in the news this year, or that we'll be talking about, or get mentioned in your textbook: Cuba, Mexico, China, India, Myanmar (Burma), Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, Pakistan, Philippines, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Israel
  • **BIG HINT: if a country is a member of a few of these international organizations then there's a STRONG possibility that they will be on the test!!**

Please use the following links for studying for this test:
World Geography Games
Test Your Geography Knowledge
Maps.com Online Games (the "Find It" games are excellent!)





I went through a lot of material today: I covered the 19th century political spectrum, the 20th century political spectrum, the economic spectrum, the basic economic values (GESSEF), the techniques of dictatorship, and the economic-political spectrum. Along the way, we reviewed the principles of collectivism (PRINCE) and the principles of individualism (PRICES). If you didn't read it over the weekend, please make sure that you read the Ideology Notes (pages 12-17 in your workbook). Also, please complete all of the individualism and collectivism charts in your workbook as well, this is due tomorrow. I did a homework check on your Chapter 1 Questions today, and I handed back your Chapter 1 Key Terms and Questions. If you have your Chapter 1 Key Terms and Questions in a notebook, please hand those in at the beginning of the class tomorrow.

Friday, February 05, 2016

February 5


We finished watching "White Light/Black Rain" today, and you should have also finished the film study sheet that went along with the documentary. I gave you a reading on the decision to use the atomic bomb, which you need to read over the weekend. The reading is connected to a debate that we will be doing on Tuesday. You have been split into three different option groups for the debate, and each group has its own Google Doc to organize arguments, evidence, and counter-arguments. You will have some class time on Monday to organize with your group members face-to-face.

Your Global Connections Map is due on Monday, February 8th. Your Chapter 1 Key Terms and Questions are due on Tuesday, February 9th. Please check out the instructions for your Global Connections Map below.

Here are the instructions for the map (which is due on Monday):
  • your map must have a title ("Global Connections Map")
  • you do not need compass directions on your map
  • you do not need a border for your map
  • you must have a simple key on the front of the map and a detailed key on the back on the map
  • your simple key will consist of the following: 5-6 colored boxes (depending on how many categories you had for your 25 item chart) which will be labeled-food, clothing, electronics, entertainment, household goods, miscellaneous AND you must also draw a colored dot and label it "people" (for the information from the Global Bingo game that we played)
  • you will only color countries and label ones that you have a connection to through the 25 item chart (for example, you own a sombrero that is from Mexico, you would color Mexico and label it "Mexico")
  • there will only be 5-6 colors on the map, you don't need to have 25 different colors for each of your 25 items
  • you also have to label the 16 people that you talked to during our Global Bingo game, they will be represented by colored circles (pick a common color for all people) and numbers (1-16, if you didn't talk to 16 people, you label as many as you talked to)--you do not color the countries that are represented on your Global Bingo card, you simply draw a circle on the country, color it, put a number beside it, and label the country (for example, if the only connection you have to Australia is that one of your classmates went on a vacation there, you draw the circle, write the number beside the circle, and label the country "Australia"-- you don't color the country)
  • on the detailed key on the back of your map, you will be recreating your 25 item chart (make sure that you have the categories clearly colored and matching the simple key on the front of the map) and the information from the Global Bingo card (clearly identify people by number) Your Global Connections Map is due on Monday, February 8th.

Your Chapter 1 Key Terms and Questions are due on Tuesday, February 9th. I gave you some class time to work on your Chapter 1 work, and you could have started on your Chapter 2 work as well. 

I did a homework check on your Chapter 1 Key Terms. Please complete your Chapter 1 Questions for Monday. Please read the Ideology Notes (pages 12-17 in your workbooks), you should highlight the reading, and make annotations in it. I started the PowerPoint presentation "Identity and Ideology" (which I probably won't finish), because I like to draw out the political and economic spectrums (which I'll do on Monday). I taught you the principles of individualism and the principles of collectivism. I also got you to sign up for the Social 30-1 wiki (check you e-mail inboxes for the invitation, it may have gone into a spam or junk folder), please let me know if there are any issues with this.

Thursday, February 04, 2016

February 4


We finished up the activity from yesterday, so you should now have jot notes on the results of World War II. One of those results was the origin of the nuclear age, which begins during WWII, and obviously the work to build the atomic bomb leads to its usage to end the war in the Pacific. We started an HBO documentary today called "White Light/Black Rain", which we will finish off tomorrow.



I gave you back the results of the Social 30-1 diagnostic test today. I gave you the course workbooks today as well, and started teaching the course content by looking at the ideas of Hobbes, Locke and Rousseau. As I lectured from the PowerPoint presentation "Introducing Government", you were to take notes in your workbooks. Please remind me tomorrow to get you signed on to the Social 30-1 wiki. Once you're on the wiki, you can find all of the PowerPoint presentations that I'll be delivering in class.



We played a fun game of global bingo today, where you were asked to circulate around the room and meet 16 new people and get information from them. Eventually you will use this information and put it on a world map. You have a homework assignment tonight that is due tomorrow: you must find 25 items from 25 different countries. these items could be put into different categories, such as: food, clothing, electronics, household items, vehicles, musical instruments, entertainment, beauty products/make up, etc. The smart way to put together your chart would be to classify your items into categories in your chart right from the start. Once again, you will eventually have to put all of this information into a map. I will be doing a homework check on this chart tomorrow. I also gave you time to work on your Chapter 1 Key Terms and Questions, which are due on Tuesday, February 9th.