Thursday, July 28, 2016

July 28


Today was your last day of summer school. You wrote your Trial Final Exam today. You have considerable time off to prepare for the Diploma Exam. Make sure that you go back through all of the course content that we covered. Please DON'T re-read Perspectives on Ideology! I think that you should review all of the PowerPoint lectures that I went through. You should also make sure that you go through all of the notes and activities in the Social 30-1 workbookPlease review the sections on how to write a WRA Ihow to analyze political cartoons and other images and the "Recipe for Success" on the WRA II, and the propaganda techniques

There is also a VERY detailed Diploma Exam Study Guide at the back of your 30-1 study booklets. Go through the multiple choice questions in the yellow booklet that I gave you at the beginning of July, it will really help you out. 

Check out the review Prezis that are on the Social 30-1 wiki under Unit 1 and Unit 2. You'll have access to the Social 30-1 wiki in August, I'll remove you from the wiki after you write the Diploma Exams. 

Here are the dates for your Diploma Exam:

  • Social Studies 30-1 Part A is on Thursday, August 4th (9:00 am to 12:00 pm; you can take an extra 1/2 hour to make it a 3 hour exam. This is strongly recommended, then you have 1 hour for the WRA I and 2 hours for the WRA II)
  • Social Studies 30-1 Part B is on Monday, August 8th (9:00 am to 11:30 am)
Please remember that you are writing both parts of the Diploma Exam at Viscount Bennett Centre. Please keep in mind that it may take you longer to travel to this school than it did getting to Churchill. 

It was a pleasure having you all in class this summer! You all made it enjoyable coming into work in July! Please post on the wiki what the WRA I and WRA II looked like, I'm curious.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

July 27


You wrote your Unit 3 WRA I in the Blenheim Room today. You also wrote your Unit 3 Final Exam today. I showed you a documentary on free speech and the First Amendment rights in the U.S. The HBO documentary was called "Shouting Fire". As you watched this video, you should have taken notes on the case studies in the video (Ward Churchill, academic freedom post-9/11, conservative think-tanks going after left-wing academics; Debbie Almontaser, Principal of Khalil Gibran International Academy getting into trouble over t-shirts labelled as "Intifada NYC"; ACLU defense of Nazi Party of USA's march through Skokie, Illinois; Chase Harper's t-shirt protest against the "day of silence"; the fight to publish the Pentagon Papers; protests against at the Republican Nation Convention in New York City.)

You have your Trial Final Exam tomorrow, and it potentially will count for marks, especially if it's not one of your two lowest test scores. The study guide is in the back of your Social 30-1 workbooks

Please check out the following links:
  • Examples of the Standards of Students' Writing (this will give you an idea of what the standards are for the marking of Part A of the Diploma Exam. Remember, these are "low basket Es" that they put up)
  • Quest A Plus website with Social 30-1 and Social 30-2 multiple choice exam questions (click on Practice Tests, and you can find multiple choice questions for all of your Diploma Exam courses)

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

July 26


I did a homework check on your Chapter 9 Key Terms and collected your Civil Rights Movement Assignments. We continued exploring the theme of illiberalism today, by looking at post-9/11 anti-terrorism legislation. In order to better understand why the United States and other western democracies passed legislation that began to restrict individual liberties, we need to put 9/11 in historical context. In order to do this, I had to show part of a CBC News in Review retrospective called "9/11: The Day that Changed the World". I also showed part of a documentary called "Unconstitutional", which shows the implementation of the Patriot Act and its impact. I also had you read an article from the BBC on CCTV security cameras, and I showed you a couple of YouTube videos on CCTV cameras (one an excerpt from a BBC documentary, and the other from the HBO series Vice). 


  • Chapter 11 Key Terms and Questions are due on July 27th
  • Unit 3 WRA I is tomorrow (July 27th)
  • Unit 3 Final Exam is tomorrow (July 27th), please see the study guide below
  • Chapter 12 Key Terms are due on Thursday, July 28th
  • Trial Final Exam is on Thursday, July 28th




Please study the following material: 
  • make sure that you have read Chapters 9-12 in Perspectives on Ideology
  • study all key concepts from the Chapters 9-12 Worksheets (see below)
  • study all questions/answers from the Chapters 9-12 Worksheets
  • "Political Challenges to Liberalism" (PowerPoint presentation)
Review the following notes/packages:
  • Democratic Systems
  • Non-Democratic Systems
  • types of dictatorships
  • techniques of dictatorships
  • Civil Rights Movement
  • authoritarian systems (China notes)
  • review the economic and political spectrum (again!)
  • re-read the notes on rights that I put on the board (Charter of Rights and Freedoms to War Measures Act)
  • FLQ Crisis 1970
Know the following key concepts/key events/key terms/key people:
  • assimilation
  • self-interest
  • humanitarianism
  • Indian Act
  • residential school system
  • enfranchisement
  • the White Paper
  • the Red Paper
  • “war on terror"
  • authoritarianism
  • consensus decision-making
  • direct democracy
  • military dictatorship
  • oligarchy
  • one-party state
  • party solidarity
  • representation by population
  • proportional representation
  • representative democracy
  • responsible government
  • democracy
  • single-member constituency (first past the post)
  • the Senate
  • the House of Commons
  • the House of Representatives
  • the Senate
  • mixed-member proportional system
  • lobby groups
  • American Bill of Rights
  • Anti-Terrorism Act
  • Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms
  • emergency and security legislation
  • illiberal
  • language legislation
  • Bill 101
  • Bill 178
  • Bill 86
  • Quebec Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms
  • respect for law and order
  • terrorism
  • rendition
  • the War Measures Act
  • enemy aliens
  • internment
  • the Emergencies Act
  • USA PATRIOT Act
  • consumerism
  • environmental change
  • extremism
  • pandemics
  • postmodernism
  • global warming
  • Kyoto Protocol
  • World Health Organization (WHO)
  • drought

Monday, July 25, 2016

July 25


You wrote your Unit 2 WRA II Essay today in the Blenheim Room. I'd like to have these marked by Tuesday or Wednesday.  I gave you some notes on liberalism, illiberalism and the War Measures Act. The three situations in which the Canadian government could you use were war, invasion and insurrectionThe War Measures Act was used three times in Canadian history: World War I (1914-1918), which led to the internment of so-called "enemy aliens". The War Measures Act is also used during World War II (1939-1945) to intern Japanese-Canadians in response to the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. The Canadian federal government also used the War Measures Act in October 1970 during the FLQ Crisis, with the Quebec government claiming that they were facing an "apprehended insurrection". As you watched today's video from the Turning Points in History series, you were to complete the film study fill in the blanks. In today's video we looked at the FLQ crisis, this is the interview on the steps of Parliament that features Trudeau's "just watch me" speech. It's an interesting little debate that is waged being Trudeau and the reporters over the issue on giving up or losing civil liberties in order to ensure security.

Upcoming Important Dates: 

  • Chapter 10 Test is on Tuesday, July 26th
  • Chapter 9 Key Terms and Questions are due on July 26th
  • Civil Rights Assignment is due on July 26th
  • Unit 3 Final Exam is on Wednesday, July 27th
  • Unit 3 WRA I is on July 27th
  • Chapter 11 Key Terms and Questions are due on July 27th
  • Trial Final Exam is on Thursday, July 28th
  • Chapter 12 Key Terms and Questions are due on July 28th





Your Unit 3 Final Exam will be on Wednesday, July 27th
Please study the following material: 
  • make sure that you have read Chapters 9-12 in Perspectives on Ideology
  • study all key concepts from the Chapters 9-12 Worksheets (see below)
  • study all questions/answers from the Chapters 9-12 Worksheets
  • "Political Challenges to Liberalism" (PowerPoint presentation)
Review the following notes/packages:
  • Democratic Systems
  • Non-Democratic Systems
  • types of dictatorships
  • techniques of dictatorships
  • Civil Rights Movement
  • authoritarian systems (China notes)
  • review the economic and political spectrum (again!)
  • re-read the notes on rights that I put on the board (Charter of Rights and Freedoms to War Measures Act)
  • FLQ Crisis 1970
Know the following key concepts/key events/key terms/key people:
  • assimilation
  • self-interest
  • humanitarianism
  • Indian Act
  • residential school system
  • enfranchisement
  • the White Paper
  • the Red Paper
  • “war on terror"
  • authoritarianism
  • consensus decision-making
  • direct democracy
  • military dictatorship
  • oligarchy
  • one-party state
  • party solidarity
  • representation by population
  • proportional representation
  • representative democracy
  • responsible government
  • democracy
  • single-member constituency (first past the post)
  • the Senate
  • the House of Commons
  • the House of Representatives
  • the Senate
  • mixed-member proportional system
  • lobby groups
  • American Bill of Rights
  • Anti-Terrorism Act
  • Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms
  • emergency and security legislation
  • illiberal
  • language legislation
  • Bill 101
  • Bill 178
  • Bill 86
  • Quebec Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms
  • respect for law and order
  • terrorism
  • rendition
  • the War Measures Act
  • enemy aliens
  • internment
  • the Emergencies Act
  • USA PATRIOT Act
  • consumerism
  • environmental change
  • extremism
  • pandemics
  • postmodernism
  • global warming
  • Kyoto Protocol
  • World Health Organization (WHO)
  • drought


This test is on Tuesday, July 26th.
This test is multiple choice format, with 55 questions. Please review the PowerPoint "Political Challenges to Liberalism". You're responsible for all key terms and questions from the Chapter 10 Worksheet. Please review the following as well: 
  • Democratic Systems (handout notes)
  • Non-Democratic Systems (handout notes)
  • Structure of Canadian Government
  • Structure of American Government
  • similarities/differences between the parliamentary system and presidential system
  • types of dictatorships
  • techniques of dictatorships
  • authoritarian systems
  • proportional representation concept
  • first past the post system
  • review political and economic spectrum (again!)


Friday, July 22, 2016

July 22


You wrote your Unit 2 Final Exam today. Please remember that your Unit 2 WRA II Essay is on Monday, so you should be preparing for this essay today after school. Your Chapter 10 Key Terms and Questions are due on Monday, July 25th. You'll also be writing your Chapter 10 Test on Tuesday, July 26thYou need to go through the remainder of the "Political Challenges to Liberalism" PowerPoint presentation that is on the wiki under Unit 3, after all you have a test tomorrow, the Chapter 10 Test, and in the study guide it is recommended that you study this presentation. I had you read a little in class about the"Modern History of China" (please finish this reading). If you want to know more about China's rise as an economic superpower you should read the "Road to Prosperity" article from the New York Times that is in your 30-1 study booklets on pages 236-242. We watched a couple of videos from the BBC 20th Century History series"One Man's Revolution" and "China Since Mao". You had some class time to get some work done as well today.Please see the list of upcoming important dates below. 

We covered the structure of the Canadian and American government, in other words, the differences between the parliamentary and presidential democracies. You might want to have another look at the electoral college system as well, especially since you are doing a comparative government assignment on the American presidential democracy.



  • Unit 2 WRA II Essay is on Monday, July 25th
  • Chapter 10 Key Terms and Questions are due on July 25th
  • Chapter 10 Test is on Tuesday, July 26th (please see the study guide below)
  • Unit 3 WRA I is on Wednesday, July 27th
  • USA-Canada Comparative Government Assignment is due on July 25th
  • Chapter 9 Key Terms are due on July 26th
  • Unit 3 Final Exam is on Wednesday, July 27th (please see the study guide below)
  • U.S. Civil Rights Movement Assignment (questions 1-14) is due on Tuesday, July 26th
  • Chapter 11 Key Terms and Questions are due on July 27th
  • Chapter 12 Key Terms and Questions are due on July 28th
  • Social Studies 30-1 Trial Final Exam is on Thursday, July 28th (last day of classes)


This test is multiple choice format, with 55 questions. Please review the PowerPoint "Political Challenges to Liberalism". You're responsible for all key terms and questions from the Chapter 10 Worksheet. Please review the following as well: 
  • Democratic Systems (handout notes)
  • Non-Democratic Systems (handout notes)
  • Structure of Canadian Government
  • Structure of American Government
  • similarities/differences between the parliamentary system and presidential system
  • types of dictatorships
  • techniques of dictatorships
  • authoritarian systems
  • proportional representation concept
  • first past the post system
  • review political and economic spectrum (again!)


Please study the following material: 
  • make sure that you have read Chapters 9-12 in Perspectives on Ideology
  • study all key concepts from the Chapters 9-12 Worksheets (see below)
  • study all questions/answers from the Chapters 9-12 Worksheets
  • "Political Challenges to Liberalism" (PowerPoint presentation)
Review the following notes/packages:
  • Democratic Systems
  • Non-Democratic Systems
  • types of dictatorships
  • techniques of dictatorships
  • Civil Rights Movement
  • authoritarian systems (China notes)
  • review the economic and political spectrum (again!)
  • re-read the notes on rights that I put on the board (Charter of Rights and Freedoms to War Measures Act)
  • FLQ Crisis 1970
Know the following key concepts/key events/key terms/key people:
  • assimilation
  • self-interest
  • humanitarianism
  • Indian Act
  • residential school system
  • enfranchisement
  • the White Paper
  • the Red Paper
  • “war on terror"
  • authoritarianism
  • consensus decision-making
  • direct democracy
  • military dictatorship
  • oligarchy
  • one-party state
  • party solidarity
  • representation by population
  • proportional representation
  • representative democracy
  • responsible government
  • democracy
  • single-member constituency (first past the post)
  • the Senate
  • the House of Commons
  • the House of Representatives
  • the Senate
  • mixed-member proportional system
  • lobby groups
  • American Bill of Rights
  • Anti-Terrorism Act
  • Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms
  • emergency and security legislation
  • illiberal
  • language legislation
  • Bill 101
  • Bill 178
  • Bill 86
  • Quebec Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms
  • respect for law and order
  • terrorism
  • rendition
  • the War Measures Act
  • enemy aliens
  • internment
  • the Emergencies Act
  • USA PATRIOT Act
  • consumerism
  • environmental change
  • extremism
  • pandemics
  • postmodernism
  • global warming
  • Kyoto Protocol
  • World Health Organization (WHO)
  • drought