Monday, May 25, 2015

May 25


If you were in my Period 2 class and had Grad rehearsal today during my class, here's what you need to know:

  • Your Chapter 11 Key Terms and Questions are due tomorrow (Tuesday, May 26th)
  • Your US Civil Rights Movement Assignment is due on Friday, May 29th
  • Your Chapter 10 Test is next Monday (the study guide can be found below)
  • Your Unit 3 Final Exam is on Thursday, June 4th (see the study guide below)


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



You wrote your Unit 3 WRA II Essay today in the Blenheim Room. If you missed today's class, please make sure that it was an explained absence. Your Chapter 11 Key Terms and Questions are due tomorrow (May 26th). Your Unit 3 Final Exam is next Wednesday. I'll post the study guide tomorrow on the blog. Also, please remember that Part A of your Final Exam is on Thursday, June 4th (that's next Thursday).

Friday, May 22, 2015

May 22


You finished watching the "9/11: The Day Changed the World" documentary today. It is strongly recommended that you read, highlight and annotate ALL of the notes in your Social 30-1 study booklet on the USA PATRIOT Act. We'll talk about the Patriot Act next week, along with the new Anti-Terrorism Act (2015) in Canada. Please remember that you are writing your Unit 3 WRA I three source analysis assignments on Tuesday, May 26th. If you are in Social 30-2 you'll be writing an Assignment I and an Assignment III.


You were supposed to work in small groups to build an appropriate first paragraph for your essay on Monday. I've seen what was produced, and to be honest, I'm a little disappointed. What was sent to me was not sufficient. Please see the wiki, specifically the WRA II Essay Writing page. I've posted what the Unit 3 WRA II Essay outline should look like, as well as a sample essay with comments. It is strongly recommend that you look at both of these documents. You're writing your Unit 3 WRA II Essay on Monday. Use this weekend to properly prepare. It's really obvious when you don't.
Your Chapter 11 Key Terms and Questions are due on Tuesday.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

May 21


We finished watching the History's Turning Points video on "The FLQ Crisis of 1970". I gave you a little bit of time to complete filling in your answers to the questions. I had you read the section on 9/11: The Day That Changed the World from your Social 30-1 study booklets. I started a documentary from the Smithsonian channel on 9/11. We didn't finish this video, so we'll get to that tomorrow. After the September 11th attacks anti-terrorism legislation in Canada and the United States was passed quickly. In order to fully understand why this legislation was passed, you need to see the context in which it was passed. The value conflict between ensuring security, peace and order in society versus individual freedom and civil liberties could be a potential topic on Part A of your Diploma Exam. Liberal democracies around the world, post-9/11 have had to deal with the issue of the extent to which they must ensure security and the balance between security and civil liberties. It would not be difficult to use a quotation that relates to this issue ("They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."--Benjamin Franklin) and then have the essay question: "To what extent should we embrace the perspective(s) in this source?" Would you be able to write an essay on that topic? Think of the source material that I've given you on the FLQ crisis, the Emergencies Act, the Anti-Terrorism Act (we still need to talk about this) and the Patriot Act (we haven't talked about this yet) and the no fly list (we'll talk about this), and think about other ways you could prepare for this as a potential essay topic. Speaking of writing assignments, please remember that you have your Unit 3 WRA I (source analysis) on Tuesday, May 26th.

I collected your Chapter 10 Key Terms and Questions. I went through a PowerPoint lecture on "Internationalism and Nationalism". I also gave you your essay question sheet for Monday's Unit 3 WRA II Essay.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

May 14

Sorry for the later post tonight.


We finished looking at China today by watching a video from the BBC 20th Century History series called "China Since Mao" which covered the power struggle that occurred after Mao died. Depending on which 30-1 class you're in, I either went through a PowerPoint presentation on North Korea and then showed you a video on North Korea from HBO's series "Vice", OR, I showed you a couple videos from "Vice" on North Korea. Please remember that your USA-Canada Comparative Government Assignment is due on Tuesday, May 19th.


I gave you back your results for the Unit 2 Final Exam. You had class time to finish off your Chapter 9 Key Terms and Questions again today; these key term and questions are due on Tuesday, May 19th. I encouraged you to work on your Chapter 10 Key Terms and Questions today.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

May 13


We finished off the PBS Frontline documentary "Putin's Way" today in class. I'm embedding the video below, just in case you want to find some information from the video. Putin's Russia is your case study of an oligarchy. We started looking at the People's Republic of China today as an example of an authoritarian government, characterized as an ideological one-party state. I had your read a little bit from your Social 30-1 study booklet on "The Modern History of China" (pages 230 to 235). We watched a video from the BBC 20th Century History series called "One Man's Revolution". We'll continue looking at China tomorrow. There is a possibility that we'll start looking at North Korea tomorrow as well. Please remember that your USA-Canada Comparative Government Assignment is due on Tuesday, May 19th.




You wrote your Unit 2 Final Exam today, which took the entire class period. You will get the results back for this test tomorrow. Please remember that your Chapter 9 Key Terms and Questions are due on Tuesday, May 19th.