Thursday, July 30, 2015

July 30


Today was your last day of summer school. You wrote your Trial Final Exam and we finished up with the WRA I presentations after the break. 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 workbook. Please review the sections on how to write a WRA I (pages 292-293), how to analyze political cartoons and other images (pages 294-296) and the "Recipe for Success" on the WRA II (pages 297-299), and the propaganda techniques (pages 300-302). There is also a VERY detailed Diploma Exam Study Guide at the back of your 30-1 study booklets, from pages 303-312. 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.

Here are the dates for your Diploma Exam:

  • Social Studies 30-1 Part A is on Thursday, August 6th (9:00 am to 11:30 am; 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 Friday, August 7th (9:00 am to 11:00 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 29, 2015

July 29


We picked up where we left off yesterday, with everyone in small groups putting together an essay outline for a previous Diploma Exam essay prompt. In the next few days, I'll post your outlines on the wiki with comments.

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 your blue workbooks on pages 333-345

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 multiple choice exam questions (click on Practice Tests, and you can find multiple choice questions for all of your Diploma Exam courses)

Monday, July 27, 2015

July 27


You wrote your Unit 3 WRA I today in the Blenheim Room. When you returned to the classroom you got your Unit 2 WRA II Essays back. I did a homework check on your Chapter 9 Key Terms and collected your USA-Canada Comparative Government 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 documentary 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.


  • Chapter 11 Key Terms and Questions are due on Tuesday, July 28th
  • US Civil Rights Movement Assignment is due tomorrow
  • Unit 3 Final Exam is tomorrow (July 28th), please see the study guide below
  • Chapter 12 Key Terms are due on Wednesday, July 29th
  • Trial Final Exam is on Thursday, July 30th




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

Friday, July 24, 2015

July 24


You wrote your Chapter 10 Test today, and I did a homework check on the Chapter 10 Key Terms and Questions. I gave you some notes on liberalism, illiberalism and the War Measures Act. The three situations in which the Canadian government could you use was war, invasion and insurrection. The 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 uses 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.




  • Unit 3 WRA I is on Monday, July 27th
  • USA-Canada Comparative Government Assignment is due on July 27th
  • Chapter 9 Key Terms are due on July 27th
  • Unit 3 Final Exam is on Tuesday, July 28th (please see the study guide below)
  • U.S. Civil Rights Movement Assignment (questions 1-14) is due onTuesday, July 28th
  • Chapter 11 Key Terms and Questions are due on July 28th
  • Chapter 12 Key Terms and Questions are due on Wednesday, July 29th
  • Social Studies 30-1 Trial Final Exam is on Thursday, July 30th (last day of classes)



Your Unit 3 Final Exam will be on Tuesday, 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

Thursday, July 23, 2015

July 23


You wrote your Unit 2 WRA II Essay today in the Blenheim Room. I'd like to have these marked by Monday. I went through the separation of powers and checks and balances in the American presidential system. You need to go through/study 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.


  • Chapter 10 Key Terms and Questions are due on July 24th
  • Chapter 10 Test is on Friday, July 24th (please see the study guide below)
  • Unit 3 WRA I is on Monday, July 27th
  • USA-Canada Comparative Government Assignment is due on July 27th
  • Chapter 9 Key Terms are due on July 27th
  • Unit 3 Final Exam is on Tuesday, July 28th (please see the study guide below)
  • U.S. Civil Rights Movement Assignment (questions 1-14) is due onTuesday, July 28th
  • Chapter 11 Key Terms and Questions are due on July 28th
  • Chapter 12 Key Terms and Questions are due on Wednesday, July 29th
  • Social Studies 30-1 Trial Final Exam is on Thursday, July 30th (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!)


Your Unit 3 Final Exam will be on Tuesday, 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