Socials 8 (B)

General Resources

Thursday June 6
Last Class!  Thank for you for a wonderful year; I look forward to seeing some of you in class in Socials 10 in a couple years, and all of you in and around our wonderful school before that.  Be curious, go explore your world.  Have a safe and happy summer!

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Tuesday June 4
Class Notes: Finish posters, do review stations as per document below.
Resources: SS8 Reformation and Nation State Questions

Friday May 31
Repeat of Wednesday’s class- switched.

Wednesday May 29
Class Notes: 1/2 went to Human Geo Project Presentations with Ms. Mclean.  The other half will go Friday! Those in class read one of the topics in the package of notes presented, we went through the last of the slides, and then started work on the summative posters that will be finished on Tuesday.


  • q Definitions
  • q Important Individuals
  • q Important Ideas/Philosophies/Values

Nation State & Elizabeth I

  • q What was unique about Henry VIII as a ruler and what is his legacy?
  • q What was unique about Elizabeth I as a ruler and what is her legacy?
  • q What is the North American connection?

Age of Exploration

  • q Why did Europeans begin exploring at this time?
  • q How did technology aid exploration?
  • q What is the North American connection?

Resources: Pathways Nation State and Exploring

Monday May 27
Class Notes: going over exam review (2 pages, posted above).  Together we read up to the “Counter Reformation” section in the Pathways Version below, and then went through the relevent slides in the powerpoint.
Resources: Pathways Selection Reformation bw SS8 Reformation and Nation State Student
Prep: read the rest of the pages on the Counter-Reformation.

Thursday May 23
Class Notes: Time to go through and take your own notes on the material we have covered using the notes package distributed to you at the start of the unit.
Resources: see notes sheet from May 10.
Prep: If you wish (i.e. optional) start reading Chapter 9.

Tuesday May 21
Class Notes: Science & The Renaissance interactive lecture (See slides below).

Prep: Be doubly sure you have read the renaissance chapter in your text.
Resources: SS8 Renaissance Science, Pathways Excerpt Renaissance 300- 308, SS8 Term 3 Bonus Project

Thursday May 15
Class Notes: Art characteristics review and then sharing our responses to Da Vinci’s quote: “the supreme work of a piece of art is to convey the passion that animates a person.”

Some of your responses are below…

SS8 Art Block B

and here’s mine, which we watched together.

Prep: Ensure you have read the Renaissance chapter by now in your text.

Tuesday May 13
Class Notes: Return of Knowledge Checks and then…

  • Part 1- Finding patterns in renaissance thought.
  • Part 2- Characteristics of Renaissance Art.

Resources: SS8 Renaissance Characteristics of Art SS8 Renaissance Art
Prep: Ensure you have read the pages from May 10th and now from 229-234 (end of the chapter) for next class & the item from the last slide in the powerpoint posted above in Resources.

Friday May 10
Class Notes: Knowledge check as outlined below (if you were away today, please check your school email and complete this for Tuesday, following the guidelines outlined at the top of page 1).  We then moved on to talking about the patterns of ideas that underscored the changes that happened during the Renaissance.  We used this presentation as a resource:

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We will look for themes in these ideas on Tuesday’s class.

Resources: Powerpoint above. SS8 Renaissance Guiding Questions Student Version
Prep: Read pages 209-213 and 222-228 for Tuesday.  Identify an important sentence from the text and one question you have.

Wednesday May 8
Class Notes: handing back your notes from Political Power.  Advised of knowledge check (aka quiz) on Friday… you may use your notes.  Today, we begin looking at the Renaissance and our question, how and why to great periods of innovation happen?
Resources: SS8 Renassaince Signs SS8 Renaissance Guiding Questions Student Version, the-renaissance-period

Prep: Ensure notes are all together for Friday.  You’ll hand in your religions notes after the quiz.

Monday May 6
Class Notes:

Video Intro

To hand in at end of class: 1) completed self assessment 2) graphic organiser/outline 3) response either by paper or email.
Resources: SS8 Paragraph Rubric Religious Conflict, SS8 Sources of Conflict Religion Case Studies B

Thursday May 2
Class Notes: Final research time for your conflict.  Creation of the table (see resource below) which you should ensure to have in your notes.  We then discussed the paragraph:

To what extent is religion responsible for historical and/or modern conflict situations?

Prep: Start a graphic organiser/outline.  You must show this before you start writing your response in class on Monday. (You can work on it in class on Monday as well, but manage your time, as your paragraph is due at the end of class.).
Resources: SS8 Paragraph Rubric Religious Conflict  , SS8 Sources of Conflict Religion Case Studies B

Tuesday April 30
Class Notes: Reflecting on this article “Four arrested as Bangladesh building toll rises…”  What are the issues present?  What further questions would you ask?
Worked on KWL for Hypothesis #3, took notes on four terms: fundamentalism, extremism, jihad, crusade.  We then did a very brief overview of the other religious-based conflicts we will work on:  Ireland, Israel-Palestine, Nigeria, Sunni-Shia, Afghanistan and the “more work” option of finding a conflict in South America.  See the template below for the information we will report back to the class on as well as your conflict.
Prep: Spend ~ 15-20 minutes before next class researching your conflict, you will have another 15 in class, and then we will report back in class.
Resources: SS8 Sources of Conflict Religion Case Studies

Friday April 23
St George’s Day!

Wednesday April 21
Day 2 of the St George’s Day project… good work and excellent reflection. See images below.

Thursday April 18
Day 1 of 2 on the St George’s Day project- theme: St George around Saints.  Idea: Quest!

Tuesday April 16th
Class Notes: Completed Wonder/Learn column in hypothesis #2.  Completed group and then individual Venn Diagrams comparing Historical and Modern Political conflicts (see images of your posters below).

Resources: Horizons Excerpt Crusades Page 166-172, Venn Diagram Template
Prep: Ensure your Venn diagram is complete… hypothesis #2 notes handed in Thursday.  Read the provided pages and do the highlighted questions (inset questions in margins of pg 166, 168, 169 & 171.  #1-3 on 167.  Do these on the back of your hypothesis #3 sheet; Conflicts about Religion.

Friday April 12th
Class Notes: Review of responses #1-7 and then tackled the rest of the questions together.
Resources: SS8 Conflict Political Power Arab Spring Notes

Wednesday April 10th
Class Notes: Thanks to Josh for his awesome PechaKucha on why agriculture, military and religion are the most important components of a society.

Today we spoke/read about Arab Spring.  Some of the things we discussed are in the notes below.

 Resources: Click on images above to go to links shown in class.   SS8 Conflict Political Power Arab Spring Notes, SS8 Conflict Power Year of Protester Article and Questions

Prep: Finish reading the article distributed in class (Cover Essay, link in resources above) and complete the understanding questions (#1-7) for Friday.

Monday April 8th
Class Notes: Hand in your Hypothesis #1 notes, including graphic organiser.
Begin Hypothesis #2: Political Power.

  • What is political power?   : “power is the ability to influence the behavior of people. The term authority is often used for power perceived as legitimate by the social structure. Power can be seen as evil or unjust, but the exercise of power is accepted as endemic to humans as social beings.” (Wikipedia).
  • How do you know when an actor (person, country, etc) has political power?
  • In what ways can an actor gain power?
  • In what ways can an actor lose power?
  • What would you fight for?
  • What would change about your life if Canada was involved in a war?
  • SS8 Conflict Political Power Intro Responses Block B
Map from Page 191 of handout depicting progression of 100 Years War.

Map from Page 191 of handout depicting progression of 100 Years War.

Prep: 1) If you didn’t in class, finish questions (1, 3 a & b, 5 on page 148 of your text (not the hand out) and t-chart (Would the 100 Years War happen in the 21st century?  Come up with good points for YES and NO).   2)  Quick and dirty research for 15 minutes: What is the Arab Spring?

Thursday April 4:
Class Notes: Today we finished our discussion on conflicts over resources looking into the issue of water, using the resources below.


Prep: Complete the graphic organiser to answer the question: Will Canada be involved in a war over water?  You might think about the following: why, why not, when? against whom? what kind of war or conflict?

Tuesday April 2
Class Notes: Welcome back from Spring Break!  Started the class with some 3 x 3 wordbox brain puzzles.  We created notes pages for our unit on the causes and consequences of conflict.  See the document below for the questions that should be on the top of the page (each box = 1 page).  You should set up a Know Wonder Learn chart to take up the rest of the page.  Leave the back on each blank.  We then read pages 31-36 on the Vikings and took notes (use the back of your page for Hypothesis #1).
Resources: SS8 Conflicts Notes Sheets Questions only
Prep: Re-read pages 31-36 on the Vikings and take notes on what you feel is important on the way of life and legacy of this society.

Bonus Projects: Maps and PechaKuchas!

Thank you Joshua, Chris, Jason, Fin, Will, Scott, Wesley, Xavi and Andrew Day for these projects!

Friday March 8
Class Notes: Starting viewing The Kingdom of Heaven with Mr. Jamieson’s class.  You will be following up with a paragraph on a character from the film, it’s historical accuracy and an assessment as to the conflict on display and its causes.

kingdom of heaven
Prep: None. Enjoy the weekend, thank you for all your work these past weeks in Socials.

Wednesday March 6
Class Notes: Essay return and workshop on either flow, introductory paragraph or concluding paragraphs.  Textbook reading and questions on the VIkings, page 31-35 questions 1-4.
Resources: SS8 Essay Writing
Prep: None. We will finish the questions next class.

Monday March 4
Class Notes: Review of Test and introduction to new Unit: Causes and Costs of Conflict, including the Critical Thinking Skill of Continuity and Change.

continuity and change

Resources:SS8 Conflicts Focus Questions, SS8 Conflicts Causes & Outcomes Intro
Prep: None.

Thursday February 28th
Class Notes: Test.  Review notes below.

Tuesday February 26th
Class Notes:

1) Reading essays from 2 of your peers.2) Offer your essay up for and complete a TAG conference feedback sheet for an essay.
3) Complete a self assessment of your own essay, using the rubric categories and completing the check list on the other side.
4) Staple rubric, outline/organiser and essay together and submit.
5) Study for the rest of the period.  Test on Friday.  Study sheet is reposted here for you: SS8 How is society organised test study notes
Prep: Prepare for test on Thursday.

Wordcloud of the most important components from your essays.  The larger the word, the more times it was selected.

Wordcloud of the most important components from your essays. The larger the word, the more times it was selected.

Friday February 22nd
Class Notes; Work period on your essays.  Remember to check the check list, and that we took off the “notes” part, but that the graphic organiser/outline still stands.  Lastly, don’t focus on the page numbers.  Concentrate on proving your thesis with examples and evidence from the Middle Ages (substantial reference, as per the essay instruction sheet) and Modern societies (relevant examples, as per the essay instruction sheet).


Prep: Complete essay for Tuesday.  It should be printed and ready to hand in at the start of class.  Can’t wait to read them!

Wednesday February 20th
Class Notes: Reviewed what a thesis statement is and should do, and then you developed your own in response to the essay question: What is/are the most important component(s) of a society?  We shared thesis statements and gave constructive comments in response.  Friday’s class will be devoted to writing, with open opportunity to consult with your classmates and I.
A thesis statement is:

  • clear and concise
  • a complex sentence
  • in the third person

A thesis statement does:

  • give an opinion (basic)
  • gives an an opinion and insight into the argument (advanced

Resources: essay assignment below, SS8 How is society organised test study notes
Prep: continue work on essay and studying, keeping in mind it is due at start of class on Tuesday February 26.

Monday February 18th
Class Notes: Sharing of your sentences/paragraphs on historical significance and the plague.  Many of you did good work on this, but some of you either a) did not complete this work or b) did not give it the time and effort needed.  The idea was for you to work with the concept and become familiar with it.  If you did not write this formal paragraph, I suggest you do so for your own notes and practice.

For the rest of class, we did a ranking of ten different elements that contribution to a society’s organisation, ranked 1 (most important) through 5 (least important).  This  was a lead up to the formal essay question: What are the most important components of a society? which we will be working on this week.  Essay hand out is below.
Resources: SS8 How is soceity organised summative essay
Prep: Mull over the essay question, be prepared to develop a thesis on Wednesday’s class.  Read the assessment rubric (in the document above).

Thursday February 14th
Class Notes: We finished the documentary (below) on the black death.  We then shared our responses to the question you answered at the end of last class.  We then took notes on Historical Significance.

  • a way of thinking about history- it is a critical thinking concept
  • a way of assessing historical people, places, events and ideas.
  • something may be historically significant if you can justify one or more of the following characteristics:
  • 1) it is part of the cultural narrative of society
  • 2) it is part of a larger pattern
  • 3) it is a turning point (after this, many important attitudes, practices or beliefs change).

Prep: Consider your response from last class.  Now adapt it to respond to the updated questions: How is the black death historically significant in Europe?  This should be a formal paragraph.

Tuesday February 12th

Class Notes: Ensure you have evidence/observations on the disease itself (symptoms, cause, attempted cures, spread, statistics) and reactions to it (peasants, nobles, religious cults, doctors) and then secondly, have made a prediction as to why the black death was a positive turning point in European history.

Eyewitness to History: The Black Death

Prep: None.

Tuesday February 5th
Class Notes:

  • On your “What is slavery” notes page, complete the following.
    • Time: Approx 10 minutes.  Reflect on the survey you did (or saw others do) from by responding to each of the following questions:
      • What was your initial reaction to the number of slaves that “worked for you”?
      • What are some of the reasons why this site might exist?  In other words, what is the purpose of this activity?
      • What are the challenges of this activity?
      • If you were an anti-slavery activist, would you support the use of this site by your organisation?  Give at least 2 reasons in support of or in opposition to your position.
    • Time: Approx 10 minutes.  Using external resources, determine modern definitions for the following terms:  child labour, child soldiers, prostitution and write them down.
    • Time: Approx 15 minutes.  In your own words and using a graphic organiser (venn diagram, chart, mindmap, etc), show how are these terms similar to slavery and show how they are different from slavery.
    • Time: Planning 5 minutes Writing 15-20 minutes Editing 5 minutes.  Finally, respond to the following in a formally organised paragraph that should be approximately ¾ of a page: “Were the serfs and peasants of the middle ages slaves?”  Your response should have at least 2 supporting reasons to support your clear claim.

Prep: Please complete any of the above questions you did not complete in class, for next class.

Friday February 1st
Class Notes: What is slavery?


  • What is a definition of slavery?
  • What are the assumptions of slavery?
  • What are historical examples of slavery? (slaves, owners, geographic area, work done by slaves, current status)
  • My Slavery Footprint (click image below)
  • How is slavery different from: child labour? prostitution?  child soldiers?
  • In what ways does slavery exist today?

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Prep: Next class, you will be writing a paragraph on one of two topics related to the notes we have covered so far.  You will be able to use your notes and have a choice of 3 topics.  Make sure you bring a computer if you’d like to write using that.

Wednesday January 30th
Class Notes: What are civil rights?

Screen shot 2013-01-30 at 10.19.13 AM

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948)

The US Civil Rights Movement (1960s)

The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms (1982)

The Magna Carta (warning… this video clip is “historical fiction”!)

Prep: Please read this page:  Do any other exploration of the site or subject as you are inspired! We will tackle the question: What is slavery? on Friday’s class.

Monday January 28th
Class Notes: What are some examples of situations where people have been treated differently because of their class? You came up with an amazing array of examples as we worked through the sheet below.
Prep: Complete question 7 at home, as it may require some deeper thought and reflection.  We will share and discuss next day.
Resources: SS8 What is Social Class Situations

Thursday January 24th, 2013
Class Notes: A quick overview of the reading and questions you did for this class.  We will move on to our next question: What is social class?

Resources: Article: What divides us?
Prep: After Wednesday’s class, you’ll be handing in your notes so far.  Ensure you are caught up and up-to date on notes and any prep work.  For next class, find an example (fiction or nonn fiction) where a group or a person has received either beneficial or harmful treatment because of the social class to which they belong.  Think about historical/current events, novels, plays, movies, etc.

Tuesday January 22nd, 2013
Class Notes:  Great job on all your crests!  Stay tuned for images in this space.  For now, they are on the walls in our class.  We wrapped up our consideration of Question #2 (What is the purpose of government?) by sharing your comparisons of Church, Royal and Manor Courts, by you spending a few moments writing a few sentences describing which court you viewed as the most “fair”, and finally, by brainstorming what forces would cause change within this absolute monarchy form of government.
We then moved on to Question #3 (What is an economy?), considering the definitions of “economy” and “trade” and then looking at 2 different trade maps (below in Resource) and making both observations (specific, data-driven comments) and generalisations (analysis that deals with patterns or the big picture).
Resources: SS8 Trade Routes from Pathways
Prep: Read pages 149-155 in your text, and do questions 1, 2, 4 and 8 on page 155.  Do these on your sheet for Question #3.

Friday January 18th, 2013
Class Notes: Completion of a summary of your crest (see document below) and sharing your crest with 2 groups of classmates.  Creation of the 7 notes pages we will be using for the next 6 or 7 classes (one question below on each of the 7 pages):

  1. How are communities structured; what are their necessary parts?
  2. What is the purpose of government?
  3. What is an economy?
  4. What is the role of health & the impact of disease?
  5. What are civil rights?
  6. What is a social class?
  7. What is slavery? How did it start?

We discussed question #2 today.  In general, what is the purpose of government? What is the most important purpose of government?  For the middle ages, we discussed the social, economic and political role of the royals at the time.  The last piece you’ll do as your prep for next day.  See below.
Prep: Read pages 57 and 58, about the three kinds of courts (manor, royal and church).  Make a chart that compares the three kinds of churches on four characteristics.  This chart should be on your notes page for this question, #2 What is the purpose of government?
Resources: SS8 Royal Power Coat of Arms Self Assessment

Wednesday January 16th
Class Notes: work period on Coat of Arms project.
Prep: complete coat of arms and prepare to share it on Friday.

Monday January 14th
Class Notes: What is a monarchy, and could feudalism have existed without monarchies?
Resources: SS8 Coat of Arms Rubric SS8 Middle Ages Royal Power

SS8 Middle Ages Royal Power Coat of Arms Assignment

SS8 Middle Ages Royal Power Coat of Arms Resources

SS8 Royal Power Coat of Arms Template
Prep: Read the Coat of Arms Assignment and Rubric documents for next class.

Thursday December 13th
Class Notes: Work period on the following from you text:

1) Notes on pages 54-68 on three themes: What is the role of the church? What is the role of government?  What are the sources of conflict and change?
2) Questions:
page 56- 1, 2ab, 3
page 59- 1, 3, 4
page 65- 1ab, 2b
page 67- 1, 4, 5

Homework: Finish the above for discussion on Monday.

Tuesday December 11th
Class Notes; Sharing and considering of your manor maps.

Friday December 7th
Class Notes: Final work period on your community map.  Discussions/sharing on Tuesday- map and the brochure/explanation are due then!

Wednesday December 5th
Class Notes:

1) Recap of field trip
2) Review of objectives and expectations of manor project.
3) Work period.

Homework: Continue work as the group has agreed on your manor project.  Work should be done end of class on Friday, presentations (with maps and 2page explanation due Tuesday).

Monday December 3rd
Class Notes: Field trip to Olympic Village to speak with Mr. Graham Winterbottom of the City of Vancouver Planning Department and study principles of community design in one of Vancouver’s newest neighbourhoods.
Homework: Complete the Activity Sheet
Resources: SS8 Unit 3 Olympic Village Field Trip

Thursday November 29th
Class Notes; Work period on your feudal manor.

Tuesday November 27th
Class Notes: What are maps?  An interactive lecture on the conceptual idea of maps and mapping and viewing of the TED talk below.

Each community group then met to determine two things with respect to your community map:

  • what will be represented accurately?
  • what will be represented symbolically?

Resources: SS8 Maps
Homework: Be prepared to work on your community map next class, last chance for field trip permission forms- trip is Monday December 3.

Wednesday November 21st
Class Notes: Self Assessment and Community Meeting #1.
Resources: SS8 Manor Project Community Meeting Agenda, SS8 Manor Project Research Assessment
Homework: Any steps as determined at your Community Meeting.

Monday November 19th
Class notes: research period and review of what should be in your research portfolio for your Community Meeting on Wednesday.
Homework: Due on Wednesday (start of class) is your research portfolio.  See stage 4 of the SS8 Unit 3 Society Organisation Manor Project Student Worksheet to confirm you have everything you need.    Field trip forms (Monday December 3 to Olympic Village).  Please hand in Wednesday’s class.

Thursday November 15th
Class Notes: A great start to your “smart research” approach, including coming up with search terms and research questions in your expert groups.  We then completed Stages 1, 2, and 3 in class and had 30 minutes of research.  Research period on Monday.

Sample Research Questions.

Homework: Referring to Stages 1, 2 and 3 on your worksheet, work towards the completion of your research portfolio (see Stage 4 on your worksheet as a check list).  Your research portfolio is due for presentation to your community group and a check in with me on Wednesday November 21st.

Tuesday November 13th
Class Notes: Completion of our interactive lecture on the context of feudal Europe and Japan.  Well done to those who were able to explain the hierarchical social model and to all of you for your awesome “I wonder” questions.  Click on the image below for an image of all your questions.  We went over our Manor Project and you chose your roles.  Remember that these groups are not necessarily your community group.  Your research will be done largely independently, though you will likely do some coordination with the other subject experts (i.e. Housing, Energy, etc).

“I wonder…” statements.

Expert Assignments- Medieval Europe/Japan Community Project

Resources:SS8 Manor Project Medieval Europe and Japan
Homework: None.

Thursday November 8th
Class Notes: A lovely discussion on your responses to the Salvation Army’s human trafficking presentation.  Some interesting comments about having a discussion and how to accept other people’s opinions.  We then spoke about thinking of a story or an issue from a different perspective and you noted:

What about the process of thinking of a story from a different perspective was…
Easy Challenging
– had already basic idea of that character’s perspective- because of experience watching both Chinese and western news, used to seeing two different sides- finding out what was different about the character- chose a neutral party, so could be creative- hero/villain… opposites – hard to figure out things that would change about the story- hard to empathize for a “bad” character- hard to revamp the story… get away from what you assume and know- neutral characters hard to do, less clear evidence and opinion existing- hard to compare to the main character

We finished up with an interactive lecture on an overview of feudalism in Europe.
Skill focus: note taking
Content focus: overview of feudalism in Europe and Japan.
Resources: SS8 Unit 3 Middle Ages Context Print Version
: None so long as Side a was complete (not to hand in) and your essay is written and handed in.

Tuesday November 6th
Class Notes: Essays are due!  You should be handing in your response, your graphic organiser and your peer edit sheet.  All of the templates for these are posted in last week’s classes.

Start of Unit 3- introduction to unit questions and the idea of taking on a historical perspective.  Here are some ideas for working on Side A of the worksheet:

  • The Godfather- The police
  • World Cup Final 2006- Zedane’s perspective
  • Goldilocks-
  • Taken 2- the Turkish guy
  • Cinderella- Step Sisters
  • Batman- Joker, Alfred
  • Star Wars- Darth Vader
  • Snow White- Witch, Mirror
  • Garfield- Odie
  • Star Trek- Vulcan

ResourcesSS8 Unit 3 Society Organisation Historical PerspectiveSS8 Unit 3 Society Organisation Historical Perspective WorksheetSS8 Unit 3 Society Organisation Unit Question Students
Homework: Complete Side A of the Historical Perspective-Taking worksheet for Thursday.

Friday November 2nd
Class Notes; Peer edit day.
ResourcesSS8 Peer Editing Template
Homework: Final copy, graphic organiser and peer edit sheet due on Tuesday November 6.

Wednesday October 31st
Class Notes: A continuation of your work on your formal response to our end of unit question: Do we as humans in the 21st century need religion to be ethical and moral?  Individual check ins and feedback.
Homework: Finish draft to do peer editing on Friday.  Final copy, graphic organiser and peer edit sheet due on Tuesday November 6.

Monday October 29th, 2012
Class Notes
: as an amazingly coincidental follow up to the guest speaker in assembly on Friday, Mr. Bob Niemack, we considered the two films and one image below to respond to the summative question for this section of our studies: Do we as humans in the 21st century need religion to be ethical and moral?

Kevin Carter (1994) Sudan.

We started step 1 (brain dump) and step 2 (organise ideas) of your formal essay.  This will continue in class on Wednesday.
ResourcesSS8 Religions Response,, SS8 Religion and Morality, Graphic Organiser Page
Homework: 1) Select a graphic organiser to use in the planning of your persuasive formal essay.  2) purchase and bring in a blank journal.  More details about this on Wednesday.

Thursday October 25th
Class notes: Review of the Islam questions from previous day.  We reviewed some of the essential information about Islam from the slides below.  Students chose either the Christianity or Judaism package to begin reading and work on the respective questions.

Christianity Questions:  pg 7 #1, pg 15 #1abc, pg 17 #2, #4abc

Judaism Questions: pg 7 #2abc, #4, pg 9 #1, #2abc, #5, pg 16 #1abc, #4abc

ResourcesSS8 Middle East Islam Foundations and Spread
Homework: Finish reading packages and questions for Tuesday.

Tuesday October 22nd
Class Notes: Overview of Islam and 3 stations  1 on pairing Islamic beliefs and actions, 1 on comparing and contrasting Christian beliefs to Islamic beliefs and the final a reading station with the 3 circled questions.
Homework: Finish reading Islam package and 3 circles questions for Thursday’s class.

Thursday October 18th
Class Notes: To be updated.

Tuesday October 16th
Class Notes: Presentations Day 2

Friday October 12th, 2012
Class Notes: Presentations Day 1

Wednesday October 10th
Class Notes: A guided workshop preparing your presentations on Religions using the slides and notes sheet below.
ResourcesPowerpoint RubricSS8 Presentation Preparation Student SheetSS8 Presentation Preparation10 Tips for Presentations That Don’t Suck
Homework: Finish presentations for Friday.  Order will be decided at the start of class.  To hand in: electronic or paper copy of slides and completed planning notes.

Thursday October 4, 2012
Class Notes: Final research period.  Next class we will work on preparing presentations.
Homework: any final work that is needed for research (shouldn’t be much, if any!)

Tuesday October 2, 2012
Class Notes: Work period on your project.  Hand in a draft version of YOUR section by end of class today.
Homework: Prepare for last work period next day.  Missing work from:  Michael D. Nathan, Fin, Will.  Make sure you speak with me (thanks Nathan and Will) to make arrangements.

Friday September 28th, 2012
Class Notes: Introduction to religions project and work period.
Resources:  SS8 Religions ProjectSS8 Religions Worksheet
Homework: agree with your group on expectations before Tuesday’s class.

Group 1-WillMarkLukeIsaacAndrew D Group 2- RobbieScottAndrew MNicholas
Group 3- JoshuaNathanWesleyRay Group 4- Michael DFinJasonJacky
Group 5- XaviStephenJoseChristopher

Wednesday September 26th, 2012
Class Notes: Reading and questions, page 8-12 in Pathways (your text).  And map-completion, put the following on the map provided.
Resources: SS8 Diverse Fates fall of Rome Reading CheckSS8 Political Map of Europe
Homework: If you were in class: finish map.  If you missed class for Rugby, finish both the Reading Questions and Map.

  • Italy
  • Luxembourg
  • Macedonia
  • Mediterranean Sea
  • Netherlands
  • North Sea
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Serbia
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Turkey
  • Ukraine
  • United Kingdom
  • Atlantic Ocean
  • Arctic Circle
  • Arctic Ocean
  • Austria
  • Baltic Sea
  • Belgium
  • Black Sea
  • Bosnia-Herzegovina
  • Croatia
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Bulgaria
  • Belarus
  • Lithuania
  • Estonia
  • Portugal
  • Russia
  • Romania

Monday September 24th, 2012
Welcome back from Camp!
Class Notes: Beginning our ongoing research into the connection between race and intelligence. We worked through the worksheets below- you and your partner will pick up where you left off in a future class.
ResourcesSS8 Diverse Fates Race and Intelligence
Homework:  None.

Friday September 14th, 2012
Class Notes: finished our exploration of the 5 point framework of Collapse, including presentations by each group on their indvidual topic.  We then watched 20 minutes of the film 2210: The Collapse, which explores the very same framework and book.  You can watch the full video at the link below.

We then spent 15 minutes doing a written response to the question: If you were a leader of a civilization, what would you be most concerned about to ensure your people survived and even thrived?  I look forward to reading your responses and to seeing you after camp.  Have a great week there!
Homework: None.

Wednesday September 12th, 2012
Class Notes: Finishing our conversation of the three factors involved in Geographic Luck.  If you’re interested in finding out more, you can visit this site:   .  We then continued with exploration of another theory of Jared Diamond’s, this one on why civlisations collapse.  We will continue work on this next day.
Resources:SS8 Jared Diamond Collapse pg 11 to 15SS8 Diverse Fates Collapse Chunk Signs and Instructions, SS8 Diverse Fates Survive Thrive Die Template (blank), SS8 Diverse Fates Survive Thrive Die Template Block B (class notes)
Homework: Re-read your section and write down 3 important pieces of information from those paragraph(s).

Monday September 10th, 2012
Class Notes: Review of the assignment from last day and spent another 30 minutes working through as much as you could.  We then transitioned to working through the slides posted below which are an overview of Jared Diamond’s theories in Guns, Germs and Steel.  We will continue this next day.
Homework: None.
Resources: SS8 Diverse Fates GGS Overview

Thursday September 6th, 2012
Class Notes: We began with sharing some of the most interesting experiences/thoughts we have had over the past year… some amazing travel and opportunities in our community!  We then looked at our question “why have so human societies experienced such diverse fates” defining the terms and rephrasing the question.  We then developed and shared our own hypothesis for this question, and you started some research with a partner.  We will finish this on Monday.
Homework: Ensure you have completed up to question 5 on the SS8 Diverse Fates Hypothesis Research Template.

September 5th, 2012
Homework: Complete and PRINT (yes, print) the Student Profile.  This is a chance for you to share some information with me, and for you to show me you have successfully found the wordpress site.    You can complete this online and print, or print then complete.  Either way, please give it thoughtful care and attention.  I look forward to reading, and offer my respect for your privacy in, what you will share.
Resources: General Resources as above, Student Profile.


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