Socials 8 (B)

Term 3

Term 3 Bonus Project
June 2011 Exam Outline (Coates)

Review Sheet- Arab World
Review Sheet- Renaissance and Nation State

Renaissance Documents:

Friday May 27th
Class Notes; Art in the Renaissance and Da Vinci as the Renaissance Man.
Homework: Complete question 7 a and b on pg 228.  Email 7a to SC Monday night so it can be included in the slides to be shown in class on Tuesday.

Sunday May 22nd
Missing Assignments

China Questions (page 72, 82, 86)- RB, OD, LH, ZS
China Philosophy Part 1– ED, OD, TP, ZS
China Philosophy Part 2– RB, OD, KG, LH, LM, IM,  TP, FP, ZS, MW, KZ

Friday May 19th
Class Notes: What do we know and what are we curious about the Renaissance? We started our ourview survey of the four areas of this period we’ll look into in depth: art, religion, science and politics.
Resources: Notes page
Homework: Complete your chart using the resources off the PBS page Medici: Godfathers of the Renaissance (make sure you are on the Renaissance page, and then look to the right for the categories and articles).

Wednesday May 18th
No Class; World Cup Day

Monday May 16th
Class Notes: Sharing of Part II from Philosophy projects.  Movie and notes, Ancient China: A Journey Back in Time.

  • Question 6 on page 100 due Friday May 20th
  • Renaissance Reading #1 pgs 200-221 due Friday May 20th
  • Renaissance Reading #2 pg 22-234 due Wednesday May 25th

Friday May 6th
Class Notes: What are the implications of living within a philosophy for an individual? for a society?
Resources: Activity Instructions
Homework: Part 1 (Written) due Tuesday May 10 Part 2 (Creative) due Thursday May 12

Wednesday May 4th
Class notes: Reviewed questions and selected philosophies for next day.

ConfucianismLiam M,Dennis,Ian T,Chris J,Kelvin


Doaism-Ian M,Ryan,Charlie,Trevor,Zen,Michael L

Buddhism-Oliver,Michael W,Chris L,Seho, Liam H

Monday May 2nd
ClassWork: Compelte the following in your text Chapter 3
pg 72 1, 4
pg 82 1-4
pg 86 1, 3
Homework: Complete questions above.

Thursday April 28th
Classwork: Elections activities part 2.
Homework: Get ready to vote in Student Vote 2011

Tuesday April 26th
Class Notes: Test review and Elections Activities Part 1
Resources: Elections Activities
Homework: Test corrections due Thursday (only chance), finish Part 1

Wednesday April 20th:

Thursday April 14:
Class Notes: Hand in your reflections and we started to sum up the unit with a final discussion on historical factors at play.  We will finish up the contemporary factors on Monday.
Resources: Slides, Test Outline
Homework: Review unit material for test on Wednesday April 20.

Tuesday April 12:
Roundtables.  Reflections due on Thursday.

Wednesday April 6th
Class Notes:
Started our inquiry into the art, architecture and language of Islam and decided on topics for the roundtable discussion.  In addition, we decided on the four elements that make a conversation on a controversial topic effective, and added them to the assignment sheet.  The chosen topics are below, please speak with me if you wish to change your topic (this may or may not be possible).

Muhammad CartoonsEliJamieFrankZenTrevorZainIan MLiam HLiam MKai HijabMichaelChris LOliverRyanMichaelseho Sharia LawCharlieDennisIanChris JKelvin

Homework: Begin/continue work on Parts 1 and 2 of the Roundtable Discussion assignment.

Monday April 4th
Class Notes: Foundations and Spread of Islam, investigating issues involving Islam in the news today.
Resources: Slides, Note-template for “Islam Today” issues, Islam Today: Hijab, Islam Today: Sharia Law, Islam Today: Muhammad Cartoons, Roundtable assignment
Homework: For Wednesday”s class, you should complete 1 of the “islam today” issues and read through the roundtable assignment, which we will go over in detail then.  Welcome back from Spring Break!

Terms 1 and 2

Welcome to Social Studies 8!

This page will be one of the many resources available to you, to help you succeed in this class.  After every class, I will post notes, handouts and resources (where possible) along with instructions and reminders.  This won’t take the place of being in class, but will serve as a reminder and a backup to your own note-taking and use of your agenda.

Block B meets on Day 1, in Room 309.  On the first day of class, September 8th, we will meet briefly from 9:45-10:10am. 

Social Studies 8 is focused on civilisations from 500 to 1600.  We will consider the society and culture, politics and law, economy and technology, and environment of the influential civilisations of this period.  Our guiding question throughout all inquiries, units, themes and discussions will be: what makes societies/civilisations succeed, and what makes them fail?

Social Studies is more than memorizing dates, people, places and things.  It is about developing skills in analysis, interpretation, evaluation, assessment, planning, implementing and considering the issues of civilisations past, present and future.  We will use a framework called Historical Thinking to develop a robust set of tools to take us through this course, and future Social Studies courses.  When we think historically, we think about:

  • Historical Significance
  • Evidence
  • Continuity and Change
  • Cause and Consequence
  • Historical Perspective
  • Moral Judgment

See for more details on this framework.

In each class, we will think critically, work independently and collaboratively, and foster a safe classroom environment to allow ourselves and our classmates to take risks as we challenge our assumptions to lead us to new understandings and connections.

In addition to the specific content matter, we will have ongoing discussions of current events.  Students are encouraged to keep abreast of current affairs- reading a variety news sources (print or online) and taking in radio/television news is encouraged.

Before each unit, a detailed outline will be distributed.  These will be subject to change based on student interest, time constraints and other factors. In general, the course will flow as follows:

Term 1 (Fall) Rise and Fall of Civilisations, European Middle Ages
Term 2 (Winter) Early China, Early Arab World, Islamic Spain and Ottoman Empire
Term 3 (Spring) European Renaissance, Explorers and the Rise of the Nation-State

September 8, 2010
Class Notes: Welcome to the 2010-2011 School year at Senior School!  Today was a short, 30 minute introduction to me, your classmates and the course.
Handouts: Course Syllabus, Unit 1 Outline.
Homework: None.  See you tomorrow!  SC

September 9, 2010
Class Notes: What are countries we think of as rich/poor? What makes a country “rich” and what makes a country “poor”? We then reviewed the Reading Guide Episode ONe, and watched the first 30 minutes of Episode One from Guns, Germs and Steel.  The links to the first episode in clips on you tube are below (6 parts in total).

Homework: Ensure you have responses for questions 1-3 of the reading guide.  You will hand it in after class on Monday.  SC

Monday September 13th
Class Notes: Finished Episode One of Guns, Germs and Steel and reviewed reading guides, which were then handed in.  Started a short research into the influence certain animals, crops and geographical features have on civilisations.  This will be finished up next class and we’ll launch into the next section of the theory.
Handouts and Resources: The Variables (website), Research Worksheet
Homework: Complete your research on the task you started with your research group (see The Variables link for resources), including the conclusion.  Be prepared to write a paragraph on Wednesday in class that summarises this section of Diamond’s theory and what you think of it.

Wednesday September 15th
Class Notes:Met with home group and shared our research (also discussed, as a whole class, the importance of everyone doing their own task to ensure the success of the whole group).  We then did a 20-minute in-class write that summarised and allowed you to state your beliefs in what we have covered so far.  We then launched into the power of technologies, discussing how steel and writing have become the two most important technologies in the development in human history.  So, is the pen mightier than the sword?
Handouts and Resources: Technologies presentation.
Homework: None.  See you Friday. SC

Friday September 17th

Class Notes: Watched portions of the second episode of Guns, Germs and Steel.  You can watch clips, thanks to youtube, by following the links below.  Second viewing guide was completed and handed in. We started the timeline project.  You’ll have next class to finish, and we will present on Wednesday.  Your responses will be due by Friday.
Handouts and Resources: Timeline project, timeline project template, online resource evaluation tips.
Episode Two: Conquest (clips from youtube, in six segments)

Homework: None.  See you at Camp.  SC.

Monday September 27th
Class Notes:
Work period to finish Technology Presentation.
Handouts and Resources: Assignment templates are above, click here to go to the login page for the class wikispace.
Homework: If you did not finish, you must post your slides to the class wikispace by Wednesday.  Presentations (2-3 minutes each) will begin our class then.  You must come see me in person or by email for help to post, if you can’t figure it out yourself.  See you Wednesday!

Wednesday September 29th
Class Notes:
Handouts and Resources: World Health Organisation 2010 Report (page 4 for child mortality rates, page 32 for specific diseases listed by country); Viewing Guide #3
Episode Three clips (youtube):

Homework: Review the bottom of the timeline project assignment sheet and complete the response (posting it to the wikispace) due Friday.  SC

Friday October 1st
Class Notes: Watched the final episode of Guns Germs and Steel and completed Viewing Guide #3.
Resources and Handouts: Viewing Guide #3.
Homework: Read the handout you received on either Malaria or Smallpox.

Tuesday October 5th

Class Notes: With a partner, we created charts comparing Smallpox and Malaria.  You then completed your own chart, and asked two good (no, GREAT!) questions about these diseases.  We then looked at three projects, Polio (Rotary International), HIV/AIDS (Project Red), and Malaria (Spread the Net).  Your homework will be to evaluate one of these projects, based on the categories below.

  • how you can be involved
  • is the organisation profit or non-profit
  • how many people the project has helped
  • how the project helps research
  • how much money the project has raised so far

Handouts and Resources: Powerpoint slides, charts for smallpox/malaria comparison and project evaluation.
Homework: As above.

Tuesday October 12th
Class Notes:   Looked in detail at the five-point framework of Jared Diamond’s Collapse, and watched a brief video clip of him summarizing these ideas.  Your notes are below.

Handouts and Resources: Jared Diamond on TED Talks about his theory.
Homework: Review materials from our work this term, in preparation for next class’s in-class essay.

Thursday October 14th
Class Notes: In class essay (part 1).    Essays must be emailed to me by end of class.
Topic:  A civilization (society, community, country) has strengths and weaknesses that contribute to their survival, or their collapse.  What are the most important factors that contribute to a civilization’s fate?
Instructions: Write a well-structured formal essay that answers this topic.  Be sure to provide examples and connections wherever possible.  Essays will be marked on:

  • Structure and organisation (thesis statement, flow)
  • Mechanics (spelling, grammar, etc)
  • Content (use of examples, strong points, attempts at analysis)

Homework: Enjoy the weekend!  SC

Monday October 18th
Class Notes: Personal review of your essay, a TAG Conference with a partner, and some time to update and review your essay.
Handouts and Resources: TAG Conference Sheet.
Homework: Read pages 13-17 in Pathways for Wednesday.  SC

Wednesday October 20th
Class Notes: We considered six questions about religion,

  • what does the word religion mean to you?
  • how is religion important today?
  • how was religion important during the middle ages?
  • what do you know about… Christianity?
  • what do you know about… Islam?
  • what do you know about…Judaism?

Research Questions:

  • how did the religion start (2)
  • where did it start and when (+4)
  • what are the beliefs? (+5)
  • what are the symbols?
  • what are the traditions (+1)
  • what are the gods? How many? (+1)
  • What important events happened because of this religion?
  • What is the religion based on? (+1)
  • How popular is the religion today? (+3)
  • Is the religion important today?
  • Where is it practiced now?
  • What do you have to do to become part of the religion?
  • What race/cultures are associated with this religion?
  • What clothing is part of the religion?
  • What is the history of the religion?

Homework: Read pages 15-19 in textbook for Tuesday.

Tuesday October 26th, 2010
Class Notes: Reviewed rubric for essays, and introduced Religion presentation project.  You will have most of the class today, and 20 minutes of class on Thursday.  Presentations are on Thursday.

Handouts and Resources: Essay rubric, St George’s Style Guide (see page 28 for works cited/bibliography guidelines), World Religion Project.

Homework: Work on your project if your group decided it was necessary.

Thursday October 28th
Class Notes: Presentations.
Homework: None.

Monday November 1st:
Class Notes: Presentations on Buddhism, Hinduism and Agnosticism.  Began work on textbook questions, see assignment below.  Note that the following is expected for questions like this:

  • name, block and assignment on top of page (if doing on computer, please ensure your name is both in the file title and in the document itself).
  • questions clearly identified along the margin.
  • no need to re-write the questions, but it should be clear from your answer what was asked.  Lists, charts, diagrams, etc should be introduced with a short sentence.
  • 2 marks are given for “going deep”- making connections, etc.
  • you should use your previous learnings, common knowledge and textbook to provide answers that are both specific and indepth.

Homework: Textbook page 20, questions 1-6, 8-10. Due Wednesday.

Wednesday November 3rd
Class Notes: reviewed textbook questions and collected.  Read two articles on men who have sacrificed themselves for their beliefs, and answered the following questions:

1.       What was the motivating reason or principle behind their action?

2.       Did these deaths serve an important purpose?  Were the consequences of their deaths significant?  Was the cause worth dying for?

3.       Could these individuals have helped their cause better by living?

4.       Were their actions influenced by outside pressures, or were their actions truly from personal conviction?

Homework: Complete the questions, and think about the question which we will have a mini-debate on next day:  Is dying for a cause a righteous and principled thing to do, or is it really a “crazed suicide” that should be discouraged and avoided?  Is there a cause for which you would be willing to die or sacrifice your life?

Friday November 5th
Class Notes: Video links

Homework: Read Intro to Unit 1 and pages 8-12.  Bonus: discussion posting on wikispace (look for November 5th and respond to that posting).

Tuesday November 9th
Class Notes: Reviewed Middle Ages Unit Grid, Exam Outline and Term 1 Bonus Project.  Presentation on the Fall of Rome which included learning about one of the major 6 Roman emperors, and determining the causes of the fall of the empire from three different sources, and mapping.
Homework:  Review notes and complete map assignment for next class.

Map 1- Shade in the roman empire controlled lands and label, based on slides from presentation today (see above).
Map 2- Label the following present-day countries

Atlantic Ocean
Arctic Circle
Arctic Ocean
Baltic Sea
Black Sea
Czech Republic

Mediterranean Sea
North Sea


United Kingdom

Friday November 12th
Class Notes: What are the different groups who competed within the power vacuum, left by the fall of Rome?  Today we discussed some of the Germanic tribes who invaded during and after the fall of Rome, and the Franks.
Handouts and Resources: Notes package, University of Calgary
Homework: Complete the chart for 2 more Germanic tribes (using the University of Calgary link found on the top of the page), and read pages 27-30 in your text on the Anglo- Saxons and complete the questions in your package.  Due: Tuesday November 16th (next class).  SC.

Tuesday November 16th
Class Notes: Review the Franks and the Anglo-Saxons.  What did the decline of these two groups have in common?  The Vikings.  Began our two-class study on the Vikings.


Homework: Read pages 31-35 in Pathways.  Reading Check on Thursday.

Thursday November 18th
Class Notes: Vikings!
Handouts and Resources: Student Notes (7 Research Questions) Block B, Student Notes Block F.
Homework: Review for Exam.

Thursday December 2
Class Notes: Review exam.  Discussions on how society is organised.

Quote 1:
“Wars are not acts of God. They are caused by man, by man-made institutions, by the way in which man has organized his society. What man has made, man can change”

Quote 2:
“The fact, in short, is that freedom, to be meaningful in an organized society must consist of an amalgam of hierarchy of freedoms and restraints.” – Samuel Hendel

Homework: None.  See you Monday!

Wednesday December 7th
Class Notes: Reading from Standford University on Social Institutions.  This is a challenging read… and is meant to be! Use the space on the right hand column for questions, noting key terms, tracking the thesis/supporting points.
Homework: Read pages 44-47 Reading Quiz on Friday.

Friday December 9th
Class Notes: Reading Quiz (see here for group answers) and discussion.
Homework: Bring in (or email a link) to an article/news clip on Haiti.  Remember, you can consider any number of issues when searching- cholera outbreak, the election, reconstruction, etc.

Tuesday December 14th:
Class Notes: Review of Haiti articles and discussion of the issues.  What is Canada’s role in Haiti and what should Canada’s role be going forward?  Breaking up into smaller homegroups, and then research groups, each research group focusing on one component of feudalism (faith, fealty, fief).  In your home-group pairs, you will teach your component to the rest of your group on Thursday.
Handouts and Articles: Resources and Instructions for Feudalism, Feudalism notes package.
Homework: Review notes and complete _______________.

Wednesday January 12th
Class Notes: Started our list of question stems, reviewed what social institutions are and investigated the social structure of feudalism, including the rights and responsibilities of each level.
Homework: Complete Check In #1 and email or print/write hard copy due Friday.   You can consult your notes and textbook, but the paragraphs must be in your own words and go beyond the text.  SC

Friday January 14th
Class Notes: Check In #1 collected and discussion on Royalty and how the social institution of the monarchy helped bring order to Europe in the middle ages.  Assigned Coat of Arms project.
Handouts and Resources: Check In #1, Royalty slides, Coat of Arms assignment, Symbols in Heraldry resource.
Homework: Work on Coat of Arms assignment

Tuesday January 18th
Handouts and Resources:

Analysis Format for Coat of Arms Step 1

1.What symbols are represented in this example?
2.Is/are there a theme/s or message portrayed from the combination of symbols?
3.Do you see any contradictions between any symbolic elements?
4.How is this coat of arms a “short hand history” of the person, organisation or body represented?
List of Possible Coat of Arms for Step 1

•Any Canadian City (Vancouver, Halifax, Montreal, Ottawa, etc)

•Any Canadian Province
•Rt. Hon. David Johnston
•Windsor Family
•Other of your choosing (must get teacher approval)

Thursday January 20th
Class Notes: Text reading pages 54-59, questions 1-3 on page 56 and questions 1, 3 and 4 on page 59.
Homework: Read the section on Crusades in text for Monday.

Monday January 24th
Class Notes:
Reviewed and took notes on who/what/when/where of Crusades, discussed “Cause and Consequence” benchmark of historical thinking.
1) Identify 3 causes and consequences of the crusades 2) find and read an article on either use of torture in war or religious wars.  SC.

Wednesday January 26th
Class Notes: Discussion creation on articles.
Homework: Discussion reflections on wikispace.

Friday January 28th
Class Notes: Considered Mr. Patel’s posting on SaintsBlog and drafted a response.  Some of the main points:

  • Trip to India- rate of development, Taj Mahal, dilligence, so many people, world does not stop for one person
  • Future/Success- positive (courageous, taking responsibility, connection to Dr. Matthews’ speech today) attitude, diligence, growth mindset, education.
  • A response could include- summary, personal connections, what you agree with, what had impact on you, something you never thought of before, ideas you disagree with, ask questions, make suggestions on how to enact these ideas @ Saints.

In groups, questions 2a, 2b, and 3a on pg 68
Homework: Complete draft response to Mr. Patel’s posting. Bring in hard copy of the draft or your computer on Tuesday, we will peer edit and write final draft.

Tuesday February 1st
Class Notes:  Guiding question for Part III of Middle Ages: Late Middle Ages- What was the most significant development in Europe in the Late Middle Ages?  Your group should have the following categories on your wikispace page: summary, explanation, connections, resources.  You will have 1/2 the class on Thursday to finish, and we will have informal presentations then.
Resources and Handouts: Wikispace
Homework:   Post response to Mr. Patel (due Thursday),individual reading/research  if your group decides.

Assignment update below.

Monday February 7th
Class Notes: Review of last wikispaces created last day.  Broad overview of 5 topics to choose from for essay.
Handouts and Resources: Slides, Essay organiser.
Homework: Select topic and review chapter.

Thursday February 10th:
Class Notes: Research period in the library.
Handouts and Resources: Essay organiser.
Homework: Review essay organiser, prepare for in-class essay February 15th.

Tuesday February 15th:
Class Notes: In-class essay.

Thursday February 17th:
Class Notes: Thinking Geographically, asking questions about the Middle East (start of new theme!).
Handouts and Resources: Graphic Organiser
Homework: Skim Chapter 4.

Monday February 21st
Class Notes: Chapter 4 introduction (20 minutes class time to work on) rest of class was focused on the impact of space and function.  We first considered the classroom- made observations on the physical space.  Then, we considered what types of activities took place there, and how we knew that.  Then, you first considered a space from your own life, and then 3 spaces within the school.   This is working towards our field trip on Thursday, when as part of what we will be focusing on is comparing and contrasting the physical spaces of the 5 places of worship we will visit and what that physical spaces tells us.

Missing Permission Forms:

Eli, Oliver, Kai, Liam H, Charlie ($$ only), Ian M ($$only), Zain, Ian T

Handouts and Resources: February 24 field trip permission form, Chapter 4 Introduction, Space and Function
Homework: Complete Chapter 4 introduction, ensure you have considered at least 2 spaces in the “Space and Function” exercise, permission forms and $$ if your name is above.

Wednesday February 23rd:
Class Notes: Overview of Middle East Theme, completed outline of Contemporary Political Map of Middle East, took notes from text on one sphere (political, social, economic, environmental).
Resources: Map outline, Slides
Homework: Finish your notes for Friday.  See you at 7:15am tomorrow.  A few reminders for tomorrow:

1) Arrival 7:15am, front doors of St. George’s. Find our class’s bus.
2) Students should bring cutlery and bowl/plate for lunch.
3) Students may bring snacks/water for throughout the day.
4) Students should be in #1 uniform

Tuesday March 1st
Class Notes: Hot Spot #1 and essays returned.
Resources: Wikispaces, Hot Spot Template
Homework: Complete 1 hotspot of Israel, Egypt and Afghanistan for Thursday (use the pages on wikispaces…log on to mscoatesSS8B wikipage, and then on the right, select the appropriate page).

Thursday March 3rd
Class Notes: Hot Spots #3 and #4.
Resources: New York Times Interactive Feature
Homework: Finish hotspots 1, 2, 3, 4 to hand in Monday.

Monday March 7th
Class notes: Hot Spot #5 and discussion of Poster.
Resources: Poster Assignment
Homework: Research if desired.  Poster due Friday.

Wednesday March 9th
Class notes: research period for poster.
Resources: Poster Assignment, see below for class discussion.

Homework: Finish poster assignment (including paragraph) and complete rubric for Friday.


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