Welcome to Social Studies 11 Explorations
This course is a new BC Ministry of Education course. This course is designed to allow you to explore areas of Social Studies including Ancient History, 20th Century World History, Geography, Social Justice, Law, Philosophy, and more! Please regularly check this page for class updates, downloads and notes from class, and for all due dates, homework, and test dates. I look forward to a great year!
Welcome to Social Studies 11 Explorations! Below are the class updates and all information regarding due dates, homework, etc. Please email me if you have any questions or concerns. Our course is broken down into three terms each with an exploration focus:
Term 1- Comparative Cultures (Study on ancient cultures)
Term 2- 20th Century World History (WWI-End of the Cold War)
Term 3- Physical & Human Geography
Monday May 27th
Thursday May 23rd
Today we watched a National Geographic documentary on Hurricane Katrina. I asked you to keep working on the Hurricane Worksheet and that we will finish it all up including the documentary next class. Homework for Monday May 27th- ANY LATE WORK!
Tuesday May 21st
Today we did a review class of big waves and made "tsunami waves" with play-dough and paper. Then I introduced super storms (Hurricanes and Tornadoes). We discussed the various names (Hurricanes, Cyclones and Typhoons) and read a handout on Hurricanes. You then had to complete the Hurricane Worksheet to make sure you read the material. This is due next class.
Monday May 20th- Victoria Day
Friday May 17th- PRO D DAY
Wednesday May 15th
We did a review of the ocean currents today and then we looked specifically at Waves. I asked you to think about waves you have seen and we discussed RIP Currents, rogue waves, Tsunamis and surfing waves. I then showed you a couple clips of tsunami and huge wave footage and asked you to complete the WAVES activity booklet. This is not homework. We will have time to finish it next class.
Monday May 13th
Today we started looking at our salt water Oceans with an into series of video clips on how the oceans work. We looked at the Gulf Stream, the EAC, Humbolt Current and many more while also looking at how the salinity and temperatures of the oceans all play a part in how the oceans move (and transport garbage and pollution like the Great Pacific Garbage Patch).You were given a worksheet called "Oceans in Motion" to start in class today. Homework if not done.
Thursday May 9th
Today we started looking at Coastal Shorelines and the pollution and issues we see around our beaches. We also had time to finish our Fresh Water sheets from two classes ago. Now homework if not done.
Tuesday May 7th
Today we started looking at our Oceans and salt water.. we talked about current events on climate change and then I introduced ocean pollution. After a discussion, I showed you Planet Earth- Coastal Waters. At the end of the video, I asked you to start to look for current events on environmental issues for class next day.
Friday May 3rd
Today we looked at the Great Lakes of Canada and the microbeads and pollution issues they are currently facing. We watched a few clips and you had time to work on your Fresh Water sheet from last class. Due at the end of class today.
Thursday May 2nd- GOAL DAY
Wednesday May 1st
Today we did a lesson on Fresh water resources on the planet (see the powerpoint) and we talked about various types of water on earth. You were given a sheet to complete with a definition and a diagram sketch to complete.
Monday April 29th- Pro D Day
Friday April 26th
Today I introduced the next Unit for Term 3- Geography with an into to our world's water resources. We did a short powerpoint on our world's types of Freshwater resources then examined how all water tends to drain off the land back into the oceans. Block 6 got started on the Freshwater Resources Chart & qs in class today and Block 7 had a longer lecture so did not. Block 6 this will be due at the end of class next day. Block 7 no homework if up to date with the Cold War assignments.
Wednesday April 24th
Cold War Qs due today (Exercise 1 and 3) and any late work (ie: letter to the editor)
Monday April 22nd- Easter Monday
Thursday April 18th
Today we continued with the Cold War with a handout of notes and a mini-lecture about the Korean War and the Vietnam War. We briefly introduced the Cuban Missile Crisis and then I asked you to complete Exercise 1 (a-e) and Exercise 3 (a-e) of the handout on the Cold War. This will be due next class on Wed. April 24th. We are wrapping up the History section of this course so all late work including the Letter to the Editor about the Atomic bomb is now late.
Tuesday April 16th
Today we started with an intro to the Cold War and the Peace Conferences of WWII. Today was an intro day, no homework.
Friday April 12th - WWII Test Day
I was away today and Mr. Kraemer gave you the test. You had as much time as needed to complete. No homework when done.
April 10th -Review class. Test postponed until Friday 12th
Sorry folks... I fell behind here...Back on track.
WORLD WAR II TEST- Wed April 10th delayed until 12th
Tuesday April 2nd
Welcome Back! Today I did a review of the European and the Pacific Theaters of WWII with you (see the photo) and I announced that we will be having a WWII test next week on Wed. April 10th. We will review more in the next few classes. Today however we moved on and looked at the end of the War in Europe and the dropping of the atomic bombs on Japan. I handed out two handouts with notes about the end of the war and the decision to drop the bomb. I also asked you to think about how the decision was justified. Next class we continue with the justification of dropping the bomb and do an in class assignment next day on it.
School starts on Monday April 1st (Day 1)
Friday March 15th
Today we finished up with the dvd "Hacksaw Ridge" and recapped this week's WWII pacific battles. No homework over spring break.
Wednesday March 13th
Today we did a quick recap of Guadalcanal, Leyte Gulf, and Iwo Jima before I introduced the true story of Desmond Doss (from Hacksaw Ridge). We then started the dvd... No homework today.
Monday March 11th
Today we started with a review of last class with 8 questions about the war in the Pacific. I then did a power point on the battles of Guadalcanal, Leyte Gulf, Iwo Jima, Okinawa, the Tokyo Raids and the development of the atomic bomb (Manhattan Project). No homework today.
Thursday March 7th
Today we did a review game group challenge on WWII so far including the Pacific and European theatres of war. We played for chocolates but it was for review. We will be having a test after spring break...
Monday February 25th
Today I collected your political cartoon assignment from last class on Appeasement and Hitler before moving into a power point on WWII. We looked at the European Theatre and the invasion of Poland, the Battle of France, Battle of Britain, and then Operation Barbarossa in the USSR. We wrapped up there and you were given an assignment from the handout on Poland to the Blitz. Questions will be due at the end of next class on Wednesday.
Friday February 22nd - PRO D DAY
Wednesday February 20th
Today I handed back all late work and gave out up to date Progress Reports with all missing work. I explained that Term 2 ends for this class on Friday March 1st so my last day to collect term 2 late work is next Friday 1st. You have the missing work now, the Goal Morning next Tuesday, and then Flex Day next Thursday. No reason not to get caught up! I then started the timeline to WWII lesson including international events (see photo) and then Hitler's attack on Poland. We went through various nation's appeasement and policies, and then I had you work on a Primary Source Package with political cartoons from this time period. This was due at the end of class and if not done, will be homework for class on Monday 25th.
Monday February 18th- FAMILY DAY
Friday February 15th
Today we officially introduced Hitler and his rise to power in Germany. I handed out notes and we read through them and went over details from 1919 and the Weimar Republic to the start of WWII in 1939. I also showed you the classroom video clip of "Life under Hitler". You were then asked to read one last handout in class. Homework: LATE WORK- Term 1 ends Friday March 1st.
Wednesday February 13th
Today we did a recap of last day and then did a quick intro lesson on Franco and the Spanish Civil War. We then went through all four of the dictators and I gave you notes and went through a ppoint on their rise to power. We watched a short summary clip about Spain and then you had time to get late work done.
Monday February 11th
Today we did a review of Stalin and Mussolini's rise to power and then I got you into groups where you had to create a poster (Venn diagram) comparing and contrasting their rise to power. Things to consider were:
- conditions of their nations 1919-1925
- their rise to power
- political ideologies (Communism vs. Fascism)
- Promises each made
- Economic & Expansionist aims
You were to complete this in class today. Homework: Any late work including:
1) Cult of Personality (Stalin) Paragraph
2) Mussolini Questions 1-8
3) Paris Peace Talks Worksheet
Sorry for the delayed updates.... back in business.
Tuesday January 15th
Today we recapped the field trip and then I announced that we will be having a Quiz on WWI on Monday 21st.
Block 5- we watched a 1910-1919 video review
Block 6- we got caught up on late work and started the League Worksheet
Friday January 11th - FIELD TRIP DAY
Where do I go??
Port Moody Station Museum
2734 Murray Street
Port Moody, BC
Meet there for your Socials class today.
Wednesday January 9th
Today I collected your Exercise 4-6 questions if you did not finish this last class. We then started a PPoint going over the end of the war including the last 100 Days Campaign, and then we started looking at the Treaty of Versailles and Wilson's 14 Points. We went through notes and you were to write your opinion on the 14 points. Due at the end of the class today.
Monday January 7th 2019
Welcome Back & Happy New Year! Today we reviewed the origins of WWI and went through the Western & Eastern fronts again including how the USA entered WWI. I also reminded you that we have our Trench Field Trip THIS FRIDAY to the Port Moody Station Museum for your Socials block. I then handed out the Trench Notes with Exercise 4-6 with questions to answer (see photo for exact questions) This is due next class.
Thursday December 20th
Today we finished Wonder Woman and then I gave you the rest of the class today to work on late work. No homework over the break IF you are up to date. Reminder that our field trip is Friday January 11th the first week back. Forms and money are due no later than WED JAN 9th.
FIELD TRIP FORMS, $5 and TEXTBOOKS ASAP
Tuesday December 18th
We continued watching Wonder Woman and I asked you to think about what was real about the scenes of the WWI trenches. Homework: late work.
FIELD TRIP FORMS, $5 and TEXTBOOKS ASAP
Friday December 14th
Today I collected all late work including the Trench Warfare worksheets due today if not done last class. I then did a review of the start of WWI, the Schlieffen Plan, and the progression of the war in the Western Front. I then asked you to think about what life in the trenches were like. I also collected field trip forms. Then we started Wonder Woman.
Wednesday December 12th
Today we we reviewed last class and did a short recap together of the lead up to the start of WWI and then the trenches in the Western Front. I showed a short ppoint of slides with trench life and then handed out notes on Trench Warfare. You then were to answer the worksheet "Trench Warfare" examining the uses and outcomes of the weapons, and answer questions about trench life. This was due at the end of class today. If not done, this is now homework for Friday 14th.
Monday December 10th
Today we reviewed last class and I collected any late maps and What Sparked the War worksheets before starting the Powerpoint on WWI. We went through the timeline of the war starting with the ultimatum to Serbia from AH and then how things rolled out including the Shlieffen Plan, the two front war strategy, mobilisation, the Russian Revolution (Lenin & Trotsky), and the Zimmerman Telegraph and sinking of the Lusitania that triggered the arrival of the USA into the war. We also looked at the trenches, technology and early weapons, and what life was like for soldiers battling in the Western Front. No homework today.
Thursday December 6th
Today I collected any late map assignments from last class then I reviewed the causes of WWI with you and key points from last class before getting into a powerpoint on what 'sparked' the actual war. We went through the PPoint slides on the alliances, how Archduke Ferdinand was visiting Bosnia, and how the Black Hand assassinated him. We then went through who should have the blame for starting the war and examining it from each country. I then asked you to complete a paragraph and list of your top reasons the war started and your opinion on who started the war. This was due at the end of class today. If not done, it must be completed in class- NOT at home.
Tuesday December 4th
Today I handed back any late work and your research notes from Term 1 and then started WWI. I went through notes and an intro powerpoint on the world leading up to WWI in 1914. You were then asked to complete a European Map of Alliances assignment. This is homework if not done in class today.
Friday November 30th
Today we did the absolute final presentations for Term 1. Term 1 is now over and marks are entered. I also collected your Echoes of the Past textbooks today as we jump to 20th century world history next day. Welcome to Term 2.
Wednesday November 28th
We finished late presentations today in class... Your research notes are now late!
Monday November 26th
Presentation Day! All groups should be ready to present and I will collect your individual research annotated notes at the end of each presentation.
Friday November 23rd - Pro D Day
Wednesday November 21st
Today we met in class and I recapped what you have to complete for the project (which will be your final Term 1 marks). As per the criteria, you must have ready for Monday 26th:
- Individually (your own research notes min. 6 sources) = 60 Marks
- Group (your group presentation of your findings) = 20 Marks
Total project marks out of 80. Everyone will present and hand in their note next class. Term 1 will then be over and we will shift to 20th Century World History for Term 2.
Monday November 19th
I will be back today. Meet in the library and I will recap everything and see where you are at. You will be handing in all your individual notes (/60) AND presenting with your group (/20) on November 21st.
PROJECT DUE DATE: Changed to Monday Nov. 26th
Thursday November 15th
LIBRARY research day. Meet in the library.
Tuesday November 13th
I am away this week but you are meeting in the LIBRARY for class all this week to work on your projects. See Ms. Gladwin or the TOC for any questions. You will be handing in all your individual notes (/60) AND presenting with your group (/20) on November 21st.
PROJECT DUE DATE: Monday Nov. 26th
Monday November 12th- Remembrance Day
Thursday November 8th
Research Day- today we are in the lab again doing research for your projects.
Tuesday November 6th
Research Day- today we were in the computer labs working on your research for your Civilizations projects. A reminder: You will be presenting on PROJECT DUE DATE: Monday Nov. 26th
Friday November 2nd
Today I started by collecting any late work then I introduced your Term 1 Research Project which will count as your big Term 1 assessment. I handed out and went over your Civilizations Project and explicitly went over the two main parts:
1) Individual Annotated Research (60 Marks)
2) Group Presentation project (20 marks)
You were given the assignment, mark breakdowns and rubric for the presentation. I also went over academic research with you and examined the online databases you need to use- NO WIKIPEDIA OR GOOGLE for academic historic research!! I then asked you to check out other civilizations in your textbook and start brainstorming ideas and group members. Block 6 went to Lab 21 and Block 7 was in class today.
PROJECT DUE DATE: Wednesday Nov. 21st
We will be in a computer lab next class... check the sign on my classroom door at the beginning of next class for what lab.
Wednesday October 31st (Halloween)
Today we did one last class on beliefs, ideas, psychology and the paranormal for Halloween. We watched some 'paranormal clips' and tried to explain how some people would jump to conclusions about what had happened. We also connected it back to ideas in Ancient Egypt, Greece, and other cultures and their beliefs. Happy Halloween! Bring your textbooks to class next day.
Monday October 29th
Today we did a lesson on Beliefs (Psychology & Philosophy) and looked at the Ancient Egyptian beliefs in the afterlife and did a discussion on beliefs today. We then began to look at principles of Social Psychology from last class (social influence, thinking, and ESP) to try and explain how some people believe in some things like paranormal psychology. (also a bit fun for Halloween :) Homework: late work!
Thursday October 25th
Today we started a mini-lesson on Social Psychology and connected the ideas of conformity and obedience to the ancient cultures of Mesopotamia and Egypt. I was away this afternoon so Mr. Fung gave you some handouts on Social Influence to read today in class. You had to also answer 4 questions on the front board to hand in by the end of the block. Homework today: Any late work!!
Tuesday October 23rd
Today I collected your Fact vs. Fiction Mummy Charts and final paragraph (due two classes ago now...) I then introduced a mini- Psych lesson on human behaviour and Social Psychology. We are taking a few classes to look at Psychology and how social thinking, social influence, and social relations connect to history, cultures, and beliefs. WHY did the Ancient Mesopotamian's & Egyptians have similar beliefs in the afterlife, religion, etc. This also connects to a bit of Philosophy 12 and World Religions. We had a discussion on what psych is, how we think and can be influenced by people, and compared ancient beliefs of the after life to more modern beliefs. For Halloween, we are going to look at Paranormal Psych for a class or two and see how Social Psych and group influence can make people believe in various non-scientific things. Homework: ANY LATE WORK ASAP.
Friday October 19th- PRO D DAY
Thursday October 18th
Today I handed back all work, called up those of you who were missing work again and then gave you the class to continue with your "Mummy: Fact vs. Fiction chart and Report. You had the class to get caught up and finish. If not done, it is homework for next day.
Tuesday October 16th
Today I started with a marks update... everything that has been handed in has been marked. I did not hand back anything yet, as a lot of students are still missing work. I called up each of you who were missing assignments and then made sure you had them before we continued with class. GET THIS WORK DONE BY THURSDAY. It is now VERY late. We then reviewed why we are watching "The Mummy" and the importance to look for facts vs. falsehoods. You were to continue with your sheet while watching for the rest of class today. Homework: ALL LATE WORK ASAP
Friday October 12th
Today I was away and Ms. Schafer was in for me. She collected your "6 Steps to Mummification" summary due today and then she started the dvd "The Mummy". She also handed out the Facts vs. Falsehoods assignment to complete while watching it. It is sad that we learn a lot of 'history' from Hollywood... No homework if you are up to date.
Wednesday October 10th
Today I collected you "Egypt: The New Kingdom" assignment due today, and then we began a lesson on the Mummification Process, The Book of the Dead, and the after life beliefs of the Egyptians. We went through the notes on Beliefs & Mythology, then watched two clips (see the side) on the Book of the Dead and Mummification. You were to then summarize the 6 steps to mummification on a separate piece of paper. This is due next day if not done today in class.
Monday October 8th- Thanksgiving Holiday
Friday October 5th
Today we did a Powerpoint on the New Kingdom to review the information you had done in your group posters. We went through the 'Big Name' Pharaohs, and beliefs in the afterlife. This was a long PPoint so it took most of the class (we also had discussions along the lecture). You were given a question booklet on the New Kingdom (Egypt: The New Kingdom) assignment to complete for next class.
Wednesday October 3rd (Tutorial Day)
Today we recapped last class then you had time to complete your group posters. When done, you were to hand them in and then start reading p.63-67 of your textbook. No homework if up to date.
Monday October 1st
Today we did a review of last class then I assigned your textbooks (Echoes of the Past). We then did an intro lesson to the New Kingdom of Egypt (also known as the Classical Age) with the big name Pharaohs. I asked you to get into groups and make posters with info on the following:
- Tuthomosis III
- Ramses II
- Akenaton & Nefertiti
- Burial Practices
- Egyptian Afterlife beliefs
You had the class to work on your posters. Homework: Any late work:
1) Hammurabi Code Qs
2) Climograph & Map of Egypt
3) Textbook Qs 1-9
Thursday September 27th
Today I was asked to help with the school's Leadership Retreat at SFU so Ms. Morris was in for me today. She collected your Textbook Qs 1-9 that were due today and then as promised, you watched a dvd from Discovery Channel called "Ancient Wonders of the World: Ancient Egypt". It was a 44 minute documentary. No homework today if you are up to date and have handed in all of the following:
1) Hammurabi Code Qs
2) Climograph & Map of Egypt
3) Textbook Qs 1-9
Tuesday September 25th
Today I collected any late Climographs & Maps of Egypt then we did a powerpoint on the Old Kingdom of Egypt. I went through the unification of Upper & Lower Egypt, King Menes, the Age of the Pyramids, Imotep and the Djoser Pyramids, Thebian Kings, and the God-King concept that the Pharaohs adopted. After the power point (see slides for Old Kingdom), you were asked to finish the Egypt Textbook Questions 1-9. If not done, this is homework and I will collect it at the beginning of class on Thursday.
Friday September 21st- PRO D DAY
Thursday September 20th
Today I did a review powerpoint on the Geography and intro of Ancient Egypt examining satellite and ISS images of the Nile Delta and Faiyum regions. We then continued with the Map & Climograph assignment. You had the class to finish and it was due at the end of class today. IF you finished, I had the Chapter 2 Egypt reading and 9 Textbook questions that you could get started on. This is not homework. Enjoy your long weekend!
Tuesday September 18th
Today we wrapped up the brief introduction we have done on Ancient Civilizations & Mesopotamia. I introduced our first big unit of Ancient Egypt. We went over intro notes on Ancient Egypt and then you were given a Map & Climograph Assignment to work on in class. This is not homework. We will finish it and it will be due at the end of class on Thursday.
Friday September 14th (Blk 6 & 7)
Today I collected your Hammurabi Code questions (due today) and then we watched about 30 minutes of Time Life's "Return to Eden" about Mesopotamia. You were given video questions to answer as you watched and then we went over them together at the end of the class. No homework if you are done the Hammurabi Code questions.
Wednesday September 12th (Blk 6 & 7)
Today I started with a powerpoint on Ancient Mesopotamia and we went through the Sumerians, Assyrians, & the Babylonians to get an idea of who the Mesopotamians were. We then discussed their main beliefs, their inventions and their laws. We learned about King Hammurabi and his Hammurabi Code- the first legal written code. You were then given a primary source document about the Hammurabi Laws & ways of life in Mesopotamia. You had 5 questions to answer that will be due at the beginning of next class.
Monday September 10th (Blk 6 & 7)
Today I introduced "What is a civilization" and we discussed the early civilizations and then spun it and discussed what should we take to create a civilization on Mars?
Thursday September 6th (Blk 6 & 7)
Welcome to class! Today we went over the course outline, expectations, and what the course is all about. We then did a mini-history review of the ancient civilisations and then you filled out a get-to-know-you form for me. No homework today!
Tuesday September 4th
School Starts- Welcome back!
DOWNLOADS AND HANDOUTS:
Environmental Current Event Images: May 2019
Geography Intro Unit-
Fresh & Salt Water Resources
War in the Pacific Theatre (WWII)
Video Link to Archival Footage of Iwo Jima
Interwar Period & Rise of the European Dictators
20th Century World History
Term 1 Civilizations Research Project
Ancient Civilizations Handouts: