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
Term 1 Cut off for Late Work: Thursday Nov. 22nd
Report Cards for Term 1 will be given in early December.
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: Wed Nov 21st
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: Wed Nov 21st
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: Wed Nov 21st
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:
Term 1 Civilizations Research Project
Ancient Civilizations Handouts: