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!
Hi everyone. I will reach out to all of you starting on Monday April 6th to let you know how we will be moving forward. Please make sure you can log into your Microsoft Office 365 email account and be able to access the TEAMS link. We have our Socials 11 class ready. I will be in touch...
Friday March 13th
Today you had some time to finish the Letter to the Editor Assignment that was due today by the end of class. When done, we had a big current events discussion and a preview of our next unit on Geography. You also had time to get any late work in for Term 3. No homework for Spring Break.
Wednesday March 11th
Today I introduced the Letter to the Editor assignment regarding the use of the Atomic Bomb in WWII on Japan. I went through the assignment with you and went over the marking rubric on the back. I handed back your notes from last class and you were to write a formal letter justifying your position on the use of the atomic bomb. This will be due at the end of class on Friday.
Monday March 9th
Today we recapped last week, did a current events discussion, and then we discussed the question on the board (see white board photo) about US President Truman and was he justified in using the atomic bomb on Japan. I also handed out notes on the key players in the decision to drop the bomb and their opinions before I showed you two clips (What Happened to the Nuclear Test Sites and Duck & Cover). You were then to complete a chart with the reasons for and against dropping the bomb and this was due at the end of class today.
Thursday March 5th
Today we read over the notes on the Atomic Bomb, the Manhattan Project, and the plans the USA had before the bomb was decided on. We read through it all and then discussed the early testing, consequences of using an atomic weapon, and then whether or not we could see a nuclear war in our lifetime. Class discussion day...no homework.
Tuesday March 3rd
Today we finished the last bit of Hacksaw Ridge and finished up late work. I then asked you to think about the next part of the war... Do the allies invade mainland Japan or use the atomic bomb. We had discussions in class today about the morality of war and if killing is murder in a war? No homework.
Friday February 28th- PRO D DAY
Thursday February 27th- END OF TERM 2
ALL LATE WORK MUST BE SUBMITTED BY END OF DAY TODAY. Today I collected any late work and then we watched Hacksaw Ridge for class today. Term 2 is now over.
Tuesday February 25th -GOAL MORNING
Today your annotated maps were due at the beginning of class today. I collected them, reviewed what we have been doing then handed out notes on the battles of Iwo Jima and Okinawa. We read them together as a class and discussed the brutality of these battles and the US military decision to either invade mainland Japan or use the new atomic bomb. We stopped there today. Block 4 started a bit of Hacksaw Ridge as they were a bit ahead. Reminder- all late work due next class or it WON'T count for Term 2.
Friday February 21st
LAST DAY in the LIBRARY. Annotated Maps due at the beginning of class next day (Tuesday 25th)
Wednesday February 18th
MEET IN THE LIBRARY for class to work on your Annotated WWII in the Pacific Maps. I was away today and Ms. Wesling was in for me. She was nice enough to get you one more block in the library on Friday. Block 1... I will be having a chat with some of you from the maker space room next class...not impressed. Annotated Maps Due: Tuesday Feb 25th (NO exceptions)
Monday February 17th- Family Day Holiday
Friday February 14th
MEET IN THE LIBRARY for class to work on your Annotated WWII in the Pacific Maps.
Wednesday February 12th
MEET IN THE LIBRARY for class to work on your Annotated WWII in the Pacific Maps.
Monday February 10th
Today I collected any late work (Midway summaries, etc) and then introduced your Annotated Map Project for Term 2. You were given an opportunity to work alone or in groups of up to 3 people max. I went over the assignment in detail, gave you poster paper, then took you to the computer lab 207 to start working on what you needed. I have not set a due date yet. We will meet in the library for the next two classes so BRING ALL MATERIAL TO THE LIBRARY next day.
Thursday February 6th
Today we recapped Pearl Harbour to Midway and continued with a PowerPoint on the Battles of Guadalcanal (General Douglas MacArthur), Letye Gulf, and Iwo Jima. When done the slides, I gave you heads up about our project starting next week, then gave you time to finish your Midway Article and summary. This was due at the end of class today and if not done, it is now homework. I will collect it at the start of class on Monday 10th.
Tuesday February 4th
Today I reviewed the Midway article from last class and gave you a work period to finish reading it, completing the template sheet (pulling out the main points of the article, evidence, etc) and then you were to write a paragraph using what you pulled from the article to summarize it in written form. This template AND the paragraph will be due at the end of next class on Thursday.
Friday January 31st
I was home sick today and Mr. McBeth was in for me. I hung up some images of the strategy behind the Battle of Midway, USA Propaganda posters, and some extremely racist and horrific Dr. Seuss Cartoons on the front board with a recap of last day for you. (take a look). He then was to show you the History Channel's "Battle of Midway Tactical Overview" and then you were given an article on Midway to read in class. The last page is a summary activity that must be completed before the start of next class next Tuesday. This will be homework if not done in class today. I will be back on Monday if you have any questions.
Wednesday January 29th
Today I continued with the powerpoint on the war in the Pacific but today we looked at the racism and fear that occurred along the Pacific Coastal areas resulting in Japanese Internment Camps. We discussed how it happened, the Hastings Park connections, TASHME (www.tashme.ca), and the impact on Japanese-Canadians and Japanese-Americans. We then continued and referenced the battle of the Coral Sea, the Baatan Death March in the Philippines, and ended with the Battle of Midway. You were given time to complete the WWII Pacific Assignment (Events 1-6 significance & outcome). If not done, this will be due on Friday next class.
Monday January 27th
Welcome to our new students joining us today! I did a recap of what was happening in Asia prior to 1939 (See whiteboard photo timline from 1839) and then introduced a PPoint on Japanese Aggression in Manchuria in 1931, invasion of China in 1937, oil and trade with USA up until the Indochina invasion. We discussed the USA oil sanctions on the Japanese for invading French IndoChina (Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos which were French occupied and allied to the USA). Then we got into the attack on Pearl Harbour. After the slides were finished, I handed out notes on Pearl Harbour and had you summarize the WWII Pacific Assignment with Events 1-3. This is not homework. We will continue next class. I also collected late work and asked why MANY of you did not attend Goal Day as requested!!!
Friday January 24th- Assessment Week
No Scheduled Classes but Mandatory Sign Ups
Literacy & Numeracy Assessments
Thursday January 23rd - Assessment Week
No Scheduled Classes but Mandatory Sign Ups
Literacy & Numeracy Assessments
CLC Speaker Conference
Wednesday January 22nd - Assessment Week
No Scheduled Classes but Mandatory Sign Ups
- Today we have two Rethink Speakers in the PM.
- Sign up on the Flex App
Tuesday January 21st- GOAL DAY
All students who are missing work are required to attend.
Friday January 17th
Today we did a recap review and I handed back all work from the past month. You were then given a 'quiz' to see what you all remember about the dictators and the War in Europe. We then moved on to the notes on the front board from 1839-1938 in Asia and I highlighted all the main events leading up to WWII in the Pacific. We examined how Japan paralleled Germany in being the aggressor nation in the region. No homework today. I also handed out GOAL DAY forms for next Tuesday and told all students what they were missing for term 2 so far.
Wednesday January 15th
SNOW DAY! School closed and classes were cancelled.
Monday January 13th
Today I was away (my grandma passed away) and you had a TOC. You were asked to work with a partner and put the events of WWII in the correct chronological order. You had to cut and paste the events in order and then add details about each point. This was due at the end of class today.
Thursday January 10th
Today we continued with the WWII Powerpoint and started at the Evacuation of Dunkirk, the Fall of France, the Blitz bombing of London, and then the invasion of the USSR. We then looked at how this division of Nazis troops was the turning point in the war for Hitler and how he never would gain territory again after this point. At the end of the lesson today, you were asked to summarize in order the main events of the War in Europe from Sept 1st 1939 to D-Day. This was your ticket out the door today. No homework if you to date.
Tuesday January 8th
Welcome back! Today we did a recap of the Dictators in Europe and then began looking at the start of WWII in the European Theatre. I started a Powerpoint today on the start of WWII with Hitler's invasion of Poland. We went through Blitzkrieg to the Evacuation of Dunkirk. You were also given copies of the slides for your notes. No homework today.
Friday December 20th
Today I tried to get some work handed back to you and then we voted to either watch a holiday movie for the block or go to the gym to watch our own team play in the big Tournament at our school. No homework for the break IF you are up to date with late work. This website is up to date so if you need anything, just download and print it off. Have a good winter break and see you in 2020! Happy Holidays!
Wednesday December 18th
Today I collected any late work then went over notes Hitler & Appeasement. We discussed the failure of the League of Nations, events that took place inside Nazi Germany leading up to Hitler's total control and ultimately the start of WWII with Poland. (see white board notes for the events timeline including the Munich Conference). When we finished going over the notes together, I showed you a 25 minute Classroom Video called "Life under Adolf Hitler" about his rise to power. No homework today unless you still have outstanding late work. Try and get it done before break!!!
Monday December 16th
Today I asked for any late work and then as a review, I had you get into groups of 2-4, grab a poster paper, and do a similarities and differences chart comparing Stalin and Mussolini. Things to examine included:
- rise to power/tactics
- political beliefs/party practices
- land ownership and agriculture
- Purges, Killings
When done we compared what the class had written and then you had to answer one question in a paragraph using evidence and facts to support your beliefs. "Who was more a threat? Stalin or Mussolini? Why?" This was due at the end of class today. Homework: Late work
Thursday December 12th
Today I recapped last class on Stalin & the 5 Year Plans before giving you time to finish the Exercises 2-7 Worksheet that the majority of you did not finish. When done, I asked you to finish any and all late work before taking the handout "Stalin and the Purges with Political Cartoons." You were asked to read about the 1936-1939 purges and the victims. Then you were to look over the 4 Hitler/Stalin Political cartoons on the last page and summarize what each of them suggested in point form. If you are done, hand it in. If not, we will continue next class. No homework for the weekend IF caught up with late work.
Tuesday December 11th
Today I did a review of last class and then lectured on the notes from the front board "Stalin & the Five Year Plans". You were to copy down the notes and then you were given the worksheet that you needed to complete with Exercises 2-7 from the reading on Stalin & the USSR from last class. Please finish for class on Thursday and there will not be homework for this weekend. Late work too!
Friday December 6th
Today I collected any late work and then introduced Stalin and his rise to power in Russia. I did an intro lecture from the 1917 Russian Revolution and the rise of the Bolshevik Party with Lenin & Trotsky, to Stalin's triumph in 1928. I then handed out the Stalin & the USSR handout to read and answer questions from. This is not homework... we will finish in class next Tuesday. Homework: Late assignments.
Wednesday December 4th
Today I collected your Mussolini Paragraphs in class and then reviewed (see white board notes) the Rise of Mussolini and the economic problems Italy faced as they entered WWII. We discussed the Lateran Treaty in 1929 with the Pope, the Rome-Berlin Axis of 1936, the Spanish Civil War and intro of General Franco, and then the roles of the dictators (Mussolini as Hitler's mentor until WWII starts). I then asked you to find a partner and complete the 5 political cartoon analysis worksheet in class today. I collected them at the end of the block today. No homework if up to date.
Monday December 2nd
Today I was away and Ms. Chatwin was in for me. She showed you the 25 minute documentary on Mussolini in class and then you had the Mussolini's Rise to Power paragraph to complete summarizing his rise to power in Italy. You had the rest of class to work on this. I will collect it next class when I am back.
Thursday November 28th
Today I collected your Treaty of Versailles paragraph and did a review of the treaty terms on the front board (see photo below). We went through it and then you had the rest of class to finish up the paragraphs or any late work. No homework for the weekend.
Tuesday November 26th
Today we officially start Term 2 (and discuss how many people did NOT hand in their Term 1 projects and research notes). We started this term with a review of the Treaty of Versailles and setting the stage for the rise of the dictators. I gave you the handout "Did the Treaty of Versailles give rise to the dictators". This paragraph assignment is due next day if not done today in class.
Friday November 22nd- PRO D DAY
Thursday November 21st- END OF TERM 1
Today is the last day of Term 1. Your Ancient Rome Inquiry projects and your research notes are due TODAY.
Wednesday November 13th
We will meet in the Library again for one last class to do your research for your Ancient Rome Inquiry Project.
DUE DATE FOR PROJECT: Thursday November 21st
Monday November 11th- Remembrance Day
Friday November 8th
We will meet in the Library again today for class. Continue working on late work and your Term 1 Ancient Rome Projects.
Wednesday November 6th - GOAL DAY
No classes but appointments for students who need to get caught up.
Monday November 4th
Today we will meet in the LIBRARY to work on your Ancient Rome Term 1 Project. I will not see you on Wednesday as it is Goal Day but we will meet in the library again on Friday for class. I gave out Goal Day forms today to those who need to see me on Wednesday.
Thursday October 31st
Happy Halloween! Today Block 1 met in the Library for a research day and Block 4 voted to stay in class for a Halloween mini-day lesson on Paranormal Psychology. We will meet again in the LIBRARY for class next week.
Tuesday October 29th
Today I introduced your Term 1 Research Project on Ancient Rome. After we went through the criteria sheet, we went to the Library where you were shown how to use the Historical Online Databases and how to use a proper MLA Bibliography. We will meet here for the next few classes.
Friday October 25th - Provincial Pro D Day
Thursday October 24th
Today I was in the building at our school's Leadership Retreat so Ms. Morris was in for me. She took you to Computer Lab 21 in the South Building to work on the "FAKE NEWS" Worksheet on Ancient Rome. You had the computers to complete research to determine if the statements I gave you were in fact true or if they were created by Hollywood and modern video games and are indeed "Fake News". This was due at the end of the class today. Homework if not done.
Tuesday October 22nd
Today we continued with clips from "Gladiator" and then discussed if Emperor Commodus was a real Emperor, did he die in the Colosseum, and was Maximus a real General in the Legion or not. We also examined how life must have been in the Empire and why would people cheer for death and brutality in the colosseum matches. What was the psychology behind it and do people still cheer at sporting events when things get rough? Hockey? Boxing? No homework today.
Friday October 18th
Today we looked at clips from the DVD "Gladiator" and tried to make comparisons from what was Hollywood and what was Fact. You had time to watch as it was a short Flex Day.
Wednesday October 16th
Today I collected any late assignments then took a time out from Rome to have you do your self-assessment Interim Report Cards. You were to fill them out, then hand them into me for me to complete. We then reviewed the big architectural feats of the Romans and moved on to focus on the Colosseum. No homework today.
Monday October 14th- Thanksgiving
Friday October 11th
Today I was away and Mr. Parker was in for me. You had the class to finish the Architectural Worksheet from last class. When done, you were to hand it in, then pick up the "Noting What I have Learned" sheet and summarize 4 things that you have learned about the Empire so far.
Wednesday October 9th
Today we continued with a quick recap of the 5 first Emperors from last class before moving on to the big architectural achievements of the Romans. I did a brainstorm activity with you including aqueducts, pantheon, roads, temples, forum, circus maximus, colosseum... I then had you start working on the Great Architectural Achievements of Rome Worksheet in class today. This is not homework. We will finish it in class next day.
Monday October 7th
Today I collected any late work and we began looking at the rise of the Empire. I handed out notes on "Republic to Empire" and we went through them before I started a Power Point on the Julio-Claudian (first 5 Emperors). We went through that and at the end of it, you were to write down which emperor was the most 'impactful'- positive or negative and why as your exit out the door. Homework: Late work.
Thursday October 3rd
Today I collected any late work and your "Roman Republic Assessment" today before moving on to introduce the early Roman Empire under Augustus Caesar. Many of you needed more time to get caught up so I gave you all 20 minutes to work on late assignments before I gave a lecture introducing and then previewing highlights of the Empire, how big it got, famous emperors you may have heard of and more. I handed out notes on the intro to Chapter 6 of the textbook so you had a copy of them, and a handout of the list of ALL the emperors that ruled Rome. I asked you to read that before the end of the class. No homework for the weekend if you are up to date.
Tuesday October 1st
Today we finished the video "What the Romans did for Us" and discussed the big architectural feats they were able to accomplish 1900 years ago. I then gave you a "Roman Republic Assessment" which will act an open book quiz in class today. I want to check in with students and see how we are doing before moving forward with the unit. If you do not finish in class today, please get it done for class on Thursday. Homework: FINISH ROMAN REPUBLIC ASSESSMENT FOR NEXT CLASS.
Friday September 27th
Today I collected any late Decline of the Republic assignments from last class (and any late work) before briefly reviewing the end of the Republic. I then asked you to think about the architectural structures from Ancient Rome that we know about. We went through the Colosseum, aqueducts, the forum, the bath houses, public toilets, the Pantheon, etc. I then decided to show you a BBC video called "What the Romans Did for Us" (full video available under the download section on this site). We watched it in class today. No homework for the weekend.
Wednesday September 25th
Today I was back and I recapped last class with the TOC. I then finished the ppoint on Julius Caesar, Marc Antony, Cleopatra, Octavian and the death of Caesar and ultimately the Republic. I then showed you a Crash Course History clip on Rome (see below) and gave you time to finish the Decline of Rome questions in class that included the PHOTO FINISH page where you were to explain the TOP 8 things that you remember about the Rise and Fall of the Roman Republic. This is due on Friday if not done in class today.
Monday September 23rd
Today I was home sick and Ms. Chatwin was in for me. She gave you the slides to the PPoint we started last class on the Rise of Julius Caesar. You were then given a handout of questions "The Decline of the Roman Republic" to start working on in class today. This is not homework. I will hopefully be back next class to go over and finish the ppoint and give you time to work on this.
Friday September 20th- PRO D DAY
Wednesday September 18th
Today we started by finishing your assignment from last class. You were to summarize Hannibal's attack and the start of the Civil Wars handout as well as the two questions from the textbook. When we finished, you were to hand it in today. I then started the powerpoint "Rise of the Generals & Julius Caesar". We went through the first 9 slides or so up to the introduction of Gaius Marius and the Legion, and then Pompey, Crassus, and Caesar's 'First Triumvirate'. No homework. We will pick up where we left off next class... Caesar is returning to Rome...
Monday September 16th
Today I started with a 15 Question MC Powerpoint Challenge with questions on what we have done so far on Rome. I had you get into partners and we did all 15 questions. Top 3 scores got a prize. I then asked to you read the notes on the Punic Wars and start the assignment on the back. 1) Summarize the start of the Civil War and then do questions 1 and 2 in the textbook. You had the remainder of class to work on this. This is not homework if not done. We will finish in class on Wednesday. I also handed back both worksheets that I marked from last week. If you did not hand this in yet, it is now late so please get it in asap.
Thursday September 12th
Today we did a review of what we have done so far on early Rome (Etruscans, Rise of the Republic, structure of government) Then I introduced the PUNIC WARS today. We looked at the geography of the Roman Republic and how they ran out of land when the hit the ocean and wanted to colonize into Sicily which was occupied and controlled by the Carthaginian Empire. We then went on to do a powerpoint on the Punic Wars (the first one- naval battle, the 2nd one with Hannibal, and the 3rd one which was -in my opinion- a little unnecessary). I then handed out summary notes on the Punic Wars (Blk 1 only- Blk 4 we will do this next week). Block 1 started the first question on the handout and block 4 continued reading. No homework for either block.
Tuesday September 10th
Today we looked at the end of the Etruscan era and the Roman people overthrowing them and establishing the Republic. We read through the handout "Struggle for Political Power..." and then after going through it together, you were to answer the Roman Republic Worksheet from the readings in class. This was due a the end of the class. If not done, please get it finished for class on Thursday.
Friday September 6th
Today I introduced the Roman Etruscan people who were the first ones to found Tuscany and Rome. We went through a historical timeline of empires leading up to Rome and then I did an intro lesson on the Etruscans. We also read a handout of notes on "The rise of early Rome" and the myths and legends of Romulus and Remus. I then had a summary sheet where you were to summarize the origins of early Rome by the end of the class. No homework today. Enjoy your weekend!
Wednesday September 4th
Welcome to class! Today we will go over the course outline and what we will be covering this year, expectations, the class website, and any questions you may have. There is no textbook for this course.
Tuesday September 3rd 2019
School Starts- Welcome back!
DOWNLOADS AND HANDOUTS:
Term 3 Geography Unit
World War II- Pacific Theatre
World War II- European Theatre
Rise of the Dictators - Europe after WWI
The Roman Empire
Early Etruscan Rome & Rise of the