As a conclusion to the unit on Communism vs. Capitalism during February 24, the class watched The Killing Fields, a film recounting the Cambodian genocide. This film illustrates not only the conflict between these political philosophies, but also how when communism is misinterpreted, can be extremely destructive to a society.
During week of February, the class examined the techniques used by Otto Von Bismarck to unify the German states as well as the diplomatic and military strategies he used to isolate and defeat his European opponents. Later in the week the class went through a brief review of content for the test scheduled for March 3.
During week of February 24, students in grade nine geography wrote a test on demographics. This was followed by an introduction to the concept of urbanization and how this trend is affecting the development of Canada.
During week of February 24, students were assigned and researched a specific technology/event/feature of WWII. This work will be handed in during first week of March and will be part of a class discussion/presentation in week of March 24. A package of student work will be available after March break.
During the week of February 17, the class finished our round table discussions on the Industrial Revolution. Later in the week we considered the role of Napoleon III on the modernization of France and began readings on the unification of Italy and Germany with a focus on Guiseppe Garibaldi and Otto Von Bismarck.
As part of our look at communism, capitalism and modern Russia, the class examined some of the key issues surrounding the Olympics: particularly policies relating to homosexuality and Chechnya. Later in week of February 17 students wrote a test covering this topic.
As part of our studies of demographics, students wrote a test on demographic terms and the impact of population growth and decline and Canada’s immigration history. Some classes will also have begun watching Soylent Green, a sci-fi film focusing on rampant population growth and its impact on society.