During this first week of civics the class looked at the concept of citizenship and the importance of the individual in social and political change. We also considered the responsibility each citizen has in the governing and monitoring of our government. In addition the class was introduced to various types of government. We will continue to look at the origins and definitions that make up the political spectrum.
During this week we finished our unit on the rise of various fascist regimes in the 1930s. Early in the week we looked at the spread of this political movement into Canada focusing on the rise of Nazism in 1930s Toronto. Later in the week we did a review in class on the main content of this unit. There will be a unit test on this material on February 12.
During this week we completed presentations on Classic Greece and started our overview on the rise and empire of Alexander the Great. We will finish our examination of Greece next week. This will be followed by a test on Greece from the Minoans to Alexander the Great on Thursday Feb 15.
During this week the class continued our examination of the major immigration waves during the 20th century with a focus on the drive to populate the prairies at the turn of the century. This is part of an effort to introduce elements of the Grade 10 history course that examines Canada’s role in world affairs in the 20th Century. Later in the week students wrote a test on the terms and graphs related to Demographics.
The grade 10 Canadian History students will be writing a test on Monday Feb 12. The test will cover the following material:
- An overview of the economic and social conditions of European nations at the end of WW1
- The economic and social conditions in Germany that resulted in support of the Nazis
- An overview of the political and social philosophies of Adolf Hitler and the Nazis
- The economic and social conditions in Japan and Italy that resulted in expansion into China and Ethiopia in the 30s
- Anti-Semitism in Canada and in particular Toronto in the early 1930s
- Appeasement of the dictators and the key acts of fascist aggression that led to WW2
During the week of January 22-26 the class looked at the Persian wars from the perspective of the Persians. The documentary and discussions are intended to counter the western perspective that dominates our views on the forces that threatened the Greek civilization around 500 BCE. This was followed by group presentations on various aspects of Classic Greece. These presentations will continue into the week of February 5-9.
During the last week of the first term civics course, students met with the teacher one-on-one to go over their summatives. The purpose of these meetings was to tidy up the various activist letters and posters they have been working on. The finished, edit letters will be sent out next week.