Monday, December 10, 2018

The Untold Stories of WWI

For so long, social studies, especially the study of war and conflict, has focused on the dates, specific battles, and memorizing facts.  While these details are important, the most powerful elements of history are the stories, and so it's imperative that we spend time studying and bringing these (often forgotten) stories to life.

WWI ASSIGNMENT (BESIDES YOUR QUIZ, THIS IS YOUR MAIN ASSESSMENT)

What do I have to do?  

Step 1 - Spend some time exploring the links.  I have provided a few different websites for each topic choice, however you are required to find at least 3-4 other sources on your topic.  Wikipedia is not a source.  I have purposefully chosen topics that aren't part of your general study of WWI, so it may take a bit of time to find the right topic, since many of these may be new to you.  There is a limited number of people per topic, so it is first come, first serve.  If you find your own particular topic that you think meets the criteria, then feel free to suggest it to me.

Step 2 - Research and gather information - in your own words. Check for multiple sources.  Explore other sources to see if they correspond.

Step 3 - Find 2-3 PRIMARY or SECONDARY SOURCE DOCUMENTS images/photographs/maps/visuals/letters/battle plans/propaganda posters, etc. (not a movie!) that you think you would be good at 'representing the story' that you want to tell.

Step 4 - Put together your 'Untold Story of WWI' - be ready to share your story in class on Thursday, December 20th.   If you need an extension - you will have to apply to Ms. Sawatsky to have extra time over the break.  You can demonstrate your learning/research as:

What will my final assignment look like? 

 Option 1 - A written piece that includes your 2-3 primary source documents within the document (should be roughly 2 pages 1.5 spaced at 12 font, not including primary sources)
  • Creative writing  (fake journal entries, narrative, fake letter correspondance, collection of poetry, etc.)
  • An expository essay
Option 2 - An artistic representation that includes 2-3 primary source documents (could be drawn or real-ones incorporated).  Will discuss length/criteria with each person individually
  • A cartoon/short graphic novel excerpt  
  • Video with your own personal narration 
  • Something else that is agreed upon by me

What does my assignment have to include?  

CRITERIA -  You will be assessed on 3 parts to your assignment 
Research Notes + Bibliography - detailed, multiple and varied sources (4-5), thorough

Content - your assignment must incorporate the following things.  You can 'weave them into the assignment' or just use different headings. 
  • A description of the setting - what important background information does the reader need to know?  (Ex.  Where is this event/story taking place?  What's the time period?  What stage of the war is this?  What 'side' of the war is your story connected to?  If you are studying the role of nurses like in WWI, what was the role of women like prior to WWI?)
  • Clear connection to WWI - was your story part of fighting, home front, Western Front, Eastern Front, Treaty negotiations, Human Rights issues at 'home', etc.?
  • A description of your event - what details do we need to know. 
  • Outcome - How did the story(ies) end? wrap-up?  
  • An explanation of how your primary sources are relevant and connected to the story you are trying to tell
Analysis - 
  • A clear demonstration of how your chosen primary sources connect to your story
  • Is your story an example of heroism or tragedy, or both? 
  • Why is this an important story for us to know - what bigger ideas does it connect to? 
  • What lessons/important knowledge can we gain from this story? 


TOPIC CHOICES:
Keep checking back, this will be continually updated

The Human Side of War
Life Beyond Fighting
Human Rights & War

Being Different
Geographic Challenges
Post War - The Aftermath









Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Cold War Society Quiz - 1950s & 1960s

Here we go.. we are in the last stretch of the year!

WHAT TEXT PAGES AM I RESPONSIBLE FOR?

Chapter 6 - "Refining an Identity" pgs 168-191 + pg. 200  (post war- 1960)
Chapter 7 - "Times of Turmoil"  pgs. 204-212 + 215-216 + 227-228 + 230-231 (1960s-early 1970s) + pg. 295 - Civil Disobedience

KEY THEMES:

  • Immediate Impact of WWII - Oil, $, War Brides, Rise of Car culture, Suburbs, Cold War Paranoia, 1950s values of 'perfect women/teenagers', impact of TV
  • Autonomy - To what extent did Canada gain political autonomy ('middle power', Vietnam War, etc.)
  • Autonomy - To what extent did Canada protect its social/cultural autonomy (Medicare, CRTC, CBC, NFB, Flag, etc.)
  • Canada's role in SUEZ crisis (peacekeeping) and VIETNAM war (refusal, 'boat people' - immigration)
  • Rise of Protest Movements & Fight for Equal Rights (Women, Environment, Aboriginal peoples, French Canadians, Civil Rights, LGBTQ, Vietnam Protests)
  • Idea and definition of CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE with clear examples
  • Key accomplishments & qualities of Diefenbaker and Lester Pearson as leaders


KEY TERMS:

Massey Commission; Canada Council for the Arts, CBC, NFB, Hockey Night in Canada, CRTC, Cold War (communist vs. capitalist); Superpowers; Canada as Middle Power; Bi-polar world; Suez Crisis; Peacekeeping; Blue Helmets; Invention of 'teenager'; Rock and Roll; War Brides; Suburbs; Age of Automobile; Baby boomers; nuclear family; 'greasers'

Canadian Bill of Rights; Medical Care Act; Quiet Revolution; Official Languages Act; FLQ; separatism; Beatles; Maple Leaf flag debate; Canada Pension Plan; Woodstock; Kent State Protests; Omnibus Bill-C150; Civil Rights movement; Napalm; Greenpeace; Silent Spring by Rachel Carson; Harvey Milk; Draft Dodgers; March on Washington

Quiz will be out of 20-25 - MC & Short Answer

Note, you have 2 quizzes and an essay left before the end of the year.

HELPFUL THINGS ALONG YOUR WAY:

Cold War Society Powerpoints:
Handouts, Notes & Activities

 

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

World War II Review and Final Test Prep

We are ready for our WWII test, and essay writing.  Keep in mind that strong writing is about preparation, practice and confidence.  The more you prepare, the more confident you will feel when the day of the test comes.  Set your goals, and use the rubric as a guide for expectations and assessment.

TEST - FROM PAGES 142 - DIEPPE TO END OF WAR - PGS 160.
20 MC QUESTIONS + 1 ESSAY ON HOME FRONT

KEY TOPICS:  BATTLES, HOME FRONT & TRAGEDIES - HOLOCAUST + ATOMIC BOMB

REVIEW POWERPOINTS FOR THE UNIT:

Review powerpoint - Axis and Allies
Opening the Second Front - Normandy & D-Day
War in Pacific - from Manchuria to V-J day
The Final Solution - Holocaust & War Crimes

NOTES, BATTLES & HANDOUTS

Battle of Dieppe - Connection to Enigma
The War Spreads - new theatres of war - Stalingrad & North Africa
The Tide Turns - Allies get the upper hand
Backgrounder - Asia Pacific War
Battle of Ortona - Invasion of Italy
Liberation of the Netherlands
Home Front Notes and Questions
Enigma Machine - Codebreaking and Bletchley Park
Operation Valkyrie
Holocaust Notes
Band of Brothers discussion questions
Downfall scene - last day's of Hitler life


GOOD VIDEO CLIPS FOR REVIEW:

Contributions of Chinese Canadian soldiers
Firebombing of Japan - Fog of War
Home Front - NFB & Ronnie the Bren Gun Girl - Love, Hate & Propaganda, Meet the Enemy

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Webquest ~ World War II

Over Spring Break, you are expected to complete this Webquest.

This is your assignment for Spring Break - not too hard, hopefully very interesting.
Please answer the questions on a Microsoft Word Document with your full name and block and email the completed assignment to me at Alana.Sawatsky@sd41.bc.ca before our first class back from Spring Break. 

ASSIGNMENT: Each section will be assessed for accuracy, and the 'choice sections/questions' will be assessed for detail and writing quality.    /15

BATTLES

SECTION 1. Head to BBC's World History Site     this is an excellent resource
  • A. Expand "World War II - key events" --and open the timeline
    • Question 1 - In what year did Pearl Harbour occur, trigger the US' entrance into the war?
    • Question 2 - At the end of the war, which two countries were racing to Berlin to force the Nazis to surrender?  Who reaches Berlin first?  
    • Question 3 - How does Hitler eventually die? 
  • B. Head to "D-Day and Operation Overlord"  - and then click on D-Day Simulation and watch the animation
    • Question 1 - What was the date and time of day of this operation?
    • Question 2 - Where did this operation take place?
    • Question 3 - What were the 5 beachheads named?  What was the Canadian beachhead?   
    • Question 4 - Explain why this battle was so important to the Allies, and helped secure their victory in Europe.
           C. Head to "Battle in North Africa" Animated Map
      Question 1 - In what type of geographic landscape did this battle take place?  (forest, ocean, etc.)
      Question 2 - What did American Ernst Rommel's nickname become after this battle? Question 3 - Where was the key battle of this conflict?  'El _________________'
      Question 4 - In the last slide, it shows the Allies in Tunis.  Where do you think they will attack from here?
Click on Europe and Africa
  • A. Find the picture that says the "Battle of Britain"; then, select "Battle of Britain' photograph
    • Review Question 1- Who was the Prime Minister of Britain during the Battle of Britain? 
    • Review Question 2 - How many nights straight was the city of London bombed during the 'blitz'? 
    • Review Question 3 - Who won the Battle of Britain?
    • Review Question 4 - Record one new interesting fact about the Battle of Britain
  • B. 'zoom out' and then select 'Yalta Conference' and read the text description
    • Question 1 - Which nations were considered 'the Big 3', and what were the names of the leaders?
    • Question 2 - In what month and year did the 'Big Three' meet in the city of Yalta?
    • Question 3 - What 3 issues were discussed at this conference?
    • Question 4 - The controversial agreements that were made set the stage for what major event following WWII?
  • C. 'zoom out' back to main page and select 'Leningrad siege'
    • Question 1 - In what country is Leningrad, and how long did the siege last? 
    • Question 2 - How many civilians died during the siege?  
  • D. zoom out and then play around in some of the other areas of the world, you might want to find out what the Manhatten Project was, or more about kamikaze pilots in Asia. 
  • CHOICE - Once you are finished exploring, record 3 interesting facts that you discovered from other areas.

STORIES
SECTION 3.  HOLOCAUST 
Click on  BBC History's Genocide Page expand the section, and click on 'Interactive Map of 'Auschwitz'  
  • Question 1 - What were the Einzatsgruppen?
  • Question 2 - Enter into the 'Auschwitz' camp.  What happened in the crematorium? 
  • Question 3 -  What happened in the 'Kanada' room?   
  • CHOICE - Record some of your thoughts about the Holocaust that you considered, as you completed this activity.
SECTION 4.  BATAAN DEATH MARCH
Head to Eyewitness History - a site of primary source documents that help bring some of the stories of WWII to life.  Warning, this is a bit difficult to read.

          Question 1- Where did the Bataan death march take place?
           Question 2 - What were some of the brutal tactics that the Japanese enacted on the Prisoners of War? 
          Question 3 - Do you think soldiers that survived can recover from surviving an event like this? Support your thesis with detail.  

OPTIONAL:  Play the Battle of the Atlantic game and see you if you can win!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

World War II Quest Prep

Hello there everyone,

here are some links to help you prepare for your Quest this week.

1. Quest Outline - Key Terms & Concepts to Know
2. Practice Test - Multiple Choice
3. Answer key to Bomber Command/RAF homework
4. Review powerpoint - Pacific/Canada's entry
5. Powerpoint - early battles up to Battle of Britain
6. Stations Activity - Answer Key

Movie Clip:
Winston Churchill Accomplishments
Memorial for Nanjing Massacre - The Guardian

Helpful Websites
BBC World History - WWII


Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Interwar Period Test Prep: Handouts from 1920s/1930s

Hello there...
Here are some resources to help you prepare for your unit test this week - Friday (6), Tuesday (4).

1920s Handouts/Resources

Intro Discussion Questions
"To Roar or Not to Roar"
Autonomy Notes
Cartoon Assignment - Key Events of 1920s
Social and Economic Influences of 1920s

Intro 1920s Ppt
1920s Review PPt

1930s Handouts/Resources

1930s Overview (Test Outline for 1930s)
Economic Review -Great Depression Notes
Effects of Great Depression and Responses
Great Depression Wrap-Up and Lessons to be learned
Secret Lives of Prime Ministers

Great Depression Powerpoint
Images from Great Depression - PPT

You have the test outline - please be informed that you are responsible for all of Chapter 3 & 4.  Note, we have adjusted the test outline so that there WILL NOT be an essay on the test, but rather MC and short answer responses.   We will prepare for the essay for the WWII test.








Thursday, December 18, 2014

20th Century Movie Watching Competition - let all those interested get involved



Yes. We all know that watching Hollywood movies is not always a great way to learn about history from an accurate perspective but it can help bring some of these events to life.

We are going to have a competition that will last until the end of March.  Most movies watched wins a prize (that will be good). It will not involve a higher mark. 

CRITERIA:
  • Watch the movie - scribble down a couple of notes
  • Have a conversation with me that includes
    • 3 THINGS YOU LIKED ABOUT THE MOVIE
    • 2 THINGS YOU THOUGHT CONNECTED TO THE COURSE CURRICULUM
    • 1 THING THAT YOU THOUGHT WAS INACCURATE OR PROBLEMATIC
  • If you've seen the movie in the last 12 months, it can count.  Otherwise, you must re-watch it with a new lens.  Many of them can be borrowed from me, or from the library.
  • Record your movie on the list in the classroom beside your name.
  • Note some of them may be restricted rating - please have your parents approve this choice.
MOVIE LIST:  Evolving document

WWI
All Quiet on the Western Front
Legends of the Fall
Passchendaele
The Trench
Joyeux Noel

1920's/1930s
Modern Times (1936)
Citizen Kane
The Great Gatsby
The Untouchables
Cinderella Man
The Great Debaters
O Father Where Art Thou?
The King's Speech

WWII
Nanjing
Downfall
Das Boot
U-571
Letters from Iwo Jima
Schindler's List
The Pianist
Swing Kids
Casablanca
English Patient
Imitation Game
Unbroken
Defiance

Cold War Conflicts 
Apocalypse Now
The Killing Fields
Good Morning, Vietnam
Hope and Glory
Thirteen Days
JFK
Good Night and Good luck
The Good Shepard
The Last King of Scotland
Charlie Wilson's War
Atomic Café

Late 20th century
Hotel Rwanda
Shake Hands with the Devil
Blood Diamond
Forest Gump
The Iron Lady

Documentary
Aftermath - Remnants of War (WWI, WWII, Vietnam)