I think it is prudent if we hold off the unit test until we return on Tuesday. Test writing is a skill, and I would like to take some time to discuss how to prepare and write the upcoming unit test on the First World War.
We will also do some "fun" review in class (start with this on-line quiz..how high can you score?)
If you need some help "filling in the gaps" in your learning, a good place to start is with Sparknotes. While not the most in depth of websites (and very American-centric), it does give you a good general overview of the main issues/components of the the war.
Reminder that your Propaganda assignments are still due Tuesday (no extensions, that's the deal!), and your Passchendaele media literacy work is due on Wednesday.
Today in class we will tie up all the "loose ends", taking a look at the War in the Air, Billy Bishop and the Red Baron, the war at sea, and armistace and the resulting Treaty of Versailles. We will be busy..so hang on!
Remember, you have your unit test tomorrow. I am available via email until 10pm tonight if you'd like extra help or need some "pointers".
Hopefully, we will have enough time to finish up the presentations today. So far, I have been generally impressed with the quality of research (we just have to work on "tweaking" our presentation skills). You are reminded to forward your class handout so it can be stored digitally on the website. All submissions will be listed below:
Vimy Ridge 1917 / Vimy Ridge Prezi
St Eloi Craters
Battle of the Somme
Ypres (Second Battle of)
Canal du Nord and Cambrai
Today, we will start your oral presentations on important battles from the First World War. You are responsible for taking notes, and all information is "fair game" for the test and the final exam. For those of you who are interested, there is an excellent overview of Canada's involvement in the Great War posted on Youtube (and I have posted both part 1 and part 2 of the video below). It is well worth the one hour you'll spend watching it.
Today we'll take a look at the year "1917" and how it was the turning point of the war. We'll look at the concept of historical significance and how to apply the concept to our note-taking and general understanding.
Don't forget that presentations start tomorrow (all battles up to Vimy Ridge on Wednesday, and Vimy Ridge to the end of the war on Thursday). The material covered during the presentations is "fair game" for the test (and the final exam), so take responsibility for your learning and ask questions, and make sure you do not leave the presentations without a good understanding of the topic being presented.
Propaganda is the organized dissemination of information to influence thoughts, beliefs, feelings, and actions. All combatant nations used propaganda during the war to encourage citizens to make sacrifices and contributions to hasten victory or endure defeat. Governments and private organizations produce or commission posters and other items to support recruitment, promote military production, inform citizens about proper conduct, and assure people that their governments are taking appropriate action.
We are going to spend this period looking at propaganda techniques, actual posters used in the war, and start the process of creating our own propaganda (circa the Great War).
I am away at the Board Office today, but my expectations for your behaviour remain the same. You are to complete all the work that was assigned yesterday (see below), and to also label the trench diagram (you can use www.firstworldwar.com to help you with that). You and your partner can also use the time to research your battle, and to get some fo the initial planning for your presentation out of the way. There are several good websites listed in the websites portion of the digital binder.
If you need any help, feel free to contact me and I'll do my best to get back to during class time (depending on how busy my meeting keeps me).
Today, we are going to finish up yesterday's overview of the war, and spend more time focusing on the daily life of a typical soldier. Please read this primary source on body lice, this glossary of WWI slang, this handout on the equipment carried by a typical infantry soldier, Sam's Army, and the Ross Rifle (whew! yes..you'll be busy). We will also be labeling the features of a trench.
This will be the on-line binder for the CHC2DI class.