Thursday, December 8, 2016

Friday, December 9. 2016

It's Flex Friday so AG first and then choose your morning schedule.

I will be available all morning long for assistance on Social Studies 11 Dictatorship for Dummies projects or for Geography students.

A note for Geo 12 students:


  1. Nine of you have yet to submit your work from Week 10 (from a month ago)
  2. Nine of you have yet to submit a Medicine Hat Topographic Map lab (from 3 weeks ago)
  3. Fifteen of you have yet to submit your work from Week 12 (from 2 weeks ago) 
  4. Twenty-four of you have yet to submit your work from Week 13 (from last week)
Today would be an EXCELLENT day to get caught up!

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Thursday, November 8. 2016

Today's schedule is D-C-B-A


D Block Crime, Media and Society 12 - Today you'll have the block to work on your clique assignment or your social influences assignment that are due Tuesday. From yesterday, what are the cliques that exist in our school? To start Identify/ Brainstorm as many as you can on your own and, while avoiding stereotypes, try to describe the typical member of each clique. Get together with another two students in the class and form a triad - a group of three (not a dyad - a group of two). In your triad groups, select one clique in the school and make a poster that graphically depicts that group. Make sure that there are explanations of their behaviours, attire, appearance, attitudes and beliefs...hmmm maybe their clique culture? How crazy is this? Ever seen the high school story game for Apple and Android products?

Play HIGH SCHOOL STORY and create the school of your dreams, filled with all your friends. Throw parties, go on dates, and recruit jocks, nerds, cheerleaders, and MANY MORE classmates to unlock their stories! Plan a surprise birthday party, star in a fashion show, go on a wild spring break beach trip, and discover hundreds of other adventures!
  • THROW PARTIES to unlock over 30 characters! 
  • DATE your crush and play matchmaker for everyone at your school! 
  • BATTLE a rival high school in an evolving story, including a showdown at the Homecoming game, a science fair, a prank war, and more! 
  • PUT YOUR FRIENDS in the game and join them on adventures, dates, and parties! 
  • MAKE NEW FRIENDS and play their stories! 
  • BUILD your dream school and decorate it with everything from a half-pipe to a box of puppies! 




Why Cliques Form at Some High Schools and Not Others

Buzzfeed Can We Guess What Clique You Belonged To In High School?

C & B Blocks Social Studies 11 - Today we'll finish the Love, Hate, Propaganda video on Adolph Hitler, Benito Mussolini, Joseph Stalin and Hideki Tojo. After we'll begin our look at the steps to world war two and Canada's response. We'll review your work on the rise of dictators and then we'll examine German aggression in terms of European politics. Next we'll look at isolation and appeasement along with Canada's declaration of war. I'll show you some archival footage from Germany and then you'll need to work on questions 2, 3, and 5 from page 98 along with questions 1 through 4 on page 105 of the Counterpoints text.

From the CBC website...

The Strongmen is the story of Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini, Joseph Stalin and Emperor Hirohito of Japan. Each employed propaganda in their own way to gain absolute control over their citizens. In Italy, the face of fascism is that of Benito Mussolini, a colourful performer, and a brutal thug who counts Hitler as his friend and ally. In Russia, Joseph Stalin's insistence on total devotion would range from the horrific to the tragic-comic. And in Japan, Emperor Hirohito is seen as a demi-God, able to protect his people from all outside threats.

The Spanish Civil War in 1936 is effectively a dress rehearsal for the real war that would soon erupt between the Axis and Allied powers, and Communist and Fascist ideologies. In the Pacific, Japan launches a brutal attack on Nanking, foreshadowing the barbarity that would soon engulf Europe.

A Block Geography 12 -Today we will look at reading a weather map. You can practice by using the following web pages:
Wisconsin station model exercise
WW2010 University of Illinois weather page
Weather Report.com

We'll start by using the WeatherCycler to understand the three dimensional aspects of a low pressure system. We'll work together as a class on Activities 1 - 3 and then I'll have you work in partners on activities 4, 5 and 6. Your activity after this is to read through the section on weather station models, complete the model plots in the week 13 package and then be the weather forecaster for Detroit Michigan. Look in your week 13 package to see the synoptic chart (also below) and then figure out the probable weather for the next two days.


Take some time on the following sites to learn more and to practice your weather operational analysis capabilities:
WW2010 - University of Illinois Weather site
National Weather Service "Jet Stream" online weather school
American Meteorological Society "Data Streme"
USA Today Reading Weather Maps
Satellite Meteorology Course Weather Forecasting Module
Practise at: Weather Office (Environment Canada) Operational Analysis Charts or at the Data Streme site above

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Wednesday, December 7. 2016

Today's schedule is B-A-D-C

B & C Blocks Social Studies 11 -  Today is it...we're in the library for the last day for you to work on your "Complete Idiot's Guide to Fascist Dictatorship" project (due next week). I really don't want you to get caught up in the minutia of details. The important thing here is to see the big picture and understand how the dictators in the 30's came to power and then held on to power. Look at Monday's blog entry for help or see me too. Good luck.

A Block Geography 12 - Today we'll start looking at storms and "CYCLOGENESIS"...sweet! We will look at mid-latitude cyclones and the source regions of air masses that cause these storms to develop. We'll analyze the difference between the three dimensional structure of a warm front and a cold front and your work to accomplish for the day is questions 1, 2, and 5 from page 147 and question 10 from page 248 in your Geosystems textbook. The following sites will help with cyclogenesis:
Michael Ritter's The Physical Environment: An Introduction to Physical Geography on line text
National Weather Service Jet Stream on line weather school
University of Illinois WW2010 Weather Wold Project

Rapid Cyclogenesis Web lesson
Environment Canada Understanding Cyclogenesis


D Block Crime, Media and Society 12 -Today we'll look at groups and socialization. Our focus today will be on in-groups, out-groups and social integration along with agents of socialization (family, school, peer groups and mass media). Groups are really important because they affect the way we view the world, our sense of self, and our understanding of where we fit into the larger social scene. The family is the most basic primary group we belong to. We may also have close friends or belong to a support group that we feel close intimate ties with. This leads me to today's activity:

There are many groups or "cliques" in this school. A "clique" is a group of people who interact with each other more regularly and intensely than others in the same setting. Interacting with cliques at school is part of normative social development regardless of gender, ethnicity, or popularity.

So, what are the cliques that exist in our school? To start Identify/ Brainstorm as many as you can on your own and, while avoiding stereotypes, try to describe the typical member of each clique. Get together with another two students in the class and form a triad - a group of three (not a dyad - a group of two). In your triad groups select one clique in the school and make a poster that graphically depicts that group. Make sure that there are explanations of their behavious, attire, appearance, attitudes and beliefs...hmmm maybe their clique culture? This will be due next Tuesday in class. Your activity from yesterday will also be due next Tuesday and I'll give you more time tomorrow to work on either your clique assignment or your social influences assignment.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Tuesday, December 6. 2016

Today's schedule is C-D-A-B

C & B Block Social Studies 11 - We'll continue in the library for the next day for you to work on your "Complete Idiot's Guide to Fascist Dictatorship" project (due next Monday). I really don't want you to get caught up in the minutia of details. The important thing here is to see the big picture and understand how the dictators in the 30's came to power and then held on to power. Look at yesterday's blog entry for help or see me too. I'll have a few previous examples in the library for you to peruse. Good luck.

D Block Crime, Media and Society 12 - Over the last two weeks we've looked at media and developed some media literacy skills. This week we'll look at Sociology - given that the course is called "Crime, Media and Society" it makes sense to look at society and how it is structured. Today we'll spend some time looking at types of societies, norms, roles, institutions and culture. Then, I would like for you to consider how have you been shaped by society.

On a large sheet of paper you need to draw an image of you (or print off your favourite photo of yourself) and then you to create a visual map of you in society. What social forces have impacted your life? How has culture influenced you? How have social institutions affected who you are? What are the most important cultural elements of your own social group or subculture? This poster should be a visual representation of the social influences on your life...use symbols, images, words and ideas to graphically depict where you fit into society.

Tomorrow we'll look at groups and socialization and Thursday we'll examine Social Stratification, Inequality and Deviance. A really good on-line book that can help with all of these topics is Sociology: Understanding and Changing the Social World, Brief Edition, v. 1.0.1 by Steven E. Barkan.

A Block Geography 12 - Today we'll look at atmospheric moisture, humidity, and the four atmospheric mechanisms that cool a parcel of air to its dew point & cause precipitation (orographic, convectional, frontal, and radiative cooling). You will complete questions 9 from page 211 and 21 & 23 from page 212 of your Geosystems textbook. While you are working on the questions I'll have the BBC DVD The Weather on for us to watch the WET episode. The Weather is a major BBC documentary exploring the extremes of the world's climate with the engaging presenter Donal MacIntyre and in WET we ride with the rain from the wettest place in Europe to the wettest place in the world, with a stop under the parched Texan skies, where farmers hope to harness the power of nature to create rain. From the first drop of a monsoon to the floods that kill millions each year, water brings life and death in equal measure.

Don't forget that every day we are going to start by looking at the synoptic forecast along with weather maps.
Data Streme
Envrionment Canada: Weather Office Comox

The Weather Network

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Monday, December 5. 2016

Today's schedule is A-B-C-D

A Block Geography 12 -Today we'll continue our look at weather; working on an activity called “Air: The High and Low of it” in your week 14 package. After you have finished this activity you need to complete questions 19 and 21 from page 177 in your Geosystems textbook.

Don't forget, we'll start the class by looking at the synoptic chart for North America and begin to understand weather station plots. Take some time on the following sites to learn more and to practice your weather operational analysis capabilities:
WW2010 - University of Illinois Weather site
National Weather Service "Jet Stream" online weather school
American Meteorological Society "Data Streme"
USA Today Reading Weather Maps
Practise at: Weather Office (Environment Canada) Operational Analysis Charts or at the Data Streme site above
The Weather Network


B & C Block Social Studies 11 - Today we are off to the library to begin our research on the "Dictatorship for Dummies" project. It will be your job to create a "Dictatorship for Dummies" or "Complete Idiot's Guide to Dictatorship" book. These guides will need to use the experiences of Joseph Stalin in the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, Adolph Hitler in Nazi Germany, and Benito Mussolini in Fascist Italy in order to describe the following:

  • What is a dictatorship?
  • What social and economic conditions allowed the development of dictatorships?
  • How did the dictators come to power? (did they create or join a political party? How did they get elected or did they? What factors allowed them to assume control of their country?)
  • How did the dictators hold on to power? What did they do once they got power to consolidate their control?
  • What did they do to convince the people of their country to abandon their rights?
  • How can the reader of the book become a dictator? (a step-by-step guide)
Use the photocopied information about Germany, Italy, and the U.S.S.R. that I gave you yesterday in class, use the Internet, and your textbook in order to get the information you need to create your Idiot's Guide or Dummies book. You are, in essence, showing how to become a fascist dictator (getting and then holding on to power).

Five great print resources in the library are the Longman 20th Century History Series written by Josh Brooman: Italy and Mussolini 1900-45 (945.091 BRO); Weimar Germany 1918-33 (943.086 BRO); Hitler's Germany 1933-45 (943.086 BRO); Stalin and the Soviet Union 1924-53 (947 BRO) and Roads to War the Origins of the Second World War 1929-41 (940.53 BRO). In the class I have copies of the Time-Life Series The Third Reich: The New Order; The Twisted Dream; and Storming to Power. I also have a copy of The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A history of Nazi Germany by William L. Shirer and two books on Fascism - one by Stanley Payne and the other by Alan Cassels. Your textbook is a good resource (see pages 92-96) and you could also look at the following on line resources:

Remember.org Nazi Fascism and the modern Totalitarian State
Foundations of the Nazi State
From Democracy to Dictatorship: the German police
Establishment of the Nazi dictatorship
Totalitarianism in Europe
Death of the Father: An anthropology of the ends of political authority
Britannica The rise of Dictators
Age of Totalitarianism
Life in Fascist Italy
Fascist Italy
Italy the Fascist Era
Italian Fascism
Stalin
Life in the USSR under Stalin
Communist Dictatorship of Stalin
The Dictators: Hitler's Germany and Stalin's Russia
Stalin's Russian Dictatorship


D Block Crime, Media and Society 12 - Today we're back in the library working on two things. Just a reminder, when posting on the site it is important to identify yourself with something other than your "handle"...slim, smoidawg, imreadytogo66, jds55, bigmuzzy laundry. I really appreciate that you're willing to post in the on line class but remember "Use each other's names" and "Avoid slang and sarcasm". Now for today I'd like you to do two things:


  1. Work through the three questions from Friday on the Dateline "My Kid Would Never Do That: Stranger Danger" along with the "Big Ideas connecting the three shows" questionReality Crime Television.
  2. Begin work on the individual media monitoring assignment Individual Media Monitoring Assignmnet