Sunday, January 18, 2009

Monday, January 19, 2009

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

B- Earth and Space Science 11 - Today we will go to the library for an extra bonus work day on our major project for the year. This project is due Friday so please ensure you hand it in complete or not! Tomorrow we will work on the Kepler activity from last week along with the solar system worksheets.

A - Law 12 - Today we'll continue looking at family law but we'll do it through the black comedy of The War of the Roses, based on a book by Warren Adler. From the All Movie Guide by Hal Erickson:

The War of the Roses can best be described as a slapstick tragedy concerning the decline and literal fall of a marriage. After 17 years, Oliver and Barbara Rose want a divorce. Not for this couple is there anything resembling a "civilized understanding": Barbara wants their opulent house, and Oliver isn't about to part with the domicile. Barbara nails the basement door shut while Oliver is downstairs, Oliver disrupts Barbara's fancy party by taking aim at the catered dinner, Barbara lays waste to Oliver's sports car....and so it goes, culminating in a disastrous showdown around, about and under the living room's fancy chandelier.

We will watch this movie today and tomorrow in class. Wednesday is a review day for Thursday and Friday's in class exam days.

D - Geography 12 - Today we look at the ethics associated with resource use. We'll watch a 20 minute on line video called the Story of Stuff. Tomorrow we'll look at water as a resource and we'll continue the Human Footprint DVD from Friday's class.

We'll end the class with a seemingly simple question...."How Much do You Consume?"

C - Introduction to Law 9/10 - Today we are in the library for the penultimate (second to last) class to work on our forensic science web page project. No pressure. Really. It's only worth 20% of your final mark. That's 1/5th of your grade. Let's put it this way, please finish it.

16 comments:

Warren Adler said...

I am always interested to see how teachers are using The War of the Roses in the classroom!

Geo Teacher said...

Many of my students were born in 1990 and 1991, after the movie was released, so this story is entirely new to them. I will have them post their responses and thoughts through this thread.

Warren Adler said...

Wonderful! I will definitely check back to read their thoughts.

-Warren

bryanR said...

overall was very interesting, i liked how it took divorce's to a whole new level, ending was unexpected, i wasnt sure how how they managed to not notice the signs that the marriage was falling apart.

DevonJ said...

Intriguing plot, very funny! Shows an exagerated variation of a divorce from hell.

Ludovik said...

Two words: Clever & Extreme.

heinz57 said...

Mr. Adler, you must certainly have an interesting mind to come up with a storeyline as portrayed in the video version of your book. Not having read your book, I can't compare how the two relate to eachother but I'll certainly look into it after my exams are over.

590765 said...

This movie was very depressing and was a gross exaggeration of what divorce is really like. I did not like how we never got to understand the feelings and what was going on inside of the wife and I feel that there should have been more at the begining of the movie explaining why they got divorced. I also thought that the ending of the movie was way too over dramatic.

Kyle T-N said...

I can not say very much since I only seen the first 1/2 of the movie but I plan on getting a copy of your book and reading it.

AaronW said...

I was gonna use the two word approach and say...HA HA but ludo already took that. I thought it was a good movie, i was entertained by it and thought it was very funny how oblivious the husband was to what was going on.

Parker9811 said...

Mr. Adler, in are law 12 class we have recently watched the movie War of the Roses in the are classroom, we did this to demenstrate how brutal and how depressing a devorce can be. I believe that your story on the subject of devorce was verry well put together and demenstrated some of the mainfactures of devorce, i enjoyed your story and i personaly think it was verry well put together.

Reed Parker

-chris- said...

what a great marriage

Katelyn said...

The movie was really clever and true to how stressful divorces can get.

KyleL said...

I can't imagine a divorce actually being taken to those extremes. The movie, based on your book, provided a good look at how divorces can spiral out of control.

Calvin said...

This movie was very interesting. I had never imagined that a divorce could produce such extreme violence. I am curious to learn the differences between your book and the movie so I will read your book soon.

CrystalT said...

I think it is a great dipliction on why people end up in court and how things can escalate that quickly.