Monday, April 20, 2009

Monday, April 20, 2009

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

Today we have Graduation Transition Presentations in Advisory Group. The presentations will be first block this morning and the schedule for the day looks like this:

8:55-10:00 AG
10:05 - 11:05 C
11:10 - 12:10 D
12:10 - 1:00 Lunch
1:00 - 2:00 B
2:05 - 3:10 A

C - Criminology 12 - Today we will be in the library working on our first journal / blog entry. Over the weekend I asked you to develop your own theory as to why crime happens. I asked you to use the list of brainstormed items from our class discussions, your notes on the history of criminology and from the Crime Theory website. Today you will need to set up a blog for the course. You may use Google's Blogspot, Wordpress, Live Journal, Bloguni, or any other blog creation site you choose. I would HIGHLY recommend staying with blogspot as I can link you to the Room 611 class site. You will need to develop a blog, write out your crime theory, and then find an article about a recent crime here in British Columbia. Make a link to the news article on your blogsite and then write how your theory explains the crime.

Social Studies 10 & 11 students - please remember that Mr. Luxemberger will be working with you for the next month. I will be in and out of the class, but he is your teacher and all questions should be directed to him. I will update the blogsite with his lessons for you over the next month. Don't forget that you have work to hand in today.

B- Social Studies 10 - Today you will be working through an activity on conflict resolution. You will be focusing on how this can be a life-skill lesson for everybody and see how you can apply it to various situations in your daily life. You will use this skill in the study of Louis Riel and the Metis. You will then be working on a glossary of key terms related to Riel for the time period between 1870 and 1885.

A - Social Studies 11 - Today you will begin with an introduction to the Second World War. You will watch the first twenty minutes of the movie Saving Private Ryan. The movie opens with Operation Overlord - the D-Day allied invasion of the beaches in Normandy. This is a very difficult film to watch and you should take note that it is a very graphic depiction of what the United States soldiers faced at the Omaha and Utah landing sites (Canadian soldiers faced similar challenges at Juno beach). Both Mr. Luxemberger and I find this difficult to watch yet it is crucial to understand the sacrifices that allied soldiers made in the efforts to retake France and defeat the German Wehrmacht in Europe. You will not be watching this movie to be shocked or grossed out - we want you to understand the horrific conditions that met the men who were doing a job with bravery and conviction. After this you will be working through a timeline of World War Two events (1939-1945)

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