Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

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

C - Criminology 12 - Today we'll wrap up the work we began last week on Chapter 1 in the Criminology: The Core textbook with a quiz...your first quiz in the course! After the quiz we will spend some time looking at crime trends and patterns. You'll get a quick Power Point presentation on the sections of the chapter Explaining Crime Trends p 37-8 and Crime Patterns p. 42-9. After the presentation I'll give you your next assignment in the class:

You are a criminologist who works at Simon Fraser University and have become alarmed at the media's (in your view) alarmist and irresponsible misrepresentation of violent crime in the city. The over simplification of news reports and the finger pointing have got you steamed (it's the judges, no it's the R.C.M.P., no it's the Solicitor General and the provincial government, no it's the justice department and the federal government, no it's the criminals, no it's the media, no it's.....fill in name here). So you're fed up and it's about time someone with brains educated the media about the nature and extent of crime in Canada and in Vancouver.

Write a thoughtful and polite letter to the editor of the Vancouver Sun outlining the current trends in crime (age, economy, social problems, firearms availability, gangs, drug use and justice policy - p.37-8 in Criminology: The Core) and crime patterns (ecology, social class, age, gender, and race p.42-9 in Criminology: The Core). You'll probably want to conclude your letter with a suggestion or two on how to deal with the "chronic offender" who is typical of those involved with the spate of recent gang shootings. You may want to throw in a reason or two why you think that violence is over reported in the media and maybe consider explaining why that hurts rather than helps deal with crime.

A - Social Studies 11 - Today with Mr. Lux you will begin the class with current events. There is a junior advisory class in the library so you'll begin in the classroom before heading off to the library. While you are in the library, you will need to complete all of your research and synthesize your work together on the activity explaining specific campaigns/battles/events identified on the World War 2 worksheet. This is your last day to work on this activity so please work diligently and complete the task at hand. Don't forget, here are some web sites that can help:

World War 2 on line
UK History Learning Site WW2
Canada at War (Click on the Canadian Battles tab in the left hand frame)
History Central WW2
Canadian War Museum
Discovery Channel UK WW2

B- Social Studies 10 - Today, after current events, you'll be continuing to work through the activity on the 1885 Northwest Rebellion. Remember you need to create a map/poster of the Northwest Rebellion as if it came from the time (Duck Lake, Fish Creek & Batoche, Frog Lake, or Cut Knife Hill). Today will be the last day that you will be given class time to finish the activity so it is important that you get as much accomplished as you can. Remember that you need to include a write-up of no more than 200 words

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