Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

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

We have an assembly schedule today so the day looks like this:
A 8:55-10:00
B 10:05-11:05
Assembly 11:10-12:10
Lunch 12:10-1:00
C 1:00-2:00
D 2:05-3:10

A - Social Studies 11 - Today we will take the block to discuss the social fabric of Canadian society in the 1920's. We will look at Agnes McPhail, Emily Murphy and the "Famous Five" and we'll look at Aboriginal peoples (suffrage, residential schools, reserves, aboriginal title, cut-off lands, and the potlatch). At the end of class you'll work on questions 1 a, b & 3 from page 56 in the Counterpoints text.

B- Social Studies 10 - Today I will show you how to write an essay answer to a test question. Friday you will be writing a unit final on confederation and you will have an essay question to answer. I will let you write the rough copy (1st draft) of your answer in class today and tomorrow. The question you will need to answer is "Explain the six factors that led to Canadian confederation." You have the next two days to write the answer and then on Friday I'll allow you to bring your draft in to the test to use in answering the question.

C - Criminology 12 - This afternoon we will finish the organized crime presentations from yesterday's class and then we will then turn our focus to public order crimes (prostitution, pornography, gambling, and substance abuse). We will take some notes down about the differences between law and morality (criminal vs. immoral) and talk about moral crusaders. Think about Mother's Against Drunk Driving (MADD). From Craig Reinarman's article Social Construction of an Alcohol Problem:

The credibility of MADD, especially at its outset, was impeccable. The parents of children who have been killed in drunk-driving accidents are exceptionally strong symbols. There are few groups of victims who can inspire as much sympathy and adherence as the grieving mother. And this is one of the central foundations of MADD's success. The organisation was started in August of 1980 in Sacramento, California by a woman named Candy Lightner whose daughter had been killed by a hit-and-run drunk driver with multiple DUI (driving under the influence) convictions some 4 months prior. During the criminal proceedings Lightner was appalled by the apparent leniency and lack of concern demonstrated by the justice system towards drunk drivers and the rights of the victim. The campaign began with her tireless lobbying in the initial months and a strong push to make drunk driving a political issue where it had previously not been.

After we discuss moral entrepreneurs (crusaders) we will deal with the issue of prostitution in Canada. You will need to work on question 5 from page 320 (in essence should we legalize prostitution? Why or why not). For help understanding just how far sex has infiltrated our modern society take a look at the article on about teen girls trading sex for favours.

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