Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

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

C - Criminology 12 - Today we'll review the mass and serial murder work that we've looked at along with the documentary on Jeffrey Dahmer that we watched last Thursday. To better understand these people we'll take the class to understand what a "psychopath" is. Too often people throw the term psycho around without really understanding what it means so we'll look at Dr. Robert Hare's Psychopathy Checklist Revised (PCL-R). The diagnosis "Psychopath" is closely related to Antisocial Personality Disorder in the DSM-IV (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders 4th Edition). We'll end the class looking at the motivations of mass and serial murder and dispel the myths surrounding those who commit them.

B- Social Studies 10 - Today we'll continue our look at the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR). We'll focus on John A. Macdonald's "National Policy" and look at the connection between Sir Hugh Allan's Pacific Railway Company, the Pacific Scandal and Macdonald's defeat in 1873. We'll then look at George Stephen & Donald A. Smith's Pacific Railway Company which hired William Van Horne and Andrew Onderdonk to build the railway. You'll need to work on questions 5, 9, 12, 13, and 14 from page 122 of the text.Tomorrow you'll need to begin storyboarding your children's book on the building of the CPR.

You are going to be making a children's story book about the building of the Canadian Pacific Railway from Toronto to Vancouver. Since the book is targeted for 5 to 9 year old children you'll need to choose your words carefully and have age appropriate language. 5 to 9 year old children are, however, not dumb and you are trying to tell a story of the challenges involved in building the railway along with the characters who did it (Note: my ten year old daughter will be marking these books with me). You will need to include the building of the railway in three locations (northern Ontario, the prairies, and through the mountains in B.C.), you'll need to show what passenger cars and locomotives looked like, you'll need to show what trestles and tunnels looked like, you'll need to identify the main characters (Smith, Macdonald, Van Horne, and Onderdonk) and show what it was like for workers (different conditions for whites and coolies), you'll need to show the last spike in Craigellachie and have a map of the railway.

A - Social Studies 11 - Today we'll watch a bit of the Atomic Cafe movie in class. The documentary contains civil defense movies from the 1940's through the 1960's and will help you understand the culture of fear that developed throughout the Cold War. You'll need to work on questions 1 a & b and 2 from page 135 in the text and create a fact file (W5H - who, what, when, where, why, how) on the following four flashpoints during the Cold War: Suez Crisis, Korean War, Cuban Missile Crisis, and Vietnam War.

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