Monday, November 23, 2009

Thursday & Friday November 19 - 20, 2009

Hello family; I am at home ill and will not be in the building for the next two days. You will have a Teacher on Call to look after you and I hope that all goes well.

Thursday's schedule is A-B-Lunch-C-D
Friday's schedule is D-C-Lunch-A-B

A Block Social Studies 11 – On Thursday with Mr. Jones, you'll be looking at Propaganda in World War 2 and how it was used (along with the creation of a propaganda poster). On Friday you’ll be in the library working on a timeline/ note taking assignment.

B Block Geography 12 - On Thursday the class is lost to Post-Secondary Liaison day; you will be going to presentations from colleges and universities from across BC and Canada (Think Geography programs!)

On Friday, you'll talk about air pollution, specifically the anthropogenic additions to our atmosphere. We will look at the effects of nitrogen oxides and sulphur dioxides on human health and terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems.
Environment Canada Air Pollution site
David Suzuki Foundation Air Pollution Site
National Public Radio site on the London "Killer Fog" of 1952
EPA website on acid rain

C Block Law 10 - On Thursday you will continue drawing what you think the typical victim of an assault looks like. Keep in mind the demographic statistics about victims and the factors that add to the risks of being a victim that we looked at on Wednesday in class.

On Friday you'll watch the Law& Order: Special Victim's Unit episode "Closure" This episode deals with the short and long-term effects of a sexual assault on a victim. From "Benson does her best to help a rape victim who is able to describe her attack in perfect detail, yet unable to properly identify her attacker when push comes to shove. When the detectives revisit the case a few months later, they find the woman even less willing to talk about what happened, as she claims she has moved on." After, you'll have a discussion on the effects of being a victim.

D Block Law 12 – Thursday is a unit test in Law and it will take the entire period for you to complete.

On Friday you'll watch the Law & Order episode “Fools for Love” (season 10, episode 15). This episode is based on the Leslie Mahaffy, Kristen French, and Tammy Homolka cases. All three were victims of Canada's own Ken and Barbie killers, Paul Bernardo and Karla Homolka. Bernardo was sentenced to life imprisonment for his part in the murder of Tammy Homolka (Karla's sister) and the kidnappings/murders of French and Mahaffey, and Karla Homolka accepted a ten-year plea bargain for her roles that was later upgraded to a twelve-year plea bargain. Homolka was released on July 4, 2005, and has opted to live under the name Karla Teale (Bernardo and Homolka had originally planned to change their surname to Teale, in honor of fictional killer Martin Thiel).

You'll get a photocopy of a Maclean’s article “Karla Homolka: girl next door” which you'll need to read through. After the episode on Friday work through Extending Legal Concepts question 2 on page 115 (in partners –don’t do the groups of 4 and 6) and then have a class discussion about what you think of plea bargaining. In essence you'll need to discuss and write about the advantages and disadvantages of plea bargaining using the Karla Homolka case as an example. Here is a structure for you to follow:

You will need to complete a three paragraph response based on the class discussions, the video, and the Maclean’s article. The paragraphs should be:

1. Advantages to plea bargaining
2. Disadvantages of plea bargaining
3. Your personal opinion about plea bargaining based on the Homolka case

Pau Hana Ohana!

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