Monday, February 6, 2012

Tuesday, February 7. 2012

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

C Block Geography 12 - Today we'll finish our look at spheres in geography. Next, we'll work on time zones, latitude and longitude, GPS, and the remote sensing technology of GIS (We'll watch a Brainpop video on GPS with Tim & Moby). There are five questions in the week two handout to complete in class. Your homework on Friday was to look at figure 1.8 (p.13) and figure 1.9 (p.14) in the Geosystems book and try to interpret the relationships amongst the four spheres as a result of humans burning fossil fuels. If you're having trouble with this consider the carbon cycle (pages 634-5 in text) or look the links on Friday's blog entry for more help. For more on GIS check out:USGS GIS PosterESRI What can I do with GIS?

A Block Social Studies 11 - Today with Ms. Krahn you'll look at how Parliament works, specifically you'll be taking a close look at each position in the House of Commons. You’ll watch a bit of a question period from last November (found here) and breakdown the responsibilities that come with those roles. We’ll be using this handy diagram to guide the discussion:

In addition to the positions listed on the diagram, you’ll also be talking about the Caucus and what it does, the Cabinet and what Cabinet solidarity means, the role of the Official Opposition.

After this, you’ll look at the role of the Senate, and discuss whether this system still serves its’ purpose for us today. Your Counterpoints text has a pretty good summary of the discussion on pages 231-233, and here is what Rick Mercer has to say about it

Ms. Krahn is going to ask you to work on the following questions:

Should the Senate be abolished, reformed, or kept as it is? (Include at least three points in your answer). Counterpoints p. 233, questions 1 & 3 and p. 247, question 7.

B Block Law 12 - Today I'll have you review Friday's class by working on questions from page 21 of the All About Law textbook: Question 2 How did the English common law system develop? Question 3 How is the rule of precedent used in today’s system of law? and Question 5 Explain the significance of statute law as a source of law?

After this we'll take a look at the development of rights in Canada (from the Magna Carta through the Bill of Rights, to the UN Declaration of Human Rights and up to the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms). We'll have a discussion about rights afterword.

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