Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Wednesday, May 2. 2012

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

Class times are adjusted today for an early dismissal at 2:15 p.m. As such our classes will be approximately one hour in length today.

B Block Law 12 - Today we'll take a look at the main differences between civil and criminal law . Tomorrow you'll get your final project for the year. You can find more on the differences between criminal and civil law at:

After our quiz tomorrow we'll look at the Liebeck v. McDonald’s Restaurants (1994) civil case. On Friday we'll watch the documentary Hot Coffee which deals with tort reform and the erosion of the rights to sue in the United States. Your textbook states: Many Canadians regard civil suits like Stella Liebeck’s as frivolous (silly or wasteful). What do you think? I'll ask you that question after we watch the documentary

A Block Social Studies 11 - Today we'll examine the Cold War in greater detail. We'll learn about the economic and political ramifications on Canada of an ideological conflict between the two superpowers. I hope you get a sense of the fear associated with nuclear war and communists (Senator Joseph McCarthy's communist witch hunt - the House Un-American Activities Committee which became known as the ideology of "McCarthyism"). We'll also take a look at the Truman Doctrine (President Truman pledged assistance to "free peoples who are resisting attempted subjugation by armed minorities or by outside pressures") which helps you understand your "Cold War Flashpoints" activity. We will also be looking at the creation of the United Nations - focusing on the structure of the organization. You'll look at the General Assembly and Security Council along with other UN organizations like UNESCO, ICJ, UNICEF, UNHCR, and others. You'll watch a Brainpop video on the UN and will discuss the purpose and intent of the organization both in the Cold War world and the modern world as well.

D Block Criminology 12 - Today we'll start with our first quiz in the course. The quiz will be on Chapter 1 (what is criminology, a history of criminology and what is crime) and Chapter 2 (crime trends and statistics). There is a bonus question for you should you choose to complete it it will be on the board in the class for you. After, I’d like you to finish the work from yesterday where you read through the "Problems of Crime Victims" on pages 51-4 and "Theories of Victimization" dealing with Victim Precipitation, Lifestyle, and Routine Activities on pages 61-64 in the Criminology: The Core text and completed the following:

1. Explain the impacts of crime on victims (both short and long term)
2. Explain and compare the three theories of crime victimization (as a silo chart) and
3. Questions 2 & 3 on page 72 in the text.

C Block Geography 12 - Today, in order to understand the Coriolis force, we'll watch the Simpsons episode Bart vs Australia (you can watch it here).

After we find out that in the country Rand McNally water travels backwards, people wear hats on their feet, and hamburgers eat people...we will really make sense of the Coriolis force. No, toilets are not affected by the Coriolis force but both meso and macro scale weather patterns are. After we will look at winds and pressure circulations. We'll understand where the permanent areas of high and low pressure are on the planet and figure out what that means for a macro-scale pressure gradient wind pattern. We'll try to understand what the Coriolis force is and see how it affects wind. We'll also talk about the Horse Latitudes, the Bermuda Triangle, and the Doldrums. You will need to complete question 1 from page 176 and questions 9 & 15 from page 177 of your Geosystems textbook.

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