Sunday, January 20, 2013

Monday, January 21. 2013

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

A Block Law 12 - OK so I don't want to heap on the pressure here but it's coming down to the wire right? You have today and Wednesday in the library to work on your major project that is due this Friday (that's five days from now). Tomorrow we'll finish family law with the "War of the Roses" and look at access and support. Thursday and Friday are your in class exam days and then you're done. So...nose to the grindstone time; pound out the work and do the best that you can. Good Luck.

B Block Geography 12 - Friday was hooped; we lost the class due to two fire alarms in one block. Today I'd like to have a serious conversation with you about the ideas that Jared Diamond raises in his book Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed. He identifies 12 major issues/problems that we must address in the near future and I'd like to go over those with you and brainstorm some ideas with you as a class. Remember, it's too late to be a pessimist.

C Block Crime, Media & Society 12 - Today we're back in the library working on the collaborize classroom site. Now for today I'd like you to do two things:

  1. Continue posting in your individual project thread and 
  2. Look over the group project assignment - form triads and then get your topic to me.

D Block Social Studies 11  - Today we'll watch part of the National Geographic DVD “Six Degrees Could Change the World”. This DVD shows the potential environmental changes (not the actual ones) that may happen with incremental degrees of climate change. After the cheeseburger carbon footprint section I'll have you answer the following on a piece of paper:

  1. What is a carbon footprint?
  2. Who will be affected by the increasing size of our carbon footprint?
  3. How does the cheeseburger study highlight ways in which you could reduce your carbon footprint - and not just by stopping eating cheeseburgers!
After the European heat wave section could you answer the following:

  1. What happened? – What is a heat wave? How long does it have to last and how hot does it need to be?
  2. When did it happen? – You should be able to quote the month and the year.
  3. Where did it happen? – The case study discusses the ‘European Heat Wave’ but which city does it focus upon?
  4. Why did it happen? – The heat wave caused the deaths of many people. What human systems caused the death rate to be so high?
  5. Who was affected by it happening? – The impacts of the heat wave were particularly harsh upon one section of the population? Which section of the population was it? You should also be able to explain why.
We'll end at four degrees .

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