Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Thursday, January 24. 2013

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

D Block Social Studies 11 - Today you'll get two photocopied exam prep packages: “What Should I know for the Final Exam” and “Socials 11 Final Exam Prep: The Essay Question”. The first handout (What Should I Know...) will have a review for the topics in Social Studies 11 along with a Counterpoints chapter correlation. The second handout (The Essay Question...) is a review for the two long answer responses on the exam. You have today and tomorrow (when I return) to go through these and begin preparing for your final exam (in partners you should be reviewing, questioning, creating flash cards or taking notes).

What’s on the exam? Exam specs at the Ministry of Education site
When is the exam? 2012-13 Exam Schedule The short answer is Monday, January 28th from 1-3 pm
What kinds of questions are on the exam?  Sample exams with answer keys

Online review sites?
C Block Crime, Media & Society 12Today we'll start the 2002 movie Catch Me If You Can where an FBI agent hunts down a young con artist who successfully impersonated an airline pilot, doctor, and assistant attorney general, all while cashing more than $2.5 million in fraudulent checks in 26 countries. Leonardo DiCaprio stars as Frank Abagnale Jr. while Tom Hanks portrays FBI agent Carl Hanratty.

Steve Head, on IGN, interviewed Stephen Spielberg about the movie back in 2002. He asked: In this current climate where modern, updated versions of the scams that Frank pulled are very possible, what did you think about the possibility of glamorizing this sort of thing? Are you concerned? Would people perhaps walk away from the film with the wrong idea? 

Spielberg's response was: I don't think they can get the wrong idea because, because Frank Abagnale is the only person who ever did it to this extent, and that was 37, 38 years ago. He was just this 16, 17, 18 year-old kid. So, you have to understand these things. Especially, there were no safeguards. There was no electronic safeguards that we have today with this kind thing. It's a lot harder to pass a bad check today than it was eight years ago. Frank was a 21st century genius working within the innocence of the mid '60s, when people were more trusting than they are now. So, I don't think this is the kind of movie where somebody could say, "I have a career plan." 

Interesting response no? Sounds a bit sympathetic of Frank Abagnale Jr? Once again this repeats the theme (trope?) of the Lovable Rogue, Gentleman Thief, Sympathetic Criminal, Folk Outlaw, or Robin Hood image when it comes to property crime and the media.

B Block Geography 12 - Today we'll watch Home, an incredible documentary by Yann Arthus-Bertrand who also helped to initiate a foundation called Good Planet. Please take some time to share this movie with as many family and friends as you can. You can watch it on line at the YouTube homeproject's channel or connect with it on the film's Facebook page.

Think about the title. What is our collective home? Now think about the statement from the beginning of the film today...

Listen to me, please. You're like me, a homo sapiens. A wise human. Life; a miracle in the universe appeared around 4 billion years ago and we humans only 200,000 years ago, yet we have succeeded in disrupting the balance so essential to life. Listen carefully to this extraordinary story, which is yours, and decide what you want to do with it. 

A Block Law 12 Today is day one of your two day exam and you'll tackle the selected response answer section. I know that you are prepared and am certain that you'll do well. Breathe, relax and dazzle me with what you know.

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