Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Wednesday, May 15. 2013

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

B Block Social Studies 11 - Today in class I'll give you half an hour to work on questions 2, 3, and 5 from page 98 along with questions 1 through 4 on page 105 of the Counterpoints text which deals with Canada's response to the outbreak of World War Two, the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan and the concept of Total War. After, we'll watch the first forty five minutes of Hitler in Colour.

This video deals with the rise of Hitler in Germany from 1933 to the invasion of the Soviet Union (Operation Barbarossa) in 1942. Tomorrow we'll examine the military strategic movements in Europe and the Pacific at the beginning of World War Two.

D Block Criminology 12 - Yesterday for homework I asked you brainstorm a list of all the entertainment you can think of that is based in violence. Think of video games (HALO), television programs (CSI), books (30 Days of Night comics), movies (Saw), music (ONYX, Biggie, Megadeath, Anthrax, Slayer), sports (MMA, WWE), and other forms of entertainment. To start the class I'd like to talk about your list and find out why violence is entertainment for some.

After that we'll watch some Warner Brothers cartoons with all the glorious violence in them and we'll have a discussion about the acceptance of violence in our modern culture. While we watch the cartoons I want you to think about the implicit and implied messages that each cartoon sends to kids (rather than the explicit and obvious messages) and then we'll talk about what those messages do even if kids understand the difference between cartoon and real violence. We'll look at: Bully for Bugs; Rabbit Seasoning; For Scentimental Reasons; Duck Dodgers in the 24 1/2th Century and lastly The Ducksters.

So now compare the violence in the Warner Brothers cartoons (from the 50's and 60's) with that of the Happy Tree Friends. Check out the following video: Happy Tree Friends A to Zoo . Let's be frank here, the cartoon is not meant for children but because of the "cute" characters what would it be like if we just let young children watch that cartoon unsupervised? Consider the following:
Media Violence: Psychology

C Block Social Studies 10 - Today in class we'll continue our look at the Northwest Rebellion of 1885. We'll examine the "Metis Bill of Rights" along with the skirmishes noth of Saskatoon (Duck Lake, Fish Creek and Batoche). Lastly we'll look at the trial of Louis Riel and I'll have you work on questions 2, 4, and 5 on page 189 as well as the Apply It question 1 from the "Developing Historical Perspective" skill builder on pages 192-3 of the Horizons text.

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