Friday, March 14, 2014

Friday, March 14. 2014

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

B Block Geography 12 - Today we finish Dante's Peak and don't forget that you have a series of questions to answer about the volcanology of the movie. Today is the main portion of the volcanic eruption and the effects that Dante's Peak takes on the small town that sits in a valley near its base (it's really Wallace Idaho but play along...) Little known fact: On September 25, 2004, Mayor Ron Garitone proclaimed Wallace to be the center of the Universe so if you want to go to the center of the Universe go to Wallace my dog Roscoe and I did for the past two summers.

As for the Dante's Peak questions and the acidity of lakes check out George Kourounis' visit to Kawah Ijen, the acidic volcanic lake in Indonesia, to see if Granny had to die in the movie...

A Block Social Studies 11 - Our focus today is understanding the culture of Canada at the turn of the century. We start by looking at the Laurier Era in Canadian history (Check out the "Get Briefed" website to see some information about the Laurier Era in Canada). I want you to think about what life was like, here in the Comox Valley, 100 years ago in 1911. How big was the community? Where did people live? What did people do? What were manners like? What were the values of society? Look at the Courtenay and District Museum and Archives to see pictures.

 For work, I'll need you to define the following concepts: prejudice, stereotyping, ethnocentricism, xenophobia, and racism. This will help with the questions on assimilation of aboriginal culture, restrictions on Asian immigration, and fear over the changes to Canadian culture - which are questions 1-4 on page 13 (look through pages 9-12 in the Counterpoints textbook)

For Residential Schools and Assimilation see:
CBC News Residential Schools
CBC A History of Residential Schools in Canada
Residential Schools at Surviving the Past
For Asian Immigration restrictions see:
Canada In the Making: Asian Immigration

D Block Social Studies 10 - Today we'll start with our work on questions 2, 4, and 5 from page 64 of the Horizons text. After this we'll look at the Colonial government structure (Governor appointed members of the Executive and Legislative Councils that routinely ignored the wishes of the elected Assembly). Yesterday we looked at the Underground Railroad and I talked with you a bit about the Slave Haven Underground Railroad Museum at the Burkle Estate that I visited in Memphis Tennessee.The map to the left will help you visualize the routes to Canada and the links on yesterday's blogsite will help too. Monday sees us look at the characters involved in the Upper Canada Rebellion.

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