Monday, November 24, 2014

Tuesday, November 25. 2014

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

C & A Blocks Social Studies 10 - To start the class today we'll go over the work from yesterday on the fur trade and the relationship that developed between Aboriginal Peoples and the HBC and NWC. Do not forget that you have a Compare/Contrast chart that you need to hand in today along with question 2 & 3 from page 135 of the Horizons text. Next we'll take a look at the Metis, Bison and the Red River Valley. I'll have you finish the class by completing questions 1 & 2 on page 142 of the Horizons text.

D Block Law 9/10 - Today I want you to continue with your brainstormed list of all the reasons you can think why someone would commit a crime. We'll collect all of your ideas on the board for a discussion. We'll cluster your reasons why people commit crime into categories and see what biological factors and sociological factors may contribute to crime. After, you'll get two handouts on Crime Theories. The first handout will be on Economic exclusion and Social exclusion where you'll read a fictional story about "Suzanne" and will need to identify the factors that led her to a life of crime. The second handout will be on Classical, Biological, Sociological and Interactionist crime theory where you will need to evaluate them (what you like about them and what you disagree with them about)...don't worry we'll go through them together in class today. After, you'll have to complete part two of today's assignment - this means you need to create your own theory of why crime happens. Remember you need to use the brainstormed list we did in class along with part one of the assignment (analysis of classical, biological, sociological, and interactionist theories). I'll place more info on the blog tomorrow but for more help check out the Crime Theory Web Site found on this link.

B Block Law 12 - Today we'll talk about the duties of police officers. I'll have you add questions 2 & 4 on page 154 of the All About Law text to yesterday's work. From the All About Law textbook:

Police officers often have to make quick decisions to save lives - their own as well as others. They have to act reasonably because they are held responsible for their conduct and behaviour when carrying out their duties. If they break the rules of police conduct, their evidence may be refused, which can result in an acquittal. In rare situations, the officers involved can be charged under criminal law or sued under civil law (Murphy, Elliott, Mete and Glass; 2009)

This is relevant due to the yesterday night's lack of indictment by a grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri in the shooting death of Michael Brown. Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, was killed by a white police officer, Darren Wilson, on August 9th, 2014. Lawyers for Brown's family say the teen was trying to surrender when he was shot, while Wilson's supporters say he feared for his life and opened fire in self-defense. Brown was shot at least six times. Brown was suspected of having stolen cigars from a nearby convenience store shortly before the incident. Brown and a friend had been walking down the middle of the street when Wilson approached them. The grand jury could have indicted Wilson on charges of manslaughter or murder, however they concluded there was not enough evidence to charge him.

We'll talk about the rights of police officers in connection to the Brown case and we'll work in partners on the R. v. Clayton (2007) case and the R. v. Shankar (2007) case.

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