Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Wednesday, November 26. 2014

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

B Block Law 12 - Today is your Criminal Law mid-unit test. Your first order of business is to relax, then settle in and then dazzle me with what you know. The test should take the main portion of the class today but if you do finish early then you can work on questions 3 & 5 from page 149 and questions 2 & 4 on page 154 of the All About Law text (the role of the police and the extent of their powers). If you prepared then I'm certain that you'll do fine on the test today. There are about two and a half weeks left in the Criminal Law unit (finishing pre-trial and then moving into trial procedures and sentencing options) and after we'll begin our focus on Civil Law in Canada.

A & C Blocks Social Studies 10 - Today we'll take a look at the Metis, Bison and the Red River Valley, which introduces us to the settlement of Manitoba and the conflict that developed between the European worldview of the Red River settlers and the worldview of the Metis that lived in the area (who depended upon the Buffalo there). From the Manitoba Metis Federation website:

Blue and White are the colours of the National Metis Flag. It has a white infinity symbol with a blue background. This flag was flown on June 19, 1816 at the “Battle of Seven Oaks” under the leadership of Cuthbert Grant. He led a Metis brigade on the Assiniboine River and seized the Company post at Brandon House. They then set off to the Red River Fough, the skirmish of Seven Oaks, in which Governor Semple and twenty-one of his men were killed for the cost of one Metis life.

We'll discuss Seven Oaks and look at how the geography of the Red River valley led to conflict between settlers, fur companies, and settlers. If we get to it, you'll need to complete questions 1 & 2 on page 142 as well as questions 1-4 on page 149 of the Horizons text.

D Block Law 9/10 - Today, you'll get another handout on Crime Theories; this one is 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. This will help you with your crime theory that you are creating. Remember, you need to create your own theory of why crime happens. Use the brainstormed list we did in class along with the handout I gave you yesterday on crime 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. After some time, we'll share your own theories of why crime happens (yes I'd like to have volunteers rather than voluntolds). We'll see if there are any similarities amongst the different theories we made and try to understand just what that may mean. Lastly (and in Friday's class as well) I'll ask you to create an interview where you are a famous Canadian criminologist being interviewed by George Stroumboulopoulos on his CBC television show. What you'll need to do is come up with some crazy, creepy or absurdly normal crime that gained huge notoriety in Canada (murder, treason, assault, embezzlement, kidnapping, criminal harassment - AKA stalking, drug trafficking, gang related activities or some minor crime perpetrated by a major Canadian celebrity - oh just imagine Justin Bieber being charged with what). After you create a crime story idea, you'll need to have five questions that George will ask you (no "what's your name" doesn't count as one). Try to come up with questions that you can reasonably answer within three to four sentences..."So what do you think motivated (person X) to commit (action Y)"?

What should this look like? A brief paragraph that introduces the crime and gives a brief biography of you is the start. Next write out the five questions George will ask you about the crime, the perpetrator, the kind of person who commits that crime, the motives of that person, an explanation of your personal crime theory and then try to answer them using your theory.

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