Monday, March 9, 2015

Tuesday, March 10. 2015

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

C Block Geography 12 - Today in class we'll try to understand the five different types of volcanoes, with examples, and see if we can figure out where these beasts are on the planet. We'll take some notes about the five types of volcanoes and watch the Discovery Channel Raging Planet episode on Volcanoes. Later I'll show you some footage of the Kilauea eruption (both pahoehoe and aa flows) and the Soufriere Hills volcanic eruption on Montserrat.

Or you could watch this...

Yeah that would probably be me :)

D Block Criminology 12 - Today we start with our second quiz in the course...RELAX I'm sure you'll do fine. There is a bonus question for you should you choose to complete it will be on the last page of the quiz for you. After the quiz, we will focus on the roots of violent crime. Where does violence come from (personal traits, ineffective families, evolutionary factors, exposure to violence, cultural values, substance abuse, and firearm availability)?

I would like 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, Megadeth, Anthrax, Slayer), sports (MMA, WWE), and other forms of entertainment. You'll get into two large groups and on chart paper I'll have you list out your top 10 most violent forms of entertainment (be specific). We'll share our lists and ask, "Why is violence entertaining"? To end the class I'll have you work on the following:

  1. What is the attraction of violent films and video games?
  2. Is there more violent imagery in media now as opposed to the past (think graphic, realistic visceral)? Why / Why not?
  3. What kinds of people are drawn to violent imagery and what kind of violent images draw them to that form of entertainment?
  4. What is “morbid curiosity”?
  5. Are there any equally satisfying substitutions for violent entertainment?
  6. What draws our attention to violent media events (news) that are not intended to entertain?
Check out the BBC Podcast "The Why Factor" that asks the question "Why are we so drawn to violent entertainment?" From the BBC...

Why are we so drawn to violent entertainment? Violent films, video games and stories are very popular, as were brutal gladiatorial Roman contests and gory 14th Century jousts. What explains this enduring attraction to violence? Helena Merriman talks to the Mexican director of Heli, a professor of fairy tales and joins one of London’s most gruesome serial killer tours to answer this week’s question.

B Block Social Studies 11 - Today with Ms. Tancon you'll start off by going over the guidelines for our unit project that will be due Monday, March 23rd. Next we'll review M.A.I.N. (Militarism, Alliances, Imperialism, Nationalism) SPARK (Assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand) and how these factors contributed to the outbreak of World War 1 so that you can brush up (or finish) your worksheet from yesterday. We'll do an activity in order to look at nationalism, then get into the series of events that eventually led to Canada's entry into the war. Who gets to go and who gets left behind? How did we prepare for war? Stay tuned with Ms. T.

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