Monday, March 16, 2015

Tuesday, March 17. 2015

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

C Block Geography 12 - I have the library reserved for the class so that you may continue working on your Orting college development project. Ask yourself, what is the greatest danger to Orting? Of all that could potentially happen at Mount Rainier what poses the greatest threat? Now ask yourself what triggers that threat? What causes it to happen? Last think about the statistical likelihood of that event happening. How likely is the event to occur in the next 5, 10, 100, or 1000 years? Check out the risk analysis section of the COTF website for help here. I'll remind you that this assignment is due next Monday and it is crucial that you hand it in to me as we will be at the end of our unit.

D Block Criminology 12 - Today I'll have you finish your "Roots of Violence" notes and then we'll try to make sense of mass and serial murder. I'd like you to explain the types of serial and mass murderer along with the reasons why they commit these crimes. You can find the answers to this in the work of Jack Levin and James Alan Fox "Multiple Homicide: Patterns of Serial and Mass Murder". The summary of their work is on pages 209 and 210 of the textbook in the Criminological Enterprise section. For more info look at the work of John Douglas (former FBI profiler) on (look in the article section and there is a great read entitled "So, you want to become a profiler..."). You will need to use this work to help with yesterday's blog entry. To better understand the people that commit heinous acts of murder, we'll also review what a "psychopath" is. Too often people throw the term psycho around without really understanding what it means so we'll look at Dr. Robert Hare's PCL-R (Psychopathy Checklist Revised). The diagnosis "Psychopath" is closely related to Antisocial Personality Disorder in the DSM-IV (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders 4th Edition).

In order to understand mass murder and motives we will dedicate some time this week to the murders at Columbine High School in Littleton Colorado over a decade ago. We'll examine the Department of Justice (FBI) Critical Incident Response Group report "The School Shooter: A Threat Assessment Perspective" and the Columbine Review Commission report of Governor Bill Owens. In essence we'll look at the background of Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold as well as the types of behavior, personality traits, and circumstances in the family, school, and community environment that should be regarded as warning signs of school shooters. After we finish our look at mass murder by focusing on Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold (for more see school shooters) we'll look at the leader of the "People's Temple"- the Reverend James Warren "Jim" Jones and the mass suicide of over 900 people in Jonestown Guyana.

B Block Social Studies 11 - Today we'll talk about that other 50% of the population: the ladies! How did we go from “no woman, idiot, lunatic, or criminal shall vote" (Federal Elections Act) before the war, to the full vote in 1919? We'll review the significance of the 1917 election for some women, and talk about the various roles women played throughout the war.

You will be either writing a short editorial letter or drawing a political cartoon for the Vancouver Sun in 1917, for or against the right for all women to vote, from one of 4 perspectives:
  1. a woman on the Western Front (nurse, ambulance driver, etc.)
  2. a woman working on the "homefront" (fishing boats, farmers, weapons factory, etc.)
  3. a man - such as Henri Bourassa - who opposes women's suffrage
  4. a mother and suffragette
You will need to first list some of women's contributions to the war, then explain why their status should or should not change as a result. We'll follow up with a recent issue - GamerGate and Anita Saarkesian - and ask "Have things changed much for women?". Once finished your letter, you will have a bit of time to start brainstorming for your final project: remember, we'll be in the library for Thursday and Friday's classes to research and work on our projects.

If we have time, we'll start covering the "Hundred Days", or the final months of WWI, in preparation for our overview of the Paris Peace Conference tomorrow.

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