Thursday, May 28, 2015

Friday, May 29. 2015

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

B Block Social Studies 11 - Today you'll have time to finish yesterday's handout on Quebec politics from the 1960's through the 1990's. Lastly, we'll examine the rise of the Parti-Quebecois who came to power in 1976 and in 1980 held a referendum in the province of Quebec to determine if there was a desire to pull the province out of confederation (really it was a convoluted form of independence where the province would still maintain Canadian currency but be able to make its own laws). To help understand this we'll watch Canada: A People’s History “In an Uncertain World” chapter 3 “The Choice”. In the end the province voted 59% "non" and 40% "oui". I'll get you to work on questions 1, 3, and 4 from page 200 of the Counterpoints textbook today. Since it was somewhat close, the government of Canada reopened constitutional talks and "repatriated" the constitution from Great Britain. In this, however, Quebec once again felt "betrayed" or left out. The government of Canada tried Constitutional Reform in 1988 & 1992 (both of which failed) and in 1995 the Parti-Quebecois held a referendum on separation that was narrowly defeated.

D Block Crime, Media and Society 12 - Today we'll watch the Law & Order Special Victims Unit episode "Selfish". From the Law & Order Wiki:

When it is reported by Ruth Walker that her two-year-old granddaughter, Sierra Walker, is missing Detectives Olivia Benson and Elliot Stabler investigate. After rounds of interrogation and a failed Amber Alert, Benson and Stabler believe that the prime suspect is none other than Sierra's young and irresponsible mother, Ashlee Walker.

Yes, we've done Casey Anthony all week and this episode is clearly based on the Casey Anthony case. From the Business Insider During the tenth season of Law & Order: SVU, the show's nineteenth episode featured a young mother accused of killing her child so that she can party more. In the real-life version of the crime, Anthony was accused in 2008 of murdering her daughter Caylee. Police initially became suspicious of Anthony after she waited a month to report Caylee's disappearance. The television episode mirrored the real-life saga in more ways than one. In both cases, a grandma reported the young girl's disappearance and complained the mother's car smelled like a dead body. And both the TV mother and Anthony left their daughters with secondary caregivers and then blamed the babysitter for the disappearance.

C Block Geography 12 -  It has been a few months now since your geographic consulting company created a successful report for the town of Orting Washington on the dangers of Mt. Rainier and building a new school to accommodate growth. After some well deserved time off, you then completed a pamphlet for Parks Canada on the dangers of Mass Wasting in the Canadian Rockies which is still being distributed to back country enthusiasts. Nice work!

With the profits that your company made from the Parks Canada contract, you decided to take some time off and headed to the American Midwest for a 10 day Tornado Alley tour with Violent Skies Tours. True to form you made some contacts with people through the owners of the company and both Environment Canada (EC) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have approached your company to create a poster on severe weather for elementary schools.

Both EC and NOAA have indicated that the topics that you can research are: Tornadoes, Hurricanes, Thunder Storms, Lightning, Hail, Blizzards, Ice Storms, Drought, Flash Floods or Fire Storms (Forest Fires).

So you’ll need to either choose a topic (above) and identify the location where it affects the most OR choose a location in North America and identify the type of severe weather that affects that region the most (In the USA: Pacific Northwest; SoCal; Mountain West; Southwest; Midwest; West South Central-Tx; Gulf Coast-East South Central; South Atlantic; Mid Atlantic; New England; and Central Great Lakes; Hawaii; and Alaska. In Canada: SWBC; Okanagan; Rocky Mountains; Prairies; Northern Ontario-Quebec; Great Lakes; Atlantic Canada; Northern territories).

You will need to research the following about your topic:

  1. What causes the Severe Weather Event to occur?
  2. What kinds of damage does the Severe Weather Event inflict?
  3. How is the Severe Weather Event detected and monitored?
  4. Why does your chosen Severe Weather Event occur most often in the region you’ve chosen?
  5. What safety precautions should one take in order to survive your chosen Severe Weather Event?
  6. Give examples of the most extreme occurrences of your chosen Severe Weather Event that has happened in the region you’ve chosen.
  7. A List of the websites that you used to assist in the compilation of this assignment.
There are some websites of note that can help:
National Severe Storm Laboratory (click on the education tab)
National Hurricane Centre
Storm Prediction Centre About Tornadoes
FEMA (look at Plan and Prepare)
Environment Canada Summer Weather Hazards webpage
How the Weather works
The weather world 2010 project
USA Today Weather and Climate Science page
Hurricane Preparation website
Winter Weather Awareness
Weather Channel Classroom
UK Official weather classroom
NOAA Weather classroom Jet Stream

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