Monday, May 25, 2015

Tuesday, May 26. 2015

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

C Block Geography 12 -  Today we'll continue our look at severe weather focusing on hurricanes. We'll look at the conditions necessary for hurricane development and then look at the Saffir-Simpson scale (wind speed, storm surge, and damage to structures). Your activity will be to track (plot out the path) of Hurricane Diana from 1984 and answer two questions (including question 18 from page 248 of your Geosystems text). For more on predicting Hurricane Landfall check out: Predicting Hurricanes and the NOAA Predicting Hurricanes site too.

While you are working on the questions I'll show you some footage of Hurricane Ike and the damage done to Galveston Island (on the Raging Planet Hurricane episode)

Raging Planet: Hurricane (2009) - Part 1 by bigcenterprises

If there's time today we'll start watching National Geographic's Inside Hurricane Katrina.

The tragedy of Hurricane Katrina is very personal to me. Although I was not directly impacted by the hurricane (I did not lose loved ones; nor did I lose property in the storm) In early August 2005, I spent time talking with the people of New Orleans and making friends there. I traveled the Gulf Shores road (Highway 90) through Pass Christian, Bay St. Louis, Long Beach, and Gulfport. Three weeks later after a clear warning from the director of the National Hurricane Center, Dr. Max Mayfield (someone who I met at a professional workshop five years earlier), Katrina made landfall along the border between Louisiana and Mississippi. Now it wasn't as if politicians didn't know about the potential disaster that could befall New Orleans if a major hurricane was to strike. Dr. Ivor van Heerden ran a simulation (Hurricane Pam) the previous year at Louisiana State University. His test results were provided to FEMA, state, and local officials. People knew. People in power knew. Heck, I even knew and I'm just a geography teacher living on the opposite end of the continent. The DVD asks some hard questions and I hope to begin a lively discussion with you about them.

D Block Crime, Media and Society 12 - Today we start our week long look at the Casey Anthony trial and media coverage in the United States. In June 2008 Casey's daughter Caylee went missing and was found dead later that December. Due to inconsistencies in her story, her delay in reporting her child missing, and increased public pressure and scrutiny, Casey was charged with Caylee's murder. A ferocious media storm ensued and Casey Anthony's trial was conducted both in a Florida courtroom and the national media in June 2011. After a month long trial, Casey Anthony was found not guilty of first-degree murder, aggravated manslaughter, and aggravated child abuse. She was found guilty on four counts of providing false information to a law enforcement officer, and sentenced to one year in jail and $1,000 in fines.

So this week we'll try to make sense of the crime (Casey Anthony), the media's coverage of the crime (particularly Nancy Grace), feminist perspectives on criminology, the bad mother motif, Schadenfreude, and the way fictional crime media repersented the story (Law & Order: Special Victim's Unit). Today, I'll give you a handout on the case and we'll go over it together. After that, I'll show you the Dateline episode above "The State vs. Casey Anthony" and we'll talk about it at the end of the video. Tomorrow will be Schadenfreude, HLN (Nancy Grace) and the commentary on that network's coverage of the case (including an excellent portion of the HBO series The Newsroom and skits from SNL). Thursday we'll look at feminist perspectives and the bad mother along with Law & Order Special Victim's Unit and on Friday we'll try to make sense of it all.

There are almost too many web pages dedicated to the Casey Anthony trial but to start with, take a look at:
Investigative Discovery "Casey Anthony: Mom or Murderer"
TruTV Crime Library Caylee Anthony
HLN Nancy Grace Essential Guide to the Casey Anthony Trial

B Block Social Studies 11 - Since you got yesterday to get caught up with work, today we'll look at  the transformation of Canadian society in the 1960's and the 1970's (challenging the status quo). You'll start with the beginning episode of Canada: A People’s History Volume 11 “Years of Hope and Anger” which sets the stage for the 1960’s. After watching it, I'd like to talk with you about your impressions of the section and your thoughts on the 1960’s. Next, you'll get the “Challenging the Status Quo” worksheet and you'll need to fill it in using pages 177 to 181 and pages 208 to 210 of the Counterpoints textbook along with the Canada: A People's History episodes “Do Your Own Thing” (which deals with the “youthquake” and the environmental movement) “A Question of Equality” and “A Most Fundamental Choice” (which deal with the women's movement in Canada) and lastly “Taking Back the Past”(which deals with the Aboriginal Nations rights movement).

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