Monday, May 4, 2015

Tuesday, May 5. 2015

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

C Block Geography 12 -  Today....Oh today we start with weather, the best topic ever! I'll have you brainstorm a list of things you know (or think you know) about weather and then I'll try to answer questions you've always wanted answered about the topic. I'm so excited to be starting weather! Hail, lightning, tornadoes, and hurricanes are four on "the list" get ready, it's going to be a bumpy ride. I'll go through weather extremes with you and try to understand why weather is so important as a topic of study.
Everyone has considerable experience with, and a basic understanding of, the weather. To a large extent, weather dictates the clothes we wear, how we drive, and even our choices of recreational activities. Every day we get info about the weather, through the TV and more importantly through being outside. Our experiences help us to have a basic understanding of weather. Why study weather? Well over the last two decades weather related destruction has risen by more than 500% from an average of $2 Billion annually to $10 Billion annually.

Every day we are going to start by looking at the synoptic forecast along with weather maps.
Data Streme
Envrionment Canada: Weather Office Comox

D Block Crime, Media and Society 12 - Today we'll look at some theories about media. We'll examine Agenda Setting, Framing, the Hypodermic Needle or Magic Bullet, Cultivation, the Knowledge Gap, Uses and Gratification as well as Dependency theory. After we'll try to connect these theories to the 48 Hours Mystery episode on the Highway of Tears. From CBS: Since 1969, at least 18 women have gone missing or have been murdered along Canada's infamous Highway 16. Locals call it "The Highway of Tears." The Royal Canadian Mounted Police's Highway of Tears task force, Project E-PANA, consists of 13 homicide investigations and five missing people s investigations. So we'll watch the episode and then I have a few things I'd like to talk with you about...

After we watch the episode I'd like to talk about the story CBS chose to tell. What crimes the media choose to cover and how they cover those crimes can influence the public’s perception of crime. Editors and assignment editors make complex decisions about what crime stories they will cover (or not) and what the headline will be. Journalists and reporters, in partnership with their assignment desks and producers decide what information about those crimes they will include or leave out, what experts they may go to for input, what quotes from that expert they will include, and where in the story these facts and quotes appear.

B Block Social Studies 11 - Today we'll take some time to talk about the Holocaust during the Second World War in Europe. We'll talk about the Wannsee Conference in January 1942, after which the Nazis began the systematic deportation of Jews from all over Europe to six extermination camps established in former Polish territory -- Chelmno, Belzec, Sobibor, Treblinka, Auschwitz-Birkenau, and Majdanek. The United States Holocaust Memorial/Museum has a very good website dedicated to teaching the public about the Holocaust and we'll use it to help us understand. After this, I'll give you the rest of the class to work on your propaganda poster that you began on Friday last week...remember what you put on your poster has to be relevant to Canada (Encourage men to enlist; Pressure women to encourage their husbands, brothers and boyfriends to enlist; Encourage women to help out at home e.g. conserving food, buying victory bonds; Encourage children to help the war effort e.g. purchasing war stamps; Persecution / suspicion of enemy aliens; Encouraging pacifism; Glamorizing the Canadian war heroes; or just plain Demonizing Japan, Germany or Italy). Your poster is due tomorrow.

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