Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Thursday, June 18. 2015

Welcome to the last official school day of the year. Today's schedule is D-AG-C-B-A

You have assignments due today...please do not give me any "My dog ate my homework" or "My computer crashed with all my work on it" excuses. Turn in your work today please.

D Block Crime, Media and Society 12 - Today we'll finish our look at the big picture of crime, media and society 12. Today we'll watch Patrick Jane's "antics" on the Mentalist. We'll watch "Paint it Red" from Season 1 in which a business tycoon's son-in-law is found dead near where a $50 million painting once hung in his father-in-law's office. Jane and the CBI try to find out how he might have been involved and who else is responsible. From TV tropes:

Possessing exceptional knowledge of human behavior, extensive meditative and hypnotic training, a refined memory and superhuman deductive skills, Patrick Jane is one of the most valuable agents of the CBI in the fight against crime. Though technically he's not a cop, just a consultant.

He does have that "Sherlock Stare" that we talked about yesterday in class and he confounds his team members and keeps them in the dark about his plans until Voila...crime solved. So to end what can we deduce (Sherlock) from the three crime media dramas we watched this week?

Does the media merely reflect society's beliefs that the police are incompetent or does it create an image that we but into? Should we care - is it fine to turn the critical parts of our psyche off and merely be entertained for 44 minutes?...or should we try to find meaning in the message?

C Block Geography 12 - Day two of your final exam sees you work on the written portion. You have all block to work on four questions and don't forget this is a chance you to shine and show me what you know. Remember Geography is all about the big picture - interactions, interconnections, interrelationships and implications. If there's time we'll finish Home. Thomas Hartmann ends another really good documentary Crude Impact by pleading for us to "personally wake up to these issues, and be an instrument of change, if only for one other person...Tag, you're it!".

So it is too late to be a pessimist. Go out in the world and get angry about what you see but then go do something about it...Tag, you're it

B Block Social Studies 11 - Today we'll finish degree three in the National Geographic DVD “Six Degrees Could Change the World”.

After the European heat wave section could you answer the following:

  1. What happened? – What is a heat wave? How long does it have to last and how hot does it need to be?
  2. When did it happen? – You should be able to quote the month and the year.
  3. Where did it happen? – The case study discusses the ‘European Heat Wave’ but which city does it focus upon?
  4. Why did it happen? – The heat wave caused the deaths of many people. What human systems caused the death rate to be so high?
  5. Who was affected by it happening? – The impacts of the heat wave were particularly harsh upon one section of the population? Which section of the population was it? You should also be able to explain why

We'll finish our look at the environmental issues that we face as Canadians in the context of the modern world. So, we'll review climate change, ozone depletion and acid rain; then we'll focus on potable (safe drinking) water and the connection between consumption and environmental degradation of ecosystems.

Now there is a very good TED talk from James Balog that shows time-lapse photography of ice loss around the world (remember degree two and the ice sheets on Greenland?).


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