Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Thursday, October 8. 2015

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

D Block Geography 12 - Today we'll start watching Mega Disasters: American Volcano to help understand the explosive eruption of Mount Saint Helens; this is a sweet "what if" disaster video and it explains the dangers of the slumbering giant...Mount Rainier. This will take up about 40 minutes of class time and then you have one question to address in your week 5 notes/package (basically the positives and negatives of volcanoes using Saint Helens as an example). A good article from Popular Mechanics can be found interviews survivors of the blast in 1980. Pictures of before and after the eruption can be found on the National Geographic website here. There's a good article from the May 2010 National Geographic magazine called "Mountain Transformed".

C Block Criminology 12 - Today we will spend a few minutes reviewing our discussion of serial and mass murder from Tuesday and then we'll go back try to our discussion of psychopathology. To better understand the people that commit heinous acts of murder, we'll take some more time to understand what a "psychopath" is. We'll continue our 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). After we'll finish our look at mass murder by focusing on Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold who killed 13 students at Columbine High School in Littleton Colorado (for more see school shooters). 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. If there's time we'll also 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.

A Block Social Studies 10 - Today we're in the library for our first day to work on our web quest dealing with voting and elections in Canada -  specifically focusing on political ideology and the current political parties that follow specific ideologies. A political ideology deals with goals (how society should work) and methods (how to reach the goals). You'll look at the major political parties in Canada: Liberal, Conservative, New Democratic, Green, and Bloc Quebecois. You'll need to find out what their platforms (goals and methods) are and select a party that most represents your beliefs. You'll need to explain why you would choose that party if you were eligible to vote today. You will receive one more library/class time for this activity so try to use your time wisely today...I'll need this activity by next Tuesday. Use the following:

1) Pollenize – Looking for student-friendly party platform summaries? Pollenize is a mobile-friendly app that allows users to compare the platforms of several Canadian political parties on 12 themes.
2) I Can Party -  I CAN Party is a user-friendly guide to understanding the national political party platforms.  It provides short summaries of the parties’ stances on key electoral issues without analysis or party rhetoric.
3) Vote Compass – Where do you fall on the political spectrum? Vote Compass is a short online quiz that helps students to reflect on their own beliefs and values.
4) I Side With - is a short online quiz that helps students to reflect on their own beliefs and values. The site constantly finds and builds new ways to boost voter engagement and education using information, data, and breaking technologies.

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