Thursday, December 10, 2015

Friday, December 11. 2015

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

C Block Crime, Media and Society 12 - Today we'll look at Colton Harris-Moore the "Barefoot Bandit" who was raised on Camano Island just north of Everett Washington in the Puget Sound.
Harris-Moore was sentenced in December 2011 to seven years in state prison for dozens of crimes, including burglary and identity theft, stemming from his two-year run from the law in stolen boats, cars and airplanes. A self-taught pilot, he was finally apprehended in a hail of bullets in the Bahamas in 2010, after he crash-landed a plane stolen from an Indiana airport. He has a "Fan Club" and 48,266 likes on his Facebook site. Many many articles have been written on him including Time, Maxim Magazine, and Outside Magazine...Twice! He also has agreed to sell his life story to 20th Century Fox movie studio for $1.3 million... So Today we'll watch "Chasing the Barefoot Bandit"

D Block Geography 12 - You'll have the block today to continue our work on climatology. You will need to finish up the climate description activity from yesterday and questions 9, 14, and 19 from page 326 in your Geosystems text. After we'll look at how climate graphs are created and interpreted and then begin work on drawing and interpreting two climate graphs (Montreal, Quebec and Yuma, Arizona). For help on how to draw climate graphs see:
BBC Climate Graphs
Interpreting Climate Graphs

A Block Social Studies 10 - George Stanley wrote in The Canadians, "Bonds of steel as well as of sentiment were needed to hold the new Confederation together. Without railways there would be and could be no Canada."

 “The opening by us first of a Northern Pacific Railroad seals the destiny of the British possessions west of the ninety-first meridian. They will become so Americanized in interests and feelings that they will be in effect severed from the new Dominion, and the question of their annexation will be but a question of time” 1869 United States Senate Committee Report

 “The United States government are resolved to do all that they can, short of war, to get possession of the western territory, and we must take immediate and vigorous steps to counteract them. One of the first things to be done is to show unmistakably our resolve to build the Pacific Railway” Sir John A Macdonald (1875)

Today is a planning day for your next project. You are going to be making a children's story book about the building of the Canadian Pacific Railway from Toronto to Vancouver. Since the book is targeted for 5 to 9 year old children you'll need to choose your words carefully and have age appropriate language. 5 to 9 year old children are, however, not dumb and you are trying to tell a story of the challenges involved in building the railway along with the characters who did it. You will need to include:
  1. the building of the railway in three locations (northern Ontario, the prairies, and through the mountains in B.C.);
  2. you'll need to show what passenger cars and locomotives looked like;
  3. you'll need to show what trestles and tunnels looked like;
  4. you'll need to identify the main characters (Smith, Macdonald, Van Horne, Flemming and Onderdonk);
  5. you'll need to show what it was like for workers (different conditions for "whites" and coolies);
  6.  you'll need to show the last spike in Craigellachie and have a map of the railway.
Here are some websites that can help you understand the rail experience in Canadian history (HINT for your upcoming project):

Sir Sandford Fleming The Knight of Time
Railway Witnesses, Memory of a Nation
Revelstoke Railway Museum Photo Archive
The Canadian Encyclopedia - Building the Railway
The Kids site of Canadian Settlement - Chinese & the Railway
Vancouver Public Library - CPR History
BC Archives - CPR
Kamloops Art Gallery - Andrew Onderdonk & the CPR
Library & Archives Canada: Canada by Train
Library & Archives Canada: The Kid's site of Canadian Trains
Musee McCord Museum: CPR form sea to sea
Musee McCord Museum: Forging the National Dream
Canada Science and Technology Museum: Railways
Remember Monday-Tuesday-Wednesday in the library for this next week and Thursday Unit Test.
Nitro | Historica Canada

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