Thursday, December 3, 2015

Friday, December 4. 2015

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

A Block Social Studies 10 - Today we'll talk about some of the people who came to B.C. that weren't British. We'll look at the Kanakas (kānaka ʻōiwi or kānaka maoli) who were Hawaiian workers with the Hudson's Bay Company of whom many married First Nations women especially the Nlaka' pamux - Thompson River Salish - people (check out the Kanakas on the Salt Spring archives). The name "Kanaka" did not have a negative connotation, however the Chinese labourers here in B.C. were called "Coolies" and that clearly was not used as a friendly term. The word Coolie comes from the Cantonese (Gu Lei) which refers to an Asian slave.  Many Chinese immigrants arrived after the California Gold Rush but the largest influx (about 15,000) came to build the Canadian Pacific Railway (check out Bambooshoots for more). From California, in 1858, arrived the steamship Commodore which carried a large population of African Americans at the behest of Governor Douglas. By the end of that summer over 800 African Americans resided in the Vancouver Island colony. We'll also look at the development of Vancouver (Gastown - named after the areas first saloon owner "Gassy" Jack Deighton and Moodyville - named after sawmill owner Sewell Prescott Moody). For more on Vancouver history check out:
The History of Metropolitan Vancouver
Hastings Mill Museum
Vancouver City Archives

I have one question for you:

Which immigrant group was most influential In the development of British Columbia? Provide evidence from the textbook and consider the influence of each group on the economy, the culture and people's everyday lives.

After you have a chance to finish your work on 'Ole Bill Coot - cut, colour and glue because  on Monday it's due.

C Block Crime, Media and Society 12 - Today  we'll look at the Law & Order Los Angeles episode "Hollywood". This episode combined three separate pop culture story stories/themes.
  1. First is the Bling Ring, the crew of Southern California teenyboppers who burgled celebrity homes by tracking their marks’ whereabouts via the Internet. The band of seven, which included E! reality star Alexis Neiers, burglarized the homes of Lindsay Lohan, Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green, Orlando Bloom and Miranda Kerr, Rachel Bilson, Audrina Patridge and Paris Hilton, who was reportedly robbed a total of five times by the group.
  2. Second is the Brody Jenner type reality TV star, an L.A. rich kid who dated his way into pseudo-stardom.
  3. Third, there is a version of the Lindsay-Dina Lohan mommy-daughter psychodrama, complete with lots of heavy talk about living through/off your children.
By the way...2013 saw the release of Sofia Coppola's movie version of this story called "Bling Ring"

On Monday I'll ask you to take a look at this episode and try to make sense of the sociological reasons why the ring did what they did AND the reasons why the media covered the story so strongly. Enjoy the episode

D Block Geography 12 - Today we are going to take a look at climatology and climate types on the planet. We will make sense of the Koppen climate classification system and today you'll need to complete questions  1 & 4 from page 325 in your Geosystems text. For the rest of the block we'll finish our video we started yesterday on Hurricanes.

For help with Koppen - Geiger see:
Blue Planet Biomes - World Climates - Climate classification - Koppen chart 

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