Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Thursday, December 10. 2015

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

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 explain in your own words the following climates: Af, Am, Aw, Cfb, Cfa, Dfb, Dwb, Dfc, Dwc, ET (don't say it!), Bw, and Bs (Many thanks to Michael Ritter for his on line Physical Environment textbook!).  You'll also need to complete questions  9, 14, and 19 from page 326 in your Geosystems text. I will also remind you that you have a weather unit final next Wednesday (December 16th, 2015) and if you have any questions you should ask me as soon as possible. For the test the topics include:

  1. the structure of the atmosphere (tropo & strato)
    ozone depletion (CFC's), the enhanced greenhouse effect (GHG's) & air pollution (acid rain)
  2. solar energy & insolation (heat, albedo, energy distribution, & seasons)
    atmospheric pressure & global wind patterns (Coriolis force, wind pattern names, pressure zones)
  3. low & high pressure systems (how they happen, winds & weather associated with them, including air masses)
  4. precipitation (lifting mechanisms - orographic, frontal, radiative, convectional - fronts and storms)
  5. weather maps (station plots / models and low pressure cyclonic storms - cold and warm fronts)
  6. severe weather (specifically hurricanes - how they develop & how they cause damage)

C Block Crime, Media and Society 12 - After a really good discussion yesterday we never got to finish the National Geographic "Inside the Bloods and Crips" show, so we'll do that today. After, you'll have time to work on the two questions from this week along with a new one...They are:

  1. Have you ever perceived anomie if so what and why? What causes anomie? Is there more than one cause of strain?
  2. Have you ever been given a negative label, and, if so, did it cause you social harm? How did you lose the label, or did it become a permanent marker that still troubles you today?
  3. Is conflict inevitable in all cultures? If not, what can be done to reduce the level of conflict in our own society?

 A Block Social Studies 10 - Today we'll discuss the insane geography that the CPR was constructed upon. We'll look at the stretches of northern Ontario where track was built and then rebuilt again due to "geographic difficulties". The photo to the left is CPR construction north of Lake Superior. We'll focus on John A. Macdonald's "National Policy" and look at the connection between Sir Hugh Allan's Pacific Railway Company, the Pacific Scandal and Macdonald's defeat in 1873. We'll then look at George Stephen & Donald A. Smith's Pacific Railway Company which hired William Van Horne and Andrew Onderdonk to build the railway.

 Here are some websites that can help you understand the rail experience in Canadian history (HINT for your upcoming project):

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

Today I'll have you work on questions 1, 2, 3, 4 and 6 from page 202 of the Horizons text.

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