Sunday, January 31, 2016

Monday, February 1. 2016

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

A Introduction to Law 9/10 - Welcome to Introduction to Law, also known as Law & Order: Vanier. This term class is a very short but exciting look at criminal law in Canada. The course is organized much like an episode of Law & Order. The first two weeks of the course deal with criminological studies (the study of crime - we will focus on why crime is committed). The next month of the class deals with criminal forensics and detective investigation. The last three weeks of the class deal with the "order" component of Law & Order where we'll follow the process of arrest, trial, and sentencing for crimes committed. Each week we spend Monday in the library either doing some research on a specific topic or preparing our major project. We also spend each Friday watching an episode of CSI, Law & Order, Cold Case Files, Millennium, Criminal Minds, or Forensic Files (but there's always a question about what you watch). Today, I want you to brainstorm a list of all the reasons you can think why someone would commit a crime and we'll collect all of your ideas on the board for a discussion. We'll cluster your reasons why people commit crime into categories and see what biological factors and sociological factors may contribute to crime.

B & D Blocks Social Studies 10 - Welcome to Social Studies 10. Today we will go through the course outline package and talk about the upcoming semester. Social Studies 10 first reorients you with basic mapping and geography skills from grades 8 and 9. Next, you’ll apply these skills in an investigation of Canada’s physiographic regions. With some insight into the different physical and environmental challenges of our varied landscape, you’ll examine the growth and expansion of Canada from a British colony to a nation approaching the twentieth century. Lastly the economies of BC and Canada will be studied with emphasis on the challenges facing our major industries. Today I'll have you draw mental maps of Canada (not from the maps on the wall!) and get you to work in partners on a large scale map. You need to include as much detail about the political geography (provinces/territories/borders/capitals), physical geography (lakes/oceans/mountains/rivers/islands), and cultural geography (language/art/music/sport/economy) as you can. When we finish, we'll share our maps and discuss why it is difficult to conceptualize and graphically represent our country. We'll finish these tomorrow and then we'll turn our focus to map reading skills.

C Block Law 12 - Welcome to Law 12. Today we will go through the course outline package and then we'll talk about career paths that are available with Law. Law 12 is an intense one semester course that deals with the foundation, the structure, and the key principles and concepts of the Canadian legal system. We will try, as much as possible, to cut through the “Legal speak” so that you can simply become a legally literate person. In September we'll look at the foundations of the Canadian legal justice system along with civil and human rights. The rest of the first term sees us look at criminal law in Canada while in term two we'll focus on civil and family law in Canada. We'll get together in groups and discuss what crime is, why we have laws, and figure out the difference between what is legal what is moral and what is ethical. We'll partner up and get our ideas on big sheets of paper with some smelly felts so that we can have a discussion on the topic

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