Sunday, April 3, 2016

Monday April 4. 2016

Welcome back family. I hope your Spring Break was great and you are dialed in for the rest of the term...speaking of that there are only two and a half weeks left in Term 3 (ending on April 20th). It's go time!

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

A Block Introduction to Law 9/10 - Today we'll look through the physical and mental elements of a crime. We'll focus on the three types of criminal intent and understand the difference between Strict Liability and Indictable Offenses in Canada (remember that in Canada we do not have felony and misdemeanor offences). I'll have you work on questions 1-7 on page 74 of the All About Law textbook.

B Block Social Studies 10 - Today with Mr. Elliott we begin our study of the first peoples of Canada. We will explore the difficult question of what a growing country in an unexplored wilderness does when the wilderness turns out to be full of people who already live there and have done so for thousands of years. We will begin by identifying the major groups within Canada, the woodland, Iroquois, plains, plateau, Pacific coastal and subarctic Fist Nations groups and comparing their characteristics to gain a better understanding of the vast diversity that exists among Canada's First Peoples.

C Block Law 12 - Today with Mr. Elliott we begin our look at the Criminal Code and criminal code offences. The Canadian Criminal Code is the basis for all criminal prosecution in the country and contains all the laws regarding what constitutes crime and the range of penalties which may be applied. While it is up to judges to interpret these laws based on context and precedent all decisions are made in reference to the criminal code. The subheadings of the criminal code are: Part I: General Part II: Offences against Public Order Part III: Firearms and Other Weapons Part IV: Offences against the Administration of Law and Justice Part V: Sexual Offences, Public Morals, and Disorderly Conduct Part VI: Invasion of Privacy Part VII: Disorderly Houses, Gaming, and Betting Part VIII: Offences against the Person and Reputation Part IX: Offences against Rights of Property Part X: Fraudulent Transactions Relating to Contracts and Trade Part XI: Willful and Forbidden Acts in Respect of Certain Property Part XII: Offences Relating to Currency We will work in groups to brainstorm and write down which crimes might be found under each subheading before we move to breaking down each one and examining some case studies and examples.

D Block Social Studies 10 - Today we'll look at Victorian attitudes and values connected to the wider British Empire.

Rudyard Kipling (the Jungle Book guy) wrote a lovely little poem called "White Man's Burden" that kind of exemplifies the ethnocentric superiority (cultural imperialism) inherent in Victorian Era values...

Take up the White Man's burden--
Send forth the best ye breed--
Go, bind your sons to exile
To serve your captives' need;
To wait, in heavy harness,
On fluttered folk and wild--
Your new-caught sullen peoples,
Half devil and half child.

This leads us to a discussion about the "Half devil and half child" in Canada...the First Nations peoples. We'll look at Aboriginal Reserves, the Gradual Civilization Act (which led to the Indian Act of 1876) and Residential Schools. We'll finish with a couple of questions related to Sir John Colborne and assimilation (p. 97 of Horizons).

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