Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Thursday, April 21. 2016

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

D Block Social Studies 10 - Today we will begin with a little time to finish up yesterday's Star Trek: The Next Generation episode and make the parallel to Canadian history. We will explore the misconceptions that may have arisen when first contact occurred. We'll review the concept of worldview and then spend time examining the relationship that developed between the Aboriginal Peoples and both the North West Company and Hudson's Bay Company on the Canadian Prairies. Consider the following...

All human societies develop culture wherein stories explain their place in the world and the larger cosmos (Kane, 1998). The collective wisdom, beliefs, myths and stories of each society make up that society’s worldview. Worldviews are “the concepts and theories that explain how we construe a global image of the world and how we make sense of the meaning of our experiences” (Aerts, Apostel, De Moor, Hellmans, Maex, Van Belle, et al., 2007, p. 8). Worldviews are more than just concepts and theories however; they are expressions of desire and explanations of place. Worldviews map a way of being, providing a way to navigate the world we inhabit. Suzuki (1997) states, “many of our rituals, songs, prayers, and ceremonies were reaffirmations of our dependence on nature and our commitment to behave properly. This is how it has been for most of human existence all over the world” (p.10). The stories we tell reveal underlying beliefs that we carry about the world and our place in it. These stories provide a frame of reference and they provide a symbolic system of representation that clarifies the place of humanity in the world and reveals insight into the most significant relationships humans have with nature (Aerts et al., 2007).
When we finish our discussion you'll need to work on a compare/contrast chart of the two fur trading companies as well as question 2 from page 135 of the Horizons text.

C Block Law 12 - Today with Mr. Elliott with cannabis sufficiently dealt with we will examine the other schedules of the Controlled Drugs and Substances act reviewing not only illicit street drugs but also controlled substances in schedule IV which may be possessed and used for therapeutic purposes.

B Block Social Studies 10 - Today with Mr. Elliott we will continue with our discussion of the Red River settlement. we will look at the Merger of the HBC and NWC and the following peace in the region. Next we will introduce the character of Louis Riel and watch a portion of Canada a People's History Episode 9.

If we have time at the end of class we will take a few minutes to work on the Metis poster project.

A Block Criminology 12 - Welcome to Criminology 12. Today we will go through the course outline package and see what crimes we have in store for the next two months. In this course we look at crime theories and crime typology. The first three weeks of the course sees us look at a general history of crime, big ideas about why people commit crime and thoughts on why people become victims of crime. The main portion of the class then focuses on crime typologies: violent crimes; property crimes; white collar/enterprise/business crimes; organized/gang crimes; and crimes of a social nature (gambling, drug use, sex trade). Each week we spend Monday in the library working on an on-line crime blog while each Friday we'll watch 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 have two questions that I'd like you to brainstorm:

  1. What is the purpose of laws and what is a crime?
  2. Why do people commit crime?
After a few minutes I'd like you to partner up and get your ideas on a large sheet of paper. After you collect all of your ideas on large sheets of paper with smelly felts, try to categorize them into crime theory clusters (similar categories). After, you'll present your ideas and then we'll begin our look at the nature vs. nurture debate by focusing on the history of psychological and sociological criminology.

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