Monday, June 6, 2016

Tuesday, June 7. 2016

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

C Block Law 12 - Today we'll be in the class continuing to watch the documentary Hot Coffee.  Hot Coffee reveals what really happened to Stella Liebeck, the Albuquerque woman who spilled coffee on herself and sued McDonald’s, while exploring how and why the case garnered so much media attention, who funded the effort and to what end. After seeing this film, you will decide who really profited from spilling hot coffee. Today we'll watch the remainder of the movie and then you have the rest of the class to work on your Civil Law project.

D & B Blocks Social Studies 10 -  Today we are in the library for the first day of research/work on your family history assignment. Remember, your task is to research your family history, which includes learning how to conduct academic research, making critical evaluations regarding sources, and managing information. Please remember that I want you to focus on the context of history- did your ancestor fight in the war of 1812? What was life like for farmers during early settlement of the west? Why do you have American relatives? Use the primary documents and stories you find to uncover what daily life might have been like for your relatives. You have the assignment sheet and what should you research?

  1. Start with you. Collect documents, facts, vital statistics, and stories about you. This can be done by checking your birth certificate, tracking down old report cards, or interviewing family members.
  2. Then move one generation up to include your parents, step-parents, adoptive parents, etc. Collect information and stories from them. Gather the basics of birth, full name, places born / lived, dates of graduation, marriage, divorce, remarriage, etc. Set time aside to interview them or tell stories over dinner.
  3. Has anyone in your family already started researching your family tree? Might you borrow some of their documents and research? Sure…but you also need to help by finding new and different things for them.
  4. Some work can be done through interviews, but you also need to use proper historical research techniques and track down primary documents.
  5. Most people in Canada can find a few generations worth of information quite easily. Keep going backwards, following whatever leads you have to collect as much info as you possibly can. Consider yourself as History’s detective…solve the puzzle.
  6. Focus on the context of history- did your ancestor fight in the war of 1812? What was life like for farmers during early settlement of the west? Why do you have American relatives? Use the primary documents and stories you find to uncover what daily life might have been like.
Links to help with research...
Government of Canada Geneaology Site
American National Archives
Pier 21 Immigration Museum Research Canada
Ellis Island - U.S. Immigration
Climbing Your Family Tree
Family Search
BC Department of Vital Statistics
Family Echo
Roots Magic (download program for home use - check with parents)
My Heritage

Find My Past (check out the quick tips to get started page)
US Gen Web (if you have American relatives)
Board for Certification of Genealogists (check out the skillbuilding articles for tips and links)
Automated Genealogy (1851, 1901, 1906, 1911 Censuses)
Genealogy Roadshow (check out the Discover your Genealogy Tab)
Finding Your Roots

Kenyatta Berry, Joshua Taylor, and Mary M. Tedesco, GENEALOGY ROADSHOW’s experts, offer some advice for researching your own family’s genealogy.

FOUNDATION DOCUMENTS Collect as many oral histories as possible. Your living ancestors have information and stories to share. Interview them and record their stories.

Hint: Collect memories whether you think their stories are true or not.
Hint: Gather as many names as you can, including maiden names and relationships.
Hint: Try to get dates. If someone can’t remember a specific date, ask them to reference a major event (how old were they during World War II, etc.)
Hint: Show family photos to help spur memories. Who can be identified? Who else might be able to help identify family members (can a family friend fill in the gap?)
Hint: Gather all photos and documentation, regardless of whether you think they are important. Items might include:
• Birth, death and marriage certificates
• Diplomas and other school documents
• Military service documents
• Communion or other social/service/religious documents
• Real estate documents

A Block Criminology 12 - Today we will begin by looking at burglary and con men. 419 scams are called so because the section of the Nigerian Criminal Code that makes it illegal to obtain money under false pretences is section 419. Millions of North Americans and Europeans are being targeted by scammers from Nigeria with very few being arrested or suffering any consequences.

419 is a modern day version of the 1500's Spanish Prisoner con when after the English defeated the Spanish armada in 1588-89, there were still a lot of English sailors who didn’t make it home. Letters began arriving to wealthy English families using the same idea, "if you can give me a small amount of money, then I can free this English prisoner.” In the same way then as today, the con man keeps squeezing more money and eventually begins threatening the victim. Canadian author Will Ferguson received the Giller Prize in 2012 for his book 419 - the tale of an email scam and a woman who sets out on a wide-ranging search for those she believes responsible for her father's death.

After I'll have you answer the following:

Explain why some burglars prefer to victimize commercial property rather than private homes. Note some of the major techniques for how burglars approach their jobs. Why would some burglars want to hit the same target more than once? How might a burglar develop the kind of skills needed to become lucrative in this career?

Top Scams of 2012 (Global TV Calgary)

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