Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Wednesday, December 14. 2016

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

B & C Blocks Social Studies 11 -  Today we'll begin our look at the steps to world war two and Canada's response. We'll review your work on the rise of dictators and then we'll examine German aggression in terms of European politics. Next we'll look at isolation and appeasement along with Canada's declaration of war.
BBC GCSE Bitesize Hitler's Aims and Actions
German Foreign Policy 1933-1945 USNMM

A Block Geography 12 - Today we'll continue our look at severe weather focusing on hurricanes. We'll look at the conditions necessary for hurricane development and then look at the Saffir-Simpson scale (wind speed, storm surge, and damage to structures). Your activity will be to track (plot out the path) of Hurricane Diana from 1984 and answer two questions (including question 18 from page 248 of your Geosystems text). For more on predicting Hurricane Landfall check out: Predicting Hurricanes and the NOAA Predicting Hurricanes site too.

While you are working on the questions I'll show you some footage of Hurricane Ike and the damage done to Galveston Island (on the Raging Planet Hurricane episode)

Raging Planet: Hurricane (2009) - Part 1 by bigcenterprises

The tragedy of Hurricane Katrina is very personal to me, although I was not directly impacted by the hurricane (I did not lose loved ones; nor did I lose property in the storm). In early August 2005, I spent time talking with the people of New Orleans and making friends there. I traveled the Gulf Shores road (Highway 90) through Pass Christian, Bay St. Louis, Long Beach, and Gulfport, Mississipi. Three weeks later after a clear warning from the director of the National Hurricane Center, Dr. Max Mayfield (someone who I met at a professional workshop five years earlier), Katrina made landfall along the border between Louisiana and Mississippi. Now it wasn't as if politicians didn't know about the potential disaster that could befall New Orleans if a major hurricane was to strike. Dr. Ivor van Heerden (from the Raging Planet video) ran a simulation called Hurricane Pam the previous year at Louisiana State University. His test results were provided to FEMA, state, and local officials. People knew. People in power knew. Heck, I even knew and I'm just a geography teacher living on the opposite end of the continent.

Rolling Stone Magazine The Lasting Effects of Hurricane Katrina
Time Magazine 10 Essential Stories about Hurricane Katrina

D Block Crime, Media and Society 12 - Yesterday we looked at Social Structure Theories and tried to see if the explanation of crime by the Crips fit within any of those theories (social disorganization, strain, and or cultural deviance). Remember the narrator in the documentary indicated that the Crips came out of an area that had poor schools, housing and an unemployment rate three times the national rate. Also Raymond 'Dhanifu' Cook said that they were "like bandits coming from the poor sections (of LA) to the more affluent sections (of LA) to requisition their material to bring it back to the neighbourhood" and 'Crippin' meant "are you ready to rob, plunder, pillage"? This kind of fits within the Social Structure theories. There are three major arguments among Social Process Theories that focus on how people learn to commit crime (Social Learning), how society fails to control deviancy and criminality (Social Control), and the impact of criminal labels on individuals subsequent behavior (Social Reaction). Today we'll finish the National Geographic "Inside the Bloods and Crips" show and to end the class I'll have you work on yesterday's question along with today's question:

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?

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