Monday, May 15, 2017

Tuesday, May 16. 2017

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

C Block Social Studies 11 -  Today we are off to the library to begin our research on the "Dictatorship for Dummies" project. It will be your job to create a "Dictatorship for Dummies" or "Complete Idiot's Guide to Dictatorship" book. These guides will need to use the experiences of Joseph Stalin in the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, Adolph Hitler in Nazi Germany, and Benito Mussolini in Fascist Italy in order to describe the following:

  • What is a dictatorship?
  • What social and economic conditions allowed the development of dictatorships?
  • How did the dictators come to power? (did they create or join a political party? How did they get elected or did they? What factors allowed them to assume control of their country?)
  • How did the dictators hold on to power? What did they do once they got power to consolidate their control?
  • What did they do to convince the people of their country to abandon their rights?
  • How can the reader of the book become a dictator? (a step-by-step guide)
Use the photocopied information about Germany, Italy, and the U.S.S.R. that I gave you yesterday in class, use the Internet, and your textbook in order to get the information you need to create your Idiot's Guide or Dummies book. You are, in essence, showing how to become a fascist dictator (getting and then holding on to power).

Five great print resources in the library are the Longman 20th Century History Series written by Josh Brooman: Italy and Mussolini 1900-45 (945.091 BRO); Weimar Germany 1918-33 (943.086 BRO); Hitler's Germany 1933-45 (943.086 BRO); Stalin and the Soviet Union 1924-53 (947 BRO) and Roads to War the Origins of the Second World War 1929-41 (940.53 BRO). In the class I have copies of the Time-Life Series The Third Reich: The New Order; The Twisted Dream; and Storming to Power. I also have a copy of The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A history of Nazi Germany by William L. Shirer and two books on Fascism - one by Stanley Payne and the other by Alan Cassels. Your textbook is a good resource (see pages 92-96) and you could also look at the following on line resources: Nazi Fascism and the modern Totalitarian State
Foundations of the Nazi State
From Democracy to Dictatorship: the German police
Establishment of the Nazi dictatorship
Totalitarianism in Europe
Death of the Father: An anthropology of the ends of political authority
Britannica The rise of Dictators
Age of Totalitarianism
Life in Fascist Italy
Fascist Italy
Italy the Fascist Era
Italian Fascism
Life in the USSR under Stalin
Communist Dictatorship of Stalin
The Dictators: Hitler's Germany and Stalin's Russia
Stalin's Russian Dictatorship

D Block Introduction to Psychology 11 - Today we'll continue with our look at development and stages of human growth focusing on adolescence and adulthood. We'll examine the role of the pre-frontal cortex, take a look at cognitive empathy and developing a sense of self and identity ("You don't know can't judge me"!) Next we'll examine adulthood and then focus on Jean Piaget, Erik Erikson and Lawrence Kohlberg.

A Block Introduction to Law 9/10 - Today we'll continue with Geographic Profiling completing our Comox Valley Crime Map with data from the Comox Valley Crime Stoppers website. The "Theft from Auto" and "Residential Break and Enter" Heat maps to the left were completed by the VPD (Vancouver Police Department) for February 15th through 21st this year and should help you in terms of what your map should look like.

For our map we will need to use colours that show areas of high, moderate, minimal and low risk for B&E (if one street has 5 incidents out of 61 in a year that's 8% of all Courtenay's B&E that a lot? What if it's Crown Isle or Mission Hill or Valley View or Punteledge or the Old Orchard neighbourhood rather than just a street? How many incidents took place in a neighbourhood?) I want you to figure out where you think the Comox Valley RCMP should focus their attention to aid in community-based crime prevention for the city of Courtenay. Where would be a good place to start a Block Watch? Why?

B Block Law 12 - Today I have the library booked for you to begin your work on the major civil law project that is due six weeks from now. You will have two to three library blocks per week to finish this pressure really.

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