Monday, May 8, 2017

Tuesday, May 9. 2017

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

C Block Social Studies 11 - Today we are going to start looking at Mussolini, Hitler, Tojo and Stalin, which prepares us for your Dictatorship for Dummies project that we start in the library next week. This is your first major project for term four and can be a very effective way of starting off the term well! I really don't want you to get caught up in the minutia of details. The important thing here is to see the big picture and understand how the dictators in the 30's came to power and then held on to power. Naomi Wolf wrote an article in the Guardian newspaper back in 2007 that outlined some steps:
  1. Invoke a terrifying internal and external enemy
  2. Create a gulag
  3. Develop a thug caste
  4. Set up an internal surveillance system
  5. Harass citizens' groups
  6. Engage in arbitrary detention and release
  7. Target key individuals
  8. Control the press
  9. Dissent equals treason
  10. Suspend the rule of law
Wolf argued that these steps existed in the United States and that is certainly a debatable proposition however the steps she identified are a scripted pattern...

Start with economic and social turmoil, throw in some perceived lawlessness and humiliation, then add a national threat and the conditions are ripe for a charismatic personality to promise a golden path to either a renewed past of halcyon days or a bright future...Hmmmm I wonder if we've seen this recently? 

So look for the common threads between the three dictators. Look at their methods of gaining power. Who did they seek for help? How did they convince people of their ideas? Once they got power how did they keep it? Remember the word totalitarian? Big Ideas folks. To help we'll watch the CBC series Love, Hate and Propaganda focusing on the first episode "The Strongmen". From the CBC website...

The Strongmen is the story of Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini, Joseph Stalin and Emperor Hirohito of Japan. Each employed propaganda in their own way to gain absolute control over their citizens. In Italy, the face of fascism is that of Benito Mussolini, a colourful performer, and a brutal thug who counts Hitler as his friend and ally. In Russia, Joseph Stalin's insistence on total devotion would range from the horrific to the tragic-comic. And in Japan, Emperor Hirohito is seen as a demi-God, able to protect his people from all outside threats.

The Spanish Civil War in 1936 is effectively a dress rehearsal for the real war that would soon erupt between the Axis and Allied powers, and Communist and Fascist ideologies. In the Pacific, Japan launches a brutal attack on Nanking, foreshadowing the barbarity that would soon engulf Europe.

D Block Introduction to Psychology 11 - Today we'll look at sleeping, stages of sleep, sleep disorders and dreaming. Sleep researchers have found that sleeping people undergo a consistent pattern of sleep stages, each lasting about 90 minutes. These stages are of two major types: rapid eye movement (25% of the time) and non-rapid eye movement (further subdivided into three stages: N1, N2, and N3). Normally we will go through several cycles of REM and non-REM sleep each night. The length of the REM portion of the cycle tends to increase through the night, from about five to 10 minutes early in the night to 15 to 20 minutes shortly before awakening in the morning. Dreams also tend to become more elaborate and vivid as the night goes on.

So today we'll watch the two videos below

And then I'll need you to explain what the following are and what effects they have on you:

Insomnia; Somnambulism; REM sleep behavior disorder (RBD); Sleep Apnea; and Narcolepsy.

Finally you'll need to answer the following as well:

  1. Healthcare professionals often work rotating shifts. Why is this problematic? What can be done to deal with potential problems?
  2. We experience shifts in our circadian clocks in the fall and spring of each year with time changes associated with daylight saving time. Is springing ahead or falling back easier for you to adjust to, and why do you think that is?
  3. Have you (or someone you know) ever experienced significant periods of sleep deprivation because of simple insomnia, high levels of stress, or as a side effect from a medication? What were the consequences of missing sleep?

A Block Introduction to Law 9/10 - Today we'll venture off to the library to begin work on a small project about nasty people. It will be your job to create a poster on a serial killer.


Select a criminal from the list below and discuss your selection with me to obtain approval to proceed with your research no later than Today. No more than two students may choose the same criminal and your selection of a criminal is on a first-come, first-served basis. Prepare a poster on your criminal that must include the following information:

1. Name of the criminal (including an image of them) along with any aliases they may have.
Summary (not details) of the crime(s) the criminal committed, with corresponding dates (year only) of the crimes.
2. Explain the type of victim that the criminal sought
3. Explain how the criminal was caught (by whom & how? What led to his/her capture?)
4. Indicate the criminal's background, childhood, method of committing the crime, and characteristics which cause the criminal to fit within the particular theory you selected.
5. State, define, and explain the criminological theory, (classical, biological, psychological, sociological, or integrated) which explains the criminal's behaviour
6. State which serial killer category the criminal is: mission-oriented, hedonistic, visionary, power/control, thrill killer, expedience killer; (and define whichever category you select)...More on this on tomorrow's blog entry

Robert William Pickton
Clifford Olson
John Wayne Gacy
Ted Bundy
Dennis Rader (BTK)
David Berkowitz (Son of Sam)
Jeffrey Dahmer
Gary Ridgeway (Green River Killer)
Henry Lee Lucas & Otis Toole
Richard Ramirez (Night Stalker)
Aileen Wurnos
Dorothea Puente
Karla Homolka & Paul Bernardo
Genene Jones (Angel of Mercy)
Ed Gein
Angelo Buono & Kenneth Bianchi (Hillside Stranglers)
The Zodiac Killer
Robert Hansen
Wayne Williams
Edmund Emil Kemper III
Charles Ng & Leonard Lake
Coral Eugene Watts
Cary Stayner
John Allan Mohammad & Lee Boyd Malvo (Beltway Snipers)
Danny Rolling (Gainesville Ripper)
Joel Rifkin
Randy Kraft
Albert Fish
Kenneth Allan McDuff

Here are a few links to help you get started:
Biography: Serial Killers
How Stuff Works Serial Killer Web Site
Federal Bureau of Investigation Serial Killers site
All Serial Killers web site
Kari Sable serial killers site
Internet Crime Archives
Mind of a Killer Serial Killer web site
Mental Floss Female Serial Killer Web site 
Serial Killers

B Block Law 12 - Today, you'll get your final project for the year and we'll go through the sad stories of the people who walk through the doors of your law office. I'll explain the benefits of an out of court settlement and identify why negotiating an agreement is better than going to court. I'll remind you that you have the option of completing a 30 second commercial for your law firm much like those at

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