Thursday, December 14, 2017

Friday, December 15. 2017

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

C Block Human Geography 11 - Today we'll look at the key question "Why Do Farmers Face Economic Difficulties"? Commercial and subsistence farmers face comparable challenges. Both commercial and subsistence farmers have difficulty generating enough income to continue farming.
Rice farmers of the Philippines from Dan Chung on Vimeo.

The underlying reasons, though, are different. Commercial farmers can produce a surplus of food (as we saw yesterday), whereas many subsistence farmers are barely able to produce enough food to survive. Because the purpose of commercial farming is to sell produce off the farm, the distance from the farm to the market influences the farmer’s choice of crop to plant. A commercial farmer initially considers which crops to cultivate and which animals to raise based on market location and the von Thünen model tries to help explain this.

Answer the following questions about von Thünen’s model:

Who was von Thünen?
According to this model, what two factors does a farmer consider when deciding what to plant?
How does cost determine what farmers grow?
How does transportation cost influence profitability of growing wheat?
How could von Thünen’s model be applied at a global scale?

D Block Criminology 12 -  Today, we'll watch the Law & Order Los Angeles episode "Hollywood". This episode combined three separate pop culture story stories/themes.
  1. First is the Bling Ring, the crew of Southern California teenyboppers who burgled celebrity homes by tracking their marks’ whereabouts via the Internet. The band of seven, which included E! reality star Alexis Neiers, burglarized the homes of Lindsay Lohan, Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green, Orlando Bloom and Miranda Kerr, Rachel Bilson, Audrina Patridge and Paris Hilton, who was reportedly robbed a total of five times by the group.
  2. Second is the Brody Jenner type reality TV star, an L.A. rich kid who dated his way into pseudo-stardom.
  3. Third, there is a version of the Lindsay-Dina Lohan mommy-daughter psychodrama, complete with lots of heavy talk about living through/off your children. 
When we're done we'll talk about celebrity, fame, and how they fit into the social order and structure theories we looked at this week, then you can work on the missing things in your grades.

B Block Physical Geography 12 - Today we'll continue our map/poster on severe weather for elementary school students or our weather report for a newscast project in the library. Check the blog for sites to help. If you are doing the forecast option, Mr. Ingram is in room 003 and that is where the green screen is. You should have your script and props ready before you go and seeing as though there is no more class time, realistically today is the best day for your video recording.

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