Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Wednesday, December 6. 2017

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

B Block Physical Geography 12 - Today we'll continue our look at severe weather focusing on mesoscale convective complexes and tornadoes. We'll finish out look at thunderstorms and lightning...

Then, I'll show you some footage of a tornado captured on video by a Kansas television crew. This footage was actually detrimental to tornado safety as most people who saw it assumed that a highway overpass provides shelter and safety. This proved deadly with the May 3, 1999 Moore Oklahoma F5 tornado.

We'll watch a bit of the wind episode from the BBC Series "The Weather" and hear from a man that survived a direct strike from an EF5 tornado.Then we'll watch the Raging planet video on Tornadoes and while it is on you can work on questions 15 and 16 from page 248 of your Geosystems textbook.

From 2013 a storm chasing team inside the Tornado Intercept Vehicle (TIV2)

 D Block Criminology 12 - Today we'll look at groups and socialization. Our focus today will be on in-groups, out-groups and social integration along with agents of socialization (family, school, peer groups and mass media). Groups are really important because they affect the way we view the world, our sense of self, and our understanding of where we fit into the larger social scene. The family is the most basic primary group we belong to. We may also have close friends or belong to a support group that we feel close intimate ties with. This leads me to today's activity:

There are many groups or "cliques" in this school. A "clique" is a group of people who interact with each other more regularly and intensely than others in the same setting. Interacting with cliques at school is part of normative social development regardless of gender, ethnicity, or popularity.

So, what are the cliques that exist in our school? To start Identify/ Brainstorm as many as you can on your own and, while avoiding stereotypes, try to describe the typical member of each clique. Get together with another two students in the class and form a triad - a group of three (not a dyad - a group of two). In your triad groups select one clique in the school and make a poster that graphically depicts that group. Make sure that there are explanations of their behavious, attire, appearance, attitudes and beliefs...hmmm maybe their clique culture? This will be due this Friday in class. Your activity from yesterday will also be due Friday and I'll give you more time tomorrow to work on either your clique assignment or your social influences assignment. But today is Wednesday and on Wednesday's...

So fetch!

C Block Human Geography 11 - Today we'll deal with the key question Why Are Nation-states Difficult to Create? We'll look at colonialism and the nations created in its wake as well as the fall of the USSR and look at the 15 countries created along with problems in the Caucuses (Georgia, South Ossetia and Abkhazia). We'll examine the Russian annexation/repatriation of Crimea from the Ukraine and you'll have some questions to work on for me.

And remember the questions for today and tomorrow...
  1. How did Communists suppress the issues of ethnicity and nationalism?  (Give several examples)
  2. When the Soviet Union dissolved into 15 countries in the 1990s, the new countries were based on ethnicities. Other than Russia, they can be divided into 4 groups based on their location. Complete the chart indicate the countries in each group: Baltic Region (3 states); Eastern Europe (3 states); Central Asia (5 states); Caucusus (3 states)
  3. In the Caucusus region, there have been many problems with the new nations and ethnicities. Summarize the main problems and note specifics of regions and peoples for each. Azeris (Azerbaijan) Armenians (Armenia) Georgians (Georgia)
  4. If Abkhazia and South Ossetia become independent states, how would they compare in size to microstates described earlier in this chapter?

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