Thursday, December 7, 2017

Friday, December 8. 2017

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

B Block Physical 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

The end of the walled border at Tijuana, Mx.
C Block Human Geography 11 - Today we'll look the the key question "Why Do Boundaries Cause Problems"? A boundary is an invisible line that marks the extent of a state’s territory. Boundaries completely surround an individual state to mark the outer limits of its territorial control and to give it a distinctive shape. Boundary locations may be the source of conflict, both within a country and with its neighbors. Boundaries may be classified into three categories:



  1. Cultural boundaries follow the distribution of cultural features.
  2. Geometric boundaries are based on human constructs, such as straight lines. 
  3. Physical boundaries coincide with significant features of the natural landscape.

You'll have two charts and some questions to complete for me.




D Block Criminology 12 - Today we'll look at Colton Harris-Moore the "Barefoot Bandit" who was raised on Camano Island just north of Everett Washington in the Puget Sound.
Harris-Moore was sentenced in December 2011 to seven years in state prison for dozens of crimes, including burglary and identity theft, stemming from his two-year run from the law in stolen boats, cars and airplanes. A self-taught pilot, he was finally apprehended in a hail of bullets in the Bahamas in 2010, after he crash-landed a plane stolen from an Indiana airport. He has a "Fan Club" and many many articles have been written on him including Time, and Outside Magazine...Twice! He also has agreed to sell his life story to 20th Century Fox movie studio for $1.3 million... So Today we'll watch "Chasing the Barefoot Bandit"



Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Thursday, December 7. 2017

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


D Block Criminology 12 - Today you'll have the block to work on your clique assignment or your social influences assignment that are due tomorrow. From yesterday, 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 behaviours, attire, appearance, attitudes and beliefs...hmmm maybe their clique culture?

How crazy is this? Ever seen the high school story game for Apple and Android products?

Play HIGH SCHOOL STORY and create the school of your dreams, filled with all your friends. Throw parties, go on dates, and recruit jocks, nerds, cheerleaders, and MANY MORE classmates to unlock their stories! Plan a surprise birthday party, star in a fashion show, go on a wild spring break beach trip, and discover hundreds of other adventures!
  • THROW PARTIES to unlock over 30 characters! 
  • DATE your crush and play matchmaker for everyone at your school! 
  • BATTLE a rival high school in an evolving story, including a showdown at the Homecoming game, a science fair, a prank war, and more! 
  • PUT YOUR FRIENDS in the game and join them on adventures, dates, and parties! 
  • MAKE NEW FRIENDS and play their stories! 
  • BUILD your dream school and decorate it with everything from a half-pipe to a box of puppies! 




Why Cliques Form at Some High Schools and Not Others
Buzzfeed Can We Guess What Clique You Belonged To In High School?

C Block Human Geography 11 - So today we'll continue with the key question Why Are Nation-states Difficult to Create? We'll look at Colonialism and see if there are still colonies today (spoiler alert there are)


  1. By definition, what is a colony?
  2. Define colonialism
  3. Summarize three reasons Europeans sought colonies.
  4. Which country had the largest empire?  Second largest?
  5. List the largest remaining colonies in the world and who possesses each.
B Block Physical Geography 12 - Another day for our look at tornadoes




Don't forget questions:

  1. Evaluate the pattern of tornado activity in Canada and the United States. Where is Tornado Alley? What generalizations can you make about the distribution and timing of tornadoes? What happened in 2003?
  2. Describe the formation process of a mesocyclone. How is this development associated with that of a tornado?
And websites to help:
NWS Jetstream Tornadoes
Weather underground Supercells
How Mesocyclones Work
Weather Network Tornado Alley
CBC What is Tornado Alley
NOAA Tornado Alley

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?

Monday, December 4, 2017

Tuesday, December 5. 2017

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

C Block Human Geography 11 - Today we'll look at the key question Where Are States Distributed? “Old School” geography often required you to memorize countries and their capitals. Human geographers now emphasize a thematic approach. We are concerned with the location of activities in the world, the reasons for spatial distributions, and the significance of those arrangements. Despite this change in emphasis, you still need to know the locations of countries. Without such knowledge, you lack a basic frame of reference—knowing where things are. From the 90's (including countries that don't exist anymore):


We'll look at the United Nations, then three examples of places that test the definition of a state Korea (North and South), China (Taiwan/Chinese Taipei), and Western Sahara (Sahrawi Republic) and finally we'll examine Arctic sovereignty. You'll have some questions to answer for me




D Block Criminology 12 - Over the last two weeks we've looked at media and developed some media literacy skills. This week we'll look at Sociology - given that this section of the course ideals with "Crime, Media and Society" it makes sense to look at society and how it is structured. Today we'll spend some time looking at types of societies, norms, roles, institutions and culture. Then, I would like for you to consider how have you been shaped by society.


On a large sheet of paper you need to draw an image of you (or print off your favourite photo of yourself) and then you to create a visual map of you in society. What social forces have impacted your life? How has culture influenced you? How have social institutions affected who you are? What are the most important cultural elements of your own social group or subculture? This poster should be a visual representation of the social influences on your life...use symbols, images, words and ideas to graphically depict where you fit into society.

Tomorrow we'll look at groups and socialization and Thursday we'll examine Social Stratification, Inequality and Deviance. A really good on-line book that can help with all of these topics is Sociology: Understanding and Changing the Social World, Brief Edition, v. 1.0.1 by Steven E. Barkan.

B Block Physical Geography 12 - Today, we'll look at Thunderstorms. We will look at how thunderstorms develop and what damage they can do. I'll show you a few quick videos of hail and lightning to see how they form and then we'll watch the Lightning episode of Raging Planet. While this is on, you'll need to work on questions 13 and 14 from page 248 of your Geosystems textbook.
UCAR: How Thunderstorms Work
FEMA: Thunderstorms
physicalgeography.net: Thunderstorms
National Severe Storm Laboratory: Thunderstorms



Sunday, December 3, 2017

Monday, December 4. 2017

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

B Block Physical Geography 12 - Today we will look at reading a weather map. You can practice by using the following web pages:
Wisconsin station model exercise
WW2010 University of Illinois weather page
Weather Report.com

We'll start by using the WeatherCycler to understand the three dimensional aspects of a low pressure system. We'll work together as a class on Activities 1 - 3 and then I'll have you work in partners on activities 4, 5 and 6. Your activity after this is to read through the section on weather station models, complete the model plots in the week 13 package and then be the weather forecaster for Detroit Michigan. Look in your week 13 package to see the synoptic chart (also below) and then figure out the probable weather for the next two days.


Take some time on the following sites to learn more and to practice your weather operational analysis capabilities:
WW2010 - University of Illinois Weather site
National Weather Service "Jet Stream" online weather school
American Meteorological Society "Data Streme"
USA Today Reading Weather Maps
Satellite Meteorology Course Weather Forecasting Module
Practise at: Weather Office (Environment Canada) Operational Analysis Charts or at the Data Streme site above



C Block Human Geography 11 - Today we're back in the library for your last day of research for our ethnic conflict poster project. Don't forget, the intent behind the poster is to raise awareness of either a current of historical (20th Century) example of either ethnic cleansing or of genocide. Check last Thursday's blog entry for links and criteria. I will have poster paper for you tomorrow in class

D Block Criminology 12 - Today we're back in the library working on two things. Just a reminder, I really appreciate that you're willing to post in the on line class but remember "Use each other's names" and "Avoid slang and sarcasm". Now for today I'd like you to do two things:
  1. Work through the three questions from Friday on the Dateline "My Kid Would Never Do That: Stranger Danger" along with the "Big Ideas connecting the three shows" question Reality Crime Television.
  2. Begin work on the individual media monitoring assignment Individual Media Monitoring Assignmnet