Today we are going to listen to the first episode of a recent CBC Quirks & Quarks, and not only talk about the issues it raises, but also use it as an example for the expectations for our Culminating Assignment.
Every day in Canada, estrogen, from millions of birth control pills, is flushed down the toilet and into our rivers and lakes. And according to a new study from the University of New Brunswick, it could be killing our fresh water fish. Researchers put estrogen into an experimental lake, and it led to the near-extinction of the fathead minnows - even though the estrogen was at tiny concentrations. And that had a dramatic impact on the lake's entire ecosystem.
Use this information organizer to gather your thoughts and supporting evidence.
Snow day here at GHSS, but the work does not simply disappear like the last pile of snow in May :) You should be working on your rants and/or researching for your Culminating Activity.
Here is Jenna's excellent rant from last year for inspiration :)
The work never stops (nor do my expectations for your behaviour and work ethic). You will the entire period to do research for your social justice protest piece. Rubrics for the rant, the song, and the editorial cartoon can be found under the appropriate link (only download the one you need) [these are .pdf files, so make sure you right click, chose save as, and then open them on the school computers]
Editorial Cartoon Example:
Awesome website with many examples!
Today, we will be starting our next unit on Active Citizenship. Please make sure you start to file all your notes and handouts under the proper folder in your digital binder.
We will be looking at the concept of the activist, the bystander, and the perpetrator.
We will also be relying on the following two YouTube videos to help with our understanding:
This is your homework (let's make it due Thursday, shall we?). Attached to the mini-assignment is the opportunity for a make-up essay for those of you who would like to improve your results from the LOTF essay. I am available for help Tues-Thurs at lunch, or during any of the breaks.
We are going to also pick our topics for the Culminating Assignment today...so brush up on your rock-paper-scissors skills (as that is how we will break any ties!).
Today we are going to discuss the concept of "active citizenship" and look three sources that detail the life and times of Rubin "Hurricane" Carter. You will need this question sheet to focus your learning.
The first source on Lesra Martin can be found here. The second source is the 1999 movie "Hurricane", and the third source is the Bob Dylan song "Hurricane" (YouTube link found below)
Today we are going to discuss the concept of justice. We will also look at three famous Canadian court decisions involving David Milgaard, Steven Truscott, and Donald Marshall. We will also take a look at the role prisons and jails play in the legal system.
For review we will start with this worksheet that should help us remember the key information from yesterday.
We are going to spend most of this week taking a look at the basic fundamentals of the Canadian Justice system. You will need to download the following handouts (making sure you place them in your digital binder): Different Kinds of Laws, Classes of Crime, Legal Rights of Canadians, and The Law Breakers.