Work for Tuesday and Wednesday March 28 and 29

Hi all,

I will be absent on Tuesday and Wednesday to take the grade 11 Geo students to Shimoda to conduct their Internal Assessment on Coastal Erosion.

Here is the work for these 2 days

Grade 12: Do Exercises 1 (Tue) and 2 (Wed) of Political Outcomes. In the unlikely event of you guys finishing early, please complete the vocabulary list.

Grade 9: Please put your signed permission forms on the whiteboard

  • Tuesday:
    • 9C work on presentations, (if you are done you may present today)
    • 9A present your tourism projects, then begin Kamakura project (below)
  • Wednesday:
    • 9C present your tourism projects, then begin Kamakura project (below)
    • 9A continue Kamakura project (below)

Kamakura Project Part 1: Introduction: (Summative)

When you are done with presentations, get in these groups and begin the introduction to  your Kamakura field trip project. You need to gain an understanding of Kamakura tourism and history.

Each group needs:

  1. In 200 words or less:
    1.  Give some information on attractions, patterns and trends of tourism in Kamakura.
    2. Give some information on the history of Kamakura.
    3. Describe the location of Kamakura. You should include a written description which includes the distance from Tokyo, compass directions and physical features. (mountains, rivers, oceans etc
  2. Two hand-drawn, color maps with titles, number, north arrow, key and scale
    1. A map of Japan showing location of Kamakura (Example)
    2. A map of Kamakura, including our areas of research, main roads, physical features and important touristic features

Due next week

InS 10: Intro to abnormality


  • What are phobias?
  • What causes phobias?
  • How are they treated?
  • Are they more nature or nurture?
  • What is the difference between fear and phobia?

Exercise 1: Read the handout

In groups, explain the following ways of measuring abnormality:

  • Statistical infrequency
  • Deviation from social norms
  • Failure to function adequately
  • Deviation from ideal mental health

Exercise 2: Models of abnormality

In groups, explain the following models of abnormality, as well as their ethical and practical implications. Do some research of an actual case study where your model has been used, and explain it to the class, using the model to structure your explanation.

  • Medical model
  • Psychoanalytic approach
  • Behavioral approach
  • Cognitive Approach
  • Humanistic approach

Work for Friday March 10th

Hi guys,

I will be in Iwate today, volunteering wth the Snow club for Chill Japan.

Here is the work:

Grade 12: Do Exercise 2 of Socio-cultural exchanges.  If you finish early you can start working on your holiday homework.

Grade 9A: Complete exercises 1 and 2 of the Tourism Introduction blogpost. You will present your destinations on Tuesday March 28th, the first class when we get back from break.

Have a great break, relax and have fun!!!!

InS 9: Intro to Tourism

We will be looking at trends, benefits and drawbacks in tourism today.

In your groups, answer the following questions;

  • Why do people travel? List at least 5 reasons.
  • What advantages does travel offer for tourists?
  • What advantages does tourism have for the host country or region?
  • What disadvantages does tourism have for the host country or region?

Exercise 1:

Download the UNWTO Tourism Highlights 2015 and answer the following questions:

  1. What were the top three countries in terms in international arrivals in 2014
  2. What were the top three countries in terms of international receipts in 2014?
  3. Explain the difference in patterns depicted by your answers of question 1 and 2.
  4. Describe the recent trends of tourism in Africa.
  5. Describe the changes in international tourist arrivals between 1950 and 2010. (p.14)
  6. In your opinion, why has tourism increased since the 1950s?

Hyperlink your answers here

Let’s discuss our answers as a group and try to understand the patterns we have found. 


Exercise 2 : Presentations

In groups of 3 you will research one specific tourist destination that you have all visited and explain the impacts of tourism on the area.

  1. Include specific examples, statistics, pictures etc. of:
  2. A description of the main physical and human attractions at the location
  3. The benefits of tourism on the location
  4. The negative impacts of tourism on the location
  5. One management strategies put in place by local people or government to limit the negative impacts of tourism

Possible topics:

  1. A National Park
  2. A coastal resort
  3. A ski resort
  4. A famous tourist destination in an LEDC (specific attraction, village, town etc)
  5. A famous tourist destination in an MEDC

You will present next class

Hyperlink your presentations here

InS 10: Energy Map Proposal

Energy proposals

You will be given an OS map to conduct a feasibility study and produce an energy proposal for the map’s area. State what types of renewable energy would be suitable for the region, or what mix of these could be used, and the site where these could be employed.

Your product will be a hand drawn, annotated map on poster paper.

Your maps must include:

  • Title
  • Scale (cannot be the same as on your map)
  • Grid reference
  • Land use
  • Key
  • Elevation where relevant
  • Main physical features
  • Reference to map evidence
  • Information on the region
    • Population
    • Energy usage
    • Climate and meteorological trends
    • Economic activities
  • Handwritten annotations of site for each type of renewable energy usage with:
    • Type of energy
    • Expected energy production
    • Statistics to support your choice
    • Short explanation of your decision
    • Graphs if necessary
    • Physical features that guided your decision
  • Any other relevant information that can support your answer.


Due date: Thursday March 7th

Monday February 20th: Mr McKeown will be absent today

Hi guys,

I will be at the ophthalmologist all day to have a look at how my eye is recovering.

Here is the work for today:

  • Grade 9C: Continue working on the Government proposal project.  Make sure to keep track of all of your sources and to be mindful of the TSC. Due next week.
  • Grade 10: 
    • Each of you will create a Google doc tilled: InS 10 C- YOUR NAME – Mapskills Questions
    • Share your document with Mr McKeown
    • Answer the following question from this document.
      • Read p. 124-6
      • Answer p. 127 # 1, 2, 3, 4 and EXTRA using this OS map of Cambridge
      • Read p. 128
      • Answer questions 129 #1, 2, 3, 4, 5 (Use the handout of p129 on my desk to measure distance. I have rulers in the blue trays at the back of my classroom. Make sure to put them all back)
      • Read p. 130
      • Using  a blank piece of paper answer p 131 #1, 2. Put your name on the paper and leave it on my desk.

InS 9: Micro financing and Government Proposal Project


What is micro financing?

How effective you think it is to reduce disparity?

What are some possible drawbacks?

Let’s have a look at the cycle of poverty.  Using the handout, try to explain the links between each box and the cycle that occurs.

Here is our next summative assessment: Government Report focusing on Strategies to Encourage Development

  • Your role is that of a development advisor (not economic)
  • Your audience will be the federal or regional government of your Kiva recipient
  • Your task is to decide which development strategy or strategies are most appropriate to  improve the standard of living of a your Kiva recipient’s community
  • Your situation will be that of an individual or group profile from the Kiva website – Anyone you feel you would like to help. You can browse Kiva by country, gender, economic sector, etc.
  • Links to some useful resources
  • Make sure to have a look at your classmate’s factsheet on strategies in reducing disparity.

Your product will be:

  1. Preliminary Research:

Once you find your person or group, take a screenshot of their profile and save their page, and do some further research on the country or region they come from:

  • find information about their level of development and standard of living ( HDI- Fertility rate, GNP, disease etc )
  • Issues in their area or country ( government stability, economy, debt, war etc ) which might affect their level of development.
  • Main economic activities and growth rate
  • Climate, resources and physical nature of the country
  • Any other information that will help you with your decision
  1. Product
  • You will create a 1 page document and/or 3 minute presentation recommending strategies that will help improve the standard of living and break the cycle of poverty of the community represented by an individual
  • You need to suggest the strategies we have discussed in class: AID, FDI, Fair Trade, Debt Relief, Market and Trade Access, Government policy, Remittances, as well as micro-financing through Kiva. If you find any other strategy make sure to ask your teacher first.
  • You also need to clearly explain how your ideas will break the cycle of poverty of your recipient’s community
  • All of your decisions must be supported with statistical and anecdotal evidence.


Due date:

  • 9A: Friday March 3rd
  • 9C: Thursday March 2nd

Mr McKeown will be absent today

Hello all,
I Hope you ahd a nice break. I will be absent today. Here is the work to be done:

Grade 9 C:
-Each group will put their podcast on the speakers, have the whole class listen and answer questions afterwards
-When done, you have the choice, as a class, to work individually on another class’ homework or watch the movie below

Grade 10:

-Those of you who were supposed to present today will do so next class.

-Those of you who have already presented, please complete the self reflection box on your TSC

-When done, you have the choice to work individually on another class’ homework or watch the movie below


InS 9: Podcasts against Disparity Mini Project

Now that we have an understanding of disparity and of the podcast format, let’s try to make our own.

We have been discussing ways to reduce disparity, and you next project will ask you to make suggestions to a government on the best ways to reduce disparity in its country.

Let’s look at one more case study before our final assessment.

In groups of 3 or 4, you will create a 5 minute podcast about the following factors and the ways the help reduce disparity. You should see those as consequences, or means, of the methods we studied in the last project. (You can use the data from the factsheets.)

For each topic, explain how it helps reduce disparity and give at least one specific example from an LEDC and an MEDC.

You podcast must include:

  • Definitions
  • All members’ voices
  • Soundbites (quotes)
  • Music
  • Segments with audio transitions

The themes are:

  • Educating girls
  • Reduction of one disease (eg: Malaria, AIDS, Dengue, etc)
  • Improved hard infrastructure (eg: roads, bridges, ports, airports etc.)
  • Improved Information and Communication Technology (eg: internet, cell phone access, etc.)
  • Population policies (eg: One Child Policy, Japan’s pro-natalist policies etc.)
  • Immigration
  • Any other subject you find interesting, with teacher approval.

You will have 4 periods to create your podcast.


InS 9: Podcasts against Disparity!

  • What are podcasts?
  • Do you listen to podcasts?
  • What are characteristics of podcasts?
  • What makes a good podcast?
  • What is the difference between a podcast and a radio show?
  • How do you find podcasts that interest you?
  • Do you have to download podcasts?

Good podcast for InS:

  • IMF Podcasts
  • Freakonomics
  • Goats and Soda 
  • The Guardian podcasts
  • Radiolab
  • 99% invisible
  • Planet Money
  • This American Life
  • More Perfect
  • Undone
  • Embedded
  • Invisibilia
  • Fresh Air
  • Hardcore History
  • TED radio hour
  • Hidden Brain
  • All Songs Considered

We will listen to a podcast from the Guardian.

  • As you listen, consider these questions:
    • What makes the podcast interesting?
    • What methods do they use to communicate their ideas?
    • What tricks to they use to create emphasis, transition, discussion, conclusion etc.
  • What does the podcast say about disparity? What is the thesis?
  • What were the strengths of the podcast?
  • What were the limitations?
  • Would you use this as a source in an I&S assignment? Explain

Part 2:

  • Now, in groups of 2-4, you have 5 minutes to find a podcast about disparity, development, poverty or any topic related to this unit’s statement of inquiry: Disparities exist within and between countries but strategies can be used to improve standard of living
    •  It needs to be less than 30 minutes long and simple enough for you to understand it
  • First, find out how to source podcasts and write up a complete MLA source for the podcast you have chose.
  • Then, write a one paragraph synopsis of the main idea of the podcast
  • Then in your group, discuss the effectiveness of the podcast in getting its point accross
    • What are the strengths of the podcast
    • What are its limitations
    • Would you use this podcast as research for an assignment? Explain your answer.
    • We will share our answers with the class.
« Older posts

© 2017 Geography Blog

Theme by Anders NorenUp ↑

Skip to toolbar