InS 8: World Religion Research Project

You are to take a question about religion and attempt to answer it, demonstrating research skills and an ability to communicate an understanding of multiple points of view.

Here are some example questions.  

1) All world religions share the same characteristics?  To what extent do you agree with this statement?

2) Analyze the effect of one world religion on one country? (i.e. Analyze has Buddhism affected Japan?)

3) If you want to understand a religion, it is important to understand how they organize their worship space.  Citing a least two religions, analyze how the worship space (i.e Church/Mosque) reflects the values of the religion.

4) Evaluate how religion affected art?  Use at least two religions in your work.

You will make your own analytical question.  Just have it approved by the teacher.  



  • You must create something that has at least 250 written words and a thesis statement.  These words do not necessarily have to be in paragraph format, though that is an option.
  • You must answer the question as it is asked
  • You must include specific evidence to support your thesis statement.  Evidence can be visual or written.
  • You must show analytical skills (how does the evidence help answer the question)
  • You must turn in your research log and a bibliography


  • You can do an essay.  For an essay to receive top marks, you would have to write more words than the minimum 250 words (max 500 words)
  • You could do a hybrid essay and multimedia ( for instance podcast/voicethread/animoto)
  • You could do a multimedia presentation that has written word sprinkled throughout the product

The steps: (Links will be added as we move through the project)

  • Step 1: Creating a good question (Investigating)
  • Step 2: Research (Investigating)
  • Step 3: Design/Storyboard/outline plan for communication (Communication)
  • Step 4: Share/Feedback design with peers (Communication)
  • Step 5: Create product (Communication/Critical thinking)


You will be marked on criterion  B, C, and D

Hyperlink your research question, research log and final product here

(Past examples)

InS9: Intro to Memory

Introduction to Memory and Research Methods for Psychology.

What is memory? How do we remember things? Why do we forget things?

Part 1 How does Memory work?

Watch this video:


  1. Explain something you learned about how memory functions (works) that you didn’t know about before watching the film.
  2. Are there any ethical considerations about any of the treatments or technology you saw in the film? Does the result of the treatment outweigh the ethical consideration? Why?

Part 2: Read How Does Memory Work

  • Give the definition, in your own words,  of 5 words vocabulary terms you did not know in the reading
  • In groups of 2 or 3, create a poster visually representing the way our brain registers memories
  • Use annotations
  • Be creative
  • Due next class

InS 10: Monopolies

Why do companies compete with each other?

How can a company compete with another? (Strategies)

What is the purpose of advertising?

Draw a diagram explaining the outcome of advertising on quantity and pricing.

What is a monopoly?

Draw a diagram of how a monopoly would affect quantity and pricing.

Is a monopoly a good or bad thing?

We will now play the “Hunt the Cons” game to think further about the pros and cons of monopolies.

Let’s discuss again, is a monopoly a good or bad thing?

Activity 1:

In groups of 2, go over the Monopoly slideshow

  • Make a copy of this document , add your names to the title, share it with me and hyperlink it here
  • Then, answer the questions in paragraph form and list of all the important words, give their definitions and one real world example.

Activity 2:

In your same groups, find 2 real world examples of companies with a monopoly on their market.

Explain why it is a monopoly


  • One with positive social outcomes
  • One with negative social outcomes


For your Second summative assessment, you will have a choice of creating a video or a Pecha Kucha (Or an essay, anyone?)

TSC for Video (groups of 2)

TSC for Pecha Kucha (Google slide timing tutorial) (Individual)

TSC for Essay (will be done soon)

Hyperlink your team, topic and project here


Past examples:

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InS9 – InS 9: Psychology in advertizing

We have been discussing how companies use conditioning to manipulate our behaviour, in order to make us (the consumer) buy their product. 

What techniques have we discussed that advertizers use to manipulate our behaviour?

Today, you will analyze how the media does this:

You will use the following sources to compete the task:

For Psychological studies, use

Here is your task:

  • Pick a commercial you think uses a few psychological techniques. It can be any type: video, poster, billboard, etc.
  • Identify and analyse 3 to 5 techniques the marketeers are using in their commercial advert(s). With reference to one or more commercials you will identify some of the the techniques used to make us buy.
  • For each technique, you will evaluate its effectiveness. You must use sources to support your argument, not your personal opinion. Find a study that has proven this theory.
    • The study might not be directly related to your topic or use the same terminology as the sources above. You need to refine your searches to find the proper study
    • Name each study by the lead researcher(s) last name(s) and mention the university where it was conducted at leats once.
  • Groups of 2
  • Present your findings in any way you fell will best convey your information: written google doc with hyperlinks, a voice over video (4 minutes max), poster,  presentation (4 minutes max), interpretive dance, etc
  • Please link your work here

Your work must include:

  • The clip or clips from a commercial ( any language )
  • Identify the target audience and demographic – who is the commercial aimed at
  • Annotations or notes clearly explaining the technique (tricks) used in the commercials
  • An explanation of the reasons for using each technique
  • Your evaluation as to why you think it is effective or not, what makes it a good advert
  • MLA citations
  • If you present on slides, no more than 10 words per slide

Due beginning of lesson –

  • 9C, Wednesday September 19

TSC Criteria

InS 8: World Religion Presentation


In your groups brainstorm and research how religion affects our world today.

  • What are the positive impacts?
  • What are the negative impacts?
  • How has religion affected
    • your daily life
    •  politics
    • culture
    • art
    • education
    • food
    • etc

First Summative Assessment: World Religion Presentation

Objective: You will be able to explain the characteristics of a major world religion and analyze the effect the religion has on the world

Grouping: Groups of 3 (to be assigned by the teacher) 

Assignment: Research, create and present a 3 to 5 minute slideshow (Keynote, Prezi, Google Presentation) that explains the origin, growth, main features, and effect on the world today of one of the following religions:

  • Buddhism
  • Hinduism
  • Baha’i
  • Taoism
  • Shintoism
  • Sikhism
  • Jainism
  • anything else, if approved by your teacher

Content to include the following (not necessarily in this order)

    • Founder(s) / Origin
    • Holy Writings
    • Places of Worship
    • Main Beliefs
    • Number of Followers Today
    • Rules and Customs
    • Holidays and Festivals
  • positive effect on the world today (This one is important…don’t forget it!!)
  • Anything else you may find relevant to introduce the topic

Some tips to get top marks

  • Visual
    • Use images more than words (Presentation Zen)
    • Use Creative Commons images or visually appealing images (not clip art or bullets!)
    • One slide per characteristic is effective
    • Make sure you cite your images using MLA format (your can have a final citation slide if you like)
  • Oral
    • It’s clear you practiced your speech and your speech is written
    • You are not over-reliant on your speech, but use your notecards as prompts
    • Your voice is clear and easy to understand
    • Your tone is respectful

Timeline: ~1 week and a half

Assessment Criteria  – A and C successful project will show that students can… 

Criterion A – Knowledge and Understanding

Level 7/8

  • You include clear details about all aspects to be researched
  • All of your details use a range of terminology accurately referring to religion
  • You demonstrates detailed  knowledge and understanding of how your religion positively changed the world through developed and accurate  descriptions, explanations and examples (text,visual, etc.)

Criterion C – Communicating

Level 7/8

    • You communicate information and ideas in a way that is completely appropriate to the audience and the purpose, without relying on reading
    • You structure information and ideas completely according to the task instruction
    • Each member equally contributes to the planning and delivery of the presentation
    • You cite all of your Creative Commons images using MLA format 


For Research:

Student Resource Center

Britannica School

The Library- Book Shelf

Bitesize Religion

For Citations:

MLA Citation Generator

Due Friday September 14th

Hyperlink your presentations here



InS 9: Classical Conditioning

Thus far, we have discussed how psychology is the study of human behavior, and how our environment, as well as our genetic makeup affect the ways we act. We briefly discussed reasons people are altruistic. Finally, we discussed ways researchers can measure the reason for altruism. 

Today, we will discuss way to alter people’s behavior.

Part 1: Conditioning

Have you heard of Pavlov’s dogs? Discuss

  • How do we learn?
  • What has created your personality?
  • How do you know that you have free will?

Classical Conditioning – Ivan Pavlov



Ok that was a lot of information. Here’s a simpler version:

Here is an example of altering behavior on humans: Little Albert, one of the earliest studies of human behavior modification.

What conclusions can you make from the Little Albert experiment?

Are there any flaws in the experiment?

In your table groups, can you list the:

  • UCS
  • UCR
  • CS
  • CR

Part 2: Now there are different ways a stimulus that can change a behavior:

  • Negative reinforcement occurs when a certain stimulus (usually an aversive stimulus) is removed after a particular behavior is exhibited. The likelihood of the particular behavior occurring again in the future is increased because of removing/avoiding the negative consequence. (source)
  • While a  positive reinforcement involves the addition of a reinforcing stimulus following a behavior that makes it more likely that the behavior will occur again in the future. When a favorable outcome, event, or reward occurs after an action, that particular response or behavior will be strengthened. (source)

In your groups, one real world example of  positive and negative reinforcement in your lives.

Part 3: Then, in groups of 2 or 3, read and complete the advertising question in the handout 

You will embed the videos here (9A) and present your findings to the class




InS10: Market Failure Article Analysis presentation

We have been discussing market failure and externalities. The importance of understanding these things is so that stakeholders (businesses, governments, city planners etc) can allocate resources in order to produce the right amount of any given product or service.

First, here are a few important vocabulary terms: 

  • Externalities (When a 3rd party is directly affected by the good or service that they are not consuming or producing themselves, such as second hand smoke).
  • Merit Goods (good goods, that affect the person NOT consuming/producing the good such as medicines) These are often Public Goods.
  • Demerit Goods (bad goods such as pollution and cigarettes)

Another way to put it is that we want to maximize our utility (happiness) or “Equilibrium” level. It means that the perfect amount of the good or service is produced and consumed.

  • So for example, you eat a bite of ice cream, that first bite would taste the best. But then you eat another and another until you get to the point at which you are completely satisfied (the 9th bite). If you were to eat one more bite it (10) it would make you feel a bit sick. You would not consume another bite if it was to have a negative effect on you (therefore, make you feel ill) so your utility would be maximized at the 9th bite.
  • Inversely, if we do not produce or consume enough of something (say a vaccine for malaria) then we are not at equilibrium or the socially optimal level as there are still people who would  like the good or service but cannot get it. So we need the someone else to intervene and help, this is where the government comes in. They help subsidize the production of the merit good.

Your first assessment with be analyzing economic activities in order to identify the market failure, externalities and solutions to reach equilibrium:

You will need to take an article from the news ( maybe use one of these ) and using the topic of market failure, explain what the problem is (why the market has failed) and how the government could step in to solve the problem through the use of a subsidy or a tax.


1) Summarise what the main point of the article is – point out any controversy
2) Explain why the market is failing to be efficient (at equilibrium)
3) Identify the private and social (third party) costs and or benefits
4) Identify the stakeholders in the market and explain if they are hurt or helped and why
5) Explain 2 or 3 possible solutions and evaluate how well they might work given the context of the situation. Evaluate which one is best suited to address the imbalance.
You may use a digram to explain your reasoning.

Judgments are made that are supported by effective and balanced reasoning.

  • Make judgments – be specific about what you think.

  • Support judgments with appropriate reasoning – explain why you came to that conclusion and mention the evidence you have for making assumptions or synthesising points.

Consider alternative points of view (be clear about specific stakeholders) or alternative outcomes to the ones you have discussed. Also support these alternatives or rank in order of priority/effectiveness. Give room for claims and their counterclaims.

Here is an example. 

In groups of 2: Pick a recent article depicting a market failure and analyze it using the 5 points above. You will present your findings to the class.

  • Presentations should be between 3 and 5 minutes long
  • You may record a video

Hyperlink your presentations here.

TSC (A, C, D)

Due date: Thursday September 13th

InS 8: Religion – Creation Myths

What are creation myths?

What creation myths do you know?

What is the purpose of a creation myth?

Step 1: You and a partner/small group will look at one of the Creation Stories. As you read, complete a See Think Wonder routine on a large piece of paper. As you read, consider: 

  • What do you see?

  • What do you think about that?

  • What does it make you wonder?

Possible topics:

  • Australian Aborigines
  • North American Aborigines
  • Hokkaido Aborigines
  • Chinese Creation
  • Christian Creation
  • Hindu Creation
  • Humanist Creation
  • Jewish Creation
  • Muslim Creation
  • Yanomamo Sanem
  • Baha’i Creation
  • Another creation of your choice. Must be approved by Mr. McKeown
  • Possible source

You will share your finding with your peers. Outlining similarities and differences of your myths 

Step 2: Draw a 6 panel comic strip depicting the big lines of a religious story of your choice, approved by Mr. McKeown

  • Your comic strip must include drawings, but writing is optional
  • You must tell the whole story, beginning, middle and end, though some details can/should be omitted
  • You will have a double period to finish your comic strip

Step 3: Put yourself in a group of 4 people. Make sure no one has the same religion. Share your strip (you may have to have a digital copy if you don’t have the original).

Step 4: Complete the Claim, Support, Question table, thinking about the similarities and differences between the religions. Be prepared to share with the whole class.

InS 9: Bystander-ism

We have discussed the various aspects of our behavior, and tried to explain them through the Nature vs Nurture debate.

What about Kindness?

  1. What factors influence whether a person acts or does not act to help when they see someone in need?
  2. Are there cultures that are more helpful than other cultures? Can you explain why?
  3. What are some of the motivations to help?
  4. Describe a situation in which one of you helped others, and analyse the reason/motivation for why you did it? Are there other reasons why someone might exhibit the same behavior?
  5. Watch the PBS video on children being naturally altruistic and explain
    1. The conclusion of the study
    2. The strengths and limitations of the study


What would you do if you saw this man laying down in Motomachi? Explain your answer and the reasons that dictate your decision.

Image result for homeless person in distress

What about this woman? Explain how your decision to help might differ?

Image result for woman unconscious

Part 1: Introduction to the bystander effect or the bystander intervention:

  • What you would do in the same situation.
  • What would make you react this way?
  • What factors decide wether people help or not?

If time: Watch the video on the death of Kitty Genovese which led to bystanderism research by Latane and Darley. 


Part 2: In groups, you will read the Law et al 259-263 reading handout (do not lose the handout)

What are the factors that influence whether someone helps or not?  The decision is not as simple as you might think.

Using examples of research, each table group will explain how the following factors affect wether or not someone will help a person in distress:

  • diffusion of responsibility, social influence (pluralistic ignorance) and audience inhibition
  • Arousal and cost and reward 
  • Similarity, victim attributes and responsibility
  • Mood, competence and experience

Check your understanding. Each of you will complete this document  and hyperlink it here.

Part 2: Create your own experiment

  • In the same groups, brainstorm 2 experiments you could do to answer a question about human behavior 
  • hyperlink it here.
  1. Create a research question. What will you try to prove/disprove? (be creative)
  2. Create one experiment with informed consent (where the person you are studying know they are doing a study)
  3. Create one experiment without informed consent (where you study people without them knowing they are being observed)
    • Have step by step descriptions of your experiments
    • Explain what kind of observations you would record. (quantitative vs qualitative)
    • What kind of conclusion could you draw from your study? How would you know it is reliable?
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