Month: November 2012 (page 1 of 2)

InS: Former slave’s letter to his ‘old master’

 Read: Former slave’s letter to his ‘old master’ Surfaces again

Then, write an OPVL for two primary sources found on the web page. One must be the letter itself.

IB HL: Loan and Debt

Examine the influence of governments, world trading organizations and financial institutions (such as the World Trade Organization, International Monetary Fund and World Bank) in the transfer of capital.

Each of you will research one of the following organization:WTO, IMF, World Bank
Present the organization’s
  • History
  • official goal
  • Aid and loan statistics
  • Benefits
  • Critique
  • 2 case studies: one positive one negative
Due next HL class. Choose your presentation method

InS 10: TED talks: Sustainability and Economics

As an introduction to our unit on Sustainability and Economics we will be viewing and discussing some current issues from TED talks.

As you work on this today, think of the relationship between environmental sustainability and economic development.

 

Life and Debt continued

Each group will be assigned one article and asked to create a short presentation describing the article’s main ideas concerning the role of the IMF in Jamaica.

The IMF can help us take tough decisions
Lessons From The IMF Experiences

 Next,create a cheat sheet answering this question:
Examine the impacts of trade barriers, agricultural subsidies, bilateral and multilateral agreements, and transnational corporations (TNCs) on the production and availability of food in Jamaica.
Due next SL class.

Do leaders make History?

Do Leaders Make History, or Is It Beyond Their Control?

 

Food: Production and Markets

The Food Crisis: Jamaica’s Reality

PM Appoints Team to Tackle Looming Food Crisis

As we watch clips of Life and Debt, consider the economic factors that affected the looming food crisis.

What is the role of government and the international community on the production and availability of food?

IGCSE 10: Intro to Agricultural Systems

There seem to be but three ways for a nation to acquire wealth: the first is by war, as the Romans did, in plundering their conquered neighbors-this is robbery; the second by commerce, which is generally cheating; the third by agriculture, the only honest way, wherein man receives a real increase of the seed thrown-into the ground, in a kind of continual miracle, wrought by the hand of God in his favor, as a reward for his innocent life and his virtuous industry.
–Benjamin Franklin, American Inventor/Statesman(1706-1790)

1: Create a mind map of with the word Agriculturein the middle and the 3 factors below as 2nd order items.  Then list as many factors as you can related to agricultural process

–Physical factors
–Human and economic factors
–Political factors

 

2: As we watch the folowing videos, create a graphic organizer listing the inputs, processes and outputs of each types of agricultural systems:

–Large scale commercial farming
-Small scale subsistence farming

IBDP: Food, cont’d

As you watch the video, consider the issues of food security.

Write detailed notes on SPEED factors affecting food security.

How to feed the world ? from Denis van Waerebeke on Vimeo.

2: Use the sources below to complete this google doc. (make a copy)

US Agricultural subsidies

Farmsubsidy.org

Homework: Read this article

Period 2: HL

  1. Test results
  2. Ppt
  3. Questions: In the ‘Disparities in Wealth and Development’ unit of the Core, in the Reducing Disparity section:
    1. Which types of financial flow result in the largest net income for developing nations? Explain your answer
    2. Which of the types of financial flow result in the largest net cost to developing nations? Explain your answer

 

What is environmental sustainability?

In June 2012, delegations from over 100 countries, heads of states, NGOs and activists gathered at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio. Their aim was to discuss pressing environmental issues and try to create new rules and regulations to ensure the environmental sustainability of the world we live in.

In groups, explore the National Geographic website on the conference.

Each group will be assigned one of the following theme:

Food, Water, Energy, Oceans and Cities

For period 2, prepare a short presentation depicting one or a few issues related to your topic.

Your presentation should include the following:

  • Your own definition of sustainability in the context of your topic (2 or 3 sentences)
  • Your own definition of scarcity in the context of your topic (2 or 3 sentences)
  • A description of one or many pressing environmental issues related to your topic (this can be a specific case study)
  • A list of factors causing the environmental problems you have described
  • Best and worst case scenarios for the future of your topic (What will possibly happen in the future?)
  • Two thought-provoking discussion questions to ask your peers at the end of your presentation.

All groups will present during period 2.

  • Presentation: 5 minutes
  • Discussion: 3 minutes

Famine Case study

  • In the past weeks, we have discussed the various reasons for global variations in food availability and factors affecting food security and food deficiency.
  • You will now prepare a case study examining the variety of causes responsible for a recent famine. [Recent implies in your lifetime]
  • Make sure the have all SPEED factors.
  • Next class, you wil have 45 minutes to answer an IB Style question on your case study.
  • This will be your last summative assessment of the semester.
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