Month: November 2013 (page 1 of 2)

InS 9: Source work assessment


Yesterday, we discussed the difference between primary and secondary sources, and ways to analyze a historical source using OPVLs.

You will now create a set of questions and a TSC analyzing a set of primary sources.

Here is the project.

Due date: Thursday December 5th.

You will then have an in-class writing assessment on Friday, December 6th, answering your fourth question.

Humanities 8: Inequality

Today we will discuss inequality.

-What does inequality mean?

-How can you measure inequality?

-Why is the world unequal?

  • As you watch the video, think of the value of the statistics he is presenting in measuring disparity.
  • In your groups, you will evaluate the claims made by Richard Wilkinson on the definitions and causes of disparity in the world today.
  • Use examples from the video to present your answers.

Then, we will work on our info-graphic summative assessment. TSC

IB 11: Reducing disparity, group work

In groups, you will discuss how one of the following can reduce disparities in a given country or region :
  • —Trade and market access
  • —Debt relief
  • —Aid
  • —Remittances
—Then, using various case studies, evaluate the effectiveness of strategies designed to reduce disparities.
  • Clearly describe the various organizations and players attempting to reduce disparity (NGO, UN organizations, IMF, WTO, World Bank, etc)
  • Give specific details of the various strategies
  • Have case studies describing the positive and negative ways each strategy can reduce disparity.
  • Use proper vocabulary
  • Discuss: Offer a considered and balanced review that includes a range of arguments, factors or hypotheses. Opinions or conclusions should be presented clearly and supported by appropriate evidence.
Useful resources:
  • IB Study guide p.28-31
Trade and market access

Micro loans (Kiva)

Debt Relief
Addicted to Aid, part 1


The dark side of remittance economies


Due Date: TBA

InS9: What makes a good leader? – PSA


Public Service Announcement

You will create a 60 second video identifying the five characteristics that the future leader of your country should have and why, as well as three issues that you feel are the most important facing your country at the moment.

As you describe the characteristics, you must support your decision on three of those by  naming three different real-world leaders, dead or alive, who you feel have or had that characteristic. ie. Our next leader should be forceful and take action like Teddy Roosevelt when he…

Your PSA should include a hook, or first line to grab your audience’s attention, followed by the explanations of your 5 characteristics and three issues. Ending with a closing statement emphasizing your message and/or provoking further thought.

TSC: Criterion A, B and D

IB: Millenium Development goals

We have been discussing disparity in many different areas such as wealth, housing, land ownership etc.

In an attempt to improve living standards worldwide, the 189 member countries of the United Nations have created a set of 8 goals to reduce this disparity. The original plan was to achieve these goals by 2015.

Have a look at these links:

What has been achieved


MDGs Three Essays

Examine the progress made in meeting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in poverty reduction, education and health.

  • Each essay will focus on a different MDG relating to poverty, education and health
  • Intro: Briefly explain the MDG and the overall success in meeting the 2015 goal.
  • Body: Give one specific example of a region where this specific goal has been reached, or has made significant improvement. using specific examples of the strategies, explain how this was achieved.
  • Body: Give one specific example of a region where the MDG has had no or negative progress. Explain the reasons for this.
  • You will have 2 double periods to work on this
  • My Diigo has many resources
  • You can research as a group, but you must write your own essays

Due date: TBD

Each essay should:

  • Max 300 words
  • include at least one map
  • include at least one table
  • include at least one graph
  • Have appropriate vocabulary – relative poverty, absolute poverty etc.
  • have an appropriate structure (Introduction, thesis statement, body and conclusion
  • refer to at least THREE different sources, with in-text citations and MLA Bibliography

IB: Trends in Disparity: Patterns and Trends

We have been discussing the reasons for disparity around the world and within regions.

High Net Worth Individuals









source: RBC World Wealth report






















Source: Credit Suisse Global Wealth Report 2013

In groups, you will explain the changing patterns and trends of regional and global disparities of life expectancy, education and income for the following five countries:

  • Japan
  • Cambodia
  • UK
  • China
  • DRC

For each country, give the mean value of the country in your category: GNI/capita, mean schooling years, life expectancy)

-Its global ranking

-A brief explanation for its ranking

-The overall trend

-A brief explanation for the trend

-Patterns and trend of internal disparity

-A brief reason for the trend

You will then present your findings to the class as a Google presentation and share it with the rest of the class.

Grade 8 Humanities: Gapminder project

We have been discussing how statistics can help us understand a country’s level of development.

You will now create a Gapminder screencast on two countries: One LEDC and one MEDC.

Here is the project description. And the TSC, criteria A and B.


Kamakura Kokomae field work

As you know, we will be headed to Kakakura Kokomae on Monday.

Here is the project and TSC.

Due date: TBA

InS 9: Utopia

We have been discussing various forms of government. Before moving on, let’s think of what we believe would be a “perfect” government, if there is such a thing.

What is utopia?

First, let’s think about what Utopia is. In groups, read one section of the Wikepedia page on utopia. You will the create a strand on this mind map, explaining the main ideas related to your topic. (you will need to upload mindmup on your Google drive account)

Then, you will work on creating your own perfect government. 

Here is a useful sparknote reading on Thomas More’s Utopia

Grade 8: Measuring development

Think of the different way we measure development. The graphs we made in class showed that many variables seem to have a correlation with a country’s level of development.

Before we go further with this, we will have to understand each variable a little better.

Each one of you will be given a statistical variable that can be said to have a correlation (direct or indirect) with a country’s level of development.

You will now have 5 minutes to write a 2  or 3 sentence definition of the variable. ,without ever mentioning it in your definition.

Find the definitions on this google doc. 

A game will follow.

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