Month: January 2014 (page 1 of 2)

InS 9: Action plan

We have been discussing corporations and the ways CSR is used to veil some of their offences.

The next part of your project will be to create an action plan to try and raise awareness and perhaps create change to a cause you personally find important. It can be related to any issue, as long as it is geared at changing the way a company operates.



Labor rights:

IBDP: Thesis statements

A good thesis statement:

  • tells the reader how you will interpret the significance of the subject matter under discussion.
  • is a road map for the paper; in other words, it tells the reader what to expect from the rest of the paper.
  • directly answers the question asked of you. A thesis is an interpretation of a question or subject, not the subject itself. The subject, or topic, of an essay might be World War II or Moby Dick; a thesis must then offer a way to understand the war or the novel.
  • makes a claim that others might dispute.
  • is usually a single sentence somewhere in your first paragraph that presents your argument to the reader. The rest of the paper, the body of the essay, gathers and organizes evidence that will persuade the reader of the logic of your interpretation.


Write a good thesis statement for each of the IB style following questions on Global Climate Change:

  1. Explain the likely effects of global warming and the international differences in response to it.
  2. “The consequences of global climate change are determined by poverty.” Discuss thgis statement with reference to examples.
  3. Explain how the energy and transport industries could reduce their greenhouse gas emissions in the future.
  4. Is the growing concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere causing global warming? Give reasons to support your answer.
  5. If countries like Canada and Russia are expected to benefit from global warming, does that mean they have no interest in working to slow down climate change?  Explain your answer.

IB11: Global Climate Change

Quick review from last class:

IB requirements: Discuss the causes and environmental consequences of global climate change.

A simplified explanation:


—Produce a 5 minute presentation that discusses the causes and consequences of global climate change.
  • —Groups of 3
  • —The report should presented as a Google presentation
  • —All images should be integrated into the report
  • —Focus mainly on the environmental consequences, but include socio-economic consequences as well
  • —No need to explain climate change itself
  • —Consider the severity of consequences depending on temperature change
  • —Give a short list of possible and plausible solutions
  • —Bibliography
  • —We will present next class, followed by a short debate


  • —Sea level rise
  • —Increased storm activity/ Change in rainfall pattern /El Nino
  • —Change in agricultural pattern
  • —Temperature variations and heat waves
  • —Acidification of oceans
  • —Melting ice caps
  • —Wildlife extinction
  • —Growth of the tropical belt
  • —Human health: spread of disease, respiratory disease, Natural disasters, nutrition, stress

IBDP: Atmosphere and change

  • 1: What is the atmosphere of the earth?
  • 2. What is the importance of a) clouds and b) carbon dioxide in the energy balance of the earth?
  • 3. Why is it warmer in summer than winter?
  • 4. Describe how heat is transferred from the tropics towards the poles
  • 5. Using an annotated diagram only:
    • illustrate the variations in temperature and pressure with altitude in the atmosphere.
    • Explain what happens to incoming solar radiation as it passes through the earth’s atmosphere.



InS9: CSR – Supply chains

We have been looking at how corporations work and how they operate when faced with adversity. But what about every day exchanges? How does a corporation, that by definition operate in many countries, go by organizing all their companies, factories and employes across the globe?

As you watch the video, create a PMI table on Supply chain management.

We will discuss it as a class.

Let’s try to figure out all the steps that come into play to produce products we all use.


Here is the next project: 

IB11: Coral Reefs and Mangroves

The Value of coral reefs:

1. Questions:

  1. Describe what coral is?
  2. Identify where coral forms and explain why it forms there?
  3. Explain 5 specific ways in which coral supports other species
  4. Describe what coral feeds on
  5. Explain what coral bleaching is and list causes of coral bleaching

2. Then, using this document, write a short description of the different threats to coral reefs worldwide.

3. What are the socio-economic consequences of coral reef degradation?

4. If time, write an outline for these IB style questions:

Examine the development and the environmental and economic value of coral reefs and mangrove swamps. [10]

Examine the causes and consequences of the loss of coral reefs and mangrove swamps. [10]


Take detailed notes as you watch the video, focusing on mangrove formation and benefits.

Gr 8: History of Motomachi

We have been discussion globalization and the effects of a highly connected world on a region’s culture and economy.

Our first case study of the impacts of globalization will be Motomachi street: A street you all know quite well and where Japanese culture mixes with international brand names. But before we begin, we need to get some historical context.

Using this website as a guide, you will present a brief history of Motomachi street and its foreign influence. Try and explain what Motmoachi was before the arrival of non-Japanese, and each step that led to the way it looks today.

Your presentation must be in chronological order and mention specific landmarks of Motomachi.

You may present in any creative way you want: A comic strip, a play/script, a song, etc.

You will present on Firday.

IB: Coastal Management Strategies

The IB guide reads:

  • Discuss the conflicts that arise from competing land uses and from attempts to manage coastal hazards (tsunamis and storm surges, erosion, cliff failure), pollution, habitat restoration and aquaculture.
  • Case study: Describe the conflicting pressures on a particular coastline.
    • Discuss the management strategies adopted to resolve these pressures and evaluate their effectiveness.

Part 1:

In teams,  you will read one of the following articles and explain how the competing land uses has lead to conflict, and evaluate  the attempts made to manage the issue.

Coastal Hazards: Sand Dune May Lose Part Of Its Top As Rustic Goes Chic

Pollution: Fishers still angry about 2010 BP oil spill

Habitat Restoration: Fishermen turned tourist guide

Aquaculture: The salmon business: Can marine farming ever be eco friendly?

Share your findings with the class.

Part 2: 

  • Discuss the conflicts that arise from competing land uses
  • What attempts have been made to manage coastal hazards?

 Part 3:

Using this PPT, continue your class notes to include definitions of the a) land use, b) natural threats and c) coastal management strategies listed in the presentation. Then, d) answer the discussion questions and the EMS questions.

Part 4: Your choice of Summative assessment. This will be your case study for the Management Strategies section. 

Choose one:

Read Codrington p. 260-267 (management strategies) – Then, individually answer p. 262 Block 6N 1, 2 and p.267 Block 6O, 1, 2 & 3


Write an essay answering question #4 on EMS p. 41 (2 pages max)

  • Include:
    • Maps
    • A time line
    • Diagrams describing the functioning of the various management strategies
    • Detailed explanations of the causes of coastal degradation (human and natural)


2 page essay

  • Describe the conflicting pressures on a specific coast line of your choice.
    • Describe the various land uses and how the conflict with each other
    • Include the historical context of the conflict
  • Discuss the management strategies adopted to resolve these pressures and evaluate their effectiveness.
  • Propose a better solution
  • Include:
    • Maps
    • A time line
    • Diagrams describing the functioning of the various management strategies
    • Detailed explanations of the causes of coastal degradation (human and natural)

Due: TBA

InS 9: How Many Slaves do You Own?

We have been discussing how corporations, in their attempts to increase profit, have either cut costs in processing, or improved labor and environmental standards.

Today, we will discuss slavery in the 21st century.

First, how many slaves do you own?

  • What factors most affected your results?
  • What type of industry is most prone to using slavery?
  • Are there other sectors you can think of?
  • Why would companies resort to such practices?
  • Does knowing this change the way you will shop?




Grade 8: Globalization

Last class, we discussed how the clothes we wear come from companies with production chains spread out across the world. We then discussed the reasons for this “global interaction.”

Another term for this is Globalization

1. In groups, discuss and create your own definition of globalization.

2. We will read Jean Bertrand Aristide’s Globalization:A view from Below. Mr. Aristide is the former president of Haiti.

2. In the same groups, research one of the following topics relating to the benefits and drawbacks of globalization. Make sure to have statistics and case studies to strengthen your arguments. You will present your findings in front of the class in 30 minutes.

  • The technology that is making globalization possible
  • Economic benefits (for the country and the people)
  • Economic drawbacks (for the country and the people)
  • Impact on culture
  • Environmental impact
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