Month: February 2014

InS9: Psychology advertizing script

Here is your next summative assessment and TSC

Due date: TBA

IB11: Sustainability and the Environment Presentation

Goal 7 of the Millenium Development Goals: Ensuring Environmental Sustainability


  • in groups of 3
  • create an in-depth, 10 minute presentation on one of the following topic
  • create a 1 page factsheet on your topic to be given to the rest of the class on the day of your presentation
  • use graphs, maps and tables, but they do not need to be created by your group
  • include an MLA bibliography on your presentation, not on your factsheet
  • you may use to help you focus your research (make sure to include it in your bibliography)

Question: Evaluate the management strategies of one of the following case studies to achieve environmental sustainability:

  • define the concept of environmental sustainability
  • using a specific case study:
  • define the environmental problems affecting the region
  • describe and evaluate a management strategy designed to achieve environmental sustainability
  • suggest possible improvements to the management strategy
  • case study must be regional or national scale

Case studies:

  • Iceland’s Welfare of the  Future: Codrington p. 137-144
  • Congestion Charging in London:
  • Soil Degradation in Uzbekistan: UNDP
  • Canada’s Federal Sustainable Development Plan: Government of Canada
  • The South Africa Sustainable Seafood Initiative (SASSI)
  • Your choice (with teacher approval)

IB11: Diversity and Change: Tropical Rainforest Case Study

  • Pick a rainforest biome of your choice
  • Explain the concept and importance of biodiversity in the biome
  • Describe an activity that humans are doing in your biome that results in lower biodiversity
  • Examine the causes and consequences of reduced biodiversity in this biome
  • Project must include:
    • a specific location
    • a specific problem
    • a hand drawn map
    • a student made graph
    • proper sourcing and bibliography

Presentation: Essay format

You will be graded based on the IB Paper 1 markband

My Diigo has a number of sources on the Amazon rainforest, see tags biodiversity and rainforest

Work for Monday, February 24th, 2014

I will be absent all day today. Here is the assigned work:

Grade 8: Work on Evaluating Sources: Global Issues. You should complete parts 1, 2 and one whole article of part 3 by the end of class.

Grade 11: You have both periods to read p. 129 to 136 of the Codrington textbook.


  • p. 132 3I: # 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

  • p. 133 3J: #1, 2, 3

  • p. 136 3K: # 1, 2, 3, and write a detailed thesis statement for question #4

  • Due next class

If you finish early, work on their Water video or review for your unit test next week. (All of Patterns in Environmental Quality and Sustainability)


Gr 8: Global issues assessment

Here is you next summative assessment: Gr 8.  Global Issues Assessment: Evaluating Sources


You will have both periods on Monday to work in this.

Due Friday, February 28th.

InS9: Psychology – Classical Conditioning and Advertizing

  • 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:











As a group, come up with a definition of the following:

  • Classical Conditioning
  • Unconditioned Response
  • Conditioned Stimulus
  • Conditioned Response

Now, let’s look over the first three questions again.

Next: Handout

In groups of 2: Find one commercial that uses classical conditioning. Explain what tactics are used to change your attitude towards their product.

Grade 8: Global Issues

Continuing our discussion on global issues ,we will watch a clip of Luc Besson’s Home. (start at 21:00)

As you watch the video, take notes on:

  • how humans have used nature to suit their needs
  • the environmental issues raised in the movie
  • steps of food production
  • a list of global issues discussed in the clip

Discussion: How are these issues interrelated?


In groups of 2 or 3, you will choose a global issue discussed in the video and do some quick research on it. Find some simple sources and at least one infographic.

You will then have 15 minutes, no more, to  create a presentation on your global issue and explain how it’s impact is being felt worldwide.

This time, I will choose your method of presentation…… (be afraid!)

InS10: Empires


Last week, we began our discussion on Imperialism and the Motives for Imperialism.

Discuss: How do we know historical events to be true?

Today, we will read Santha Rama Rau’s By Any other name.

Then, answer the By Any Other Name Questions.

Next, we will read George Orwell’s story Shooting an Elephant

As you read, highlight and annotate passages:

  •  you feel summarize the reading.
  • that have a link to Rama Rau’s Story
  • passages that prove or disprove  the motives for Imperialism reading.
  • any passages you find interesting, questionable or noteworthy.

We will then have a socratic seminar

If we have time, we will read Read White Man’s Burden by Rudyard Kipling, and answer the following questions.

(1) According to Kipling what was the “White Man’s Burden”?

(2) What reward did Kipling suggest the “White Man” gets for carrying his “burden”?


Next, we will read Burmese Days, by George Orwell, looking at the differing perspectives on imperialism.  What does Flory see and what does Dr. Veraswami see?



Water and Change

IB Requirements:

  1. Identify the ways in which water is utilized at the regional scale.
  2. Examine the environmental and human factors affecting patterns and trends in physical water scarcity and economic water scarcity.
  3. Examine the factors affecting access to safe drinking water


1: Identify the ways in which water is utilized at the regional scale.

a) Describe the regional distribution of water usage.

b) What is the relationship between water scarcity and development?

2.Examine the environmental and human factors affecting patterns and trends in physical water scarcity and economic water scarcity.


Create an essay outline, with thesis statement and three or four supporting arguments answering the following question:

Your outline must include the following vocabulary: Potable water, aquifer, evapotranspiration, economic scarcity, physical scarcity, water stressed areas, water scarce areas, water table, groundwater

”Examine the environmental and human factors affecting patterns and trends in economic water scarcity in Ethiopia”


”Examine the environmental and human factors affecting patterns and trends in economic water scarcity in the Ogallala Aquifer in Texas”

 Examine: Consider an issue or concept in a way that uncovers the interrelationships and assumptions

3: Examine the factors affecting access to safe drinking water

Sonaar Luthra demonstrates his quick and simple test to gauge if water is safe.

Engineer Michael Pritchard demonstrates his Lifesaver Bottle, capable of sterilizing dirty water in seconds. He believes that his invention could easily help meet the Millenium Development Goal of halving the number of people without access to safe drinking water by 2015.

Summative task:

You will create a 60 second video answering the following question:

For a specific region, examine the factors affecting access to safe drinking water and suggest a possible solution to the problem.

  • To answer your question, you will focus on at least one of the following themes:
    • Quantity vs Quality
    • Disease
    • Economic benefits of safe water
    • Pollution
    • Desalination

Your video must be 60 seconds and good enough to win 1000$!

You will be graded on the IB paper 1 mark band.

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