Month: August 2014

InS 8: Unit 1: Religion

For our first unit, we’ll be looking at the World Religions have played in development of culture and human history.

The statement of inquiry will be : 

Religions are belief systems shaping culture and perspective on the world we live in.

Inquiry Questions:

What are the major belief systems and how do they affect the world? ,

What are the similarities and differences between major world religions?

  •  What do you find interesting about this unit?
  • What worries you about this unit?
  • What will you need to know in order to answer the unit question?
  • What is your stance/opinion on the statement of inquiry?

We’re going to start looking at different World Religions and their creation stories. Creation stories are often one way that people express their faith at how the world began and attempt to explain their understanding of the world. And different religions believe that the world was created in different ways. There are many creation stories and we are going to look at some of them.

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

Step 2: Draw a comic strip depicting the big lines, or a part of your creation story

Step 3: Put yourself in a group of 4 people. Make sure no one has the same religion. Share your poster (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.

Step 5: Write a paragraph or short story about how religion has influenced your life. What did / do your grandparents and parents believe? What ceremonies or traditions do they follow? What ceremonies or traditions did / do you participate in? What superstitions or beliefs do you have? What religious education or memorization have you done? What clothing or accessories do you have that might be connected to a religion? Be prepared to discuss some of your thoughts with the class.

Step 6: When you are done and Mr. McKeown has approved all of your work, you can begin working on your first summative assessment.

Welcome back, now get to work!

Welcome back seniors!

A few reminders:

A few relevant News items:

Quick review exercise: 

In your groups, answer one of the following questions, using at least 5 key vocabulary terms. You will present your detailed answer to the class.

  1. Examine the methods used to make estimates (predictions) of the probability (in time and space) of 2 hazard events occurring, and of their potential impact on lives and property.
  2. Distinguish between a hazard event and a disaster. Explain why this distinction is not always completely objective.
  3. Examine the ways in which the intensity and impacts of disasters vary in space and have changed over time.
  4. Discuss the factors that determine an individual’s perception of the risk posed by hazards.
  5. Discuss vulnerability as a function of demographic and socio-economic factors, and of a community’s preparedness and ability to deal with a hazard event when it occurs.

Homework: Read Chapter 2 of Bishop. P. 13 to 35

Welcome back! Now get to work!

Welcome back InS 10 students.

Our next unit will be about coastal processes and erosional landforms, leading to another field trip to Kamakura, but this time we will be collecting primary data about the Enoshima Beach.

First, a few guiding questions to get us started.


What are waves?

Why do they come in different shapes and sizes?

What generates waves?

The prefect wave:


What different types of beaches are there?

Can you explain why they look different?


In groups of 3 or 4, you will explain one of the following features:

  • Constructive wave
  • Destructive wave
  • Ocean swells
  • Erosion
  • Corrasion,
  • Hydraulic action
  • Corrosion
  • Longshore Drift

There’s a catch! Only one person in the group will be allowed to talk. The others will have to “act-out” your explanation without speaking.

We will present at the end of class.

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