Month: December 2014

IB Geography Holiday Homework

Grade 8 and 10 students do not have any homework for the holidays.

Grades 11 and 12 IB geography

Grade 11 students should complete all questions on this blog post

Grade 12 students should begin reviewing all past units in preparation for their mock exams in in February. 

Then, both grades 11 and 12 should watch this video:


Then, each student should watch a documentary film related to an issue we have studied in class this semester and be ready to discuss it during the first class of January.

Here are some suggestions, but you can rent a DVD or browse sites like youtube or if you want to find something that really interests you.

Remember, the course topics are:

  • P1: Population in Transition
  • P1: Disparities in Wealth in Development
  • P1: Patterns in Environmental Quality and Sustainability
  • P1:Patterns in resource consumptions
  • P2: Oceans and their Coastal Margins (Gr 12 HL Only)
  • P2: Hazards and Disasters
  • P2: The Geography of Food and Health (Gr 11 HL Only)
  • P3: HL extension: Globalization (see all topics) (HL Only)

Here are a few suggestions

Addicted to Aid (disparity, HL extension, food)

Demographic Winter (population)

Earthlings (food)

Acidic Oceans (coasts)

Life and Debt (development, aid, financial flows, disparity)

Welcome to Lagos. (development, urbanization, disparity)

China from the Inside (development, disparity)

How the Banks Won (financial flows)

Sicko (health, disparity)

The Inside Job (financial flows, development, disparity)

The Oil Factor (financial flows, resources, environment)

Fuel (financial flows, resources, environment)

Manufactured Landscapes (development, disparity)

Flow: For Love of Water (food, development, environment, disparity)

Deep sea (coasts)

The Death of Oceans (coasts)

The Cove (coasts)

The 11th Hour (resources, environment)

Earth: The Climate Wars (environment)

The End of the Line (coasts, food)

Syria, Songs of Defiance (violence), (Disparity, HL extension)

Occupation 101: Voices of the silent Majority (violence), (Disparity, HL extension)

Tears of Gaza (violence), (Disparity, HL extension)

The Future of Food (food and health)

What in the World are they Spraying?  (Food and health)
The World According to Monsanto (food and health)

Fast Food, Fat Profits  (food and health)

Super Hurricanes (hazards)

When the levees broke (hazard)

Japan’s Killer quake (hazards)

Then and Now: Ishinomaki (hazards)

Deepwater Disatser (Hazards)

Can the Gulf Survive? (Hazards)

The End of Poverty (disparity)

The Age of Stupid (Environment)

 Have a wonderful holiday! Get lots or rest and have fun!!!!!


Assigned work for Monday, December 15

Hi kids!

I will be absent all day. Here is your work for the day:

Period 3 & 4, InS 8C

You will be watching The End of Poverty, about the consequences on development on the world’s poorest people. As you watch, consider your definitions of development, and your explanations of “Why is the world unequal?”. Is economic development really an indication of better lives for the people? You will need some of this knowledge for your next assignment on disparity.

Period 5 & 6, InS 10B

Since we have just completed a major assessment, you have both periods to work on any work due this week:

  • Personal project is due at 4 o’clock today

  • Science Energy project is due on Wednesday

  • Any other assessment due this week.  

Period 7 & 8, IB Geo 12

Make sure to share your AIDS/Malaria project with me.

Use the rest of the class to review for your upcoming unit test

You can:

I will try to be online at this time. Shoot me emails, CCing the whole class, and I will try to answer as the class goes.

Remember, we also have a review session tomorrow, Tuesday at 4PM.




IB 11: Food Production and Markets

Outcome: Examine the impacts at a variety of scales of trade barriers, agricultural subsidies, bilateral and multilateral agreements, and transnational corporations (TNCs) on the production and availability of food.

1. Background information:

Fill out this google doc

2. Watch this video and use this article to answer the questions below:

  1. Describe the main lines of NAFTA
  2. What are the benefits of NAFTA for the US? Be specific
  3. What are the benefits of NAFTA for the Mexico? Be Specific
  4. What are the benefits of NAFTA on TNCs? Be Specific
  5. Explain how American subsides hurt Mexican farmers
  6. Explain the benefits of changing Mexico’s economy from agriculture to manufacturing
  7. How will China change the benefits listed in question 5
  8. What has been the impact of NAFTA on Mexican food prices?
  9. Can you guess what the environmental impacts this will have on Mexico?
  10. Can you guess what the political impacts this will have on Mexico?

See also

3. Watch the following video, read this article and answer the questions below

  1. Define: plantation farming, contract farming and commercial farming [3]
  2. Evaluate the impacts of commercial farming in Ethiopia. [6]

Read Cordington p. 440 to 443 and answer questions on p. 443:  1, 2, 3, 4 and question 5 in one page instead of 2, as a 10 point paper 2 essay..

IB11: Areas of food sufficiency and deficiency

IB outcome: Explain how changes in agricultural systems, scientific and technological innovations, the expansion of the area under agriculture and the growth of agribusiness have increased the availability of food in some areas, starting with the Green Revolution and continuing since.

1: Take detailed notes of the following videos:

What is the green revolution?

 What are the drawbacks of the green revolution?


Vandana Shiva on the Green Revolution

2. Read this article and answer the following question:

Explain the main lines of the Green Revolution [5]

With specific examples, discuss the benefits of the Green Revolution [5]

With specific examples, discuss the drawbacks of the Green Revolution [5]

3. Read Codrington p. 432 to 437 and answer questions 1, 2, 3, 4.

This will be your holiday homework but it is worth a look nonetheless:

Due next class.



IB 12 – The Spread of Disease

IB Expectations: Explain how the geographic concepts of diffusion by relocation and by expansion apply to the spread of diseases. Examine the application of the concept of barriers in attempts to limit the spread of diseases. Describe the factors that have enabled reduction in incidence of a disease.


What is Ebola?

 See more detailed explanation here 

How has it spread? See also: Here

Barriers to Ebola:

June 2014: MSF: Outbreak is out of control

December 2014: MSF says international community is not doing enough not 

Washington Post: What is needed?

allAfrica: Sierra Leone declared Ebola Free

BBC: UK Government sets fund to fight Ebola (and Malaria)

Activity: As a group, we will create a mini case study on the spread and control of Ebola:

  • What is Ebola? How is it transmitted? What are the symptoms? What are the causes?
  • Explain the geographic concepts of diffusion by relocation and expansion of the recent Ebola outbreak. Where did it start, where did it spread and how did it spread? Use the vocabulary learned last class.
  • Barriers: What are the geographic barriers to Ebola? What human barriers have been put in place thus far for the Ebola outbreak? Classify them?
  • Describe the factors that have enabled reduction in incidence of Ebola in a specific region

Summative Assessment

Grade 8: Measuring inequality

Following our comapraisons of different countries, we have found out how they differ in terms of development, which can lead to inequalities between countries. Today we will discuss these inequalities.

In your groups, discuss these questions. Remember to focus on inequality between countries, or between people living in these countries.

  • What does inequality mean?
  • How can you measure inequality?
  • Why is the world unequal?
  • Is it possible to have a fully equal world?

Part 2:

  • 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.

Part 3:

We will work in groups of 2 on our info-graphic summative assessment. TSC

Visual techniques:


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