Month: April 2015

IA part 1 – Location Maps

Homework for Wednesday May 6th: 

1. Draw a labeled map of Japan including important regions of the IA

2. Draw a labeled map of Izu Peninsula including important regions of the IA

3. Draw a labeled map of the beaches we will study including important regions of the IA

See here for beach detail

IB 11: Coral Reefs and Mangroves

IB Outcomes:

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

 Causes and consequences: Examine the causes and consequences of the loss of coral reefs and mangrove swamps.

Coral Reef reproduction:

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, use these documents to answer the following questions: NOAA WWF

  1. Write a short description of the different threats to coral reefs worldwide.
  2. Describe the socio-economic consequences of coral reef degradation?


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

3. 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]

Ib 11: 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.


Homework for Friday: Read one of these articles:

  1. US Cities Lag in Race against Rising Seas
  2. This Sinking Isle
  3. Slip Sliding Away

Make sure you have detailed notes on all parts of this blogpost. Stemming from both your individual research AND class discussions.

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, not the EMS questions.

Part 4: Essential Map Skills p. 40: Coastal Defence in Robin Hood’s Bay, North Yorkshire

We will read together and complete

  • 1: a, c, d, e,
  • 2: a, b, c, d, e

Part 5: 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. Answer #3 as a 5 paragraph essay. 


Write an essay answering question #4 on EMS p. 41, second bullet (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. You may use the homework readings at the top of this post.
    • 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: Thursday April 30th

InS 8: Historical Perspective Project

We have been looking at specific events in modern Japanese History. Now we will look at world event that happened around your family and how they perceived them.

Objective:   To look at similarities and difference in how people perceive historical events.

Guiding Question:  Does everyone see “history” in the same way?

We are going to look at various perspectives of a single historical event. You will research one event, then interview someone you know who has lived through it.

Here is the Project

Fill in this document when you have your themes:


InS 10 – Edo project

After our museum visit and our lectures on the Edo period, it is now time to begin the Edo project.

First, you will need to come up with a good, analytical research question.

When you are ready, write your research question in this document.

  • You may chose to conduct more background research before writing your question
  • Your question can change as you research more, but you theme must stay more-or-less the same

I will change the TSC this week, to make it fit the MYP New Chapter, but it will be very similar.

Due dates:

Research question: Thursday April 16th

Outline: Friday, April 24th

Essay: In school exam. Date TBD

InS 8: Witness of History

For the next project, you will study a specific historical event that took place when a living member of your family was alive. You will research the event and try to get a good understanding of it, and then interview a family member that has experienced it.

First, if possible, find a member of your class that shares a similar national and/or cultural heritage. If you have more than one, you may choose one that you wish to study for this project. 

Together brainstorm a list of historical events that took place in your country or region since WWII. You may use your computer to research events and themes you find interesting.

Then, complete this google doc.

When you are done, pick one event you wish to share with the class and complete one slide of this presentation.

  • Your slide should only include pictures – One or more.
  • We will go through the slide and you will tell the class about the event and your family member who was present at the time.
  • As you listen to the presentations, think about the historical events you have discussed and whether you still find them interesting and how appropriate it would be for this particular project.

Work for Thursday, April 9th, 2015

Hi guys,

As I told you, I will be absent today. Here is the work to be done.

IB GEO 12, Periods 3, 4

The practice papers are on my desk. Grab one each but feel free to do another one if you prefer. The markschemes are in the folder I shared with you with all the past papers.

Period 1: Complete either questions 1 to 4 OR one complete essay question (5 to 7)

Period 2: Exchange your answers with a peer and give each other a grade based on the IB markscheme. If time, discuss why you gave your grade, and where/why you took off points.

IB Geo 11, Periods 5, 6

You have both periods to watch videos and write a practice IB essay. You may watch the videos individually or as a group on the overhead. Make sure to take notes as you watch the videos.  Louis, don’t cross your arms!!!!


InS 10: Intro to the Edo Period

Introduction to Tokugawa or Edo Japan to enhance your visit to the Edo Museum on Thursday.  We will look at Edo through Marcia Yonemoto’s essay and the video Japanese History of Edo Japan part 1 , part 2, and part 3.

Your goal is to look for customs, structures and ways of doing things that were established in the Edo period and still remain in some form today in Modern Japanese society.  i.e.The Tale of the 47 Ronin is still told today to emphasize the importance of loyalty and honor.

InS 8: Intro to Japanese History

We will be studying Historical events through the lives of your family. As a short introduction to the unit, we will be studying  modern Japanese History.

Here is the first reading.

As you watch the video, think of the questions you would ask someone who would have lived through these time, either on the Japanese or the American side.

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