Month: October 2015

IB11: Millenium Development Goals

We have been discussing disparity in many different areas such as wealth, housing, land ownership etc.

In an attempt to improve living standards worldwide, the 189 member countries of the United Nations have created a set of 8 goals to reduce this disparity. The original plan was to achieve these goals by 2015.

Have a look at these links:

What has been achieved

2015 Report

Now what? SDG!


MDGs Two or Three Essays

Examine the progress made in meeting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in a) poverty reduction, b) education and c) health. (SL only) 

  • Each essay will focus on a different MDG relating to poverty, education and health
  • Intro: Briefly explain the specific MDG with thesis statement
  • Body: Give one specific example of a region where this specific goal has been reached, or has made significant improvement.
    • Using specific examples of the strategies, explain how this was achieved.
  • Body: Give one specific example of a region where the MDG has had no or negative progress.
    • Explain the reasons for this.
  • Body 3: Examine the overall success in meeting the 2015 goal.
  • Conclusion: An overall answer to the question
  • You will have 2 double periods to work on this
  • My Diigo has many resources
  • You can research as a group, but you must write your own essays

Due date: Friday November 6th

Each essay should:

  • be max 500 words (include a word count)
  • include at least one map
  • include at least one table
  • include at least one graph
  • Have appropriate vocabulary – relative poverty, absolute poverty etc.
  • have an appropriate structure (Introduction, thesis statement, body and conclusion
  • refer to at least THREE different sources, with in-text citations and MLA Bibliography

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?



Remember the supply chain video form te previous unit? How does this make CSR and corporate accountability more difficult?

We will then begin our first summative assessment: The Corporate Gaffe

Ideas: Forbes Year’s Biggest Gaffes

InS8: World Religions Research Project

You are to take a question about religion and attempt to answer it, demonstrating research skills and an ability to communicate an understanding of multiple points of view.

Here are some example questions.  

1) All world religions share the same characteristics?  To what extent do you agree with this statement?

2) Analyze the effect of one world religion on one country? (i.e. Analyze has Buddhism affected Japan?)

3) If you want to understand a religion, it is important to understand how they organize their worship space.  Citing a least two religions, analyze how the worship space (i.e Church/Mosque) reflects the values of the religion.

4) Evaluate how religion affected art?  Use at least two religions in your work.  

If you don’t like these questions, you can make your own analytical question.  Just have it approved by the teacher.  



  • You must create something that has at least 250 written words and a thesis statement.  These words do not necessarily have to be in paragraph format, though that is an option.
  • You must answer the question as it is asked
  • You must include specific evidence to support your thesis statement.  Evidence can be visual or written.
  • You must show analytical skills (how does the evidence help answer the question)
  • You must turn in your research log and a bibliography


  • You can do an essay.  For an essay to receive top marks, you would have to write more words than the minimum 250 words (max 500 words)
  • You could do a hybrid essay and multimedia ( for instance podcast/voicethread/animoto)
  • You could do a multimedia presentation that has written word sprinkled throughout the product

The steps: (Links will be added as we move through the project)

  • Step 1: Creating a good question (Investigating)
  • Step 2: Research (Investigating)
  • Step 3: Design/Storyboard/outline plan for communication (Communication)
  • Step 4: Share/Feedback design with peers (Communication)
  • Step 5: Create product (Communication/Critical thinking)


You will be marked on criterion  B, C, and D

Write your research question here: 8B 8C


In order to achieve top levels, you should


For a top level on Investigating (Criterion B)

  • Your research question is clear and focused on an issue relating to world religion
  • Your research action plan is well stated and will be an effective way of gathering evidence for your project
  • Your research sheet is completed and has varied information from appropriate sources
  • You effectively address the research question in your project.


For top level on Communication (Criterion C)

  • You choose an effective and appropriate way to present your information
  • You clearly communicate your understanding, either written or verbally
  • You organize your presentation in a way that best shows your understanding
  • You create a list of sources using MLA citation


For top level on Thinking Critically (Criterion D)

  • Everything in your presentation is analyzed in terms of your question
  • You address multiple perspectives concerning your topic in your project
  • The examples you choose to include do an excellent job of showing an understanding of your topic with well-supported arguments
  • You use varied information from different sources you have researched to come up with independent analysis

IB 12: Changing Patterns of Energy Consumption

Part 1: Examine the global patterns and trends in the production and consumption of oil.

Global Pattern in Oil production and Consumptions

List the factors that affect oil production and consumption:

Peak Oil Explained 

Oil and Gas Wells


Can you spot any problems in California’s well abandonment system?

Exercise 1:

Using, list the following:

  • Top 10 oil producers
  • Top 10 oil consumers
  • Top 10 oil consumer per capita
  • Top 10 oil reserve

Part 2: Examine the geopolitical and environmental impacts of these changes in patterns and trends.

For the Environmental section, you need to be able to fully explain the causes and consequences of Global Climate Change (Unit 3) and the BP oil spill (Hazards). The Race of the Arctic can also be a geopolitical consequence. (Coasts)

Other Environmental impacts:

Canada’s Tar Sands

What is fracking?

Also, have detailed notes of Poison Fire.

Geopolitical Impacts:


As you watch, list the ways and reasons OPEC can control oil prices. 

OPEC quotas. Start at 23:36 to 28:00

Project: Presentation

  • in groups of 3 or 4
  • create an in-depth, 5 minute presentation on one of the following topic
  • you may use PowerPoint,, video, or any other visual help
  • 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 style 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 1: Discuss the role of OPEC countries in a recent energy crisis.

When oil prices rise, people and governments are forced to reduce their consumptions, which has a direct negative impact on the economy. OPEC countries are very aware of this and have used their leverage to impose their political ideas on consumer countries. 

  • Give a detailed account of the roles and responsibilities of OPEC countries
  • Describe the causes that led to the energy crisis
  • Draw a time line of the main events
  • Discuss the consequences (geopolitical and environmental) of the crisis in a specific country or region

Question 2: Discuss the consequences of oil production in the Nigerian Delta

Lax environmental laws and government corruption have attracted a lot of investment in Nigeria’s oil industry, but has also alienated much of its population. the WWF has declared the delta as one of the top 5 most polluted areas on earth. As you saw in the video, flaring has also affected the livelihood of the 20 000 000 people living in the delta. To make matters worse, oil poachers and rebel groups are now fighting to gain control of oil fields, or get ransom money.

  • Give a detailed account of the roles and responsibilities of Shell in the Nigerian Oil Crisis
  • Describe how the conflict has affected Nigeria’s relationship to other countries.
  • Draw a time line of the main events
  • Discuss the consequences of the crisis on the Nigerian population, its environment and on the Nigerian Government

Question 3: Current geopolitical conflict

There are many conflicts happening at the moment where oil can be traced as a direct cause. Be it Syria, Russia, Iraq, Afghanistan, oil money is involved in some way or another.

  • Chose one ongoing geopolitical conflict
  • Give a detailed account of the major players, their roles and responsibilities
  • Describe how the conflict has affected international relations
  • Draw a time line of the main events
  • Discuss the consequences of the crisis on the local population, the environment, and the supply and demand of oil in the region

Question 4: The Changing importance of other energy sources

As a consequence of these conflicts brought about through oil dependency, alternative energy sources have become increasingly important for countries to remain independent and self-sufficient in terms of energy.

Describe the following types of resources:

  • Renewable resources
  • Non Renewable resources
  • Human resources
  • Energy resources
  • Natural resources

Explain the trends and correlations in production, consumption and penetration of the following energy sources. Explain the various patterns over time and space. Using case studies, evaluate their efficiency in replacing oil consumption. (Pros and cons)

  • Natural Gas
  • Nuclear Power
  • Hydro-Electricity
  • Wind Power
  • Biofuels
  • Geothermal Energy
  • Solar Power
  • Fuelwood

You will have a double period on Friday to work on this. All presentations will be on Monday October 12th. You will also have an in-class essay on that day about all presentations. 

IB 11: Disparities in wealth and development 2: Patterns and Trend

We have been discussing the reasons for disparity around the world and within regions and the ways we measure disparity. 

IB Outcome:  Identify and explain the changing patterns and trends of regional and global disparities of life expectancy, education and income.

High Net Worth Individuals


source: RBC World Wealth report



Source: Credit Suisse Global Wealth Report 2013 (latest free version)

In groups, you will explain the changing patterns and trends of regional and global disparities of life expectancy, education and income for the following five countries:

  • Japan
  • Cambodia
  • UK
  • China
  • South Africa

For each country, give the mean value of the country in your category: GNI/capita, mean schooling years, life expectancy

-Its global ranking

-A brief explanation for its ranking

-The overall trend

-A brief explanation for the trend (what are the main causes: ethnicity, residence, parental education, income, employment (formal and informal) and land ownership etc.

-Patterns and trend of internal disparity

-A brief reason for the trend

You will then present your findings to the class as a Google presentation and share it with the rest of the class.

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