Month: March 2016

Work for Monday March 21st and Tuesday March 22nd

I will be absent Monday and Tuesday to complete the IA field trip in Shimoda with the Gr 11 IBDP Geography students.

Here is the work for today:



IB HL – Consumerism and Culture

IB Outcome:

  • Describe cultural traits in terms of language, customs, beliefs, dress, images, music, food and technology. (Guinness p. 142 -155)
  • Examine the diffusion of cultural traits resulting from the international movement of workers, tourists and commodities. (Mexico-US CS)
  • Describe the role of TNCs and the media in spreading consumer culture. Guinness (p. 156 – 167)
  • Select two different branded commodities and examine the spatial and temporal pattern of adoption on a global scale.

Part 1:

We will read together Noreen Janus’s text in Guinness p. 158

Then, as yo watch the videos:

  • Define Marketing
  • Define Brand and Branding
  • Explain how can a TNC commodify a culture?
  • What historical events have lead to the rise of the Consumer Culture?

The rise of Consumer Culture

  • Is there a global culture?
    • How is it spread?
    • Who or what is creating it?
  • What is the economic impact of consumer culture for the core and the periphery?
  • What is the cultural impact?

The Century of the Self – 10:00 to 14:00

Are you a good consumer? How many of the brands can you name and locate geographically?

Part 2: Select two different branded commodities and examine the spatial and temporal pattern of adoption on a global scale.

In 2 groups:

  • Using Codrington p. 622 to 625 and Guinness p. 161 to 166, and Geographyalltheway.
  • Each group will answer the following questions using Coca-Cola or McDonald’s as a case study:
  • You may pick another company, but you won’t have all the resources available.
  1. Give an example of reverse adaptation
  2. Give an example of adoption
  3. Give an example of adaptation
  4. Describe your company’s brand identity and brand image
  5. List the various spatial pattern of adoption of your company on a global scale. Consider physical, economic and social factors.
  6. Create a timeline listing the various temporal pattern of adoption of your company on a global scale. Consider physical, economic and social factors.

You will present your findings to the rest of the class tomorrow.

InS 9: The 1929 Market Crash

We have been looking at how the stock market works, and began researching how to make profit from the stock market in the Smartstocks portfolio assessment.

This week, we will look at the ways the stockmarket can loose money…lots of it!

  • What do you know bout the 1920s?
  • What do you know abut the 1929 stock market crash?
  • What do you know about  the great depression?

In groups, you will each be given a question to answer about the 1929 crash:

You will have 15 minutes to prepare a short presentation answering your question, and explaining 5 new vocabulary terms associated to the crash.

      0. Explain what happened on Black Tuesday and Black Thursday

  1. Argue that margin buying was the main cause of the crash
  2. Argue that overvalued stocks was the main cause of the crash
  3. Argue that federal reserve policies was the main cause of the crash
  4. Argue that Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act was the main cause of the crash
  5. Argue that the general state of the economy was the main cause of the crash
  6. Argue that psychological reasons was the main cause of the crash

Put your presentation pictures, graphs and vocabulary words here.  (no more than 5 words per slide)

Part 2: The Crash

All of this is rather complicated.  In groups of 3 or 4, try to explain the causes of the 1929 stock market crash, using the vocabulary you acquired in this unit in a single paragraph. Input your paragraph here. 

Part 3: the 2008 crash

I will be absent on Monday and Tuesday of next week to take part in the Gr 11 IB Geography field-trip in Shimoda.

You will have both days to work on this project (TSC A & D) and you will present your findings on front of the class on Friday March 25.


IB HL: Transboundary Pollution and Homogenizations of Landscape

Read Windsor p. 47 to 57, considering the following IB learning outcomes.

  • Discuss the reasons for and consequences of the relocation of polluting industries (such as some TNCs) and waste disposal (such as ICT, chemical and nuclear waste) to countries with weaker environmental controls and safety regulations. (review from Coast unit – Somalia Chemical Waste – and China e-waste)
  • Describe one major pollution event affecting more than one country and examine the consequences of and responses to this event. (Review from Hazard unit – BP oil spill…but be careful…) 
  • Examine the role of one international civil society organization in fostering improved environmental management.

The Rio Nuevo transboundary pollution event: CS – Focus on 1990 – Post NAFTA issues. 

As we watch the video, take detailed notes of causes, environmental consequences and response to the event.

Then, complete this google doc.

Part 2:

Explain the evolution of uniform urban landscapes; the effects of common commercial activity, structures, styles of construction and infrastructure.

Let’s play Name That City!

Complete this doc

Homework: Read Guinness 132 to 141

IBHL: Environmental Changes

You should have read Guinness p 92 to 131


  • Identify the effects of agro-industrialization and changes in international production and consumption on the physical environment. (review from Food and Health and Core unit 2)

Define agro-industrialisation

Giving examples, what changes have happened in agro-industrialisation production and consumption

Further development 14:00 to end

  •  Discuss the environmental consequences of increasing international demand for one raw material. (Sustainable Fisheries and Coral Reef CS form Coast unit, BP oil spill is also possible here.)

What are the environmental consequences of:

  • overfishing
  • over irrigation
  • overexploitation of agricultural land
  • increasing development
  • dependency on oil – in agriculture

  • Examine the concept of food miles and the environmental consequences of increasing volumes of air freight.

Watch 2:00 to 15:00 of crop to shop

  • What are the costs and benefits of growing Scottish potatoes in Egypt?
  • What does this say about food miles? What is the difference between food miles and carbon footprint?

  • Airfreight has shifted in recent years from traditional tropical products (fruits) to more expensive and time-constrained fish and spices (source and CS) – Explain why?
  • What are the environmental consequences of increased airfreight?

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Rest of class: Past paper 3 questions Exercise

If you finish early, read Windsor p. 47 – 57 for tomorrow.

IBHL: Economic Interactions: Financial Flows

As you watch the videos, take notes on the following questions: 

Emerging Markets


Read Guinness p. 82 to 91.

Now write a thesis statement for questions 1 on p. 91, [10 marks] and an outline for review questions 2. [15 marks]

  • For question 2,  include:
    • A thesis statement
    • Bullets with your two arguments and one counter argument
    • A one sentence conclusion
  • Your outlines must include at least 5 vocabulary terms highlighted in this chapter

Homework: Read  Guinness p. 92 to 131.

IB 11: Coasts: Physical Characteristics

  • Examine the relationship between coastal processes (tides, wave action, littoral drift, wind action), lithology, subaerial processes and different coastal landforms. Identify the major landforms of beaches, dunes and cliffs along advancing and retreating coasts.
  • Codrington p. 246 to 260
  • Useful sources on my diigo and BBC Bitesize

After each lecture, you will create a little notebook you can carry with you to the beach (IA field-trip) with  labeled diagrams of each of the processes and landforms described.

You need to be able to draw and explain the processes of each of the following.

For the next week, classes will be divided into  one period of lectures, and one period where you will be required to read Michael Hill’s Coasts and Coastal Management, and answer the review questions in preparation to your IA, as well as Codrington p. 245 to 263.

Review questions should be answered as IB paper 2 short answer questions worth 3, 4 or 5 points. You be the judge…

Here are the scheduled readings.

Hyperlink all your answers here

  • Read Hill p 1 – 18 and answer all questions on p 18.  Due Wednesday March 9
  • Read Hill p 19 – 38 and answer all questions on p 38 Due Friday March 11
  • Read p 39 – 57 and answer questions 1, 2, 4, 5 on p 57 Due Tuesday March 15
  • Read p. 93 to 113 and answer questions 1 to 5 on p 113 Due Thursday March 17
  • Read Codrington p. 245 to 263 for Tuesday March 15

InS 9: Intro to the Stockmarket

What is the Stockmarket?

  • How do we know how much something is worth?
  • What do we mean by demand and supply?
  • What is the differences between goods and services?
  • What are interest rates?

In groups, answer one of the following question. You will present to the class with a list of 5 to 10 important vocabulary words to remember. List these words, with definitions here.

  1. What is the stock market?
  2. What are shares?
  3. Why should we invest our money in shares rather than put it in a bank?
  4. How can investing in the correct stocks make me money?
  5. What is meant by a publicly listed company?

Part 2:

Now that you have an idea of how it works:

  • Pick 5 stocks by typing in the name of a company – Make a copy of this document and hyperlink your document here
  • After you’ve decided on 5 stocks that you might be interested in, find the following for each one:
    • 52-Wk High shows the highest selling price of the stock in the last 52 weeks.
    • 52-Wk Low shows the lowest selling price of the stock in the last 52 weeks.


  • Stock column gives the full name of the company.
  • Sym is the symbol used by the company on the ticker reports generated by the stock exchanges that track the trading of each stock.
  • Volume lists the number of shares sold (in hundreds).
  • Last shows the stock’s price at close of business yesterday.


What does a 4.6% dividend yield mean?

  • If for example, I own 1000 shares of a stock that has a dividend yield of 4.6%, what does that mean?
  • It means that at the current trading price of that stock, you will earn 4.6% of that price as a dividend. So if the stock CURRENTLY trades at $100 per share, that means you get $4.60 per year per share. If you have 1000 shares, that equals $4,600 per year.

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