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InS 9: Intro to Psychology

Introduction to Psychology and the study of human behavior.

What is the nature vs. nurture argument?

What is behavior?

What part of your behavior is based on:

  • your gender?
  • your parents?
  • your culture?
  • your friends?

Watch the BBC clip on gender stereotypes and discuss the questions above:

This came out just this week on the BBC

In pairs, summarize the findings of the Cambridge study in regards to adults and gender stereotyping, and the Hines study on monkeys and toy preferences. You will then explain it to another partner.  

Then, watch the BBC short documentary on Eugenics and sport.

What is one possible explanation for the dominance of black athletes in sprint events? Why is this a dangerous and/or erroneous assumption to make?

Write a blogpost explaining your understanding of the Nature VS Nurture debate. Using examples, give your opinion on the theme. Is our behaviour dictated by our genes or our environment?
Post your blogpost link here


Using the Nature vs. Nurture (handout), read the arguments and then fill out the chart on the back, and check with your family tonight on whether or not they agree with you, and please bring your sheet completed to class on Friday November 27th, ready to discuss your answers.

InS 10: Prep for guest speakers

Next Wednesday, we will have guest speakers coming to talk to us about the reasons they have left their own countries as refugees, because their human rights were threatened.

Here are a few videos to have some background information on the situations in their countries:





Introduction to Human rights part 2

  • In groups, do a PMI graph or flow chart  on the UN description of Human rights
  • Too much light makes the baby go blind: The Human Rights version
    • In groups of 2 or 3, you will each be assigned 5 articles of the UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights
    • You will plan short skits/performances for each one – BE CREATIVE
    • We will then present each skits in Too much light makes the baby go blind fashion

Further research

I will be absent all week

Hi guys,

I will be absent all week to attend the senior retreat in Niigata. Here is the work for the week.

  • Grade 9: Work on your social history assessment 
  • Grade 10:  Work on your Paris Editorial, making sure to do part 2 in groups first.  (Due on Monday)
  • You can all ask Ms Wilson if you have any questions about the project. 
  • Have a great week, be nice to your subs, and email me if there are any major issues.
  • Have fun!

InS 10: Intro to Human Rights

Should freedom of expression be limited in some cases?

We will read read the handout Graphic Organizer-Contrasting Views on Human Rights about  Skokie, Illinois, 1977


  • What are the limits to Freedom of Speech?
  • What is considered hate speech?

Part 2:


  • What is satire, and what is its purpose?
  • What is the role of media in the freedom of speech debate?
  • Is Freedom of Speech relative to specific cultures?
  • How has freedom of speech changed in the globalized world?

What is Charlie Hebdo?

Then, in groups of 7 or 8, each person read one of the sources about the  Paris, attacks of 2015 and debate the issues of freedom of speech brought up by a publication like Charlie Hebdo. Make sure that each person has a chance to express the perspective of their source.

Ideas to consider:

  • Is Charlie Hebdo Hate speech?
  • Did their cartoons go too far? Did they incite violence?
  • Should religion be protected against hate speech?
  • Should religious taboos be protected against hate speech?
  • What are the limits of free speech?

Part 3:

Write a short editorial in answer to one of the newspapers in the handout expressing your opinion on whether ‘Freedom of Expression’ should be limited based on what happened in Paris.

  • Post it on your blog and share the link with me here. 
  • 200 words or less
  • You do not need a bibliography but you may mention sources to strengthen your argument
  • Make sure you directly address a specific source
  • You do not need to explain the events, or have an introduction and conclusion. Dive right into it!
  • TSC Criteria D, Critical Thinking
  • Due Monday May 29th. You will have one more period to work on this if need be. 

Editorial: An editorial is one of the writing styles used to express an opinion or reaction to timely news, an event, or an issue of concern. Most editorials are used to influence readers to think or act the same way the writer does. Your argument should be strong and be backed up with accurate details that show that the opposing argument(s) contain weaknesses. You must take a side, do not waffle or be wishy-washy, stick to your argument or opinion, and be clear and forceful.  Most important is organization. An editorial has little room in which to deliver its message. The structure must be well worked out and follow a logical sequence. 


InS 9 Social History Presentation

Columbus and the Native Americans.

What really happened and how do we see the social history of the Native Americans through their eyes?

Discussion: Kennedy, Thomas and Cohen reading

Now that we’ve read about the Indians and Columbus:

  • What would you say about them based on your reading?
  • How is our perception of them shaped by historians?
  • What themes did our readings focus on?
  • If there is a bias, where does it come from and how is it manifested?

Watch the simple animated video history,

Columbus on trial


  • Has your perspective of Columbus changed?
  • Of native Americans?
  • How can you read history and be aware of biases?
  • If you were to write about columbus, what themes would you focus on, knowing that you cannot write everything about everything?
  • What themes did your readings choose?

In groups of 2 or 3, you will now work on your social history assessment

Write your team members and the specific members or group you will research here

InS 9 and 10 exam review

Here are the study guides for next week’s exams:

Grade 9: Monday May 8th, 9:10AM,  Exam on the 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Grade 10: Tuesday May 9th, 9:10AM, Exam on map skills and coastal processes


InS 9: Sports tourism


  • —Why do cities want to host the Olympics or the FIFA World Cup?
  • —What problems have occurred while preparing for Olympic games?
  • —What problems have occurred after having hosted Olympic games?

We have discussed the benefits and drawbacks of tourism, and looked at the history of the Olympic games.

Major sporting events have always had their shares of controversy.

South Korea 1986


Beijing 2008

Brazil 2014 World Cup


—In groups, you will create a short presentation describing a controversy surrounding an upcoming major sporting event.

—Create a 5 (max) minute PowerPoint presentation (10 slides max) describing:

  • The reason your city wanted to host the event
  • The main lines of the controversy
  • The benefits of hosting the event in your city/country
  • The drawbacks of hosting the event in your city/country
  • Answer these questions:
    • Should the event still take place?
    • Would you still patronize the event?
  • —The slides may not contain more than 5 words each. They should be used solely as visual aids and prompts, not essay pages.
  • You may not read from a piece of paper or laptop either. All information must be in your own words.
  • Be ready to answer questions from your peers.

Possible Topics – 2 teams can pick the same event, not the same controversy. Some sources will be available on my Diigo

  • —The Rio Olympics 2016
  • —The PyeongChang Winter Olympics 2018
  • —Russian World Cup 2018
  • —The Tokyo Olympics 2020
  • —Beijing Winter Olympics 2022
  • —The Qatar World Cup 2022
  • Any other with teacher consent

Things to consider:

  • —Tourism Growth
  • —  Income and multiplier effect
  • —  Natural environment
  • —  Infrastructure
  • —  Demand for labor
  • —  National pride
  • —  Foreign policy goals
  • —  Awareness of sports
  • —  Sense of community
  • —  Empowerment of low-income residents

List of case studies


InS 10: Disorder research question on stigma or treatment

Now that you have a good understanding of a disorder, its prevalence and its symptoms, it is time to look at stigma and treatment.

  • What has surprised you in your research or in the posters you have looked at
  • What are some misconceptions that people have about mental disorders?
  • Can mental disorders be treated? How?
  • What are some misconceptions that people have about treating mental disorders?

Researching Psychology. A message from Ms Vance:

“YIS has JSTOR, which you can browse by subject, as well as basic and advanced searches of course. Here’s a link to the Psychology section of JSTOR, which you can search within exclusively.  You’ve got access at school by IP address, but to use it at home, you have to create a personal account while you’re at school first.
EbscoHost – Science Reference Center database also has psychology resources, although they are likely easier to access if you look at the subject terms SRC uses before you start searching. Working with databases, as you know, can be frustrating when encountering them for more or less the first time. I would be DELIGHTED to come into your classes and train kids how to use them. 🙂
Same goes for History, economics and geography. They’ve been exposed to these databases as part of their PP but subject specific training on how to use them on a DP level would be very helpful for them.”

Summative assessment: In your same groups, you will create a short video on your disorder, answering a research question that you will create about either stigma, treatment or both

Your research question question must be:

  • informative to your audience
  • about a stigma or the possible treatment of your disorder, or both
  • focused about a subject that can be answered in the timeframe
  • relevant to your disorder
  • relevant to Japan

Possible ideas explaining:

  • causes
  • stigma (in Japan)
  • multiple treatment options
  • how you can help in Japan
  • where people can go for help

Your video must clearly put the question in context and go on to answer it fully through:

  • Named case studies and academic research
  • Developing an understanding of the various issues facing the disorder
  • Where relevant, information about Japanese organizations helping people with the disorder
  • 2.5 to 3.5 minutes long


Write your research question and hyperlink your video here

InS 9: Kamakura Project

Now that we have all of our data, we will put it all together here:

Then, work on the project.

Here is what you need

Project 1:

  1. Title and Aim
  2. Hypothesis (x2 + Justification)
  3. Background information (200 words max)
  4. Methods and data collection sheet (with justification)
  5. Results in tables, graphs and maps (must be student hand-or-computer made, in color with numbers and titles)
  6. Pictures with annotations, numbers and titles
  7. Analysis (integrated with your graphs and tables and pictures)
  8. Conclusion, where you answer the question (100 words max)
  9. Evaluation (100 words max)

Part 2:

  • Title page
  • 2 hypotheses with justification
  • Student-made maps and graphs
  • Analysis (max 150 words per hypothesis)

Of course, keep a close eye on the TSC and specific project requirements

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