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.
You will 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)
In your groups brainstorm and research how religion affects our world today.
What are the positive impacts?
What are the negative impacts?
How has religion affected
your daily life
First Summative Assessment: World Religion Presentation
Objective: You will be able to explain the characteristics of a major world religion and analyze the effect the religion has on the world
Grouping: Groups of 3 (to be assigned by the teacher)
Assignment: Research, create and present a 3 to 5 minute slideshow (Keynote, Prezi, Google Presentation) that explains the origin, growth, main features, and effect on the world today of one of the following religions:
anything else, if approved by your teacher
Content to include the following (not necessarily in this order)
Founder(s) / Origin
Places of Worship
Number of Followers Today
Rules and Customs
Holidays and Festivals
positive effect on the world today (This one is important…don’t forget it!!)
Anything else you may find relevant to introduce the topic
Some tips to get top marks
Use images more than words (Presentation Zen)
Use Creative Commons images or visually appealing images (not clip art or bullets!)
One slide per characteristic is effective
Make sure you cite your images using MLA format (your can have a final citation slide if you like)
It’s clear you practiced your speech and your speech is written
You are not over-reliant on your speech, but use your notecards as prompts
For our first unit, we’ll be looking at the role World Religions have played in development of culture and human history.
The statement of inquiry will be :
Religions are belief systems that shape our cultures and perspectives
What are the major belief systems?
hat do you know about the?
How do they affect the world? ,
What are the similarities and differences between major world religions?
What do you find interesting about this unit?
What worries you about this unit?
What will you need to know in order to answer the unit question?
What is your stance/opinion on the statement of inquiry?
What question do you have about the statement of inquiry
Warm up: Make a list of ten things that you believe in a blogpost. Make a list, starting with the sentence: “I believe…” Once completed share one or more of your beliefs with your group, and explain why you believe this.
Hyperlink your answers here and have a discussion with a partner about your beliefs. Are there similarities? Differences? How do you explain the differences?
What is religion? Watch the following BrainPop video and write a definition for religion (in your own words) in your table groups.
Religion as a system. Revise the key concept of systems by reading this. Then, create a diagram (hand drawn or digital) showing how religion can be connected with various parts of human society. You might like to consider the following aspects. How are these things related?
Social aspects (how we act and relate to one another)
Cultural aspects (cultural practices such as dance, food, music, art)
Political aspects (how we govern ourselves and choose our leaders)
I will be in Kamakura today, conducting fieldwork with the grade 10 InS class. Here is your work:
10 minutes to prepare your presentations
Once the presentations are done sit around the table at the centre of the room.
You will now have a 15 minute (or longer if the conversation is good) socratic seminar ( open discussion where each comment must be supported by a fact you have researched) answering the following IB-style questions:
“The causes of global climatic change are essentially human.” Discuss this statement.
“Global climate change will increase disparities in development.” Discuss this statement, referring to examples.
We have been discussing the role of cities today, as well as their many benefits and drawbacks. We read about Osaka and how they are trying to address some of the problems they are facing while trying to make the lives of their citizens better. 8B8C
Today we will be looking at initiatives (technological, political, infrastructure, education etc) worldwide being done to either improve urban life or address an urban problem.
What are the main problems of cities? MEDC and LEDC?
What are the main problems in Yokohama and/or Tokyo?
Do you know of any initiatives being done in Yokohama or Tokyo?
Research one initiative being done addressing one of the following problems.
You will present the project as well as evaluate its effectiveness in addressing the problem.
Traffic in LEDC
Traffic in MEDC
Pollution in MEDC
Pollution in LEDC
Inequality (gender, ethnic, etc)
Any other issue (with teacher consent)
Part 2: Find a Solution
In groups, you will design a solution to an urban problem facing a specific city.
Your design can be technological, legal, infrastructure, education, anything that you can think of. Money is not an issue.
You will need to:
Define the problem in the context of your city.
Create a design plan to your invention following each step of the MYP design cycle
Include: Explain and justify the need
Analysis of existing product
Product design and sketch
Once this is complete and accepted by Mr McKeown, you will create a visual representation of your design, in any way you see fit (minecraft, 3D imaging, cardboard model, drawing, blueprint etc)
You will finally present your project to the class on:
We have been discussing methods of collecting information for historical purposes. We have also discussed different perspectives in history, exploring the Guiding Question: Does everyone see “history” in the same way?