You will now write about this unit in your Online Reflection Journals.
There is no prescribed theme, as long as it is about the development unit, so reflect on any part of your learning that you deem relevant: You can write about a part of your learningthat you feel was interesting and have something relevant to say, or that you can comment about the way you learned in this unit.
Here are a few prompts , ifyou need them:
How did you work on your communication skills in this unit? be specific in terms of goals and objectives
How has your perspective of world issues (or world problems) changed through this unit?
What questions were not answered in this unit that you would like to know more about? How could you learn more about the topics you care about?
How are the SDGs a good/not so good way of tackling world issues. Give examples.
Discuss the real-world relevance of a specific topic you learned about in this class. How can you use your knowledge to make a difference?
What was the most difficult part of this unit, and how did you overcome the difficulty?
Discuss the debate experience. What did you like? Where did you struggle? What would you do differently if you could?
In 2015, the UN launched the Sustainable Development Goals: find out what they are and why they were devised here.
You will each make a bid to the class to persuade them of the importance of your allocated goal. You should explain why you believe your goal is the most important of the new sustainable development goal and therefore deserves the most funding. You have 2 minutes to explain what your goal means, and why it is so important.
But first, let’s talk about Communication ATLs.
What do you dislike about presenting in front of people?
What factors make a poor presentation?
What makes a good presentation?
What tips do you have to help people with public speaking?
Each one of you will have one specific goal to focus on as they present in front of the class.
-Picking countries with varying levels of development will be easier to compare and contrast, but you are free to pick any 2 countries.
-Look up the following indicators for both countries:
Infant Mortality Rate
GDP per capita
Human Development Index (HDI)
Write a blog post explaining the main differences you have noticed when looking at the indicators above. Can you explain why your two countries have such differences? Are the indicators interrelated? Explain your answer.
If you are done, find a partner and carefully read each-other’s blogposts. Then, comment on their blogs. Give an overall assessment of the reflection by agreeing, disagreeing and asking questions to further the discussion.
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)