Category: Individuals and Societies 8 (page 2 of 14)

InS 8: Development Project

Statement of Inquiry:

In understanding why inequality exists between and within nations we must understand its history, geography and how power and resources come to be shared

Concepts: Causality, Equity, Resources


You will act as a representative for a country in the United Nations.

  • You will investigate the HISTORY and GEOGRAPHY of one of the following countries
    • HIC: USA, UK, Japan, Germany, Singapore, South Korea
    • LIC: Mauritania, Honduras, Democratic Republic of Congo, Cambodia, Bangladesh, Bolivia, 
    • MIC: Latvia, Nigeria, China, Argentina, Kazakhstan, Qatar, Venezuela, Cuba , Morocco
  • You will communicate knowledge and understanding of how the history,  geography and/or resources have affected the development of the country

Part 1: Factsheet

Create a factsheet  that shows your knowledge and understanding of the history, geography and development of your country

It can be on one side of an A4 (G.doc) page or 6 slides of a slideshow.

Include, define and explain information such as:

  • Images that represent your country’s development and resources
  • Development indicators and statistics
  • Maps, graphs and diagrams
  • Major historical events that affects your country’s development

You must also include:

  • The top three factors that affected the development of your country, with a short explanation for each one
  • One paragraph synthesizing the information on your factsheet explaining how history and/or geography has affected your country’s development, listing the top three factors
  • A varied perspective. (The good and the bad!)
  • MLA citations

Part 2: Speech

On Friday November 30th, you will present a short, 90 second speech answering the following question, using statistics, historical events and/or geography to support your argument. 

“Explain the main cause(s) and consequence of one important developmental issue your country faces today”

  • The issue can be one or a combination of social, economic, political, environmental, demographic

Hyperlink your work here

Part 1 and 2 TSC

Due date: November 30th

Useful sources:

For Citations:

InS 8: Sustainable Development Goals

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.

Hyperlink your goal here

Exercise 2

Now that we have an understanding of the SDGs

  • Are some more important in certain countries?
  • Are they realistic goals?
  • What issues might arise when trying to reach these goals?
  • How are they interconnected?


In groups of 3, you will create a flow chart using the hexagon handout, explaining the interconnectedness of the SDGs. 

  • You will use the extra hexagons to explain, in one sentence,  the link between each hexagon,
  • Use extra paper to do make more hexagons.
  • You may create clusters if you cannot find links
  • Include an explanation of any issues or “dead-end” you encounter, if you cannot make a link or if you find a flaw in the SDG.

Exercise 3

In your same groups, find a real world example of the following and explain it to the class:

  1. An SDG Initiative in a LIC that is currently successful
  2. An SDG Initiative in a LIC that is currently unsuccessful
  3. An HIC’s plan to tackle SDGs inside its country – explain and evaluate the plan
  4. An HIC’s plan to tackle SDGs outside its country – explain and evaluate the plan
  5. An example of a correlation you have discussed in exercise 2
  6. An example of a correlation you have discussed in exercise 2
  7. An example of a correlation you have discussed in exercise 2

Create one slide here to present your answer

InS8: Introduction to Development

In understanding why inequality exists between and within nations we must understand its history, geography and how power and resources come to be shared.

  • What do you understand about this statement of inquiry?
  • What do you already know about it?
  • What questions do you have about it?

Discussion Questions:

  • What is development?
  • Why is the world unequal?
  • Why are there poor countries and rich countries?
  • Is wealth the only way to measure development?
  • What is quality of life? How do you measure it?

Exercise 1:

Look at the Longman Student Atlas, p. 14 to 23

    • In groups of 4, look at the different choropleth maps and discuss the reason for the differences between countries
    • Find some trends of countries that seem to be “better off” or “worse off”?
    • Find exceptions to your trends?
    • Discuss how these maps can be misleading and/or biased?

What is HDI

Exercise 2:

Have a look at

In groups, come up with your own human development index. Pick between 2 and 4 indicators you believe will show how developed a country is, in comparaison to another.

You will then tabulate the data and create your own choropleth map, including:

  • A title
  • A key
  • At least 10 countries colored in
  • A brief explanation of the trend found in your map

Task 2:

-Choose 2 countries on Gapminder to research.

-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:

  • Population growth
  • Infant Mortality Rate
  • GDP per capita
  • Human Development Index (HDI)
  • Fertility rate
  • Life expectancy
  • Literacy Rate


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.

Hyperlink your post on this doc: 8B

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.

InS 8: Shinto Temple Visit

Tomorrow, we will go to  Iseyama Koutai Shinto Shrine in Sakuragicho. See also. 

Make sure to wear long pants and shoes, no shorts, skirts or sandals

Meet on the playground at 1:15PM

You are required to complete the handout before and during the field trip

About Shinto

InS 8: World Religion 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.

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)
  • 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

Hyperlink your research question, research log and final product here

(Past examples)


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InS 8: World Religion Presentation


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
    •  politics
    • culture
    • art
    • education
    • food
    • etc

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:

  • Buddhism
  • Hinduism
  • Baha’i
  • Taoism
  • Shintoism
  • Sikhism
  • Jainism
  • anything else, if approved by your teacher

Content to include the following (not necessarily in this order)

    • Founder(s) / Origin
    • Holy Writings
    • Places of Worship
    • Main Beliefs
    • 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

  • Visual
    • 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)
  • Oral
    • 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
    • Your voice is clear and easy to understand
    • Your tone is respectful

Timeline: ~1 week and a half

Assessment Criteria  – A and C successful project will show that students can… 

Criterion A – Knowledge and Understanding

Level 7/8

  • You include clear details about all aspects to be researched
  • All of your details use a range of terminology accurately referring to religion
  • You demonstrates detailed  knowledge and understanding of how your religion positively changed the world through developed and accurate  descriptions, explanations and examples (text,visual, etc.)

Criterion C – Communicating

Level 7/8

    • You communicate information and ideas in a way that is completely appropriate to the audience and the purpose, without relying on reading
    • You structure information and ideas completely according to the task instruction
    • Each member equally contributes to the planning and delivery of the presentation
    • You cite all of your Creative Commons images using MLA format 


For Research:

Student Resource Center

Britannica School

The Library- Book Shelf

Bitesize Religion

For Citations:

MLA Citation Generator

Due Friday September 14th

Hyperlink your presentations here



InS 8: Religion – Creation Myths

What are creation myths?

What creation myths do you know?

What is the purpose of a creation myth?

Step 1: You and a partner/small group will look at one of the Creation Stories. As you read, complete a See Think Wonder routine on a large piece of paper. As you read, consider: 

  • What do you see?

  • What do you think about that?

  • What does it make you wonder?

Possible topics:

  • Australian Aborigines
  • North American Aborigines
  • Hokkaido Aborigines
  • Chinese Creation
  • Christian Creation
  • Hindu Creation
  • Humanist Creation
  • Jewish Creation
  • Muslim Creation
  • Yanomamo Sanem
  • Baha’i Creation
  • Another creation of your choice. Must be approved by Mr. McKeown
  • Possible source

You will share your finding with your peers. Outlining similarities and differences of your myths 

Step 2: Draw a 6 panel comic strip depicting the big lines of a religious story of your choice, approved by Mr. McKeown

  • Your comic strip must include drawings, but writing is optional
  • You must tell the whole story, beginning, middle and end, though some details can/should be omitted
  • You will have a double period to finish your comic strip

Step 3: Put yourself in a group of 4 people. Make sure no one has the same religion. Share your strip (you may have to have a digital copy if you don’t have the original).

Step 4: Complete the Claim, Support, Question table, thinking about the similarities and differences between the religions. Be prepared to share with the whole class.

InS8: Religion Intro

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

Inquiry Questions:

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?

  1. Social aspects (how we act and relate to one another)
  2. Cultural aspects (cultural practices such as dance, food, music, art)
  3. Political aspects (how we govern ourselves and choose our leaders)
  4. Economic aspects (money and resources)
  5. Legal aspects (laws)

Take a picture and hyperlink your diagram here


Work for Tuesday, September 13th

Hi guys,

I will be in Kamakura today, conducting fieldwork with the grade 10 InS class. Here is your work:

Gr 12:

  • 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.
  • When you are done read Codrington p. 100 to 120
      • There are extra textbooks in the cupboards

Gr 9A InS

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