Category: Individuals and Societies 9 (page 1 of 12)

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 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 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

InS 9 : Kamakura Fieldtrip

Next week, we will be going to Kamakura to perform a 2 part fieldwork research on the impacts of tourism as seen by tourists and the local population

Here is the project description and TSC

Here are the groups and their locations – Our class

And here is the plan!

Train Schedule


Work on  intro and maps

Next class:

We will conduct a dry-run in the park across the street

You have every class to complete the project in the required format.

Make sure to include:

Part 1:

  1. Title and Aim
  2. Hypothesis
  3. Background information
  4. Methods and data collection sheet
  5. Results in tables
  6. Results in graphs
  7. Results in maps
  8. Analysis
  9. Conclusion
  10. Evaluation

Part 2:

  • 2 hypotheses
  • Student-made maps and  graphs
  • Analysis

Work for Tuesday and Wednesday March 28 and 29

Hi all,

I will be absent on Tuesday and Wednesday to take the grade 11 Geo students to Shimoda to conduct their Internal Assessment on Coastal Erosion.

Here is the work for these 2 days

Grade 12: Do Exercises 1 (Tue) and 2 (Wed) of Political Outcomes. In the unlikely event of you guys finishing early, please complete the vocabulary list.

Grade 9: Please put your signed permission forms on the whiteboard

  • Tuesday:
    • 9C work on presentations, (if you are done you may present today)
    • 9A present your tourism projects, then begin Kamakura project (below)
  • Wednesday:
    • 9C present your tourism projects, then begin Kamakura project (below)
    • 9A continue Kamakura project (below)

Kamakura Project Part 1: Introduction: (Summative)

When you are done with presentations, get in these groups and begin the introduction to  your Kamakura field trip project. You need to gain an understanding of Kamakura tourism and history.

Each group needs:

  1. In 200 words or less:
    1.  Give some information on attractions, patterns and trends of tourism in Kamakura.
    2. Give some information on the history of Kamakura.
    3. Describe the location of Kamakura. You should include a written description which includes the distance from Tokyo, compass directions and physical features. (mountains, rivers, oceans etc
  2. Two hand-drawn, color maps with titles, number, north arrow, key and scale
    1. A map of Japan showing location of Kamakura (Example)
    2. A map of Kamakura, including our areas of research, main roads, physical features and important touristic features

Due next week

Work for Friday March 10th

Hi guys,

I will be in Iwate today, volunteering wth the Snow club for Chill Japan.

Here is the work:

Grade 12: Do Exercise 2 of Socio-cultural exchanges.  If you finish early you can start working on your holiday homework.

Grade 9A: Complete exercises 1 and 2 of the Tourism Introduction blogpost. You will present your destinations on Tuesday March 28th, the first class when we get back from break.

Have a great break, relax and have fun!!!!

InS 9: Intro to Tourism

We will be looking at trends, benefits and drawbacks in tourism today.

In your groups, answer the following questions;

  • Why do people travel? List at least 5 reasons.
  • What advantages does travel offer for tourists?
  • What advantages does tourism have for the host country or region?
  • What disadvantages does tourism have for the host country or region?

Exercise 1:

Download the UNWTO Tourism Highlights 2015 and answer the following questions:

  1. What were the top three countries in terms in international arrivals in 2014
  2. What were the top three countries in terms of international receipts in 2014?
  3. Explain the difference in patterns depicted by your answers of question 1 and 2.
  4. Describe the recent trends of tourism in Africa.
  5. Describe the changes in international tourist arrivals between 1950 and 2010. (p.14)
  6. In your opinion, why has tourism increased since the 1950s?

Hyperlink your answers here

Let’s discuss our answers as a group and try to understand the patterns we have found. 


Exercise 2 : Presentations

In groups of 3 you will research one specific tourist destination that you have all visited and explain the impacts of tourism on the area.

  1. Include specific examples, statistics, pictures etc. of:
  2. A description of the main physical and human attractions at the location
  3. The benefits of tourism on the location
  4. The negative impacts of tourism on the location
  5. One management strategies put in place by local people or government to limit the negative impacts of tourism

Possible topics:

  1. A National Park
  2. A coastal resort
  3. A ski resort
  4. A famous tourist destination in an LEDC (specific attraction, village, town etc)
  5. A famous tourist destination in an MEDC

You will present next class

Hyperlink your presentations here

Monday February 20th: Mr McKeown will be absent today

Hi guys,

I will be at the ophthalmologist all day to have a look at how my eye is recovering.

Here is the work for today:

  • Grade 9C: Continue working on the Government proposal project.  Make sure to keep track of all of your sources and to be mindful of the TSC. Due next week.
  • Grade 10: 
    • Each of you will create a Google doc tilled: InS 10 C- YOUR NAME – Mapskills Questions
    • Share your document with Mr McKeown
    • Answer the following question from this document.
      • Read p. 124-6
      • Answer p. 127 # 1, 2, 3, 4 and EXTRA using this OS map of Cambridge
      • Read p. 128
      • Answer questions 129 #1, 2, 3, 4, 5 (Use the handout of p129 on my desk to measure distance. I have rulers in the blue trays at the back of my classroom. Make sure to put them all back)
      • Read p. 130
      • Using  a blank piece of paper answer p 131 #1, 2. Put your name on the paper and leave it on my desk.
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