Ms Wilson's classes.

Geography, TOK, I&S, EE

Ms Wilson's classes.

Tokyo Olympics

April 24, 2015 · No Comments · Grade 9 Individuals and Societies

We discussed the advantages and disadvantages of large scale tourism and then introduced the idea of large projects like the Olympics and the effect they have on the host city and nation. We looked at why countries bid for the opportunity to host the Olympics and some of the advantages and disadvantages. What does the International Olympic Committee say about requirements for hosting? There will be lots of advantages to Tokyo and Japan in hosting the Olympics as well as disadvantages. Your exam will be on the cost/benefits of the Tokyo Olympics so you need to research. You may want to look at past Olympics to see how it affected other places, for example-  how successful was the London Olympics and why? Sochi in Russia – the 2014 winter Olympics and maybe older ones. Find articles relating to the Tokyo hosting the 2020 Olympics – I suggest you find 3 articles outlining positives and 3 articles outlining negatives – take notes on each on a google doc and also keep the source list for your bibliography. Have these ready for class Monday. This research will be the basis of information for the essay that you will write for your internal exam on Thursday, May 7th. You will also be given sources on the day to help you.



April 15, 2015 · No Comments · Grade 10 Individuals and Societies

Today we will formulate a research question using the Edo Project proposal form.  You need to do some preliminary research on your question and points of your argument before meeting with me for approval.- by Thursday’s lesson  Once your topic and points have been approved it is time to start researching legitimate sources.


The Bystander effect

April 15, 2015 · No Comments · Grade 9 Individuals and Societies

Time for everyone to catch up on the Bystander reading.  Share your synopses of the Kitty Genovese murder after watching the following video on the incident.  Read the handout on Observation and start to think of the observational study you would like to conduct for Monday’s class.  Watch and observe the action in the clip in class on one situation, and record what you think is most important to remember about what you have observed.  Compare your notes with your classmates at your table, similar or different?  Are there any ethical considerations in the data that you have collected?  How could you make sense of the data?  Bring your findings to class tomorrow and be sure that you read and annotate the handout on Observations.


Bystander effect

April 13, 2015 · No Comments · Grade 9 Individuals and Societies

Moral dilemmas….when would we do something?? Brainstorm factors on why people help someone that they perceive to be in need.  Bystanderism:  why do some people not help someone in need?  Introduction to thebystander effect or bystander intervention, ask yourself what you would do in each of the seven situations and why.  Bystanderism intervention reading looking at the factors that influence whether or not someone helps when a person is in need.  Be able to explain and identify at least 3 of the following factors and explain how each affects bystanderism: diffusion of responsibility, social influence, audience inhibition, arousal, cost-reward, similarity, mood, competence and experience. Which factor(s) do you think plays the greatest role?  Watch the video on the death of Kitty Genovese which led to research by Latane and Darley, and write a quick synopsis of what happened.


Psych – advertising

March 16, 2015 · No Comments · Grade 9 Individuals and Societies

InS 9: Psychology advertising script

We have been discussing the ways advertisements influence our behaviors and perceptions toward their product. You will now create your own annotated script for a 30 second commercial using two or more of the techniques we have studied in class.


Your script must include:

  • The full script of the commercial, including text and visual instructions
  • Identify your target audience and demographic
  • Annotations clearly explaining the technique (tricks) used
  • A detailed explanation of the reasons for using each technique
  • Be creative!


Due Monday April 6th.


You will then shoot the commercial.

TSC Criteria


Human rights

March 15, 2015 · No Comments · Grade 10 Individuals and Societies

Check you have completed your assignment from Friday and put the link to your work on this doc.

You are to choose  what you consider to be the 10 most important Human Rights. List them in order of merit 1 = most important to 10 = less important.  For each justify, in a short paragraph, why you rank them from 1 to 10.

Could you come up with another Human Right, which you think may be important in today’s world. You may have 2 or 3 you can add. Whatever you decide, state why it is important to you and other people around the world.


Lesson 4 Psych

March 13, 2015 · No Comments · Grade 9 Individuals and Societies

Lesson 4: Compare and contrast commercials that you felt used classical conditioning to sell the product. Watch the Video clip on psychological advertizing techniques with the handout on the six principles of advertizing, putting the definition of each into your own words, and citing one example of each.  What are some of the new techniques being used? Which are most effective and why?  HW: think about what product you would like to sell in a 30 second to 1 minute commercial using one or more psychological techniques in your pitch for Monday’s class.


El Nino and La Nina

March 12, 2015 · No Comments · Geography 11

Watch these videos and then produce annotated diagrams of El Nino climatic conditions East and West Pacific, as well as regular conditions and La Nina.

Great  kids el nino explanation.


El Nino video


good E Nino explanation



El Nino and La Nina cheat sheet

Examine the economic effects of El Nino and/or La Nina events. ( 10 marks )

Explain the function of the Oceanic conveyor belt. ( 6 marks )


Human rights intro

March 12, 2015 · No Comments · Grade 10 Individuals and Societies

What are human rights? Are they easy to define?  What are the basic freedoms and entitlements of every human being?  How should we protect these freedoms and entitlements?

Human Rights activity.  Have you ever experienced limits on your freedom of expression (this could be in what you say, write or wear)?  How did the this make you feel? Do you believe that the restrictions made sense and were fair?  Share your story with someone in the class.

Now choose one of the thirty articles on UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights and be able to explain it to the class.

State one example of how that article is not being followed and why? and an example of where it is and why? this is to be finished for homework.

i.e. Article 4: No one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms.  In your words “No slavery of any kind”.  And then some examples of where slavery exists and why it has not been stopped?


Oceans intro

March 9, 2015 · No Comments · General

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see doc Intro