Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Article a Week (Ideas)

Dropouts
http://kellygallagher.org/resources/AoW%2012_06%20Dropout%20Rate.pdf

Bystander Effect
http://kellygallagher.org/resources/AoW%2012%20Witness%20Psychology.pdf

Arresting Parents for Kids Skipping School
http://kellygallagher.org/resources/AoW%209%20Police%20Sweep.pdf

Adopting a Longer School Year:
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/03/education/school-districts-in-5-states-will-lengthen-their-calendars.html?_r=0

Eliminating Senior Year:
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/28/magazine/28FOB-wwln-t.html?adxnnl=1&adxnnlx=1354664563-kOHNuibyAq3oiyKvqBLNNQ

Texting and Grammar
http://articles.latimes.com/print/2012/aug/02/business/la-fi-tn-texting-ruining-kids-grammar-skills-20120801

Resource (Deeper Reading Strategies)
http://www.cojusd.org/cms/lib2/CA01001709/Centricity/Domain/198/AVID%20Critical%20Reading.pdf

Book to Movie Comparison Grid (Speak)

https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&pid=sites&srcid=ZDExOC5vcmd8bW1zZ3JhZGU4fGd4OjNhZTYwMWYzOWNiZjY0MTY

R1.7.7: Compare and contrast a text to an audio, video, or multimedia version of the text, analyzing each medium’s portrayal of the subject.

Speak (Novel Packet)

https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&pid=sites&srcid=ZDExOC5vcmd8bW1zZ3JhZGU4fGd4OjZjZDI4Mzc5NjRjNmE0Yzg

Character Grid and Collage (Speak)

https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&pid=sites&srcid=ZDExOC5vcmd8bW1zZ3JhZGU4fGd4OjRjZDJiZGQ1MDEzOWE4YmU

R1.6.3 Analyze in detail how a key individual, event, or idea is introduced, illustrated, and elaborated in a text (e.g.,through examples or anecdotes).

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

Unit Plan (with standards)
http://dynologopedia.wikispaces.com/file/view/StevenBowmanSummativeUnitFinal.doc

World Studies Exam #3

Fill-in-the-blank (2 points each)

Demography: the study of __________________ data.

Birthrate: the number of births per _____________ people in a country.

The number of people per square mile _________________.

The population pattern in which people choose to live ______________.

The number of deaths of infants in a given year per 1,000 live births in the same year______________

The characteristics of a country include: government, people, ______________  and ______________.

In a capitalist economic system, the three basic economic questions for society are answered by ____________.

In a socialist economic system, __________  and ___________ answer the three basic economic questions.

In a communist economic system, the _______________ answers all three basic economic questions.

There are five countries in the world that have this type of economic system __________________.

The three classification of jobs discussed in class were: primary, ________________  and _____________.

Primary jobs are jobs that _______________________________.  Examples include _________________  and __________________.

Jobs that turn primary goods into products are called _____________________.  Examples include food processing and manufacturing.

Examples of service jobs include ______________,  _______________,  and _________________.

What do you want to do someday? (Firefighter? Teacher? Hair Stylist? Farmer? Factory Worker? Nurse? Welder? Auto Mechanic? Day Care Provider? etc.) ________________.  What category job did you choose? Primary? Secondary? Tertiary?

True or False (2 points each)

True or False? Other names for capitalism include: Free Market and Free Enterprise.

True or False?  Other names for communism include: mixed economy and welfare state.

True or False? A unitary structure of government includes a central government with many state governments.

True or False? Communism is the most common economic structure.

True or False?  A confederation structure of government includes many small state governments which are loosely connected.

True or False? A federal structure of government includes only one central government.

True or False? The United States has a federal structure of government.

True or False? Direct democracy works well with big (population and geographically) countries.

True or False? The United States has a government system in which an individual rules (authoritarian).

Using the Infographic to Answer Questions ( 2 points each)

What is food insecurity?

What was the United States' ranking in food insecurity?

Is this ranking good or bad? Explain.

What factors do you think lead to high food insecurity rates?

Gettysburg Address (Aligned with the Common Core)

http://www.achievethecore.org/downloads/Grades%209-10%20Gettysburg%20Address%20Close%20Reading%20Exemplar.doc

The Words We Live By (Aligned with the Common Core)

Words We Live By, Linda Monk:
http://www.achievethecore.org/downloads/Grade%208%20Words%20We%20Live%20By%20Close%20Reading%20Exemplar.doc

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Helper's High


Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope... and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance. ~Robert F. Kennedy

The time is always right to do what is right. ~Martin Luther King Jr.

More reason to do good:
ABC News story:
http://abcnews.go.com/2020/story?id=2685717&page=1

More on "helpers high"
http://www.smm.org/buzz/buzz_tags/helpers_high

Christian Science Monitor Article:
http://www.csmonitor.com/2007/0725/p13s02-lire.htm

Take the "Compassion Quiz"
http://www.whygoodthingshappen.com/main.php?section=quiz

Why Good Things Happen to Good People
http://www.whygoodthingshappen.com/home.php

Read one of the articles above. Write a brief reflection. In your reflection, discuss one thing you learned from the article. Also, discuss one time you helped someone and how it made you feel. Did you expect anything in return?

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Assassin's Creed III


http://assassinscreed.ubi.com/ac3/en-US/games/assassins-creed-3-liberation/index.aspx


Play "The Constitution Quiz"

http://theconstitutionquiz.org/

United States History Project- Use Thinglink to Design an Interactive Poster

Login to Thinglink.
http://www.thinglink.com/
Create an account.
Search "Constitution" for ideas.
Create your own interactive poster.
Your poster must include information explaining the four parts of the Constitution:
-Preamble
-Articles I-VII
-Bill of Rights
-Amendments 11-27

Example:
http://www.thinglink.com/scene/327082212488904705

Resources:
The Constitution-Infographic:
http://hansengeorge.blogspot.com/2012/11/the-constitution-infographic.html
The Constitution Explained:
http://constitutioncenter.org/constitution
Constitution Videos:
http://billofrightsinstitute.org/resources/student-resources/videos/
Bill of Rights Video:
http://constitutioncenter.org/learn/hall-pass/the-bill-of-rights

Thursday, November 15, 2012

What the World Eats- World Studies Project




Choose five families from five continents to analyze. For each family, provide the following information:

-Name of the family
-Location (City, Country)
-Average life expectancy (males and females)
-Total cost of food for one week
-Number of people in the household
-Cost of food divided by the number of people in household
-General observations (Too much food or too little food? Healthy or unhealthy food?)
-Factors likely contributing to food availability and food choices for each family


Family (Name)
Location (Continent, Country, City)
Life Expectancy
(Males, Females)
Total Cost of Food for 1 week
Number of people in the household
Cost of food divided by the number of people in the household
General Observations
(Too much/
too little food, healthy/
unhealthy food)
Factors contributing to food availability and food choices
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Time Magazine Photogallery (Part I)
http://www.time.com/time/photogallery/0,29307,1626519,00.html
Time Magazine Photogallery (Part II)
http://www.time.com/time/photogallery/0,29307,1645016_1408103,00.html
Time Magazine Photogallery (Part III)
http://www.time.com/time/photogallery/0,29307,1667690_1456194,00.html
NPR:
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5005952
Life Expectancies:
https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/

The Flipped Classroom Infographic

Tips for Improving Memory

Boost Your Brain Power: 7 Tips for Improving Your Memory

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Be Yourself

via Haute Hippie

Study Skills- Infographic

Useful for study skills

Answer the following questions from the infographic above.

1) What are the two basic study patterns students can follow?
2) What method works best?
3) Test anxiety affects __________% of students.
4) Test anxiety can cause students to stay up all night cramming for their exams. Stress affects students' sleep more than:
5) The ave. GPA of students who pull all-nighters:
6) The ave. GPA of students who do not pull all-nighters:
Study Tips:
7) Study __________ minutes a day in the week leading up to the test.
8) Exercise before you ______________.
9) Exercising before studying or taking a test gets _________   ________  to your brain which helps you focus and absorb more information.
10. Sleep after studying. During sleep, the brain _______________ what it has recently learned into memory.
11). Eat a healthy ______________________ which will help you stay alert and focused.

Tips to Stress Less

Get active physically and in service

10 Things You Must Give Up to Move Forward

10 Things You Must Give Up To Move Forward

How to Tell if You Are Plagiarizing- Infographic

How to tell if you're plagiarizing

Monday, November 12, 2012

World Studies- Lab Exercise (using CIA World Factbook)

Compare the United States to five other countries on five different continents. 

List the five countries and continents you researched.

Other than the United States, which country would you choose to live? Why? 

Briefly discuss:
*the people (language, religion, infant mortality rate, life expectancy, literacy rate),
* geography (climate, natural resources, notable features),
*government (what type of government), and 
*economy (GDP/ the gross domestic product (GDP) or value of all final goods and services produced within a nation in a given year,unemployment rate, percent of population below the poverty line, distribution of family income/degree of inequality in the distribution of family income in a country) in your response.

Country
People
Geography
Government
Economy




























Thursday, November 8, 2012

International Comparisons- Freedom of the Press

Freedom House has been at the forefront in monitoring threats to media independence since 1980. A free press plays a key role in sustaining and monitoring a healthy democracy, as well as in contributing to greater accountability, good government, and economic development. Most importantly, restrictions on media are often an early indicator that governments intend to assault other democratic institutions.
According to Freedom House’s Freedom of the Press index, only 14.5 percent of the world's citizens live in countries that enjoy a free press. In the rest of the world, governments as well as non-state actors control the viewpoints that reach citizens and brutally repress independent voices who aim to promote accountability, good governance, and economic development.

http://www.freedomhouse.org/report-types/freedom-press

What is the role of a free press? Give two examples of the role the press plays in a free society?

What percentage of the world's citizens live in countries that enjoy free press?

How many countries were rated?

What are the three ratings?

What is the United States press status?

Why did the United States receive this ranking?

What is the core guarantee of free press in the United States?

What is a shield law?

How many states have shield laws?

What are the benefits and disadvantages of shield laws?
                      
What is Mexico's press status?

Why did Mexico receive this ranking?

What is Russia's press ranking?

Why did Russia receive this ranking?

What is China's press status?

Why did China receive this ranking?



"All the President's Men"



What is the "press"?

Which Amendment protects the press?

Is freedom of the press absolute? Explain.

What are checks and balances?

Do you think the media is a "checks and balances" in our political system? Explain why or why not.

Who are Woodward and Bernstein?

What did you learn about the work of investigative journalists from the film, "All the President's Men"?

What role did the Washington Post play in the downfall of President Richard Nixon?

How did President Nixon try to control the press?

What risks are involved in running a controversial story such as the Watergate scandal? (include a brief discussion of the use of anonymous sources)

What happened to those involved in the cover-up?

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

International Comparisons- Equality and Prosperity


http://www.nytimes.com/imagepages/2011/02/19/opinion/19blowcht.html?ref=opinion
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/19/opinion/19blow.html?_r=2&scp=3&sq=american%20shame&st=cse&#

Part I:
1) Which country experienced greater income inequality? a)Canada, b)Czech Republic, c)Japan, d) United States
2) Of all the countries listed, which experienced the least income inequality?
3) On a scale of 1-10, what level of democracy did the United States achieve?
4) Which country scored the highest in this category?
5) Which country scored the lowest in this category?
6) What is food insecurity?
7) Which three countries reported the highest rates of food insecurity?
8) How did the United States compare to the other countries listed with regard to life expectancy?
9) Overall, how did the United States compare to the other "advanced economies" in the world?

Part II:
http://www.ifitweremyhome.com/compare/listing
Compare the following countries to the United States:

Canada:
10)If you lived in Canada, you would spend ______________ less on health care than in the U.S.
11)You would have___________ less chance of dying in infancy than in the U.S.
12)You would live ___________ longer than in the U.S.
13)Have _______ free time than in the U.S.

China:
14)If you lived in China, you would spend ______________ less on health care than in the U.S.
15)You would have___________ greater chance of dying in infancy than in the U.S.
16)You would live ___________ less than in the U.S.

Cuba:
17)If you lived in Cuba, you would spend ______________ less on health care than in the U.S.
18)You would have___________ less chance of dying in infancy than in the U.S.
19)You would live ___________ less than in the U.S.
20)Have _______ free time than in the U.S.

Sweden:
21)If you lived in Sweden, you would spend ______________ less on health care than in the U.S.
22)You would have___________ less chance of dying in infancy than in the U.S.
23)You would live ___________ longer than in the U.S.

Japan:
24)Have ___________ less chance of dying in infancy than in the U.S.
25)Spend ____________ less on health care than in the U.S.
26)Live ____________ years longer than in the U.S.
27)Have _________ free time than in the U.S.

Somalia:
28)Have a ________________ higher chance of dying in infancy than in the U.S.
29)Make ____________ less money than in the U.S.
30)Live ________ less than in the United States.


Part III:
31) "Free Market Economy" is another name for what type of economy?
32) What percentage of Americans think they are better off in a free market economy?
33) After studying the first chart, would you say Americans have a realistic view of their well-being with regard to the other advanced economies in the world?
34) After studying the first chart and examining how the U.S. compares with countries following other economic systems (communism and socialism), how would you rate our well-being?



Part IV:


The phrase “service economy” — commonly used to describe the U.S. economic profile these days — refers to a decrease in manufacturing (where we make things for people) and an increase in the service sector (where we do stuff for people).
Planet Money put together stacked bar graphs to illustrate the increasing importance of service in our economy (1972 on the left, 2012 on the right).  Manufacturing (making things) is in yellow, so you can clearly see its decline in prominence.  Service sectors include “professional and business services,” “leisure and hospitality,” and “education and health services.”

2012:
What We Do

35) List two examples of "primary" jobs from the graph.
36) List two examples of "secondary" jobs from the graph.
37) List two examples of "tertiary" jobs from the graph.
38) According to the graph, are most American jobs primary, secondary, or tertiary?


1972 (You don't have to answer any questions about this graph)
What We Used To Do

Finished? Look and see how Wisconsin compares to other states:
http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2011/03/06/weekinreview/20110306-happiness.html?ref=multimedia


Levels of Economy- Tertiary


The phrase “service economy” — commonly used to describe the U.S. economic profile these days — refers to a decrease in manufacturing (where we make things for people) and an increase in the service sector (where we do stuff for people).
Planet Money put together stacked bar graphs to illustrate the increasing importance of service in our economy (1972 on the left, 2012 on the right).  Manufacturing (making things) is in yellow, so you can clearly see its decline in prominence.  Service sectors include “professional and business services,” “leisure and hospitality,” and “education and health services.”

Belief in God- International Comparisons




Here’s all 28 in rank order (borrowed from LiveScience).  Notice how wide the divergence is.  In Japan, the least religious country according to this measure, only 4% say they have no doubt God exists.  In The Philippines, 84% have no doubt.
% Have No Doubt God Exists:
  • Japan: 4.3 percent
  • East Germany: 7.8 percent
  • Sweden: 10.2
  • Czech Republic: 11.1
  • Denmark: 13.0
  • Norway: 14.8
  • France: 15.5
  • Great Britain: 16.8
  • The Netherlands: 21.2
  • Austria: 21.4
  • Latvia: 21.7
  • Hungary: 23.5
  • Slovenia: 23.6
  • Australia: 24.9
  • Switzerland: 25.0
  • New Zealand: 26.4
  • West Germany: 26.7
  • Russia: 30.5
  • Spain: 38.4
  • Slovakia: 39.2
  • Italy: 41.0
  • Ireland: 43.2
  • Northern Ireland: 45.6
  • Portugal: 50.9
  • Cyprus: 59.0
  • United States: 60.6
  • Poland: 62.0
  • Israel: 65.5
  • Chile: 79.4
  • The Philippines: 83.6