Monday, September 30, 2013

Conflict Minerals/Conflict Diamonds Hallway Display Project

Create a poster informing your audience about the conflict mineral/diamond issue and what can be done about this problem.

Your poster must include:

A Title

Information about the issue (Facts, statistics, graphs, charts, maps, etc. taken from the videos and packet we read in class.
1. Map

Solutions (Taken from the videos and packet read in class.)

A minimum of two images (found on the internet) You may use maps, charts, graphs, pictures, etc.


Sunday, September 29, 2013

Thought Bubble Worksheet

English 509 & 510:
Choose a character from the book we are reading in class. Complete the thought bubble sheet. Try to include at least one thought from your character from each chapter we've read in class. 

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Banned Books 2013

Thinking about your favorite book or a book you’ve recently read, what are some things about the novel or in the writing that could be cause for banning that book from schools and public libraries? How would you defend the book in the public eye?

This year's list:


Friday, September 20, 2013

Boston Tea Party Mission

Chapter 4: Tyranny is Tyranny

Chapter 4 “Tyranny is Tyranny” Scavenger Hunt
By 1760 there had been ____   (1 point) uprisings aimed at overthrowing the ________________ (1 point) of one or more colonies. There were also ______ black rebellions from South Carolina to New York.

Who were the local “elites”? Give three examples (3 points)

____________ (1 point) made some colonists restless, even rebellious. In the countryside, where most people lived, poor and rich came into conflict.

From the 1740s to the 1760s, tenants rioted and rebelled against _______________(1 point)  in New York and New Jersey.

The ______________ (1 point) of 1765 taxed the colonists to pay for the Seven Years’ War. Crowds destroyed the homes of rich merchants and of __________________(1 point). They smashed his house with axes and drank his wine and carried off his furniture and other belongings.

A group of Boston merchants, worried that the anger would be turned on them, formed a political group called the _________________ (1 point). They belonged to the upper and middle classes but they encouraged lower-class people such as shipworkers, apprentices, and craftsmen to join their protest.

As time went on, feelings against the British grew stronger.  On March ____________(1 point), conflict between local workers and British soldiers broke into tumult called the ______________ (1 point).

Soldiers fired their guns at a crowd of demonstrators. They killed a mixed-race worker named ________________ (1 point) and others.

Colonial anger did not go away. One action against the British was to protest a tax on tea. This event was known as the _________________ (1 point)of 1773.  A group of colonists seized cargo from a British ship and dumped it into __________ (1 point) harbor.

Britain’s response was a set of new, stricter laws. They closed the ___________ (1 point) in Boston, broke up colonial government, and sent in ______________ (1 point) . Colonists held mass meetings of protest.

In 1776, ____________________ (1 point) published a pamphlet, or short book called __________________________ (1 point). It boldly made the claim that the colonists should be free of British control. It was the most popular pamphlet in colonial America.

The first military clash between the colonists and British troops came at _______________( 1 point) and Concord in April 1775.

Congress adopted Thomas Jefferson’s _________________________ (1 point) on July 2, 1776. The opening words represented the feeling of the time:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are _____________( 1 point), that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are ___________( 1 point), Liberty, and _________________________( 1 point).

Jefferson also listed unjust acts of the king. It described his rule as oppressive. Define oppressive (2 points):

The Human Footprint (Human-Environment Interaction)


Online Activity

How many glasses of milk do you drink each week?
Over the course of your life, approximately how many glasses of milk will you drink?
What is the U.S. average for one lifetime?

How many cans of soda do you drink each week?
Over the course of your life, how many cans of soda will you drink?
What is the U.S. average for one lifetime?

How many showers do you take each week?
What is the average for your lifetime?
How many gallons on average are used in the average American shower?

In class, complete this activity:
Human Footprint Calculator

The Human Footprint
Human-Environment Interaction

In your own words, tell me what the “Human Footprint” means.

True or false? Only 17 % of the earth’s surface is unaffected by us.

The average American child will use approximately _______________ diapers over a 2 ½ year time-span.

The primary ingredients in diapers are crude oil, ___________ and _________________.

True or false? It will take at least 500 years for a disposable diaper to biodegrade.

The average American will consume _________________ pints of milk over a lifetime.

The average American will consume ___________ tons of beef over a lifetime.

The average American will consume __________ tons of pork over a lifetime.

The average American will consume ______________ eggs in a lifetime.

The average American will consume ______________ loaves of bread in a lifetime.

True or false? The average American consumes 25 pounds of candy a year.

The average American will eat ____________ bananas and ______________ oranges in a lifetime.

True or false? The average American will consume over 40,000 cans of soda in a lifetime.

How many showers does the average American take in a lifetime? _______

How many tubes of toothpaste will the average American use in a lifetime?

How many bottles of shampoo will the average American use in a lifetime?

Circle the correct answer.  Over a lifetime, the average American will discard 10 tons, 30 tons, more than 60 tons of garbage.

Do you think different cultures use and consume resources at different rates? Explain.

What are some of the consequences of using and consuming so much stuff?


Road to Revolution- Online Simulation Game

Friday, September 13, 2013

Wisconsin State Quarter Assignment

Geography Theme: Place
Design a Wisconsin State Quarter
Include two cultural and two physical features. (20 points)
Include the words "Wisconsin" and "Forward" and the year "1848" in your design. (10 points)
Designs must be in color. (10 points)
No stick figures.

On the back of your paper, write one paragraph explaining why you believe the physical and cultural features you included in your design best represent the state of Wisconsin. (10 points)

Wisconsin State Quarter:

50 State Quarter Program:

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

World Studies: Map Skills (Symbols)

Five Themes: Movement

Ideas, fads, goods, resources, and communication all travel distances. This theme studies movement and migration across the planet.

98% of the clothing sold in the United States in 2011 was imported. The amount of imported food has doubled since 2000 despite Americans attempt to purchase more food locally.

Why does this matter?

Have you ever thought about the people behind the labels or the farmers  who grew your food? What is your connection to the people behind the products?

Part I: Assignment: Answer the Questions Below

1. Choose ten items to place in your shopping cart. Keep track of the items you selected. (After you place each item in your shopping cart, read the information in the box on the left of the screen.)

2. After you check out, what percentage of your purchases were imported from other countries?

3. What are some of the consequences of purchasing food that has traveled great distances to reach the consumer (food miles)? 


Where do your clothes come from?

Part II: Select your wardrobe/Fill your closet

1. Where did most of your clothing come from? (view the map)

Now, decide how you will make your jeans.
Select "Jeans."

2 .How many pairs of jeans are made globally every year?

3. If you were a farmer, how would you grow your cotton? Explain the pros and cons of your choice.

4. Approximately how many gallons of water does it take to make one pair of jeans?

5. How will you use water and dye in making your jeans? Explain your choice.

6. Where will you sell your jeans? Explain the pros and cons of your choice.

Learn more:


Monday, September 9, 2013

Mental Health Unit Handout

Health (Mental Health Unit)

The average American is exposed to over __________ ads every single day and will spend __________  __________ of his or her life watching television commercials.

Ads sell more than products. They sell_______________, images, and concepts of love, sexuality, success, and_______________. They tell us who we are and who we should be.

Advertising tells women that what’s most important is _________________, and ads surround us with the image of ideal female beauty. However, this flawlessness cannot be achieved. It’s a look that’s been created through airbrushing, cosmetics, and computer retouching.

Models keep getting thinner and thinner. If they are not thin enough, Photoshop is used to make them appear thinner.

The body type that we see in advertisements as acceptable or desirable is one that fewer than __________ of American women have.

Some ads today seem to encourage unhealthy attitudes – even eating disorders. (Discuss tumblr and pinterest “thinspo” “pro-ana” boards/posts)

Watch videos (After each video, brainstorm a list of ten words that best describe the overall message of each video.)

1. (Reality)

2. (Evolution of Beauty)

3. (Extreme Makeover)

4.  (Adobe)

5. (Killing Us Softly)

In all kinds of advertising, women’s bodies are turned into “things” and “objects.” Kilbourne believes this objectification creates a climate in which there is widespread violence against women.

In 2007, the American Psychological Association released a report concluding that girls exposed to sexualized images from a young age are more prone to depression, eating disorders, and low

Violent images make some people more aggressive, they _______________ just about everybody, and they make most people more likely to blame the victim.

The most dangerous image is one that eroticizes violence. Many ads feature women in bondage, battered, or even murdered.

Battering is the single greatest cause of injury to women in America.

_______________of all the women who are murdered in our country are killed by their male partners.

Objectification (define):


Saturday, September 7, 2013

Pinterest Assignment

Create a board for each of the main characters in Perks of Being a Wallflower. Do not label your boards. The goal is to choose ten pins you think best illustrate each character. Your grade will be based on the quality of pins you chose for each character. If your classmates are unable to match your board with a character, you will lose two points. Each board in worth 10 points (1 point per pin.)

You may not use photographs or names of the characters in the boards.