As part of our examination of Asia, we looked at North Korea this afternoon. We watched the following videos and read the article posted below. Students then wrote a response answering the following questions.
What is the issue?
Why does North Korea want nuclear weapons?
What is the history behind this issue? How has history affected the issue today?
Are countries such as US justified in trying to stop North Korea developing nuclear weapons?
How do you think the international community should react to North Korea’s nuclear program?
CNN video found here: http://www.cnn.com/2017/04/15/asia/north-korea-missiles-parade/index.html
Today we read a book chapter about Kazakstan's economy and particularly the role of oil extraction in it. I cannot post the article because of copyright rules, but here are the questions we answered.
We have been looking how societies are shaped by the surrounding environment. We did this while also working on our note-taking skills. We read articles on water in Asia as well as the Himalayas.
Today we examined the history of Imperialism in India. We had a lecture and went through a PowerPoint. I cannot post the PowerPoint because of copyright rules. Here are the question we answered though.
We read a book chapter on Jerusalem. It talked about the old city and how three different religions have sacred sites in the city: Judaism, Islam, and Christianity. Students made a four-corners graphic organizer with their own notes.
Today we looked at the mercury poisoning in Grassy Narrows from a human rights perspective. We watched the following two videos. We had a lengthy discussion about them and then the students wrote a response.
Today we watched a news report from this week on child labour in mica mines in India. Mica is used in make-up and car paint. It is the component that makes them sparkle. We discussed the news report in the contact of human rights. The students then wrote a response to the news piece.
Here is a link to the news story.
Today, students read an article on Ishmael Beah, a former child soldier. They answered comprehension questions, wrote a journal response, and discussed what human rights violations were involved in his story.
Here is a video interview with Ishmael.
In social studies, we are currently working on our human rights hero biographies. The description of these can be found on the ELA page.