This class page will post daily assignments, notes, and other necessary information for you to be successful. Please be sure to check it daily so you can stay on top of everything social studies in our class. If you need more assistance, please shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org so I can clarify any questions.
Thanks- Mr. Korinek
HOMEROOM: BRING IN CANNED GOODS (OR MONEY) BETWEEN NOW AND MARCH 20TH. NO GLASS, RAMEN, OR TOMATO PASTE
link to Africa map game: http://www.ilike2learn.com/ilike2learn/africa.html
Broke down into regions: http://www.ilike2learn.com/ilike2learn/NorthernAfrica.html
3/7/14- We concluded our unit on terrorism and the Middle East by discussing the future of American warfare: Drones. We discussed the purposes of drones and how they have mixed consequences that should be debated to understand the difficulties with the War on Terror. If you were absent, please see the attached presentation here. Your homework is to get a jump on Africa geography. You can find the link to the map game above.
2/28/14- We went over the homework and discussed why terrorism exists. No homework.
2/27/14- The link to the reading from class is found here. The specific pages are on the left hand column 14-23. The study guide questions are found on pages 75-76. Please complete the section 2 study guide tonight for homework
2/26/14- Homework question for the night: Ask your parents the following question and get their opinion. "What is the biggest terrorist threat facing the world today?"
2/25/14- We discussed the factors involving how Islam can be practiced through radical or extremist views and how stereotypes can be dangerous when discussing a religion practiced by over 1.5 billion people. This will continue tomorrow with the examination of the root causes of terrorism throughout the world and how and where Islam can be attributed to certain acts of terror. No homework.
2/24/13- Students learned the basic history and tenants of Islam. We will use this knowledge to compare it with extremism and stereotypes that can be influenced through a variety of societal factors. If you were absent the presentation is here and the guided notes here. No homework otherwise.
2/21/14- Today we had a geography/religion class competition to match up 40 countries around the world to the largest adherence of one of the five major religions. It was a great way to connect geographic knowledge with where religions are predominantly practiced. No homework this weekend. Next week we will focus in depth on Islam.
2/20/14- We had an amazing conversation in class about whether Juche should be considered a religion and we attempted to define what religion actually is. It is such a personal topic and I applaud your maturity and insightful comments. I really am amazed by what transpired! No homework tonight.
2/19/14- Today we took the concept of religion and applied it to North Korea. Juche is the political philosophy of the North Korean people, but could also be considered a religion based on their belief systems. Attached you will find some background on Juche and your job is to write a one paragraph response as to whether Juche should be considered a religious belief. This is homework due tomorrow. The sheet is attached here.
Instructions for submitting your Religion Project:
-Once you have completed your Thinglink, in an email sent to me, copy the URL and include the names of your partners.
-You must title your project with your period, religion, and partner names. For example:
3_Hinduism_Billy Billington & Suzie Swazye
2/14/14- Students completed their religion projects. If you did not finish in class, please complete it this weekend and follow the sharing instructions found above
2/13/14- We continued the Thinglink projects. There will be one more day to work in the lab tomorrow.
2/12/14- Today we began the second phase of the religion project. Students were paired up and began focusing on one of the major religions by using "Thinglink" as a canvas for their research. We will be using the next two days in class working on this project. If you were absent today, be sure to see me to get your partner.
Instuctions for Audioboo: here
Instructions for Thinglink: here
2/11/14- We continued working on our religion flow charts. If you did not finish it in class today, it is homework due tomorrow! We are started the second phase of our project and need the charts completed.
2/10/14- Students began their research on the five major religions. Below you will find a link to a religion facts website and instructions on how to open the chart template to fill in. If you were absent or will be absent, please open this chart through microsoft word and fill in the categories on the chart using the religion facts website. We will continue this tomorrow in class.
Religion Website: http://www.religionfacts.com/
Scroll down to attachment files and go to "religion chart". Click the DOWN ARROW to download and open as a word file that can be edited.
2/7/14- Ms. Forti came in to explain "Thing-Link". We will be using this software next week during our religion project. We will be in the LMC Monday thru Friday and I will have specific directions when we return from the weekend. No homework.
2/6/14- Today we introduced our mini unit on religion. Students discussed what religion is and how it shapes the world we live in. Remember, our goal is to neither advocate for or against religion, nor say one religion is superior to another; the goal is to understand the purposes it serves in our world. Introduction lesson can be found here.
2/5/14- Students wrote their in class "worth the risk" essays. They were to take a position on whether attempting to defect from North Korea is worth the potential consequences. If you were absent, be sure to see me to set up a time for a make up. No homework.
2/4/14- We discussed the article from yesterday and completed a pro/con chart from the idea if you were living in North Korea, would it be worth the risk to make an attempt to escape? Tomorrow you will write a brief in-class essay taking a stance on either side based on what you read in the article and what you have learned about North Korea and the lifestyles of its people. If you were absent, please make your own pro/con chart. This can be used during the essay tomorrow.
2/3/13- Today students read a story of North Korean defectors. Students read the story, while making the following annotations:
?- Question or concern
:)/:(- Show of emotion
C- Connection to content
Highlight any vocabulary words you don't know or understand
In addition, please make any other annotations you deem necessary. This is due TOMORROW and is homework. We will use the articles and annotations tomorrow in class. You can find the reading here.
1/31/14- We included the role of the United States and their relations with North Korea, specifically the imprisonment of American citizen, Kenneth Bae. We discussed the reason he was arrested and convicted by the DPRK and how the situation could possibly be resolved based on previous Americans arrested in the country. No homework this weekend.
1/30/13- We discussed the harsh realities that lay beneath the surface of North Korea, including their system of labor camps, which imprison between 150,000-200,000 people. We also learned the story of the only known person to successfully escape from a North Korean prison camp and make it to the western world, Shin-Dong Hyuk and his amazing story of being born and spending the first 23 years of his life inside Camp 14. This will continue tomorrow. No homework.
1/29/14- Today students analyzed excerpts of the constitutions of North Korea and the United States. The task was to decide which country the excerpt was from based on key words. At the end of the list, students also chose five they would want if they were living in a society. The "gotcha!" moment came when students learned the list of rights were all from the constitution of the DPRK, even though many sounded very 'American' like. We followed with a discussion of how rights on paper can actually be afforded or denied to the people based on societal factors in place. We will continue this tomorrow. You can find the constitution comparison sheet here.
1/24/14- Students discussed the mean of propaganda and how it can be used by governments, companies, and individuals to help persuade personal opinion. Remember, it can be positive or negative, but it always either exaggerated, or fictional. You can find some examples of propaganda here. Homework: Come up with your own propaganda poster. It can be about anything, so long as it is school appropriate. Please be sure to illustrate and color your poster. It is due Monday.
1/22/14- Today we learned about the power/political structure that makes up North Korea. We will continue with this tomorrow. No homework tonight.
1/21/14- Welcome to the second half of the school year! Today we introduced our unit on North Korea. We gave some background information and learned the basics of the Korean Conflict. Homework tonight is to read the article and answer the questions. You can find the article here and the questions here.
1/14/14- We continued the discussion about societal pressures that arise for various reasons. Students then completed a series of questions that asked what pressures exist today including within WJHS. You can find the question sheet here. Please complete this for homework.
1/13/14- Today we had a discussion about social norms and pressures, then read a background article on the process of foot binding in China. This process, while seemingly barbaric and excruciating, was also a social norm for over 2 billion Chinese women. We will continue this discussion tomorrow. If you were absent please read the articles here for homework.
1/10/14- Students learned about Foxconn, a Chinese electronic contractor for companies like Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, HP, etc. We discussed the economic factors involved with outsourcing labor and what that means for the consumer, the corporations, and the global economy. We also read an article about a day in the life of Foxconn, which shows the human costs that are sometimes overlooked. You can read the article here.
1/9/14- Today we examined our activity from yesterday by learning through the three major economic systems, and discussed which system China fits into. The power point is here and the guided notes are here. Please complete the notes if you were absent yesterday.
1/8/14- Welcome back! Today students took part in an assembly line demonstration constructing toy cats. Tomorrow we will go over the activity and understand the bigger picture with regards to economic activity overall, and specifically to China. No homework tonight.
12/18/13- Students were given the last four documents on the Great Wall to analyze. If you did not complete all four documents, please finish tonight for homework. Tomorrow we will wrap up the cost/benefit analysis.
12/17/13- We continued the cost/benefit analysis of the Great Wall. Please complete the questions on document A for homework. If you were absent, come see me for a copy tomorrow.
12/16/13- Students began a cost/benefit analysis of the building of the Great Wall of China. Today consisted of a background essay with comprehension questions. If you were absent, please come see me for a copy tomorrow in class. No homework.
12/12/13- Students interpreted quotes from Confucius. If you were absent, please do this at home tonight. You can find the sheet here.
12/11/13- Today we began learning about three Ancient Chinese philosophies, mainly focusing on Confucianism. If you were absent, you will have notes to make up when you return tomorrow. No homework.
12/10/13- Students took their Asia map test today. If you were absent, please be sure to see me for a time to make up the quiz. No homework.
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12/9/13- TEST TOMORROW!! STUDY! STUDY! STUDY!
12/6/13- STUDY!!!!! If you tire of playing the game, print out a blank map and try your best to fill in it. You can find the blank maps below under 12/4/13. Group review on Monday.
12/5/13- HOMEWORK-- PLAY THE MAP GAME AND STUDY FOR TUESDAY'S TEST!
12/4/13- Students wrapped up the Cuban Revolution and we introduced the unit on Asia. I passed out an Asian geography pre-test. Our Asia map test will be Tuesday, December 10th. Attached here you can find the blank map test and the answer key. Also, listed below is the link to the map game we will play beginning tomorrow.
12/3/13- We discussed what the key element of any revolution is and then went over the Cuban Revolution article and questions. The questions were turned in at the end of class. If you were absent, be sure to turn in the questions to me tomorrow. No homework.
12/2/13- Welcome back! Today we discussed what a revolution is and read and article with questions on the Cuban Revolution. It is homework to complete these questions. If you were absent you can find the article and questions here. Please print them off and have them ready for discussion tomorrow.
11/22/13- Have a great break! See you in a week. No homework.
11/21/13- Students examined the ten original rules Karl Marx laid out to achieve a communist state in his manifesto. They wrote one positive aspect of the rule and one negative aspect about the rule. Finally, considering the rules, students decided their final verdict of whether these rules would work if implemented into a society. Please finish these sheets for HOMEWORK tonight. You can find the sheet here.
11/20/13- We recapped our game yesterday and transitioned into the beginnings of communism. We discussed how communism came to be as a governmental/economic system in the world and how the ideal view of communism is very different from the reality of it. Attached you will find an introductory presentation viewing how Karl Marx, the father of communism, saw societies develop in stages. If you were absent please go through the presentation. No notes are necessary.
11/19/13- Today we played rock, paper, scissors for a very specific purpose, which we will uncover tomorrow in class. Keep in mind how the wealth of the paper clips tended to land into the hands of the select few, with everyone else mostly working for their new found employers. No homework tonight.
11/13/13- The class was spent in the LMC doing some background fact research on the Amazon Rainforest. We will spend Thursday in the LMC as well finishing off those facts. You can find the fact sheet here
11/12/13- Students used the citizenship test to evaluate which 10 were the most important to know in order to become a citizen of the United States. You can find the sheet here.
11/11/13- Today students were given the actual US immigration exam. This 100 question test is no longer used as it stands, but rather is used to base the current oral response test. If you were absent, take the test for fun and see how well you can do. Tomorrow, and assignment will be based on it. You can find the test at the attachments section at the bottom of the page under "American Citizenship Test".
11/6/13- Students concluded the immigration debate and discussed potential solutions moving forward. Homework: Please complete the attached questions from this article. This is due MONDAY. Have a great extended weekend!
11/5/13- We took part in the majority of our Mexican immigration debate in class. Please come prepared tomorrow to continue with the debate and wrap it up. No homework.
10/28/13- Today we compared what we knew about Christopher Columbus with perhaps a less flattering side of his history and connection to the United States. If you were absent, please come see me for the required reading. Tomorrow we begin our investigation with contemporary Latin America. No homework.
10/25/13- Students wrapped up their tests today. If you were absent or did not finish, please try and come BEFORE SCHOOL on monday to finish your test!! This is very important. No homework.
10/24/13- Students began their tests today. The majority did not finish, so we will continue it tomorrow.
10/22/13- Students were issued the study guide for this Thursday's test. Please complete the study guide for our review tomorrow. You can find the study guide here.
10/21/13- Students took notes on the Inca Civilization, which thrived in the Andes mountains of South America. Basic background information can be found in a presentation here and guided notes here. No homework.
10/18/13- We shared and discussed the articles from yesterday. Monday we will start on the Incas--the last of the three ancient civilizations. No homework.
10/17/13- Students finished the video and we discussed the fall of the Aztecs and which factors played the biggest role. Finally, 5 handouts on the Aztecs were passed out among the class. For homework please read your article and highlight important information. You can find the handouts here. If you were absent, please read through the articles and be prepared to discuss them tomorrow.
10/16/13- Today we watched a documentary on the Aztec Civilization. If you were absent, please watch the first 30 minutes of this tonight. We will finish and discuss it tomorrow. Link to the video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tP2HHYQjN7E
10/11/13- Today we went over documents B, C, and D and determined the overall remarkableness of the Maya. We spent the remaining time discussing theories of how the Maya collapsed. No homework and we will see you on Tuesday.
10/10/13- We continued examining the remarkableness of the Maya by analyzing three more documents. Again, if you were absent, please see me to get the packet information. Your homework tonight is to finish the questions from documents B, C, and D.
10/9/13- Students began examining what made the Maya civilization "remarkable" through the DBQ project. If you were absent today, please see me tomorrow in class for your packet. Homework is to finish examining document A and completing the questions.
10/8/13- Today the Mayan civilization was introduced. It is the first of three ancient Latin American civilizations we will examine. Attached is a power point presentation and guided notes. If you were absent, please complete the notes at home. No homework.
10/7/13- We took the Latin American geography quiz today. If you were absent, come see me to set up a time to make it up. If you received a "zero" on your global citizen project, it was not shared with me for some reason. Please re-share it with me by sending it to email@example.com
10/4/13- Students continued studying for the quiz. Your homework is to study!!!! Have a great weekend.
10/2/13- Students began studying for the Latin America map quiz, which will be given on this upcoming Monday. Your homework is to play to the map game (link is provided above) and continue to stay sharp for Monday.
9/30/13- We examined the importance of the Human Development Index (HDI) and how this is measured to most accurately determine the success of a country. There are notes and a power point to get down if you were absent. No homework otherwise.
9/27/13- Students used the website software on gapminder to answer some human-environmental questions. Follow the instructions and complete the activity sheet if you were absent today or did not finish in class. Have a great weekend!
9/26/13- Today students examined what the world would look like if we shrunk the world's population to 100 people and kept the same demographics in place. By doing this we are able to simplify the complexities that exist in the world's population and make it a little bit more manageable to understand. No homework.
9/25/13- Students compared their projections for population growth in 2050 and I demonstrated what is going to happen based on current growth trends. We also discussed what it will take to stop growth at 9 billion people. This is a possibility, but the likelihood of this happening is uncertain. No homework tonight.
9/24/13- We projected what the future global population could be in 2050 based on trends and what we know about population growth. Be sure to complete the assignment for tomorrow's class. If you were absent, I'll be hosting a demo of my lesson tomorrow before school at 7:15 in my main classroom (220). IN ORDER TO MAKE UP THE ASSIGNMENT, YOU MUST BE AT THIS MEETING TO GAIN CREDIT! Please make an effort to arrive on time and you will be able to complete the assignment by 7:45. Email me with any questions or concerns.
9/23/13- Today we took some time to understand population data and how it connects our world. It also shows disparities among the various regions in the world. You can find the power point and notes if you were absent. Please take the time to go through it and fill in your notes. ALSO, A REMINDER TO SHARE YOUR GLOBAL CITIZEN PROJECT WITH ME IF YOU HAVE NOT ALREADY DONE SO. INSTRUCTIONS TO SHARE ARE FOUND BELOW IN RED.
9/20/13- We spent our last day working in the LMC. Remember the projects are due (shared with me) by Tuesday of next week.
Project sharing instructions: In order to share your google presentation with me, you must name your project by class period, your name, and titled global citizen. For example: 3_korinek_global citizen
Share them with my email: firstname.lastname@example.org
9/18/13- Today the Global Citizen Project was introduced by discussing what it means to be a global citizen and passed out the informational sheet for the project. You can find that sheet here. Homework: Come back tomorrow with your selection sheet filled out and be prepared to begin researching in the LMC.
9/17/13- We took our five themes quiz. If you were absent, YOU MUST come see me to set up a time to make it up. No homework.
9/16/13- Reviewed for tomorrow's quiz. Please use your study guide, AND also notes and presentations to help prepare.
9/13/13- Today I passed out the study guide for the five themes of geography quiz this upcoming Tuesday. You can find the study guide here. Complete the guide this weekend if you did not finish it in class. We will go over the guide and review in class on Monday.
9/12/13- Students took their benchmark testing for the majority of the day. Be sure your 5 themes short stories are completed for tomorrow. Here is a copy if you need it.
9/10/13- Today we introduced the 5 Themes of Geography and filled out a graphic organizer. These five themes will help connect us to the people we learn about with the locations where they live. Geography is very much connecting people with our world. You can find the power point here and the organizer here. Finish these notes for homework tonight if we did not finish them in class.
9/9/13- Students competed in the mapping "Amazing Race". Using an atlas in class, students paired up in teams and completed an atlas quest to find out locations around the world. If you were not present for class today, YOU MUST COME SEE ME TO GET THE ASSIGNMENT! No homework.
9/6/13- Today we went over the homework together and continued mapping practice. No homework this weekend.
9/4/13- Students learned the basics of longitude and latitude and took guided notes that address the basics of understanding maps. Below you will find the link to the presentation here and the guided notes here.
HOMEWORK- The following mapping practice will be due in class on FRIDAY! Attached you will find a blank map and global cities and their coordinates. Please use your notes and follow the three steps to plot the locations on the map. Please write the abbreviation of each city next to the plot point (EX: Cape Town is CT). Please do your best and we will go over the answers together and make corrections together. Email me with any questions.
9/3/13- Today we attempted to make sense of maps. In the intro of our mapping unit, we looked at and discussed what purposes serve more than just location. More than anything, maps help us understand more about the people living in these locations. If you were absent, please go through this intro presentation. No homework tonight.
8/30/13- We spent one last day discussing perspective and played a perspectives game. We also discussed the idea of having a 'global perspective'. We begin with mapping next week. Have a great weekend!
8/28/13- Today as class we began to "dive into social studies". I asked some brief trivia questions and we went over the importance of PERSPECTIVE and what social studies is really all about, which will feed into what we learn for the whole year. No homework tonight.
8/27/13- Today we went over class expectations and handed out the course syllabus. Students should have a copy, but I have attached it here for your reference.
8/26/13- Welcome back to school! Reminder for homeroom- Please bring in 5 dollars for your assignment notebook and the filming waiver form Dr. Palzet emailed home.