Monday, March 9, 2015

Entreprenuer Scavenger Hunt


Use the links listed on this blog to research the some of today's most important entrepreneurs. Record your research on the handout you were given in class.

 Larry Page & Sergey Brin
Phil Knight
Mark Zuckerberg 
Elizabeth Holmes 
Warren Buffet 
Sarah Blakely 
Ariana Huffington 
Jeff Bezos 
Oprah Winfrey 
Check out the full list of the 400 Richest People in America!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Monday, April 21, 2014

Imperialism Project

Your mission is to conduct independent research and explain how one area of the world was colonized, what happened to those people and how the experience of colonization affects the people/country today. The due date for this project is Friday, April 25, 2014, so you CANNOT be absent!! If your group does not present on that day, you will loose 10 points (20% of your grade).

Content Requirements - Your project/presentation must cover the following information:
  • History Before Colonization – Briefly describe the history of your region before colonization. What were the lives of the native people like before the region was colonized? 
  • Reason for Colonization – Why was your country colonized? What country was it colonized by? What was the colonizing country hoping to get out of the territory? Why was the colony important to them?
  • Type of Rule – What type of colonial rule did the colonizing country establish? What did colonial rule look like in your region? 
  •  Treatment of Natives – How did the colonizing government treat the native peoples?  Did they have rights? Were they persecuted? Explain
  • Independence – How did the colony/territory finally gain independence? What happened after they gained independence? What kind of new government was established in the former territory/colony? What is the former colony/territory called today?
  • Today – What type of government exists today? What problems, if any, does the country/region experience today (ex. poverty, ethnic conflict, civil war, government corruption etc…)?

In addition to you text book, here are couple of reliable sources where you find information:
  • Finally, use Google county codes and advanced searching to find additional information. Watch the video below for instructions on how to use country codes:

Record your sources and take notes on the graphic organizer Ms. Davenport gives you.

A list of sources MUST be turned in with your project.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Problems in Our Industrial World

Introduction: Industrialization has transformed our world with new technology and innovation. For many people industrialization has led to a better way of life and a higher standard of living. Almost everything that we use in our daily lives are made in factories - cars, cell phones, computers, clothes, food. The fact that we can go to a store and purchase anything we want, allows us to pursue other interests - education, sports, leisure. However, we only achieved this standard of living after a long, hard fight on the part of workers for fair wages and better working conditions.

Although life is good for people living in advanced industrialized societies, like Great Britain and the U.S., for many other people around the world, life is still very difficult because their economies are only just beginning the process of industrialization. Today, people living in these developing countries face many of the same problems that people faced in Europe and the U.S. two centuries ago during the Industrial Revolution.

Your Task: You are going to be learning more about the many problems faced by people today in developing countries. You will be assigned one problem to research independently. After you have completed your research, you will work with others who researched the same problem to create a presentation designed to educate the class about your issue.

Child Labor 

Do you know who made your t-shirt?
What is child labor?
10 Worst Countries for Child Labor


Background on Sweatshops
Bangladesh Factory Fire 
Sweatshops in China

Sanitation & Disease

 Why Matt Damon Loves Toilets
Access to Clean Water 
The Global Water Crisis
Water-related Diseases
Environmental Factors Influencing the Spread of Disease

Urban Slums / Urban Poverty

What are slums and why do they exist?
Overview: Urban Poverty
How To: Measure Urban Poverty

Global Wealth Inequality

Oxfam Report, 2014 
How Income Inequality Hurts America
How to Solve the Problem of Wealth Inequality

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

The Scientific Revolution

 The Scientific Revolution represented a new way of thinking about the natural world. Beginning in the mid-1500s, scholars began to question the ideas of ancient thinkers and the church. They replaced old assumptions with new theories that were based on careful observation and a willingness to question accepted beliefs.
Directions: Visit the links below and complete the handout.
Focus Question: How did the Scientific Revolution change the way we think about the natural world?

The Heliocentric Model of the Universe

Tycho Brahe
Johannes Kepler

Galileo Galilei
Galileo's Experiments
Galileo Mini-Biography (Video)
Galileo and the Inquisition
Galileo Convicted of Heresy

Isaac Newton - Mini-Biography (Video)
Newton's Three Law - Interactive Game
Newton's Three Law

Development of the Scientific Method