The big ideas...
What is GEOGRAPHIC LUCK and how did it influence the rise of civilizations?
US vs THEM: How does our UNIVERSE OF OBLIGATION impact the way we interact with others?
Over time, how have we progressed toward UNIVERSAL HUMAN RIGHTS?
What power do STEREOTYPES have and how do they shape us?
Our Methods of Investigation:
Facing History (video link)
How do humans shape history? What choices did they make and why? How do we judge their choices? How can learning about others' influence our own choices and impact upon history?
Question Formulation Technique (video link)
Depth and Complexity Prompts (handouts)
Dr. Sandra Kaplan developed these prompts to help us think critically and deeply about any unit of study. This is another great way to keep asking questions.
Microloans: Make a difference! (video link)
As we learn about the world around us, we can decide to take action. Kiva helps small business owners that cannot take out a loan from a large bank. We will choose several small businesses to loan our class money to, and then re-lend our money after we are paid back.
CNN Student News (website link)
Every Friday we will watch the news and keep up to date on what is happening in the world around us.