Saturday, November 27, 2010
1. Swedish hip-hop artists
2.French pop artists
3. Russian rappers
4. Japanese rock musicians
Choose one music genre: hip-hop, pop, rap, or rock and compare 2-3 artists highlighted in that genre (on last.fm) to American musicians in that genre. For example, read/watch information about 2-3 Swedish hip-hop artists and compare their respective styles to popular US hip-hop artists.
1. Mountains Will Never Surrender
2. Sweet Life
Le Damn Dog
1. Watch Out
Ebo Taylor w/ the Afro Beat Academy
1. Love Is Not Too Far
Watch/listen to the artist's music. Choose one and write a music review. You may need to check music reviews at the following sites: Rolling Stone, Vibe,the Source, Entertainment Weekly, etc to determine what essential information you should include.
Michael Jackson (US)
The Beatles (England)
Sean Paul (Jamaica)
M.I.A. (British artist of Sri Lanka Tamil descent)
Task: Add a one paragraph bio (and the source from where you read this information)about another global musician - someone (or a group) from another country that is popular in the US OR a US group/person popular all over the world.
This is NOT a CUT & PASTE task. You have to summarize the details you find in your research. What makes this person/group so popular around the world?
No repeating artists please.
What serves as entertainment to us, may be an actual struggle somewhere else. Women are not allowed to dance in public in the United Arab Emirates, Pakistan, Afghanistan, or Iran. Musicians from Myanmar, China, Somalia, and Cameroon have been imprisoned or killed because of their music.
Read these stories about the darker side of music and dancing around the world.
A. See Freemuse.org - a website dedicated to highlighting music censorship around the world
B. The Dancing Boys of Afghanistan
C. The Dancing Girls of Pakistan
A. Dutch songstress Caro Emerald
B. Check out this German site featuring photos of the EMAs (European Music Awards) - What in the world does Usher have on???
C. German rapper Aggro Berlin
D. Russian rapper Timati
E. Bulgarian singer Sahara’s "Mine" - Song features American R&B singer Mario Winans
F. Italian crooner Cesare Cremonini
British funk/acid band
Adele – Someone Like You
British songstress Estelle
American Boy ft. Kanye West
Pick one of the artists and write a music review of their song (identify the artist and song title) like you would find in a music or entertainment magazine.
Japanese Pop Sensation
Canto (Chinese) pop sensation
Task: post a link from MTV Iggy, Youtube, or National Geographic World Music of another Asian artist. No repeats please.
Task: find a Youtube clip (and post the link here) of another country's Pop Idol series. Please no repeats.
Afghan Star – Documentary Trailer
American Idol meets Afghanistan
Find a Latin or Afro-Caribbean artist's video and post the link here. No repeats please.
Lady Saw - "Party till December"
Jamaican Dancehall artist
Spanish singer/songwriter Jairo Zavala, a.k.a. DePedro - Comanche
Kenyan musician P-Unit
Fela! The Musical
Nigerian musician/activist; Jay-Z and the Smiths (Will & Jada) are producing the musical for Broadway
Read about the 2010 MTV Africa (MTV Base) Awards
http://www.mama.mtvbase.com/newsArticle.aspx?iNewsID=10 Which American artists will be there?
1. Paris DJs
This site will let you download selected tracks form artists for free.
Scroll down to MTV Worldwide to see the countries for which MTV provides content; NOTE: you will not be able to view or listen to videos from other countries.
3. MTV Iggy
4. National Geographic
10 global musicians’ videos to view
Task: Watch one music video (identify the artist name and song title) and write a music review like you would find in Vibe, Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone, etc. Explain why the artist should get 5 mics or none at all.
Monday, November 22, 2010
Sunday, November 14, 2010
4 points - students use class material and outside information in a detailed, organized, and articulate response in two paragraphs OR
3 points - students use class material and outside information in a detailed, organized, and articulate response in one 5-8 sentence paragraph.
+3 points - students provide useful, relevant, school appropriate and credible links (to websites, videos, or primary source documents) for others as an additional class resource
+2 points - students pose questions to peers and/or provide an insightful critique of a peer's opinion
+1 point - no slang syntax used in the response; no grammatical or mechanical errors are present
-1 point – for slang, grammatical, and punctuation errors present in the response
Total: 10 points
NOTE: You do not receive credit for just responding – you must demonstrate knowledge of the topic and contribute something meaningful to the discussion to receive credit.
Be sure to follow the guidelines for posts. You do not receive credit just for responding. You have to follow the scoring guide.
*5 things that are uniquely American
*5 things that are uniquely Canadian
*5 things we both share
Keep in mind that these comments may not be the most reliable - you may have to conduct additional research to find these answers.
After watching, detail your thoughts about racism in Canada and compare those to your feelings of racism/ discrimination in the US.
The most popular ingredients of a Greenlandic dish are (the eyes, kidneys, or hearts of) walruses, seals and whales - yum!!!
Most vegetables and fruits included in Greenland’s cuisine are imported. Local dishes also include crab, shrimp, caribou, musk ox and arctic fox.
There are numerous ingredients, introduced in Greenlandic cuisine from Denmark cuisine, such as mushrooms, red or white cabbage, onion, dill and mayonnaise.
Find a Greenlandic recipe and post it here (be sure to add the source).
The watch this Youtube video on Greenland.
After watching, detail your thoughts on Greenland. What did you learn about the people and culture? Was it anything like you thought?
Sunday, November 7, 2010
Monday, October 18, 2010
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Monday, October 4, 2010
Time Magazine Photo Gallery:
What the World Eats, Part I - http://www.time.com/time/photogallery/0,29307,1626519,00.html
What the World Eats, Part II - http://www.time.com/time/photogallery/0,29307,1645016,00.html
How do these global cultures differ from the American way of life? Your family's background?
Let's Move - http://www.letsmove.gov/
USA Today - or http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/weightloss/2010-02-09-1Afirstlady09_CV_N.htm
on First Lady Michelle Obama’s Healthy Kids Initiative
What are your thoughts on America's drive to have healthier kids? How do these ideas connect to our urban garden initiative?
Write a 1-2 paragraph reaction to the article's main points.
Answer this question in a 2-3 paragraph response: How are these negative cultural symbols similar to those in your ethnic community?
Sunday, October 3, 2010
Type the @ symbol and then the name of the student you are responding to.
If I wanted to respond to Joe Schmo's post, I would type:
@joeschmo - and my response...
Remember, you have to contribute to an intelligent conversation, not just post to post something. You do not earn credit by just typing something.
Saturday, September 11, 2010
View this video: In the Shadow of 9/11
Question: Should our (the US) focus be on rebuilding or revenge? Please defend your answers.
1. Detail where you were and what you remember about the day.
2. Discuss why you believe we were attacked.
3. Watch Falling People, What the Firemen Heard, and Call from Inside. I warn you, these videos are not for the faint of heart but they shed light on parts of the Tragedy generally withheld from children.
4.What can we learn from this?
Additional Resource: CNN video on the new memorial
Friday, September 10, 2010
You are to post discussion topics or questions relevant to this class. If your question or topic is related to the world - then it is relevant...
Here are some example questions (that no one else can use later)...
Globalization & Trade - how do Nikes get from China to Famous Footwear?
Drugs - How do drug wars in Mexico affect US border security? or this incident?: Read this CNN article on the prison break in Mexico where 85 prisoners escaped.
Culture - Are Mexican-Americans "allowed" to use the N-word???
Government - Do you think the Birthers REALLY don't believe President Obama is a US Citizen? Is the problem really about his skin tone?
Government/ Politics - Is MSNBC just as biased as FOX News? Should the news be objective or cater to certain groups of people based on political beliefs?
Culture - What does "ghetto" mean now? How has the connotation changed over time?
NOTE: you are allowed to respond to others' questions...
KEEP THE COMMENTS, QUESTIONS, AND RESPONSES SCHOOL APPROPRIATE!!!!!
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
No credit will be given for students that do not follow stated (or written) directives.
Monday, September 6, 2010
Is the Nacirema society destined to "collapse"? Connect the reading to Jared Diamond's clip (TED video). Write a 1 page summary of events and discuss your personal views.
Click on the links to view the article and the video
1. Be not ashamed of mistakes and thus make them crimes.
2. Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves.
3. Everything has its beauty but not everyone sees it.
4. Forget injuries, never forget kindnesses.
5. He who will not economize will have to agonize.
6. I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.
B. How did the Sumerians overcome their lack of resources?
C. Create a simple hierarchical chart to show the class structure created by the Sumerians.
D. What are the characteristics of a city-state? How did monarchs gain power in the early city-states of Mesopotamia?
E. How does an empire differ from a city-state?
F. How did Hammurabi’s legal code advance civilization?
Review - http://regentsprep.org/regents/global/themes/beliefsystems/index.cfm
1. Hinduism - http://www.mnsu.edu/emuseum/cultural/religion/hinduism/beliefs.html
2. Buddhism - http://www.pbs.org/edens/thailand/buddhism.htm
3. Judaism - http://www.religionfacts.com/judaism/history.htm
4. Judeo-Christian beliefs – Genesis 1-3 - http://www.cs.williams.edu/~lindsey/myths/myths_15.html
5. Islam - http://www.pbs.org/empires/islam/faithgod.html
Post the link to your chart here:
Offer three more examples of syncretism between a tribal or animistic religion and a major/dominant world religion. Please list the name and the web addresses to your sources.
I introduced the SPRITE categorizing technique to help you organize & study terms/concepts learned in class.
Is this a helpful strategy, one that you will use throughout our class and in others? And... what other categories would you add and why?
Example - G-SPRITE (Geography - to explore how people/ concepts are shaped by their physical environment)
Assignment: Find 3 reputable news sources from other countries. Answer the discussion questions and post the name and web addresses to the three sites you found. What are the top stories discussed around the world right now? - List 5.
Sunday, September 5, 2010
1. The majority of the instigators were black, the victims were Asian. Does the ethnic background of the perpetrator or victim diminish or enhance the problems in the story? Would your response be the same if the "perps" were white and the victims were black? - or vice versa???
2. Is this a racial or economic issue? Are the two issue confused or intertwined?
3. Why is racial bias still an issue?
Do you think Global Warming is to blame for the recent and severe natural disasters around the world or is this just "nature as usual"? Please defend your answer.
No credit will be given for students that do not follow stated (or written) directives.
This is not the first oil spill on or near US shores. Research 3 others - list the websites used in your research and give a 2-3 sentence summary of what happened (oil spill) and how wildlife and industries were affected.
I highly recommend watching Spike Lee's When the Levees Broke and the follow up: If God is Willing and Da Creek Don't Rise (http://www.hbo.com/documentaries/index.html#/documentaries/when-the-levees-broke-a-requiem-in-four-acts)
and this article from Amnesty International: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/amnesty-international/story-of-two-women-two-de_b_642696.html
Discuss your feelings regarding these cases AND
find another case involving a woman and a controversial death sentence (any country - Atefah Sahaaleh, Iran; Aileen Wuornos, US; Wang Ziqi and Tao Minggu, China; Mata Hari, etc) to compare/ contrast major themes and issues.
Include the links to articles or videos found/ used for your explanations.
What would you be willing to do to survive? Find another tale of desperate times calling for desperate measures to live for comparison.
What can the response (the US Government, the public, or the international response) to Hurricane Katrina teach use about how to prepare for or rebuild after Hurricane Earl?
Imagine you are trapped for several days and unable to continue life as normal. What would be the things you miss the most and why?
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
1. What is your definition of Geography?
2. How does Geography relate to other Social Studies classes?
3. Why should we care? What can we learn and how does this information affect you?
Friday, August 6, 2010
1. What tools can you use to find out how many people are here now?
2. What factors have to be considered in calculating how many people are in the world right now?
3. Why should we care about how many people are on earth?
4. How does the number on earth affect you?
We are creating our own city; a community of Global Studies students involved in a social experiment. Can we populate, build, and govern a city with the knowledge learned from class? Here is the link to B'Easyville...
Before we build, we have to start with inhabitants. World Geography/Global Studies students (only, no friends or friends of friends - this is not a Facebook page) must first click (or cut and paste the link into your internet browser)the link to get started. Remember to use a school appropriate username for any communications.
More directions and instructions as our city grows...
Let's begin with introductions -
You can write an introductory paragraph - likes, dislikes, information about where you are from, your family, etc OR...
You can create an interactive poster at www.glogster.com, upload a 3-5 minute introduction to Youtube.com, or create a zooming personal presentation on Prezi.com to tell us about you... Post the link to your creation here.
See me if you have any issues.
We will use several Web 2.0 tools and applications in this class. As always, I will offer tutorials but you have to tinker with things on your own time to become proficient in using these tech tools. You are ultimately responsible for what and how you learn...
You must (or by the time class is over, you will) know how to:
1. Search effectively. You must be able to use keywords and identify reliable, relevant, and appropriate sources of information. The internet is vast - you do not have time to search for things for hours...
2. Bookmark - save websites or other information so you can access it whenever/ wherever. IE, Safari, Google Chrome, and Firefox all have bookmarking functions as do websites like SimplyBox and delicious.
3. Take notes - You must be able to find the key ideas and concepts from anything you access
4. Document/ cite - to avoid plagiarism, you cannot simply cut & paste information. You must cite direct quotes and summarize other information.
If you need additional assistance, let me know well before an assignment or project is due.