Notes from the Virtual Ms B

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Last One!!! - 4/29

Yay! You've made it to the end of the year. Post a 2-3 paragraph reflection on what you have learned in this class or things you now think about before you took this class.

Now you can give someone else words of wisdom... Identify what the freshmen class could do next year to pass Global Studies...

Africa 7 - World Music

Read/Watch information about influential musicians from Kenya, Nigeria, and South Africa. How has the American music scene influenced the different sounds of African music or vice versa? How has African beats and rhythms influenced American music?

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 Which American artists will be there?

Africa 6 - Religion

Visit this site:
1. BBC - Christianity in Africa. Use the contents on the side of the page to find more information.

Q: How did Christianity spread to and throughout Africa?

2. BBC - Islam in Africa. Use the contents on the side of the page to find more information.

Q: How did Islam spread to and throughout Africa?

3. BBC - Traditional Religions in Africa. Use the contents on the side of the page to find more information.

Q: How important was/is religion to traditional African societies?
Q: Who are the deities and supreme beings found in many traditional religions?
Q: How were/ are traditional religions mixed with politics in many African societies?

Africa 5 - HIV/AIDS & Disease

Visit these websites for information on the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Africa:


2. - (watch the videos too)

3. TIME Magazine - Death Stalks a Continent

4. AIDS in Africa

5. The World Health Organization (WHO)

1. From where did HIV/AIDS come?
2. Why is it spreading throughout Africa faster than any other country?
3. What is being done to slow the spread of AIDS in Africa? Which groups are leading that charge?
4. What have been the consequences of AIDS deaths throughout Africa?

Africa 4 - The Legacy of Colonialism

Watch two of the following videos and complete the tasks below:

Uganda - The Scramble for Africa

King Leopold II - Belgian Congo

European Colonization of Africa

The Congo - A Brutal History

Map of Colonization

Answer the following questions accurately, completely, and in your own words:
1. Define imperialism in your own words. What motivated country leaders (especially in the Western world) to become imperialists?
2. Define colonialism. How is colonialism an example of imperialism?
3. WHY and HOW did European countries colonize countries in Africa?
4. How were European powers able to control the indigenous African population?
5. What were/are the lasting effects of European colonialism on the African continent?

Monday, April 4, 2011

Africa 3 - Civil Unrest

Research anyone of the following people, places, things, or events:

Gustav the Killer Crocodile
French occupation of Algeria
Algerian Civil War
Angolan Civil War
Burundi Civil War
Civil war in Chad (1965–1979)
Civil war in Chad (1979-1982)
Civil war in Chad (1998–2002)
Civil war in Chad (2005–present)
Turbi Village Massacre (2005)
First Liberian Civil War
Second Liberian Civil War
Sierra Leone Civil War
The Rwandan Genocide
Paul Rusesabagina
Somalian Civil War
First Boer War
Second Boer War
Soweto Uprising
South African Apartheid
Nelson Mandela
Stephen Biko
Idi Amin
Chad-Sudan conflict
Blood diamonds
Child rebels
Uganda-Tanzania War
Mobutu Sese Seko
Mengistu Haile Mariam
Laurent Kabila
King Leopold (Belgium)
Belgian occupation of the Congo
Patrice Lumumba

Write a 2-3 paragraph summary of:
1. what that person/place/event was/is
2. why it is important
3. what impact on society & life did that person/place/thing/event have on its people?

This is not a cut and paste assignment. You will not earn credit for plagiarism. Identify from where you learned your information.

Only 3 students per topic please.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Africa 2 - Families and Culture

Research various African countries' culture: gender roles, foods, music, educational standards, etc.

Identify the country
list 5-7 cultural characteristics you learned about that country
describe the quality of life in that country
post the links from where you received your information

Countries cannot be profiled more than three (3) times.

Africa 1 - Current Events

You are to research current events in Africa (think Sub-Saharan, rather than Northern Africa) on the following sites: CNN, BBC, Al Jazeera English, or National Geographic.

1. Offer a title of your event
2. Summarize your event (in 1-2 paragraphs)
3. post a link to more information about your event
4. and pose a discussion question to your peers about your event

Middle East 10 - Our Own Urbanspoon

Stop by any one of these Middle Eastern restaurants in KC:
1. Jerusalem Café
2. Aladdin Café
3. Habashi House
4. Holy Land Cafe
5. KC Grill & Kabob
6. Jerusalem Bakery
7. Papu's Cafe
8. Olive Cafe
9. Sahara
10. Cafe Casbah

Try a dish and report back here. What did you have? What was in it? Take a picture of you eating it and post it on your response. Did you like it - why or why not? Would you recommend it to someone else to try?

Middle East 9 - Middle Eastern Music

Visit the National Geographic World Music website to find a Middle Eastern artist.

Choose an artist/ song and write a music review that describes:
the lyrics
the song's meaning
the beats
the feelings you had while listening to it
the artist's motivation for writing or performing the song

Middle East 8 - Hotspots

World attention has focused on Egypt, Libya, and other countries in the Middle East. Read this article from CNN and complete the following task:

Which countries in the Middle East are next to have serious conflicts? Which countries' governments will deal with civil unrest?

Identify the next three (3) countries that will "fall".
Why will they fall? Why will the people rebel? What will be their demands? Predict how the governments will respond.

Copy and paste all sources used to complete this task.

Middle East 7 - Mental Maps

First discuss your mental map of the Middle East.

What do you know about the physical geography? What do you think about the culture?

Then look up images on Google using these keywords:

Qatar Hotels


Oman Sultan

King and Queen of Jordan

Discuss: what did you see? How different were those images from your mental map?

Middle East 6 - Water Politics

Research the politics of the Jordan River in the Middle East and the Nile River in North Africa. Explain how water resources should be allocated and answer the following questions:

• How much water should be allocated for farming, for urban development, and for recreation?

• Why must the countries surrounding the Jordan River and Nile River share the water?

• Why are the Palestinians and Jordanians disturbed over Israeli control of the Jordan River?

• Why do the Israelis use drip irrigation in farming?

• What impact does the Aswan High Dam have on the Nile River?

• What impact do the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers have on the region?

Be sure to copy and paste your sources used to find this information.

Middle East 5 - Terrorism and Freedom Fighters

It has been said that "one man's freedom fighter is another man's terrorist." What does this quote mean?

Watch the videos (choose either Hamas or Hezbollah - parts 1 & 2) and answer the following questions:

1. What does that group stand for?
2. Who would consider that group a terrorist organization? Why?
3. Do you consider that group to be freedom fighters or terrorists? Explain.
4. Explain US concerns about that group.

Middle East 4 - Women in Iran

Visit either site on Women in Iran (PBS or MSNBC) and then read this BBC article about the execution of Atefah Sahaaleh .

Write a 2-3 paragraph reaction to what you have read.

1. What are the similarities and differences in our culture and theirs?

2. What happened to Atefah? Why?

3. How does what you read in the PBS or MSNBC articles contradict what you read about Atefah?

Read about other countries in the Middle East and their responses to women's civil rights. Compare and contrast women's rights in Saudi Arabia and Afghanistan or in Tunisia.

Middle East 3 - US Conflicts

Research either the conflict in Iraq or Afghanistan.

Answer the following questions:
1. Why are we involved in that country?
2. What benefits has our presence brought to that region?
3. What problems has our presence caused in that region?
4. What are the financial and human costs of our involvement in that region?
5. How can we end the conflicts in that region?

Middle East 2 - The Arab-Israeli Conflict

After researching the Arab – Israeli Conflict, answer the following questions:

1. Identify if tensions between Israelis and Palestinians stem from religious tensions, land ownership, or colonial/ Western interference.

2. How and why does culture play a role in cooperation and conflict in the region?

3. Why is Jerusalem so important to both the Arabs and the Jews?

4. Why is culture a barrier between Israelis and the Palestinians?

5. How do cultural characteristics define Jerusalem?

6. Is it possible to draft a peace accord between Israel and Palestinian people? Why have other attempts failed?

Middle East 1 - Current Events

Visit the Al Jazeera English website to find a (significant) current event in the Middle East.

1. Summarize the event in one paragraph (what is going on, why is it happening, who are the key players involved, and how will it or can it affect the rest of the world) and

2. pose a discussion questions tying your event to something we have covered in class.