Pads and Jeds

HIST: A-Day, Tue., 2/4/14
Agenda:

  1. Introduce activity
  2. Group poster/slogan making
  3. Debates
  4. Debrief

Homework due next class (Wed., 2/5): Geopolitical Analysis (40 pts.) See the Eurasian Conference web site for more details.

Homework due Fri, 2/7: Read pp. 2-8 in the reading packet, from “Part I: The Middle East in the World” up to (but not including) “The Middle East and the Cold War.” Complete questions 1-3 in the “Advanced Study Guide: Part I.” (10 pts.)


Keynesian v. Neoclassical/Intro to Monetary Policy

ECON: A/B-Day, Tue., 2/4/14-Wed., 2/5/14
Agenda:

  1. Complete Keynesian v. Neoclassical student activity
  2. Debrief
  3. Video clip – The Ascent of Money: From Bubbles to Bullion, 2:45-8:05
  4. Review costs of inflation
  5. Introduction to monetary policy
  6. Policy worksheet

Homework due next class (Thu., 2/6/14): Complete policy worksheet (10 pts., required).
Homework due Fri., 2/7-Mon., 2/10: Read Chapter 20 on unemployment. Complete notes on page 11 of the study guide. (10 pts.)


Keynesian v. Neoclassical AD/AS

ECON: C-Day, Mon., 2/3/14

  1. Homework review of workpoints 18.1 and 18.2
  2. Keynesian v. Neoclassical recap and addendum on prices adjusting
  3. Keynes v. Hayek video
  4. Keynesian v. Neoclassical student activity
  5. NPR economics discussion

Homework due next class (Tue., 2/4/14-Wed., 2/5/14): Review the macroeconomic article you selected last week and read Chapter 19. In writing, explain a cost of inflation or deflation from the article that the country’s population may be experiencing.


World War I and the Middle East

HIST: B-Day, Fri., 1/31/14
Agenda:

  1. Discussion: Diplomacy game compared to WWI
  2. Stalemate in Europe – Middle East solution?
  3. Document analysis:
    -Balfour declaration
    -Letter to Ali ibn Hussain
    -Sykes-Picot AgreementWhat is Great Britain promising?
    What does Britain hope to get in return?
    What potential conflicts might arise from Britain’s plans?

Homework due next class (Tue., 2/4): None.


Diplomacy Simulation

HIST: A-Day, Thu., 1/30/14
Agenda:

  1. Introduction to Diplomacy simulation
  2. Diplomacy simulation
  3. Debrief

Homework due next class (Fri., 1/31): Read pp. 841-845 in World History. (Section 1 of Chapter 29 and the first page of Section 2.) Create a Venn diagram to compare your experience in our simulation to the developments described in the text. What about our simulation was similar to how World War I started? What was different?


New Classical AD/AS

ECON: A/B-Day, Thu., 1/30/14-Fri., 1/31/14

  1. Keynes song
  2. New-Classical AD/AS in depth
  3. NPR economics discussion
  4. Keynes v. Hayek video

Homework due next class (Mon., 2/3/14): Read Chapter 18 up to page 194. Complete student workpoints 18.1 and 18.2.


Keynesian AD/AS

ECON: C-Day, Wed., 1/29/14 (Late start)

  1. State of the Union excerpt (+Obama Onion article)
  2. Business/Trade Cycle Diagram
  3. Keynesian AD/AS in depth
  4. Keynes song

Homework due next class (Thu., 1/30/14-Fri., 1/31/14): Bring a second news article about macroeconomics of a specific country. Choose a different country than you chose for the first macro article. (10 pts., required.)


Democratic Reform and Activism

HIST: B-Day, Tue., 1/28/14
Agenda:

  1. Complete OPVL analysis: Views of Imperialism, p. 785, sources A and B
  2. Class discussion on OPVL
  3. Stand-up activity: Democratic reform in Britain
  4. Connection to earlier developments: Mary Wollstonecraft, Industrial Revolution
  5. Homework discussion: Pankhurst, Dreyfus Affair, ect.

Homework due next class (Thu., 1/30): None.


Imperialism and the Scramble for Africa

HIST: A-Day, Mon., 1/27/14
Agenda:

  1. Debrief “Nationalism then and now” classification activity
  2. Think, pair, share: Yinka Shonibare MBE, The Scramble for Africa
  3. Discussion: To what extent was the Industrial Revolution responsible for the colonization of Africa?
    -Europeans mistaken in belief in their own superiority
  4. OPVL analysis: Views of Imperialism, p. 785, sources A and B

Homework due next class (Tue., 1/28): Please read Chapter XXVI, Section I “Democratic Reform and Activism” (pages 746-750) and respond to the prompts in the handout given in class.


AD/AS Poster Presentations

ECON: A/B-Day, Mon., 1/27/14-Tue., 1/28/14

Agenda:

  1. Homework review, Ch. 17 short answer questions
    (Click here for answers)
  2. Group work on AD/AS posters
  3. Group presentations of AD/AS posters
  4. Introduction to business cycle diagram

Homework due next class (Wed., 1/29/14): Find a recent news article related to macroeconomics in a country other than the U.S. Draw and explain a Keynesian AD/AS diagram or a business cycle diagram to illustrate developments described in the article. Possible keywords to search on:

  1. Economic growth/expansion v. recession/contraction
  2. Inflation or deflation
  3. Unemployment or “labor market”
  4. Bank of [name of country]
  5. Interest rates
  6. Gross Domestic Product
  7. Consumer Price Index
  8. Mention of “the economy”

Intro to Aggregate Demand and Supply

ECON: C-Day, Fri., 1/24/14
Agenda:

  1. Review homework: Workpoint 16.6
  2. Introduction to Aggregate Supply curves
  3. Group work on AD/AS posters

Homework due next class (Mon., 1/27/14-Tue., 1/28/14): Read chapter 17 in textbook on aggregate supply, complete short answer questions on page 185. (Question 2 has a typo – should refer to “LRAS” instead of “LRAC”)


The Rise of Nationalism

HIST: C-Day, Thu., 1/23/14
Agenda:

  1. Quiz on the Industrial Revolution
  2. Wrap up discussion of Marx, the Communist Manifesto
  3. “Nationalism then and now” classification activity
  4. Discussion: Pros and cons

Homework due next class (Mon., 1/27): Read pp. 770-778 in World History. Respond to questions 3-8. (10 pts.)


The Industrial Revolution: Political Philosophy

HIST: B-Day, Wed., 1/22/14
Agenda:

  1. Finish lecture on industrialization
  2. Reading/discussion: Excerpts from The Communist Manifesto

Homework due next class (Thu., 1/23): Review for open-note quiz on the Industrial Revolution (20 pts.). You may also download the PowerPoint presentation I used in class to help you review. Read p. 688 and pp. 692-697 in World History. Complete questions 3-8 from p. 697 on a separate sheet of paper (10 pts.).


Income Distribution and Taxation/Intro to Aggregate Demand

ECON: A/B-Day, Wed., 1/22/14-Thu.,/1/23/14
Agenda:

  1. Buffett and Zakaria editorial analysis
  2. Partner discussion
  3. Class discussion
  4. Lecture on costs of inflation (skipped Wed.)
  5. Introduction to Aggregate Demand curve

Homework due next class (Fri., 1/24/14): Read chapter 16 in textbook on aggregate demand, complete student workpoint 16.6 on page 177 (10 pts.).


Income Distribution and Taxation

ECON: C-Day, Tue., 1/21/14
Agenda:

  1. Bell ringer, kinds of taxation
  2. Overview of IB review materials
  3. Wrap up price level issues
  4. Lecture on taxation
  5. Buffet and Zakaria editorial analysis
  6. Partner discussion
  7. Class discussion

Homework due next class (Wed., 1/22/14-Thu., 1/23/14): Explore this web site: http://inequality.is/real  on economic inequality (optional).


The Industrial Revolution

HIST: A-Day, Thu., 1/16/14
Agenda:

  1. Homework review
  2. Lecture on industrialization

Homework due next class (Fri., 1/17): None.


Price Level Posters Cont’d

ECON: A/B-Day, Thu., 1/16/14-Fri., 1/17/14
Agenda:

  1. Quiz on national income
  2. Finish creating price level posters
  3. Present price level posters

Homework due next class (Tue., 1/21/14): Homework: Read Ch. 22, “Distribution of Income.” Complete notes on last page of study guide.


Price Level Posters

ECON: C-Day, Wed., 1/15/14
Agenda:

  1. Create price level posters

Homework due next class (Thu., 1/16/14-Fri., 1/17/14): Prepare for quiz on measuring national income (20 pts.)


Three Revolutions

HIST: B-Day, Tue., 1/14/14
Agenda:

  1. Three revolutions group activity
  2. Discussion

Homework due next class (Thu., 1/16): Read the Chapter 25 introduction and Section 1, “The Beginnings of Industrialization” (pages 714-722). Respond to the prompts in the handout distributed in class (10pts.).


Political Philosophers of the Enlightenment

HIST: A-Day, Mon., 1/13/14
Agenda:

  1. Hobbes/Locke/Rousseau Venn diagram
  2. What do the three political philosophers have in common? What does this mean for rulers during the Enlightenment?
  3. Begin work on three revolutions assignment

Homework due next class (Tue., 1/14): Complete three revolutions assignment (10 pts.). If you were absent, pick a random number from 1 to 3 to decide which section you respond to.


GDP and its Limitations; Price Level Posters

ECON: A/B-Day, Mon., 1/13/14-Tue., 1/14/14
Agenda:

  1. Create posters on GDP’s limitations
  2. Present posters
  3. Begin group work on price level posters

Homework due next class (Mon., 1/13-Tue., 1/14): Quiz on national income (20 pts.).


Gross Domestic Product and its Limitations

ECON: C-Day, Fri., 1/10/14
Agenda:

  1. Lecture: Components of the expenditure method of calculating GDP, overview of other measurements of national income
  2. Explanation of GPI as alternative measurement of GDP
  3. Create posters on GDP’s limitations

Homework due next class (Mon., 1/13-Tue., 1/14): Record new prices for shopping assignment (10 pts., required)


Scientific Revolution/Enlightenment

HIST: B-Day, Thu., 1/9/14
Agenda:

  1. Review scientific revolution responses as a class
  2. Hobbes activity

Homework due next class (Mon., 1/13): Complete reading on the Enlightenment and respond to prompts given in class (10 pts.). Complete Eurasian Conference map due Monday, 1/13 (20 pts.). Optional reading for further understanding of the Scientific Revolution: Chapter 22, Section 1 (pp. 623-628).


The Scientific Revolution

HIST: A-Day, Wed., 1/8/14
Agenda:

  1. Introduce 5 pioneers of science (slides)
  2. Distribute flowchart handouts
  3. Explain card-matching activity (Harvey example)
  4. Assign groups (12 total)/Group work
  5. Presenters record Copernicus results on answer overhead

Homework due next class (Thu., 1/9): None–assignment postponed to Monday. Optional reading for further understanding of the Scientific Revolution: Chapter 22, Section 1 (pp. 623-628).

Due Mon., 1/13: Complete reading on the Enlightenment and respond to prompts given in class for Thu., 1/9. Eurasian Conference map due Monday, 1/13 (20 pts.).


Measuring National Income

ECON: A/B-Day, Wed., 1/8/14-Thu., 1/9/14
Agenda:

  1. Partner questions on circular flow simulation
  2. Discuss implications of simulation
  3. Distribute macroeconomics study guides
  4. Lecture on output, input and expenditure methods of measuring national income
  5. Review homework (workpoint 14.1)

Homework due next class (Fri., 1/10/14): Finish reading Chapter 14. Complete relevant sections in study guide (10 pts.)
Homework due Mon., 1/13-Tue., 1/14: Record new prices for shopping assignment (10 pts., required)


Circular Flow Simulation

ECON: C-Day, Tue., 1/7/14
Agenda:

  1. Seminar reminder: Wed., 1/8, 8:25 a.m.
  2. Collect revised commentaries
  3. Circular flow simulation
  4. Simulation debrief with partners
  5. Class discussion/debrief

Homework due next class (Wed., 1/8/13-Thu., 1/9/13): Read up to student workpoint 14.1 in Chapter 14. Complete student workpoint 14.1


Eurasian Conference Map Work

HIST: B-Day, Fri., 12/20/13
Agenda:

  1. Assignment of groups
  2. Eurasia map-making

Homework due next class (Wed., 1/8): None. Complete reading on the Enlightenment and respond to prompts given in class for Thu., 1/9. Eurasian Conference map due Monday, 1/13 (20 pts.).


The Ottomans

HIST: A-Day, Thu., 12/19/13
Agenda:

  1. Review/discuss homework
  2. Video – Islam: Empire of Faith, “The Ottomans”
  3. Activity on meritocracy

Homework due next class (Wed., 1/8): None. Complete reading on the Enlightenment and respond to prompts given in class for Thu., 1/9.


Outsourcing in India; Intro to Macroeconomics

ECON: A/B-Day, Thu., 12/19/13-Fri., 12/20/13
Agenda:

  1. Finish Thomas Friedman film: “The Other Side of Outsourcing”
  2. Debrief film: When is protectionism justified?
  3. Play performance

Download at complete the Commentary Cover Sheet for your commentary.

Homework due next class (Mon., 1/7/13): Turn in revisions of first commentary (IB test takers). None otherwise.


Outsourcing in India; Outline Feedback

ECON: C-Day, Wed., 12/18/13
Agenda:

  1. Thomas Friedman film: “The Other Side of Outsourcing”
  2. Check outlines during film
  3. Debrief film
  4. Review of comparative advantage
  5. Discussion: When is protectionism justified?

Turnitin.com upload information:
-Class ID for non-FI AM students: 7263754
-Class ID for Frenchies: 7263737
-Class ID for PM students: 7263759
-Password for all students: elastic

Homework due next class (Thu., 12/19-Fri., 12/20): Complete second current events commentary. (Required for IB test-takers; optional for extra credit otherwise.)


Age of Faith Outline

HIST: B-Day, Tue., 12/17/13
Agenda:

  1. Age of Faith culminating activity
  2. Discussion of essay outline: Which historical force was the strongest?

Homework due next class (Thu., 12/19): Read Chapter XVIII, Section I of World History: Patterns of Interaction (pages 507-511) and respond to the prompts about the Ottoman Empire given in class (10 pts.).


Branches of Christianity; Age of Faith Outline

HIST: A-Day, Mon., 12/16/13 (Missed week due to snow days)
Agenda:

  1. Announcements:
    -Arabic language learning opportunity (AM only)
    -AM Islam quiz make-ups: C.R., O.G.
    -PM Islam quiz make-ups: L.A., A.I.
  2. Finish group work on branches of Christianity
  3. Note-taking on other groups’ diagrams
  4. Discussion/recap of highlights
  5. Begin Age of Faith culminating activity

Homework due next class (Tue., 12/17): None.


Finish Trade Court; Protest in Seattle

ECON: A/B-Day, Mon., 12/16/13-Tue., 12/17/13
Agenda:

  1. Announcements:
    -Review Philippines aid receipts
    -Wed. Seminar reminder
  2. Finish trade court debates
  3. Film: Protest in Seattle: Resisting the WTO
  4. Check articles for relevance
  5. Debrief film
  6. Debrief, return commentaries

Homework due next class (Wed., 12/18): Complete outline for second current events commentary. (10 pts., required.)


Commentary Update

Due to the snow holiday, the due date for the second current events commentary will be rescheduled for Thursday, 12/19 for FI students and Friday, 12/20 for all others.

A relevant news article about a trade dispute between two or more countries is due for FI students on Friday, 12/13 and due for all others on Tuesday, 12/17. (10 points, required.)

An outline of the second commentary will be due for all students on Wednesday, 12/18. Click here to download a copy of the outline/guiding questions worksheet. (10 points, required.)

For guidance on how to write the commentary, please refer to this tip sheet for writing the trade commentary. This is an update to the sheet handed out in class with an additional graphing tip.

Also, only students taking the IB economics test need to complete this second commentary. All students will complete the third commentary in February, however. It is important that IB test-takers complete the commentary before break in order to keep to our tight timetable of IB due dates–IB does not adjust for our snow days.

Thanks for your flexibility,
Mr. Yamada


Branches of Christianity

HIST: A-Day, Wed., 12/4/13
Agenda:

  1. Create list of contact information
  2. Collect essay revisions
  3. Introduce branches of Christianity activity
  4. Group work on branches
  5. Note-taking on other groups’ diagrams

Homework due next class (Mon., 12/9): Review the “Age of Faith”; write four competing thesis questions according to the assignment handed out in class.


Trade Court

ECON: A/B-Day, Wed., 12/4/13-Fri., 12/13/13 (Gap due to snow days)
Agenda:

  1. Review trade blocs, kinds of protectionism
  2. Trade court: Team prep
  3. Trade court debates

Homework due next class (Mon., 12/16-Tue,. 12/17):

  1. Read pages 267-271 in Chapter 25 of the textbook and complete the last page of the study guide. (10 points, optional.)
  2. Find a relevant news article about an international trade dispute for use on your second commentary. (Required.)

Global History Essay Revisions Due Wed., 12/4

Hi there,

This is a reminder that revisions to the Ancient Civilizations Essay are due Wednesday, 12/4.

Please note that students must submit the graded, original copy of the essay along with the revision in order to receive credit.

Students who left out their in-text citations may add them for partial credit of up to six (6) points. (Omission of the citations reduced the essay score by ten (10) points.) To earn the maximum points possible, students should make sure that their citations and works cited list are in correct MLA format. For a guide on how to use MLA style, click on the link below:

http://bcs.bedfordstmartins.com/resdoc5e/RES5e_ch08_o.html

Good luck,
Kyle Yamada


Protectionism and Intro to Trade Blocs

ECON: C-Day, Tue., 12/3/13
Agenda:

  1. Debrief protectionism assignment
  2. Lecture: New look at subsidy
  3. Intro to trade blocs
  4. Trade court intro

Homework due next class (Wed., 12/4-Mon., 12/9): Read pages 261-265 in Chapter 24 of the textbook and complete the relevant portions of the study guide (10 pts.)

 


The Protestant Reformation

HIST: B-Day, Mon., 12/2/13
Agenda:

  1. Homework check/new grading policy
  2. Screen sections of Luther: Reluctant Revolutionary
    -Start until 7:30: 95 Theses, defiance;
    -9:40-16:30 printing press, Frederick’s protection;
    -46:00-51:20 peasant revolt, anti-semitism, variations of Protestantism
  3. Debrief ancient civilizations essay
  4. Debrief Luther homework

Homework due next class (Wed., 12/4): Recommended reading (optional): pp. 492-501 about the Reformation in England and elsewhere in Europe.

 


Machiavelli and The Prince

HIST: A-Day, Fri., 11/22/13
Agenda:

  1. Debrief Machiavelli homework
  2. Machiavelli activity: Finish initial five arguments
  3. Discussion in groups of four
  4. Whole class discussion

Homework due next class (Mon., 12/2): Please read XVII, Section II “Luther Leads the Reformation” (pages 488-491) and respond to the prompts given in class.


Trade Barrier Application

ECON: A/B-Day, Fri., 11/22/13-Mon., 12/2/13
Agenda:

  1. Review: Tariff, subsidy, quota
  2. Begin protectionism assignment

Homework due next class (Tue., 12/3): Complete protectionism problems handed out in class.


Trade Barriers: Subsidy and Quota

ECON: C-Day, Thu., 11/21/13
Agenda:

  1. Effects of a subsidy
  2. Effects of a quota
  3. Work on homework

Homework due next class (Fri., 11/22-Mon., 12/2): Read pages 259 to end of Chapter 24. Complete student workpoint 24.4.


The Renaissance/Machiavelli

HIST: B-Day, Wed., 11/20/13
Agenda:

  1. Debrief film, Renaissance homework
  2. Machiavelli recitation, translation
  3. Start Machivelli homework

Homework due next class (Wed., 11/20): Machiavelli homework distributed in class (10 pts.)


A World Reborn

HIST: A-Day, Tue., 11/19/13
Agenda:

  1. Film: A World Reborn
  2. Debrief film

Homework due next class (Wed., 11/20): None. If you were absent, watch the film and respond to these questions.


Trade Barriers: Tariff and Subsidy

ECON: A/B-Day, Tue., 11/19/13-Wed., 11/20/13
Agenda:

  1. Review/wrap-up community surplus
  2. Effects of trade
  3. Effects of a tariff
  4. Effects of a subsidy
  5. Work on homework

Homework due next class (Thu., 11/21): Read pages 252-259. Complete workpoints 24.2 and 24.3 on the tariff and the subsidy.


Comparative Advantage

ECON: C-Day, Mon., 11/18/13
Agenda:

  1. Debrief simulation
    -Comparative advantage
    -Advantages/disadvantages of trade
  2. Comparative advantage quiz

Homework due next class (Tue., 11/19-Wed., 11/20): None.


Crusade Symposium

HIST: B-Day, Fri., 11/15/13
Agenda:

  1. Introduction to activity
  2. Read about/research assigned historical figure
  3. Introductions
  4. Discussions in character
  5. Debrief

Homework due next class (Tue., 11/19): Read pp. 471-477 in World History. Address the prompts handed out in class.


The Crusades

HIST: A-Day, Thu., 11/14/13
Agenda:

  1. Lecture/discussion: Rise of the Seljuk Turks
  2. Four corners (or walls) activity: Economic, Social, Political and Religious goals of the Crusades
    -Add a goal to each placard around the room
    -Rate the crusaders’ success in achieving each goal on its spectrum
  3. Homework discussion of the Crusades
  4. Video clip—Islam: Empire of Faith (about 10 minutes)

Homework due next class (Fri., 11/15): None.


Comparative Advantage Simulation

ECON: A/B-Day, Thu., 11/14/13-Fri., 11/15/13
Agenda:

  1. Comparative advantage simulation
  2. Debrief simulation

Homework due next class (Mon., 11/18): HW: Read pages 245-251 in the textbook. Complete the simulation debrief worksheet given out in class. If you were absent, complete the examination questions on page 251 instead.


Commentary Submission/Philippines Aid

ECON: C-Day, Wed., 11/13/13
Agenda:

  1. Turn in commentaries
  2. NPR story on Philippines
  3. Aid evaluation activity

Homework due next class (Thu, 11/14-Fri.11/15): None.

 


Islam/Byzantine Quiz; Middle Ages Cont’d

HIST: B-Day, Tue., 11/12/13
Agenda:

  1. Quiz on Islamic Civilization and the Byzantine Empire
  2. Correct quiz in class
  3. Video clip: Medieval Europe
  4. Discussion: Video’s connections to history

Homework due next class (Thu., 11/14): Read pages 314-315 (“Turkish Empires Rise in Anatolia”) and pages 382-385 (“The Crusades”) in World History. Address the prompts in the handout distributed in class.


Western Europe in the Middle Ages

HIST: A-Day, Fri., 11/8/13
Agenda:

  1. Jigsaw activity
  2. Class discussion
  3. Review test results (PM)
  4. Overview of quiz topics
  5. Video clip: Medieval Europe

Homework due next class (Tue., 11/12): Review for quiz on Islamic Civilization and the Byzantine Empire (30-40 points).


Commentary Submission Guidelines

ECON: A/B-Day, Fri., 11/8/13-Tue., 11/12/13
Agenda:

  1. Turnitin.com directions
    -Class ID for non-FI AM students: 7263754
    -Class ID for Frenchies: 7263737
    -Class ID for PM students: 7263759
    -Password for all students: elastic
  2. Sample paper analysis
  3. Commentary cover sheet
  4. Review of commentary checklist

Homework due next class (Wed, 11/13): Current events commentary #1 (200 pts.)


Commentary Counseling/Concept Review

ECON: C-Day, Thu., 11/7/13
Agenda:

  1. Ice cream economics video
  2. Elasticity video
  3. Supply and demand practice problems
  4. Individualized commentary advice from Mr. Y.

Homework due next class (Fri., 11/8-Tue., 11/12): None. Work on current events commentary #1, due Nov. 13 (200 pts.)


Monuments to Constantinople, Cont’d

HIST: B-Day, Wed., 11/6/13
Agenda:

  1. Perform/explain monuments
  2. Class discussion
  3. Introduction to the Middle Ages
  4. Review test results

Homework due next class (Fri., 11/8): Read your assigned section in Chapter 13 of World History. On a sheet of notebook paper, respond to questions 2-8 at the end of your section and explain one important event or concept not addressed in the questions. If you were absent, complete the assignment for a section of your choice from Chapter 13


Monuments to Constantinople

HIST: A-Day, Tue., 11/5/13
Agenda:

  1. Debrief homework
  2. Read/discuss information on daily life in Constantinople
  3. Devise monuments
  4. Perform/explain monuments

Homework due next class (Wed., 11/6): None.


Elasticity Wrap-Up

ECON: A/B-Day, Tue., 11/5/13-Wed., 11/6/13
Agenda:

  1. PES homework review (5.7)
  2. Elasticity yoga
  3. Finish and present elasticity posters
  4. Sample paper analysis

Link to USDA Food Elasticities App:

http://www.ers.usda.gov/data-products/commodity-and-food-elasticities.aspx

Homework due next class (Tue., 11/5-Wed., 11/6): None. Work on current events commentary #1, due Nov. 13 (200 pts.)


XED, YED, PES

ECON: C-Day, Mon., 11/4/13
Agenda:

  1. Debrief YED homework (5.6)
  2. Introduce price elasticity of supply
  3. Finish XED poster activity
  4. Present posters

Link to USDA Food Elasticities App:

http://www.ers.usda.gov/data-products/commodity-and-food-elasticities.aspx

Homework due next class (Tue., 11/5-Wed., 11/6): Finish reading the Mankiw reading packet on elasticities. (Focus on price elasticity of supply.) Complete student workpoint 5.7 in the blue textbook. Current events commentary #1 due Nov. 13 (200 pts.)


Intro to the Byzantine Empire

HIST: B-Day, Fri., 11/1/13
Agenda:

  1. Strategic geography of Constantinople
  2. Work on homework
  3. Significance of Justinian’s legal code
  4. “The Awakening,” Islam: Empire of Faith (3:30-22:45)

Homework due next class (Tue., 11/5): Please read Chapter XI, section I (pages 301-306) and respond to the prompts on the Byzantine Empire.


Contributions of Muslim Culture

HIST: A-Day, Thu., 10/31/13
Agenda:

  1. Discuss homework on Muslim Culture
  2. Tour stations around room
  3. Discussion: Which contributions impact us today?

Homework due next class (Fri., 11/1): None.

Homework due Tue., 11/5: Please read Chapter XI, section I (pages 301-306) and respond to the prompts on the Byzantine Empire.


Cross Elasticity of Demand

ECON: A/B-Day, Thu., 10/31/13-Fri., 11/1/13
Agenda:

  1. Reminders: Check registration forms on MB;
    complete travel abroad assignment;
    Career center update: Sci. Proj. Fri., limited availability soon
  2. Debrief XED homework (5.5)
  3. XED poster activity
  4. Debrief YED homework (5.6)

Link to USDA Food Elasticities App:
http://www.ers.usda.gov/data-products/commodity-and-food-elasticities.aspx

Homework due next class (Mon., 11/4): Complete commentary guiding questions/outline (10 pts, not optional). Current events commentary #1 due Nov. 13 (200 pts.)


PED Quiz and Intro to Current Events Commentaries

ECON: C-Day, Wed., 10/30/13
Agenda:

  1. PED handshake
  2. PED Quiz­­
  3. Quiz debrief
  4. Overview of current events commentaries

Homework due next class (Thu., 10/31-Fri., 11/1): Find and print out a third article related to the supply and/or demand of a specific product or service (10 pts., not optional). Use a recognized news source, not a personal blog or web site. (Blog from a recognized news organization is okay.)


Islamic Civilization Debates

HIST: B-Day, Tue., 10/29/13
Agenda:

  1. Review arguments/complete posters
  2. Poster presentations/debates
  3. Debrief debate

Homework due next class (Thu., 10/31): Read Chapter X, Section III of World History: Patterns of Interaction (pages 273-279) and respond to the prompts in the handout.


Debate Preparation and Presentation

HIST: A-Day, Mon., 10/28/13
Agenda:

  1. Collect homework
  2. Review expansion of Islam
  3. Introduce debate activity
  4. Work on debate posters
  5. Present/debate issues

Homework due next class (Tue., 10/29): None.


Practice with PED and Total Revenue

ECON: A/B-Day, Mon., 10/28/13-Tue., 10/29/13
Agenda:

  1. Collect supermarket prices
  2. PED handshake
  3. Debrief workpoints 5.1 and 5.2
  4. Netflix and Nintendo total revenue problems
    If you were absent, use the link above to get the problems and click here for the background article about Nintendo.

Homework due next class (Wed., 10/30): Read pages 56-59 in the textbook (not the reading packet) and complete student workpoints 5.5 and 5.6.

Homework due Thu., 10/31-Fri., 11/1: Find and print out a third article related to the supply and/or demand of a specific product or service (10 pts., not optional). Use a recognized news source, not a personal blog or web site. (Blog from a recognized news organization is okay.)


PED and Total Revenue

ECON: C-Day, Fri., 10/25/13 (half day)
Agenda:

  1. Review PED and total revenue worksheet
  2. Practice on workpoints 5.1 and 5.2

Homework due Mon., 10/28-Tue., 10/29: 1) Go the supermarket and record the prices of the five products you selected in your groups (10 pts., not optional); 2) Complete Workpoints 5.1 & 5.2


Life of Mohammed

HIST: B-Day, Thu., 10/24/13
Agenda:

  1. Collect homework
  2. Video—Islam: Empire of Faith, Part 1
  3. If you were absent, watch the video. Use this notes sheet to create a chronology of key events.

Homework due next class (Mon., 10/28): Read pp. 269-272 in World History and complete the questions on the expansion of Islam.


Early Christianity and the Roman Empire

HIST: A-Day, Wed., 10/23/13
Agenda:

  1. Bell-ringer question – Why did Const. wait so long to convert?
  2. Class review of major events: Milvian Bridge, Edict of Milan, Council of Nicaea
  3. Small group discussion/sharing w/class of reading/video questions
  4. Overview of Gnostic gospels – Why were they not chosen as the official texts?

Homework due next class (Thu., 10/24): Read pp. 263-268 in World History and complete the questions on the rise of Islam.


Intro to PED and Practice

ECON: A/B-Day, Wed., 10/23/13-Thu., 10/24/13
Agenda:

  1. Review homework with partner
  2. Distribute elasticities study guide
  3. Lecture: Price elasticity of demand
  4. PED practice problems

Check out the Khan Academy page on elasticity for additional help with the concepts.

Homework due next class (Fri., 10/25): Find and print out a second article related to the supply and/or demand of a specific product or service (10 pts., not optional). Use a recognized news source, not a personal blog or web site. (Blog from a recognized news organization is okay.)

Homework due Mon., 10/28-Tue., 10/29: Go the supermarket and record the prices of the five products you selected in your groups (10 pts., not optional)


Indirect taxes, intro to PED

ECON: C-Day, Tue., 10/22/13
Agenda:

  1. Shopping list activity/check news articles
  2. Announcements:
  • No Junior Seminar mtg. 10/23
  • International fair reminder
  1. Mop-up lecture: Indirect taxes, resource allocation
  2. Group selection of shopping items
  3. Introduction to price elasticity of demand

Homework due next class(Wed., 10/23-Thu., 10/24): Read pages 89-99 in the packet “Elasticity and its Application.” In the blue textbook, complete student workpoint 5.3 on page 55.

Homework due Fri., 10/25: Find and print out a second article related to the supply and/or demand of a specific product or service (10 pts., not optional). Use a recognized news source, not a personal blog or web site. (Blog from a recognized news organization is okay.)

Homework due Mon., 10/28-Tue., 10/29: Go the supermarket and record the prices of the five products you selected in your groups.


Emperor Constantine

HIST: B-Day, Mon., 10/21/13
Agenda:

  1. Turn in essays
  2. Video on Emperor Constantine

Homework due next class (Wed., 10/23): Read pp. 168-172 in World History and complete the questions given in class.


Ancient Mediterranean Test

HIST: A-Day, Fri., 10/18/13
Agenda:

  1. Multiple choice test
  2. Work time on essay

Homework due next class (Mon., 10/21): Ancient civilizations persuasive essay (100 pts.)


Supply and Demand Test

ECON: A/B-Day, Fri., 10/18/13-Mon., 10/21/13
Agenda:

  1. Career center reminder
  2. Video clip on minimum wage
  3. Intro to article assignment

Homework due next class: Find and print out an article related to the supply and/or demand of a specific product or service (10 pts., not optional). Use a recognized news source, not a personal blog or web site. (Blog from a recognized news organization is okay.) You may use my links to sources for current events commentaries to get you started.

Homework due Wed., 10/23: Read chapter 5 of textbook from pages 49-56 up to (but not including) Cross Elasticity of Demand. Complete student workpoint 5.3 on page 55.


Supply and Demand Review

ECON: C-Day, Thu., 10/17/13
Agenda:

  1. Career center reminder
  2. Study Abroad Fair announcement: 10/24, CHS Cafeteria, 7:00 p.m.
  3. IB info changes in ManageBac
  4. Review price control homework
  5. Finish poster presentations
  6. Video clip on minimum wage
  7. Study/review time

Homework due next class: Test on supply and demand (100 pts.); Friday, October 18 (Frenchies); Monday, October 21 (All other juniors)


Legacy of Greco-Roman Civilization

HIST: B-Day, Tue., 10/15/13
Agenda:

  1. Hellenism/Greco-Roman civ. comparison activity
  2. Class discussion
  3. Study/work time for test and essay prep.

Homework due next class (Fri., 10/18): None. Study for multiple choice test (100 pts.)

Ancient Civ. Persuasive Essay: Due Mon., Oct. 21 (100 pts.)


The Roman Empire/Fall of Rome

HIST: A-Day, Mon., 10/14/13
Agenda:

  1. Introduction to Persuasive Essay Assignment
  2. Fall of Rome skits
  3. Video clip: Engineering an Empire: Rome
  4. Work time for essay, homework (time allowing)

Homework due next class (Tue., 10/15): Read the section you were assigned in class; complete the relevant worksheet on Greek and Roman cultural achievements. Here are links to the individual assignments:

Test (100 pts.): Friday, Oct. 18

Ancient Civ. Persuasive Essay: Due Mon., Oct. 21 (100 pts.)


Supply and Demand Practice Posters

ECON: A/B-Day, Mon., 10/14/13-Tue., 10/15/13
Agenda:

  1. Career center reminder
  2. IB scholarship announcement: $40 registration, $15 per test for students on free and reduced lunch
  3. Homework review: Workpoint 4.1 (supply and demand together)
  4. Problems and applications: Complete group posters
  5. Poster presentations
  6. Overview of maximum and minimum prices

To schedule an appointment during test day, sign up here: http://www.supersaas.com/schedule/yamada/MrYamada539

Homework due next class (Thu., 10/17): Read sections on maximum and minimum prices on pp. 41-43 in the textbook. Complete student workpoints 4.2 and 4.3 handout (10 pts.)

Test on supply and demand (100 pts.): Friday, October 18 (Frenchies); Monday, October 21, (All other juniors)


Supply and Demand Together

ECON: C-Day, Thu., 10/10/13
Agenda:

  1. Career center/IB counseling reminders
  2. Mention of gov. shutdown’s effect on competition in wheat market
  3. Review problems 9 and 11 from Mankiw packet.
  4. Problems and applications: Group posters

Homework due next class (Mon., 10/14-Tue., 10/15): Read pp. 75-85 in the Mankiw reading packet. Complete student workpoint 4.1 worksheet on supply and demand shifts.


The Roman Empire/Fall of Rome

HIST: B-Day, Wed., 10/9/13
Agenda:

  1. Test Date: Friday, Oct. 18
  2. “Crossing the Rubicon” (AM only)
  3. Should Obama invoke the 14th Amendment? (AM only)
  4. Mini-lecture/discussion: How could the Romans have preserved the republic? (PM only)
  5. Discussion: Was the Pax Romana worth sacrificing the republic?
  6. Document-based questions, p. 177 of textbook

Homework due next class (Mon., 10/14): None.
Homework due Tue., 10/15: Read the section you were assigned in class; complete the relevant worksheet on Greek and Roman cultural achievements. Here are links to the individual assignments:


The Roman Empire

HIST: A-Day, Tue., 10/8/13
Agenda:

  1. Looking ahead: Test on 14th or 15th
  2. Warm-up: Debrief reading
  3. Class discussion: Slavery, the Gracchi
  4. Roman Empire Simulation
  5. “Crossing the Rubicon” (Discussed PM only)
  6. Should Obama invoke the 14th Amendment? (Discussed PM only)

Homework due next class (Wed., 10/9): Read pages 173-177 in World History; complete questions about the fall of the Roman Empire (10 pts.). Here is an example of a concept map you can use as an example to help you with the first question.


Wheat Market Debrief/Supply and Demand Together

ECON: A/B-Day, Tue., 10/8/13-Wed., 10/9/13
Agenda:

  1. Debrief wheat market simulation
  2. News reading/discussion

Homework due next class (Thu., 10/10): Complete problems and applications 9 and 11 on page 87 of the Mankiw reading packet (10 pts.). (These questions are about pizza and basketball tickets.)


Wheat Market Simulation

ECON: C-Day, Mon., 10/7/13
Agenda:

  1. Wheat Market Simulation

Homework: None for next class.

Use the link below to sign up for IB counseling sessions:

http://www.supersaas.com/schedule/yamada/MrYamada539

I suggest clicking on the tab that shows the whole week at a time.


The Roman Republic and the Twelve Tables

HIST: B-Day, Thu., 10/3/13
Agenda:

  1. Looking ahead: Test on 14th or 15th
  2. Complete classification activity: Write examples of monarchy, aristocracy and democracy elements seen in the video on the three stations around room
  3. Discussion question: To what extent does the American government combine the best features of monarchy, aristocracy and democracy?
  4. Overview: The conflict of the orders
  5. Twelve tables activity/discussion

Homework due next class (Tue., 10/8): Read pages 160-167 in the textbook and respond to questions about the Roman Empire (10 pts.)


The Roman Republic

HIST: A-Day, Wed., 10/2/13
Agenda:

  1. Looking ahead: Test on 14th or 15th
  2. Video clip: Engineering an Empire: The Persians (4:50 to end, c. 4 min.)
  3. Last thoughts on Alexander and Hellenism
  4. Overview of the Roman Republic’s features
  5. Government shutdown clip (about 5 min.)
  6. Classification activity: Write examples of monarchy, aristocracy and democracy elements seen in the video on the three stations around room
  7. Discussion question: To what extent does the American government combine the best features of monarchy, aristocracy and democracy?

Homework due next class (Thu., 10/3): None required.

Optional enrichment reading: “Alexander’s New Look,” article from U.S. News and World Report, 11/14/04


Supply Curve Review

ECON: A/B-Day, Wed., 10/2/13-Thu., 10/3/13

Agenda:

  1. Government shutdown clip (about 5 min.)
  2. Obamacare enrollment clip (start until 1:37)
  3. Discussion of economic concepts in news items
  4. Review supply practice problems
  5. Overview of simulation procedures

Homework due next class (Mon., 10/7): Demand and supply curve practice problems (10 pts.)

Use the following links to check your work:

Demand problems: Download the PowerPoint presentation at the following link: http://gallsocialstudies.weebly.com/uploads/1/3/6/7/13677158/determinants_of_demand_2.2.ppt

Look at slides 12-19 to check your answers.

Supply problems:
http://faculty.fortlewis.edu/walker_d/practice_problems_on_supply_-_answers.htm

 


Demand Review/Introducing Supply

ECON: C-Day, Tue., 10/1/13
Agenda:

  1. Review homework (review questions from Mankiw)
  2. Debrief student workpoint 3.1 from page 30
  3. Introduction to supply
  4. Practice: Complete student workpoint 3.3, page 35 of textbook, on a separate sheet of paper

Homework due next class (Wed., 10/2-Thu., 10/3): Recommended (not required): look at the “Law of Supply” and “Factors Affecting Supply” videos under the “Supply” Section in the following link (about 15 minutes total):

https://www.khanacademy.org/economics-finance-domain/microeconomics/supply-demand-equilibrium

Optional enrichment opportunity: Check out this link to an interesting radio story:

What Terrifies Teens In Today’s Young Adult Novels? The Economy
http://www.npr.org/2013/09/30/226472708/whats-terrifying-teens-in-todays-ya-novels-the-economy


Alexander the Great?

HIST: B-Day, Mon., 9/30/13
Agenda:

  1. Discuss reading (Small groups, whole class)
  2. Direct instruction: Hellenism, cultural achievements
  3. Examine sources on Alexander’s conquests
  4. Class discussion:
    -Was Alexander “great?”
    -Reliability of sources?
  5. Video clip: Engineering an Empire: The Persians (4:50 to end, c. 4 min.; time allowing)

Homework due next class (Wed., 10/2): Read pages 155-159 and complete homework on the Roman Republic.


Thucydides and the Peloponnesian War

HIST: A-Day, Fri., 9/27/13
Agenda:

  1. Direct instruction: Background of the Peloponnesian War
  2. Introduction to Thucydides
  3. Silent reading of 3 jigsaw sources
  4. Small group discussion of same sources
  5. Mixed group discussion (groups of 3):
    To what extent can we trust Thucydides’ account of the Peloponnesian War?
  6. Whole-class discussion

Homework due next class (Mon., 9/30): Read pages 142-145 and complete homework on Alexander’s Empire.


Demand Curve Practice

ECON: A/B-Day, Fri., 9/27/13-Mon., 9/30/13
Agenda:

  1. Demand poster presentations
  2. Poster presentations
  3. Overview of movements v. shifts
  4. In-class work: student workpoint 3.1 from page 30
  5. Review work

Homework due next class (Tue., 10/1): Read pages 63-75 in the Mankiw reading packet. On a separate piece of paper, complete questions for review 1-8 on pages 85-86 of the packet.

For reference, you may also want to look at the “Law of Supply” and “Factors Affecting Supply” videos under the “Supply” Section in the following link (about 15 minutes total):

https://www.khanacademy.org/economics-finance-domain/microeconomics/supply-demand-equilibrium


Demand Posters

ECON: C-Day, Thu., 9/26/13
Agenda:

  1. IB Info Night reminder, sign-ups
  2. Pre-service reflection reminder
  3. Demand curve activity
  4. Poster presentations

Homework due next class (Fri., 9/27-Mon., 9/30): Watch the demand videos at the following web site (about 27 minutes total); FI students may watch the first video and one of the others of their choice:

https://www.khanacademy.org/economics-finance-domain/microeconomics/supply-demand-equilibrium


Athens v. Sparta

HIST: B-Day, Wed., 9/25/13 (late start)
Agenda:

  1. Roll/Homework check
  2. Video clip on Sparta from The Greeks
  3. Discussion questions—Small groups, whole class
  4. Allies against Persia: Phidippides video clip from The Greeks
  5. Critique portrayal of Persians

Homework due next class (Fri., 9/27): None.


Athenian Democracy

HIST: A-Day, Tue., 9/24/13
Agenda:

  1. iPod activity
  2. Forms of government discussion
  3. Video clip from The Greeks: Crucible of Civilization (Watch from 45:22-54:00)
  4. Discussion of inaccuracies/omissions

Homework due next class (Wed., 9/25): Athens v. Sparta assignment (10 points). Use the following link to answer the questions on the second page: http://www.pbs.org/empires/thegreeks/educational/lesson1.html


Quiz on Economics Foundations; Intro to Demand

ECON: A/B-Day, Tue., 9/24/13-Wed., 9/25/13
Agenda:

  1. Quiz on the Foundations of Economics
  2. Group product activity

Homework due next class (Thu., 9/26): None.


Concept Round-Up; Review

ECON: C-Day, Mon., 9/23/13
Agenda:

  1. Debrief second PPC worksheet—Q&A
  2. Concept Round-up:
    -Growth v. development
    -Positive v. normative analysis
    -Market, planned and mixed economies
  3. Group discussion of previous class’s homework:
    -Smith v. Marx: 1 difference or similarity; Which one do you agree with?
  4. Review

Homework due next class (Tue., 9/24-Wed, 9/25): Study for multiple choice quiz and group discussion on introductory concepts (Chapters 1 and 2). Refer to study guide for relevant terms.


The Persian Empire

HIST: B-Day, Fri., 9/20/13
Agenda:

  1. Note on “Black Athena” and the Nubians
  2. Video: “Engineering an Empire”
    Part 1
    Part 2
    Part 3
    Part 4 (We will watch part five at a later date)

Homework due next class (Tue., 9/24): None.


Ancient Empires

HIST: A-Day, Thu., 9/19/13
Agenda:

  1. Venn diagram/jigsaw reading
  2. Group work on power paragraph
  3. Group discussion on common themes

Homework due next class (Fri., 9/20): Complete assignment on ancient Athens and development of democracy (10 pts.)


Economics as a Social Science

ECON: A/B-Day, Thu., 9/19/13-Fri., 9/20/13
Agenda:

  1. Finish PPC worksheet that we began last class
  2. Debrief PPC worksheet—Q&A
  3. Group discussion of homework:
    -Economics as a social science

Homework due next class (Mon., 9/23): Complete second set of PPC practice problems: First pageSecond page.


Production Possibilities Curve

ECON: C-Day, Wed., 9/18/13
Agenda:

  1. Introduction to production possibility curve, “guns & butter”
  2. Work time for PPC worksheet

Homework due next class (Thu., 9/19-Fri., 9/20): Complete worksheet reexamining chapters 1 and 2 for next class.


Code of Hammurabi

HIST: B-Day, Tue., 9/17/13
Agenda:

  1. Class policies cont’d
  2. Note on dates: C.E./B.C.E. vs. A.D./B.C.
  3. Code of Hammurabi reading
  4. Hammurabi partner discussion
  5. Class discussion
  6. Start on homework (time allowing)

Homework due next class (Thu., 9/19): Complete your piece of the jigsaw reading assigned to you in class (10 pts.) If you were not present when it was assigned, pick one of the following three assignment options:

Egyptian and Nubian Empires

Assyrian Empire

Persian Empire


The Ancient Mediterranean; Code of Hammurabi

HIST: A-Day, Mon., 9/16/13
Agenda:

  1. Collect homework
  2. T.A. pitch
  3. Class policies cont’d
  4. Ancient Mediterranean mapping activity
  5. Debrief highlights of map
  6. Discuss reading on Hammurabi code
  7. Code of Hammurabi activity

Homework due next class (Tue., 9/17): None.

Homework due Thu., 9/19: Complete your piece of the jigsaw reading assigned to you in class and respond to the questions in writing (10 pts.).