Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The Epic of Gilgamesh

Read the story of Gilgamesh at the British Museum website:
A statue of Gilgamesh.
Use it to answer the questions on the worksheet in class.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Creating Your Presentation

Create a new presentation in Google Slides, then share it with my e-mail address: mrnramin@gmail.com.

You'll need to create the following 12 slides for your presentation:

  1. A title slide including:
    1. the name of your organization
    2. the names of your group members
    3. A picture of what you want your building to look like
  2. A project overview slide explaining the purpose of your proposed project for the community
  3. A location slide which tells where you will put your proposed building
  4. A slide showing a map of your proposed location
  5. A slide showing a picture of your proposed location (you can take a picture of the Google Street View showing your location by pressing alt+prt scrn on your keyboard, then paste it into your presentation)
  6. A place slide describing what the area is like and why you chose it
  7. A crime statistics slide
  8. A movement slide describing the ways people can access public transportation near your place
  9. A human-environment interaction slide explaining health and environmental issues faced by the community
  10. A slide showing how you will make your building "green" (environmentally friendly)
  11. A slide explaining how your building will make the North Lawndale community better
  12. A conclusion/"thank you" slide

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Resources for North Lawndale Needs Project

Residents work in a community garden.
Now that you've had your community building project approved, you need to start the planning
process. This blog post will help you research your project and answer the questions on your planning packet.

Note -- you may find information that helps you answer questions in any of the links below, no matter what section they're listed under.

Part 1: Location
Use the links below to find a good location for your building and answer the questions on your planning worksheet.
  • Interactive Census Map showing Race, Vacancies and Unemployment in Chicago neighborhoods (SCROLL DOWN to find the map)
  • A 2005 report showing housing conditions in North Lawndale
  • Do a Google Maps search for the type of building you want to construct in North Lawndale. Try the search "__________ in North Lawndale." Fill in the blank with your building idea.
Part 2: Place
Use the following links to answer the questions on your planning worksheet.
  • Go to the location you chose on Google Maps. Go down to "Street View" level. Move around, then describe what you see on your worksheet.
  • Interactive Crime Map of the neighborhood. Use this to describe the safety level of your location.
  • A Wikipedia article on North Lawndale
Part 3: Movement
How will your building affect the movement of people and ideas in North Lawndale? Use the links below to answer questions on your planning worksheet.
  • Use Google Maps to locate public transportation and other ways for people to access the services you will provide.
  • Do a Google search on your buildings like the one you plan to create. Use the information you find to answer the questions on your planning worksheet.
Part 4: Human-Environment Interaction
Think about the impact your building will have on the North Lawndale environment. Use the links below to answer the questions on your planning worksheet.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The 5 Themes - A Web Quest

You'll use the sites below to learn more about your environment, and other environments around the
world, using the 5 Themes of Geography.

Browse the following websites, then choose ONE that you will use to complete the items listed in your packet today.
Work through the questions in your packet. You will need to access the following website for Theme 5:
NOW, take a piece of white paper. Divide it into three columns and label them like the example to the right.

You will be researching ways we DEPEND on the environment, ways we CHANGE or MODIFY our environment, and ways we ADAPT our environment.

Now, go to one of the following newspaper websites:
Find articles and/or photos that show people interacting with their environments in each of the ways required by your table. Do the following for each:
  1. Write the name of the article.
  2. Write the name of the newspaper in which you found the article.
  3. Summarize the way in which the article shows that we DEPEND, MODIFY, or ADAPT to our environment.
  4. Draw a picture that shows the main idea of the article.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Gateway Make-Up Materials

If you're reading this post, you probably need materials for your Gateway essay.
Go to this link to access the outline packet.

Go to this link to access the document packet.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

All Africans Under The Skin

A Masai tribesman from East Africa's Rift Valley.
Over the past several weeks, we have looked at the collision of cultures caused by Christopher Columbus' invasion of the Americas. We highlighted many differences between the two cultures. Today we will take a look at the shared African ancestry of all humankind.

In parts 1 and 2 of this lesson, we discussed in general the genetic roots of humanity. In the remainder of our time today, you will look at one person's attempt to trace his ancestry and evaluate the results of his inquiry.

Part 3: "In the Footsteps of My Ancestors"
  1. Visit the photo gallery produced by American journalist Donovan Webster to discover the roots of one person. Use this information to complete "Part 3" on your worksheet.
  2. Use Google Maps to locate each of the countries Webster visits.
Want More Information?
Check out National Geographic's Genographic Project to learn more about how advanced DNA analysis is being used to answer questions about human history.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Friday, March 14, 2014

Art Institute Interviews

You can find the questions and answers from our interview session with students from the Art Institute of Chicago here.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Primary Source Note Cards

Here are the two maps you will use for your Primary Source note cards. This way you can just copy and paste them into your "DIRECT QUOTATION" box.

Primary Source 1: Kickstarter Projects by State (darker colors have more financing)

Primary Source 2: Students Admitted to Bucknell University by State