Monday, May 16, 2011

Review Questions/Homework

The review questions from class are below. Tonight, you must choose 5 of these that you did not complete in class (or from the Extra Credit post below) to complete. Do the questions in your notebook. You can certainly choose to do more than 5 if you want. Number each question, and title the page "Quarter 4 Exam Review."

Have your notebook on your desk and open to this assignment at the start of tomorrow's class. It is worth 10 points.
  1. Where are the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers located? Why are they important?
  2. What are the two most important resources in the Middle East? Which one is most important? Explain your response.
  3. Examine the map on p. 492. What type of climate dominates the Middle East? Now examine the text on pp. 491-492. How might this climate and the land that goes with it affect life for people in the region?
  4. Based on the map on p. 492, where would you expect most people in the region to live? Explain your response.
  5. Examine the information on p. 496. Why are both modern and ancient techniques used to gather water in the Middle East?
  6. What does “desalinization” mean? Why is it important in the Middle East? Why would we not use a similar process here in Chicago?
  7. Examine the map at the bottom of p. 498. Where can most oil be found in the Middle East?
  8. What are some of the risks of transporting oil?
  9. What is Islam? How is it similar to Christianity? Different? (pp. 503-504)
  10. What are the 5 pillars of Islam? Describe each.
  11. What does it mean to have a “theocratic” government? Do we have a theocratic government in the U.S.? Explain.
  12. Look at pp. 506-507. How do the requirements of their religion affect Muslims on a daily basis?
  13. Examine the box on p. 513. What is a “refugee camp”? Why do so many Palestinians live in these?
  14. What are the two branches of Islam?
  15. Who is the president of Libya?
  16. Who was the president of Egypt?
  17. What is the capital of Egypt? Libya?
  18. Who was the leader of the Al Qaeda terrorist group?
  19. Why is the United States currently fighting in Afghanistan?
  20. What does NATO stand for? UN?
  21. What is the capital of China?
  22. What is the capital of Japan?
  23. Which mountains can be found southwest of China?
  24. What desert can be found north of China?
  25. Name the three most important rivers in China, from north to south.
  26. Name and describe each of the three major religions found in East Asia.
  27. What religion is practiced by the Israelis? By the Palestinians?

Friday, May 13, 2011

Extra Credit!!

For a maximum of 10 points extra credit (2 points per question), complete the following on loose leaf and turn them in to me on Monday. Remember: in order to receive credit, answers must be written in complete sentences.
  1. Who was Muhammad? What impact did he have on the Middle East and North Africa?
  2. Imagine that you are a merchant trying to travel from Spain to India to sell your products. Describe two different routes you could take to get there quickly.
  3. Could you say that the American presidency is a dynasty? Explain your response.
  4. Which of the following models for urban planning offers a more accurate depiction of the way in which the city of Chicago is set up: the multiple nuclei model or the concentric zone model? Explain your response.
  5. Describe the main beliefs of Confucionism, Taoism and Buddhism.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

UN Position Papers: The Final Stretch!

Today you will have your final opportunity to work on your paper in class. Rough drafts are due printed and in my hands at the end of this class period. You must also save the draft in your country's folder on the Y: drive as "Your last name - Your country - RD".

Your final draft is due Friday at the beginning of class. Your paper must be printed and stapled before you walk in to the classroom on Friday.

First, open up your annotated bibliography. I will look at each student's AB today in class. Make sure it is saved to your country's folder on the Y: drive in the following format -- "Your last name - Your country - Biblio".

Then, open up your paper. You have the remainder of the class period to work on this today. I am happy to take a look at any papers in class today, but be aware that we have a limited amount of time in the lab.

Remember -- these should be 1 1/2 pages single spaced.

If you believe you  are finished with your paper, print out a copy. Trade your paper with one of the other people representing your country. Read your group member's paper and write comments/constructive criticisms directly on the paper. Remember -- you are trying to help one another get the best grade possible.

When you get your paper back, make the edits recommended by your partner on the copy you are saving to the Y: drive. Print your rough draft and turn it in to me.

If you finish early, or are simply waiting for me to look over your information, you may visit the NY Times topics page for Osama bin Laden. This page includes all of the articles produced by the NY Times about bin Laden, including everything related to his death this weekend.

For extra credit, choose up to two articles to read. For each, write a (minimum) 5-7 sentence paragraph summary. Include specific, important information in your summaries. Send each summary to me in an e-mail with "Your last name - bin Laden EC" in the subject line. Each summary is worth 5 points extra credit.