Friday, May 18, 2012

Q4 Exam Review Topics

Test format:
  • 120 points
  • 2 sections
  • Writing (DBQ) - 90 points (30 points questions + 10 points outline + 50 points essay)
  • Multiple choice - 30 points (SE Asia political map, document based multiple choice, course content)
Through the exam, you will need to:
  • Be able to analyze primary source documents, extract information, and include it in a structured response (Document Based Questions)
  • Be able to apply APPARTS outline format (Document Based Questions)
  • Be able to demonstrate mastery of 5 paragraph essay format (DBQ Essay)
  • Be able to correctly write and format a thesis statement (including a blueprint for your essay)
  • Demonstrate mastery of concepts related to urbanization and industrialization (DBQ essay)
  • Include information from documents and class in your DBQ essay
  • Demonstrate mastery of SE Asia political map
  • Demonstrate mastery of East Asian human geography (China)
  • Demonstrate mastery of SE Asian human geography
  • Be able to identify and differentiate the UN, NATO, and ASEAN
  • Demonstrate mastery of belief systems (Confucianism, Buddhism, Taoism, Hinduism, Islam)
Extra Credit:
  • Read about the events surrounding this weekend's NATO summit in Chicago.
  • Print out an article and bring it with you to class.
  • Write a paragraph summary (minimum 5 sentences), including at least 3 specific facts referencing your article.
  • 5 points extra credit!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

UN & the Syrian Economy

Congratulations!  You have successfully facilitated a resolution of the conflict in Syria.  But, the UN’s job is far from over.  As you may remember, from yesterday, there are hundreds of thousands of refugees of the conflict.  These people are without homes, and over a million do not have enough food.  Much of the ability of Syria to produce agriculture and industrial goods was also destroyed by the fighting.  Because you did such a great job as a member of the Security Council, the Secretary General would like your country to serve on the UN Economic and Social Council

PART 1: Background on the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).  (2 points each, 6 total).
You will now be working as a member of ECOSOC to recommend how the UN can best help the people of Syria affected by the violence.  You will work with your partner to research the purpose and function of ECOSOC.  You must list 3 functions that ECOSOC serves in helping the people of the world.  You will use the following link to complete this on your loose leaf paper.

PART 2: Your Organization within the UN Eonomic and Social Council. (2 points each, 8 total).
There are many organizations that work within ECOSOC to help the people of the world.  You and your partner will be working as a member of one of these organizations.
1.    Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
2.    United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
3.    United Nations High Commissioner of Refugees (UNHCR)

Go to the link for your organization.  On your loose leaf paper-
·         What is the mission of your organization?
·         List 3 functions or purposes of your organization.

PART 3: How can your organization help the people of Syria?  (2 points each, 6 total)
Now that you know the function of your organization you must evaluate how it can help the people of Syria.  Working with your partner, think of ways in which your organization could help the people of Syria.  Think back to the evidence, and how the fighting affected their lives and their country as a whole.

On loose leaf-
·         Identify 3 ways that your organization can be used to help Syria.  Be specific!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

the UN, Urbanization, and yoUr Country

Today, we'll focus on 3 U's: the UN, Urbanization, and yoUr Country. Use the sites from yesterday, as well as the ones listed below, to respond to the questions that follow.


  1. What is your country's largest city? Record demographic details (population, etc.).
  2. What challenges do people living in urban areas in your country face?
  3. How could you apply Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes' theory to your city? Give specific details from the video and your sources.
  4. Has your city already started to deal with any of the challenges brought on by urbanization? Does it appear to follow parts of Paes' model? Does it leave any parts out? Explain.
  5. Now, think about the UN. Which UN organization handles issues such as those created by rapid urbanization/industrialization? How might this organization help your city/country? Give specific information from the sources to support your response.

The UN Security Council

Part 1: Basic Facts and Past Actions
Work with your partner to complete the following:

  1. What is the UN Security Council? What are its goals?
  2. How does it accomplish these goals?
  3. Who are the permanent members?
  4. Who are the current rotating members?
  5. What are its current missions? What is it doing to accomplish these missions?
  6. What is it currently debating?
  7. What are some of the most important actions the Security Council has taken in the past?
Use the following sources:

Part 2: What to do about Syria?

Monday, May 14, 2012

Urbanization Across the World

Each of the following questions is worth 5 points, for a total of 20. You must include evidence in order to get any credit.
  1. Is your country a developing nation, a nation in transition, or a developed nation? Explain your response. Include at least 3 specific statistics to support your answer.
  2. Is your country primarily urban or rural in makeup? What can that tell you about your country?
  3. Describe a typical family in your country, following the model in the chart on pp. 94-95.
  4. What problems might your country faced based on the information above? Explain your response, giving at least 3 specific statistics as support.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Reforming the UN

A meeting of the United Nations Security Council.

·         With your partner, identify the most important information related to your topic. Highlight or underline important names, dates, organizations, etc. You will present this information to two other groups.
·         Then, look at the questions under the topic headings you were not assigned. Be prepared to ask questions about these during your roundtable discussion.
PART #3: ROUNDTABLE MEETINGS (10 points notes, 10 points presentation)
You will meet with two other countries to discuss your topics. For the two topics you were not assigned, listen to the other groups talk. Complete the following on your loose leaf paper under the "Part 3" heading for each of the groups you listen to.
1.    Record the name of the country presenting.
2.    Take notes on the information they present. If they say it, you should write it down.
3.    If the other groups do not present information for each of the questions they were required to research, ask questions. Record any additional information you learn in this way.
Presentation components:
·         Speak clearly
·         Make eye contact with the other members of your roundtable
·         Stay on task
·         Fully summarize the information you located.
Now that you are an expert on the history, purpose, and mission of the U.N. You must begin to get involved.  The U.N. Is going to hold meetings to analyze if it needs to change with the changing world. The expertise of new ambassadors (you!) is desired to help the U.N. decide what to do.
PART 4: “A CALL FOR REFORM” ARTICLE ANALYSIS ( 2 pts each, 10 points total  )
You will work with your partner to analyze the article “A Call for Reform”. Secretary General Ban Ki Moon wants to know what you think about the push for reform.

You and your partner will read and evaluate the information in the article as new U.N. Ambassadors for your respective countries. Respond to the following questions on your loose leaf paper. Label this section "Part 4".
  1. Should the U.N.’s power be increased to have enforcement authority over any nation, or should it be decreased to only provide humanitarian aid when asked?
  2. "The end of the Cold War changed the purpose of the U.N.’s original mission to prevent another world war." Do you agree or disagree with the statement? Explain your response, giving evidence from the documents we've examined as a class.
  3. Can the U.N., in its current configuration, be effective in preventing global terrorism? Explain your answer, using evidence from your documents.
  4. Examine the end of the article. Are the right issues being addressed by the U.N. in its potential reform process? Is there anything else it should consider to make sure that it is serving the needs of the international community? Explain you response.
  5. Overall, do you feel the U.N. is a successful organization? Explain your response. Cite examples to support your view.

PART 5:  Your Country and the UN (10 points each, 20 points total).
It is time to learn a little more about the country you are representing. 

Find your country on the CIA World Factbook website. Use the information you discover to respond to the following questions. Each response must include specific data to support your answer. Your responses are graded based on this rubric.
  1. How could the United Nations help your country? Refer to one of the official UN bodies in your response, then give statistical evidence from the CIA World Factbook to back up your argument.
  2. How could your country provide assistance to UN programs? Refer to one of the official UN bodies in your response, then give statistical evidence from the CIA World Factbook to back up your argument.                       

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

The United Nations: An Introduction

This is the United Nations flag. Adopted in 1947, 
it features a map of the world centered on the North Pole. 
The olive branches surrounding the globe symbolize peace.
You've done it! Your work as a trade representative has impressed enough people that you've been named as an ambassador to the United Nations.

Over the next seven days, you will work with a partner to learn about the organization you will be working with, as well as a specific country you will represent.

You and your partner will work together to find out specific information about the UN. You will:

  1. Locate and record information related to one of the topics below.
  2. Present your information to other country ambassadors in a roundtable discussion.

PART 1: BACKGROUND (30 points)
Your Sources:
Complete the questions for your assigned topic on loose leaf paper.

Topic 1: Basic Facts and the Creation of the U.N. (30 points)

  1. What is the mission of the U.N.?
  2. To accomplish its mission, what do member countries agree to do?
  3. What was one of the earlier attempts to create an institution to promote international cooperation?
  4. Describe the two flaws this institution suffered from and explain how these ultimately led to its failure.
  5. Discuss some of the main events of World War II. How did these experiences rekindle the idea of establishing a world organization dedicated to world peace and international cooperation?
  6. How did the founders of the United Nations try to avoid the failures of the League of Nations? Explain how these actions would avoid the problems encountered by the League.
Topic 2: The Structure and Operation of the U.N. (30 points)
  1. Identify and briefly describe the function of the six bodies of the United Nations.
  2. Identify the legislative, executive, and judicial operations contained in these bodies.
  3. Explain the different ways the United Nations operates on democratic principles such as rule of law, due process, separation of powers, and majority rule.
  4. Why can it be said that the Security Council does not operate as a democracy?
  5. What kind of occupational skills would someone need to be a staff member or a diplomat at the U.N.?
  6. Explain how each of the six bodies helps the U.N. achieve its mission.
Topic 3: Accomplishments of the U.N. (30 points)
  1. List the four areas of accomplishment described in the reading on the U.N.
  2. Describe the different types of military action the U.N. has taken in its history.
  3. Explain how this use of military action is in keeping with the U.N.’s mission and goals?
  4. What efforts has the U.N. made in protecting human rights? In what ways has the U.N. extended these efforts in the other areas of accomplishment described in the reading?
  5. Describe the areas where the U.N. has made improvements in the health of people in the world. Why has the end of the Cold War made it easier for this to happen?
  6. Describe how the U.N.’s Development Program has provided both economic/agricultural assistance and promoted workers’ rights in countries it has worked in. Why has this agency been successful in gaining the trust of developing countries?