2015 Global Studies

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January 8th

posted Jan 8, 2016, 1:02 PM by Mike Costello

-What is going on?
-Why are they occupying the building?
-Who are they?

Extra Credit Opportunity

posted Dec 11, 2015, 12:55 PM by Mike Costello

*You must show your work and it must be done in class
*And you must be able to explain to me how you got the answer

Get across the bridge!

How can you get a group of people across a bridge in a certain amount of time?

The set up is this: there are four people who need to get to the other side of the bridge, each with their own time needed to get across said bridge. Even worse, the bridge can only support two of them for each trip (and the person with the longer time is counted when traveling in the pair). Oh and it’s like dark and there is only one flashlight so a person who has crossed the bridge has to come back for a return trip in order to lead another person across once again. See, riddles are ‘fun’.

Person A can get across in 1 minute, Person B does it in 2 minutes, Person C crosses in 5 and slowpoke sloth human needs 10 minutes. You need to get everybody to the other side in under 17 minutes.

The Logician's Children

Two former college roommates, both logicians, meet at a conference after many years without contact. While catching up, the two eventually get around to discussing their children. The first logician asks the second how many children he has, and what their ages are. The second replies that he has 3 children, but (ever the logician) he will only reveal clues about their ages. The first logician must deduce for himself the ages of the second's children.

"First," says the logician, "the product of my children's ages is 36."

"Second, the sum of their ages is the same as our apartment number in college."

"Third, my oldest child has red hair."

Upon hearing the third clue, the first logician replies at once with the ages of his friend's children. What are they? How do you know?


posted Dec 1, 2015, 1:09 PM by Mike Costello

Read this article (answer in complete sentences)
-Who does it concern?
-What is it saying?
-Where does it apply in your life?
-When will this affect you?
-Why is it important?


posted Nov 16, 2015, 10:11 AM by Mike Costello

New Blog Post
-According to this article
1. What happened in Paris on Friday?
2. Who was involved in the attacks?
3. Where have attacks been carried out in retaliation?
4. When did someone claim responsibility? Who was it?
5. Why did ISIS make the attacks? (Use quotes from the article and your own words)
Watch this video
-Click on "Think"
    -Answer questions on a sheet of paper

Study for quiz

Quiz on Schoology

November 5th

posted Nov 5, 2015, 8:23 AM by Mike Costello   [ updated Nov 5, 2015, 1:37 PM ]

CNN Student News

Population Proposals

-Use the following link to take a look at 9 possible programs to help with population

-Choose four programs

-Create a T-Chart of negatives and positives related to the programs you choose. 

    -The negatives and positives come from your brain. You have to THINK about these

            -A few for each!


 Issue 1

 Issue 2

 Issue 3

 Issue 4


YouTube Video

Who is Manoj Bhargava? What does he do?

Summarize their ideas for...




November 3rd

posted Nov 3, 2015, 7:30 AM by Mike Costello   [ updated Nov 3, 2015, 7:31 AM ]

Your reaction...


posted Oct 29, 2015, 8:19 AM by Mike Costello

New Blog Post
Read about China's New Policy

-Who does the change affect?
-What is your opinion on the change?
-Where will the effect be felt the most?
    -China's _____force
-When did China's 1 Child Policy take shape?
-Why did China end the policy?
    -How do you know that?


posted Oct 19, 2015, 9:03 AM by Mike Costello   [ updated Oct 21, 2015, 1:45 PM ]

Read about Gun Control
What do more Americans want regarding gun control?

Why do you think that is?

Do you believe we should have stricter gun laws? Why or Why not?

New Blog Post
(end of class)

What does Hans Roslin think will happen in 2050 to the 3 groups of people?

At about 6 min, he talks about the lowest income group, what needs to happen for them to move up?

What are some key aspects to "Child Survival"? Why is "Child Survival" (8:20) important?

Do you think population growth is a big concern for us? Why or Why not?

October 15th

posted Oct 15, 2015, 12:31 PM by Mike Costello   [ updated Oct 15, 2015, 2:29 PM ]

The Chips of Trade
Discussion Questions:
1. Have the students look around the room and take note of how many “countries” received three
chips, two chips, one chip, and no chips respectively.
    a. What would it be like to live in a country in each group?

2. Does each country have a large and well-balanced resource base (3 chips of 3 different colors)?
    a. If you don’t have a well-balanced resource base, what could you do to improve your
    b. How does Group 1’s ability to export resources affect their wealth and well-being?
    c. How does Group 4’s dependence on the resources of other countries affect their wealth and

3. Based on the resources you have, would you like to see your country’s population increase,
    decrease, or stay the same? Why?

4. As a country’s leader, how does knowing the population of your country help you plan for the
        a. If you are a country in Group 1, consider what would happen if your population became
            much bigger. Much smaller?
        b. If you are a country in Group 4, consider what would happen if your population became
            much bigger. Much smaller?

5. What are some possible advantages and disadvantages of having a stable population?

See Chart

6. You’ll notice that Canada and Colombia export approximately the same amount as they import.
    However, this isn’t the case with Nepal and Burundi.
        -How can a country afford to import more than it exports?

7. There is a large difference between the amount that each country’s exports are worth.
    -Calculate the amount of exports per capita, for each country.

8. How are a country's resources impacted by the size of their population?

9. How are a country’s resources impacted by population growth?
As a country’s population increases, some impacts include:
    -more resources need to be mined/produced/grown in order to provide for more people.
    -the amount of non-renewable resources will decrease as more people are using them.
    -some people may go hungry/thirsty/without shelter, etc. if there aren’t enough resources to
     go around.

10. Compare the growth rates of each country with the population growth rate of the planet.

11. In question #3, if you answered that you would like to see your country’s population increase,
how can you rationalize this when looking at the big picture of world population hitting seven

Turn in HERE


posted Oct 12, 2015, 12:38 PM by Mike Costello   [ updated Oct 12, 2015, 12:38 PM ]

Define "Condolences" "Protesters" and "Unconstitutional"
-Use in a sentence

Why were they protesting President Obama?
-3 Sentences

Do you feel their protests were justified?
    -Why not?
-3 Sentences

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