Middle East Geography Re: Teach

Feel free to use the CIA WORLD FACTBOOK.

By next Thursday, create a few slides to profile your country when you present it to the class… Email it to Justin & Peter. Also, post your country presentation on your site (either the exact slideshow, or an adaptation, or link to a Prezi or Google Doc) by Thursday. Make sure your brief presentation includes:

  • The country’s name: + capital & geographic placement + a visual political map
  • Info on – Gov’t/Economy
  • Info on – Physical Geography (Shape…)
  • Info on – People/Society
  • Info on – Relevant Current Event(s)
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Prompt: ‘Being the Change’ in Divisive Times

screen-shot-2016-11-11-at-2-41-06-pmConsider this short article & video/interview, Facebook shows you what you want to see post-election re: the informational ecosystem that we live in. It argues that we are placed into insulated bubbles of like-minded ideology and hyperpartisan news that results in profound division and the inability to understand each other:

Facebook’s algorithm knows what you like based on the videos you watch, people you talk to, and content you interact with. It then shows you more of the same. This creates something called “filter bubbles.” You begin to see only the content you like and agree with, while Facebook hides dissenting points of view.

Reply to this prompt in at least 3 paragraphs (on your site by class on Monday): in light of these times of fear, suspicion, and distrust, how can you (to quote Gandhi) “be the change you wish to see in the world”? In at least three paragraphs, clarify:
a) At least one explicit social change that you’d like to see in the world and,
b) What specifically you could do (as a teacher & citizen) to promote that change by ‘being’ that change.
We look forward to reading your responses!

Satire Paradox Prompts

Prompts for The Satire Paradox by Gladwell to be posted on your website, by Monday’s class:

FYI, Satire is defined as…

1) Talk about the argument being made in the podcast, in 2-4 sentences: what is ‘The Satire Paradox’ exactly? Further, and more specifically, how does Tina Fey’s portrayal of Sarah Palin illustrate this phenomenon?

2) Critically react to the argument of The Satire Paradox, in 4-6 sentences: After hearing from Gladwell, what does satire do to influence (or not influence) public/perspectives on political figures? Is satire effective in persuading opinions & critiquing individuals, or does satire miss the intended mark by only entertaining and watering down the true issues and figures being addressed?

Revisionist History: The Satire Paradox

rhIn an age dominated by political comedy, The Satire Paradox asks whether laughter and social protest are friends or foes.”

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THE EPISODE.

Link to Malcolm Gladwell’s Revisionist History podcast.

Political Considerations

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Consider what can be meant when someone claims a country has “freedom”, at least in an economic sense. Freedom for who, for what, and etc.?! This is a more complicated than we might first think and but the Index of Economic Freedom can give us some insights. Further, you can turn the CIA World Factbook to compare and contrast different countries.

Secondly,  take a Political Spectrum test:

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