Archive for September, 2011


Posted: September 30, 2011 by mcculloughmg in Uncategorized
Question:  Where does sugar come from and does it have anything to do with human rights?
Today we talked about how sugar and chocolate both are products that have human rights violations wrapped up in their production.    We then watched a portion of the film “Price of Sugar” to illustrate the human rights violations that U.S. sugar buyers perpetuate in the Dominican Republic.  Click here for discussion questions.
Homework:  Find and photo or buy a fair trade product.  Please look for the following symbols to help your search


Posted: September 29, 2011 by mcculloughmg in Uncategorized

Today we watched part of the film “Dark side of chocolate” and answered the following questions”

1.Please list 5 violations of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights that were displayed in our film.
2.  Do you think documentaries like this are important and cause positive change?  Why or why not?


Posted: September 28, 2011 by mcculloughmg in Uncategorized
Question:  Where does chocolate come from and does it have anything to do with human rights?
Today we discussed how something as simple as chocolate is tightly related to the global issue of human rights.  We then shared our examples of human rights violations as classmates and received homework based on the UDHR and the “NYT Upfront Magazine”.


Posted: September 27, 2011 by mcculloughmg in Uncategorized

Name:______________________________________  Date:_______________________ Hr:_______________

Directions (click here to get Microsoft Word copy) You are members of a human rights interest group that works to combat human rights violations around the world.  Many people in the United States are not aware of how other countries routinely kill, torture, and otherwise abuse their citizens.  To gather more support for your cause, you are going to create a pamphlet outlining the courses of action that people should take to fight against human rights abuses.

Question to consider:

What actions should United States citizens, the United States government, and the United Nations take to combat human rights violations around the world?

Where do I begin?

Now what?

Use the template below (or create your own with the same categories) you will put together a pamphlet/brochure creating support and awareness for your cause.  Each category is worth 2 points for a total of 20pts for this project.  You will also be sharing this project with classmates tomorrow in hopes of gaining support for your cause.

Name of Human Interest Group:Human Rights Violation:

Dates of violation:

Basic geography/location of violation:

Important history and leaders of violation:Which Universal Declaration of Human Rights is being violated: Course of action that U.S. citizens should take to help:Course of action that the U.S. government should take to help:

Course of action that the United Nations should take to help:

Description of one human rights violation in the past that has been effectively resolved using one of your courses of action:


Posted: September 26, 2011 by mcculloughmg in Uncategorized
In 3 sentences, what does the below quote mean?
“Human rights are inscribed in the hearts of people.”
After a quick quiz…Today we took notes about human rights and the Universal Decleration of Human Rights as stated by the United Nations.”  We discussed what these rights mean to youth and to everyone of the earth and watched the below video.


Posted: September 25, 2011 by mcculloughmg in Uncategorized

You reviewed your online learning about overpopulation and took part in an activity about living on only $500.  Hopefully you were good for the sub.  Be prepared for a brief quiz on Monday!


Posted: September 21, 2011 by mcculloughmg in Uncategorized

Population Growth WebQuest


Visit the following websites below and answer the questions pertaining to each website on a separate sheet of paper.


Human Numbers Through Time:

Click on the following website:

Launch the Interactive (click the map on the left)

Copy the following chart on your paper and fill in the information:


Human Population

Growth Rate, Where People Lived

(include percentages when possible)

0 A.D.









Answer the following questions about the information that you read:

  1. In the 18th century what raised the living standards and spurred population growth?
  2. In the mid 1900s, what profoundly increased human life expectancy?
  3. When did the growth rate reach its all-time peak?  What was the growth rate?
  4. In the 1970s, where did most of the population explosion happen?
  5. When was the 6-billionth baby born?
  6. Where will nearly all of the further human population growth take place in the world?  What is a foreseeable problem with this?


Developed vs. Developing Countries:

On the Wikipedia website, look up the following information:

  1. What is a “developed” country?
  2. Characterize a developed country in terms of GDP per capita (income per capita), and Human Development Index.
  3. List 5 countries that are considered “developed.”

  1. What is a “developing” country?
  2. Characterize a developing country in terms of standard of living (under “Measure and Concept of Development”).
  3. What is the relationship between industrialization and population of an undeveloped nation?
  4. List 5 countries that are considered to be “developing.” (hint: Check out the maps on the right side of the page.)


Go to the WorldMapper website:

  1. List the top 5 countries in terms of GDP per capita.
  2. List the bottom 5 countries in terms of GDP per capita.
  3. What does purchasing power refer to?

  1. Which country has the most percentage people that live under $10 a day?
  2. Which country has the least percentage people that live under $10 a day?

  1. What does HDI measure?
  2. Where does the United States rank in terms of HDI?
  3. Which country has the highest HDI?
  4. Which country has the lowest HDI?



Global Trends Quiz:

Click on the following link

Start the quiz (click the picture on the left)

While taking the quiz, answer the following questions:

  1. What is replacement-level fertility?  What is the fertility rate in European countries vs. less developed countries?
  2. What is the average life expectancy for men and women in the developed world?
  3. If the fertility rates in developing countries does not change, what will be the population in the developing world?
  4. What is the correlation between women’s education and family size?
  5. How many children under 15 are in the world?
  6. Most environmental damage caused by people in the developed world is attributable to what? (Be specific.)
  7. North Americans use how much more energy than Africans?
  8. How many cars per 1,000 people are there in China?  How will this change by 2025 and what will be the environmental impact?
  9. How many people in the world are undernourished? Where do most of the people live?
  10. What is “carrying capacity”?  What is the carrying capacity for humans?


Last, but not least:

Go back to the the WorldMapper website:


  1. Look through the website and write down the 10 most interesting statistics that you can find.


Posted: September 21, 2011 by mcculloughmg in Uncategorized
Question of the Day:  Are you concerned about the world population boom?  Why or why not?
Which statement from yesterday did you MOST DISAGREE and MOST AGREE with?
Today, we discussed overpopulation and watched a portion of the documentary “How many people can live on earth” by the BBC.  Homework:  Click here for discussion questions which must be turned in tomorrow


Posted: September 20, 2011 by mcculloughmg in Uncategorized

Today we reviewed and took a quiz over THIS READING about overpopulation and then discussed some key questions surrounding overpopulation as a global issues.  Click here for our discussion questions.


Posted: September 19, 2011 by mcculloughmg in Uncategorized

We discussed population, overpopulation, demographic divide and less developed vs. more developed countries.  With our discussion we took notes and began to understand what overpopulation, especially in less developed countries, is beginning to to do all of us!