Archive for May, 2012


Posted: May 31, 2012 by mcculloughmg in Uncategorized

All lessons today contain sound.  Please mute your computer, request headphones, or ask Mr. McCullough if you can use your own personal headphones.

Step 1:  Against All Odds – Refugees

Issues such as depletion of resources, crowding, cultural warfare are often the consequences of overpopulation.  These problems can lead to people fleeing their native lands in search of freedom.  Complete the activity below to learn about and empathize with refugees.

(*You may want to “Yes! Register my game.” when asked if you are not quick at video games so you can complete it over two days*)

  • As you play the game stop after each section of 4 activities and record 5 sentences about what you have learned about refugees.  You may even want to stop after each mini game and add some notes which you can use to synthesize your learning.

Section 1:  War and Conflict – running from persecution


Section 2:  Border Country – can I say here?


Section 3:  A New Life – loss and challenge

Step 2:  – Earth in Peril

In this interactive, world maps reveal the human footprint on Earth’s water, air, climate, forests, and animal habitats. Examine geographical connections between population growth and environmental degradation across the globe.







Print and hand to Mr. McCullough


5-30-12 Global Issues Interactive

Posted: May 30, 2012 by mcculloughmg in Uncategorized

Activity:  Can you help the Guinard family to make ends meet and get ahead in their poverty-stricken homeland, Haiti? In this sometimes tragic and always challenging simulation game, you help the parents, Jean and Marie, and their children, Patrick, Jacqueline, and Yves, make decisions about work, education, community building, personal purchases, and health care that might brighten their future.

STEP 1:  Mute your computer

STEP 2:  Click here, choose education as your goal and play Ayiti

STEP 3 A Play the game until you are successful or until you have tried at least 4 times/different ways.

STEP 3 B:  Please answer these Type II questions in complete sentences and double spaced.

1. What was the game about and how would you describe it to a friend?

2. Why would selecting education be a goal in Haiti?  Even in tough economical times why might an education be valuable?

3. What types of decisions did you have to make about the family members while playing the game and trying to achieve your objective?  Which Global Issues that we have studied may correspond to these decisions?

4. What strategies did you use? For example, did you combine work and school, or did you send everyone to work? Which worked? Which did not?

5. Why would/should parents choose to devote so much effort to sending their children to school?

6. What obstacles did you face in trying to keep them healthy, happy and educated?  What Global Issues do these correspond with?

7. How do the situations and options in the game compare with those in your own community?

8. Why might access to education be a challenge in another country?

9. What factors would make it easier for the children in the game to gain access to education? What conditions could be changed and how?

 *If done early please play again with a different goal (health, happiness, or money)*


In one page typed (12pt font) double spaced answer the TYPE II below:

What is your reaction to the article “Build it and they will come”? (Click title for article) Do you believe this will cure poverty in Cite Soleil, Haiti’s most corrupt and gang filled city?  Why or why not?


Posted: May 30, 2012 by mcculloughmg in Uncategorized

Great job on your Sugar Talk Shows…grades are now in the book!


Posted: May 23, 2012 by mcculloughmg in Uncategorized

Bellwork:  Please see Mr. McC as images were copyrighted.

Today we further discussed the Global Issues dealing with sugar, the Dominican Republic and Haiti.  A big thank you to Stevenson Storm and Rosner Storm for being experts on Haitian/DR relations.

We were also put into groups to begin our Sugar Talk Show project.


Posted: May 22, 2012 by mcculloughmg in Uncategorized
5-21-12 – How did the Fair Trade Fair go?  What were the good parts.  What parts would you change?  Do you like this type of “test”/assessment more than others?
5-22-12 –  React to 2010 sugar import list:
•Dominican Republic … US$100.8 million, up 185.4% (24.1%)
•Guatemala … $77.6 million, up 328.4% (18.6%)
•Brazil … $68.3 million, up 123.4% (16.3%)
•Mexico … $38 million, down 70.7% (9.1%)
•Philippines … $29.7 million, down 13.4% (7.1%)
Today we discussed the sugar trade in the Dominican Republic and the U.S. and Haitian involvement.  Slavery, human rights violations, fair/free trade among other issues were discussed.  Click here for discussion questions.


Posted: May 21, 2012 by mcculloughmg in Uncategorized

Fair Trade Fair Today!  See videos below. (2 Bellworks to be posted tomorrow)


Posted: May 18, 2012 by mcculloughmg in Uncategorized

Type I:  What are 3 ways your project will get the attention of those who attend our Fair Trade Fair?  How will you be sure to earn all 50 points?

Today we are continuing to work on our Fair Trade Campaign.  You should be completed with your project today and any printing done that you cannot do on your own this weekend.  Monday there will be no time to “finish up” your project and will only have 2 minutes to set up your supplied materials.

Bellwork Type I: 

When you see a commercial what parts most get your attention?  How can you use those to convince people to use fair trade products?


Utilizing your learning about human rights and fair trade, your task is to create an advertising campaign to encourage the students and families of Loy Norrix to buy fair trade products.  Your items created will be presented in a 2ft X 2ft space in the library/cafeteria on Monday May 21, 2012

Your campaign must include all of the following:

1.  2 catchy slogans that will make people at least think about changing their buying habits.  Think rhymes and/or powerful messages that people want to repeat.  These must be underlined, easy to find, and may be included in another step. (5pts)

2.  A character that both kids and adults will empathize with and will want to support.  Give this character a name and look and use them throughout your advertising campaign.  Can be imaginary (talking banana) or real (actual child laborer in Columbia (5pts)

3.  2 posters/major visuals(can both be mounted to one poster board) that could be hung inside or near supermarkets where many purchase decisions are made.  Eye catching clear visuals for those who do not read as well are a must.    Make sure they know what “fair trade” is a how to look for it!  May include steps # 1 and 2. (5pts)

4.  A jingle/song/rap of at least 6 lines that can be played on the radio or read on a product.  Again including # 1 and 2 might be a good idea. (5pts)

5.  A specific fair trade product given and the story of how that product gets to the consumer in a fair manner to all producers involved.  You may want to compare this to a similar free trade product  (5pts)

All of your advertising must meet the following criteria:

(a) Meaningful – customers should find the message relevant to the lives of the Loy Norrix family.

(b) Distinctive – capture the customer’s attention and be unique.

(c) Believable – a difficult task since research suggests most consumers doubt the truth of advertising, so make it clear and realistic.



EXTRA CREDIT –  Write a short letter to the editor that can be put into the school newspaper encouraging everyone to buy fair trade products and how they can become involved in the free trade movement. (5pts)

***All items must be put into a display that can be placed in a 2ft by 2ft table space in class on Monday May 21, 2012.***

Websites that may be useful:

Type I:  React to sarcastic cartoon below:

Today we discussed the hypocritical attitude of many people who do not like the repercussions of free trade yet continue actions that support it as consumers.  We watched clips of “The Dark Side of Chocolate” and discussed the questions below:

Which parts of the film did you find most
•Most needs addressing by consumers?
•Most needs addressing by governments?


Posted: May 15, 2012 by mcculloughmg in Uncategorized
Type I:
Do you drink coffee?  Why do you or other people drink coffee?
Where does coffee come from?