Research Help

SweetSearch and SweetSearch for Social Studies

IHS Library resources and passwords, including Student Research Center

United Nations

US Department of State (US government agency for foreign policy, with information, briefings, and policies on most global issues and countries today. Search or browse for your country or topic in the top right-hand corner).

Council on Foreign Relations (US foreign policy strategies for high-priority countries such as Iran, North Korea, or Sudan. Use the search box in the top right-hand corner to find resources on your country).

US Library of Congress Country Studies (History and social, economic, political, and national security policies of almost every country in the world)

Debatabase

CultureGrams and CultureGrams Kids (login: issaquah, password: eagles)

Finding old news stories

IHS Library resources and passwords

Google World News

How to search the web effectively

Web search strategies in Plain English (3 min video)

Bibliography help and More bibliography help

SoundGecko converts documents to audio

Interesting Links of the Week
Study Geography

POLITICAL GEOGRAPHY

PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY

MISCELLANEOUS

  • Have you found an online game, app, or other resource that's helped you study geography? Which geography tools do you like best? Let Ms. Sibbett know!
  • GeoGuessr generates Google Maps view of somewhere on earth. You guess where it is. Addictive and fun!

WEEKLY ANNOUNCEMENTS 

  • EXTRA CREDIT OPPORTUNITY: 30 minute screening and discussion of Journey to Nyae Nyae, in Sibbett's room either Wed 9:00am or Thurs 2:30pm or next Wed 9am. 5 pts EC for those who attend and participate.
  • The next test or quiz for this class is the Africa capitals quiz, THIS TUESDAY 4/16.
  • You may receive a participation grade on Friday.
  • The next late work deadline is Wednesday, 5/15. Any late work must be turned in by this date to receive 50% credit.

RESEARCH SOURCES

For any research project in this class, use one or more of the following:
  1. SweetSearch, an awesome search engine that finds only reliable, school-approved sources. Check out the SweetSearch tutorial for more info.
  2. Gooru, a search engine for students, lists results by category: videos, interactives, websites, textbooks, handouts, slides, and so on. Let's test it out together! When you try this source, please let Ms. Sibbett know what you think.
  3. HOW TO MAKE A CORRECT BIBLIOGRAPHY
    1. this is what a terrible bibliography looks like
    2. this is what a perfect bibliography looks like
    3. Online Writing Lab (OWL) @ Purdue explains, clearly and simply, everything you need to know about bibliographies
  4. IHS Library research sources and passwords
  5. Google World News, our class starting point for daily news around the world
  6. If you're not going to use one of the above sources, you must evaluate your source using this source-evaluation tool or this other source evaluation tool. Include copies of any source evaluations with your bibliography.
  7. Making a timeline? Here are some online timeline-making tools to try.

GEOGRAPHY GAMES AND RESOURCES

  • World Geography Games: click the region you want, then click the columns for countries or capitals
  • Owl and Mouse Map Puzzles: scroll down to click the region you want (Africa, Asia, Middle East, South America, Central America, etc.), then pick the type of puzzle you want and click PLAY
  • Have you found an online game, app, or other resource that's helped you study geography? Which geography tools do you like best? Let Ms. Sibbett know!

INTERESTING LINKS OF THE WEEK

LEARNING OBJECTIVES IN-CLASS ACTIVITIES HOMEWORK IF YOU WERE ABSENT...
MONDAY

Recommend what should be done to promote a good and happy future for North and South Koreans.

Consider whether Africa has more, less, or the same amount of history as other regions.

  1. daily journal
  2. start reading "Top 10 Myths about Africa"

DUE TODAY: nothing

study for the Africa capitals quiz tomorrow

finish reading "Top 10 Myths about Africa" and put a star next to anything you find surprising

  1. for your daily journal, view this video and this video on North Korea, then answer the question: "what should the United States do to help ensure a good and happy future for the North Korean people?"
  2. do the HW
TUESDAY Consider the idea of Africa as "the Dark Continent," then determine how much history Africa really has.
  1. Boston attack update
  2. Africa capitals quiz
  3. finish reading and discussing "Top 10 Myths about Africa"

DUE TODAY: be ready to take the capitals quiz

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  1. for your daily journal, read "Pakistani Taliban denies involvement" and "Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood Condemns Boston Bombings," then answer the question: "will Americans blame Muslims/Middle Easterners for this attack, even though evidence suggests the attackers were Americans and not Muslim? Why or why not?"
  2. talk to Ms. Sibbett about making up the quiz
  3. do the HW

WEDNESDAY -- U.N. Day

p5 meet in 3308

p6 meet in 2308

Research and describe your UN country's people, economics, politics, and foreign relations.

  1. UN Assignment #3: Country Profile
DUE TODAY: nothing
UN Assignment #3: Country Profile due next Thursday, 4/25
  1. read through UN Assignment #3: Country Profile
  2. do the HW
THURSDAY Consider the idea of Africa as "the Dark Continent," then determine how much history Africa really has.
  1. daily journal
  2. "Dark Continent?" worksheet
    1. read short intro section of Wikipedia article: "Emin Pasha Relief Expedition"
    2. scroll down to find and read 1889 "Heroes of the Dark Continent" flyer
    3. view present-day "Dark Continent" maps

DUE TODAY: nothing

UN Assignment #3: Country Profile due next Thursday, 4/25
  1. for your daily journal, watch this Tofo Tofo dancing video from Mozambique and Beyonce's "Run the World" video, then answer the question "Did Beyonce make good choices about how she represented Africa in her video? Why or why not?" (Please note: this question is NOT about whether you liked the video or not).
  2. Fill in the "Dark Continent?" worksheet using the following resources:
    1. read JUST THE SHORT INTRO section of Wikipedia article: "Emin Pasha Relief Expedition"
    2. scroll down to find and read 1889 "Heroes of the Dark Continent" flyer
    3. view present-day "Dark Continent" maps
  3. do the HW
FRIDAY Explain how Europe's geographic luck (in the form of agricultural advantages that led to) guns, germs, and steel allowed Europeans to dominate Africa.

  1. Day of Silence announcement
  2. watch Guns, Germs, and Steel, part III

DUE TODAY: nothing

UN Assignment #3: Country Profile due next Thursday, 4/25

  1. watch Guns, Germs, and Steel, part III
  2. do the HW

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