Monday, November 25, 2013

IB Dance

IB Dance Project
At the completion of this research project you will create a poster or power point presentation to share what you have learned about your subject.
You must include:
Known origins/first uses

Geographical origins

Dancers - is this a dance traditionally performed by men, women, children,
adults, groups, soloists, or partners?

What kind of training does this dance form require?

Venues and Events - outdoors, in temples, at weddings, on a public stage or holidays etc

Context - What connections does this dance form have to the religious, social, political, and economic situations where it was developed?

Parts of the body that are the focus of the dance

Distinctive and definitive movements

Costumes - Significance, reflections of cuture, practicality, focus of attention, etc

Musical accompaniment - traditional instruments, tempo, etc

Laban Effort/Actions

Narrative elements, if any

Props, if any

You must include the following and at least 5 images::::
A map, indicating geographical origins
Stills of distinctive movements
Images of traditional costumes

The presentation should be about 15 minutes in length and include an experiential element.
The rest of the class must have a chance to experience the dance through instruction and demonstration. Please have a musical selection that exemplifies the traditional accompaniment for your dance. The instruction demonstration should include a minimum of 64 counts and should illustrate some of the most essential elements of movement for your dance. Please plan time for identifying, breaking down, and explaining these movements and discussing their significance in the dance tradition.

Use the following sources for your research:::::

Fine Arts and Music Collection
hundreds of full-text magazines and journals covered in databases such as the Wilson Art Index and RILM, this collection provides resources to support research in areas such as drama, music, art history, and filmmaking

Gale Student Resources in Context

Biography Resource Center

History of Dance

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Different Types of dance

IB HOTA - Internal Assessment

IB HOTA - Research

1. General Topic of Investigation
Use the following databases to search for topics appropriate for this project.  You will want to choose a topic that has allot of available and relevant resources. 

Global Issues in Context - Global issues with different perspectives
remote password - empirelink

Military and Intelligence
covers all aspects of the past and current state of military affairs. Key subjects covered include: socioeconomic effects of war, governmental policies, the structure of armed forces

US History Collection
provides well-rounded coverage of both the current thinking and events in US History, as well as scholarly work being established in the field

War and Terrorism Collection
A definitive periodical collection of hand selected titles for analysts, risk management professionals and students of military science, history, social science

World History Collection
current thinking and events in World History, as well as scholarly work being established in the field

Diversity Studies Collection
this collection explores cultural differences, contributions and influences in our global community

Student Resources in Context
news articles, social issues, biographical information, science, history and literature

Opposing Viewpoints Critical Thinking

Opposing Viewpoints in Context

2.Possible Thesis Question

Purdue Writing Center - information of thesis statements

3.Relevant People, Concepts, Events, or Situations

4.Eight Appropriate Sources

Criteria For Evaluating Web Sources

Defining Primary Sources

Primary & Secondary Sources- examples

Web Source Evaluation

Worldcat - a catalogue of material in libraries around the world - create a free account to
use this site.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

The Dark Side of Humanity

You will use the following research to find information about historically infamous people and or events and list the most interesting facts you learned.

How does this event/person represent the unit you are currently studying? Choose at least one of the essential questions and relate it to your area of study.

Essential Questions:

What can readers learn about themselves and others when examining the flaws in characters?

What motivates characters to commit actions they may not usually commit?

How do the actions of an individual affect others around them?

Biography Resource Center   - database 


Lizzie Borden


September 11                             Nanking Massacre

The Holocaust                            Trail of Tears

The Atomic Bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki   The Crusades

Oklahoma City Bombing          Jonestown Massacre

Salem Witch Trials

Preventable Diseases - Research Project

Preventable Diseases - Research Project
Directions: You will research and explore a preventable disease. The disease must be caused by unhealthy eating habits. You can use online and print sources to obtain your information. Once you have completed the research answer the questions listed below:

What are the warning signs of this disease?
What can cause this disease?
What are some foods that cause this disease?
What foods prevent the onset of this disease?
Please plan 3 meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) and 1 snack that will prevent someone from developing this preventable disease.

The following diseases are linked to information:

High Blood Pressure

High Blood Cholesterol

Diabetes Type 2

Heart Disease




Tooth Decay

Endometrial Cancer

Breast Cancer

Prostate Cancer

Colon Cancer



Gallbladder Disorders

Distorted Body Image

Gastro-Esophageal Reflux Disease




Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Industrial Revolution

You must complete a total of 3 mini projects on Industrial Revolution

Use the Tic Tac Toe Board to choose your projects

Use the following links to do your research:

Facebook Instructions
Directions on how to create and post on Facebook Template

Facebook Template - download and save to your documents

Facebook Sample
Sample of a Facebook Page

The following links will provide you with information regarding the Industrial Revolution:

Industrial Revolution

British History

History Central

Industrial Revolution

ABC-Clio - Databases available through the high school

World Belief Systems/Religions Project


To understand the purpose and influence of the Belief Systems which existed from 600 BCE - 600 CE

To research at least one belief system in depth, interpreting and evaluating primary and secondary sources of information, and presenting the information to the class

To identify the beliefs and practices of the major belief systems

To evaluate the interaction and impact of the major belief systems

Essential Questions to be addressed:

How do religion and philosophy influence history?

How do individuals influence society?

Use the following sources to complete your research:

BBC - Religions

Christianity - Encyclopedia Britannica








"There were seven of them, all on cots, all barely conscious.  The villagers had moved then into their new communal meeting hall.  The walls and floor were bare cement.  The air was cold and damp. Of course they're sick, I thought.  I asked the villagers who had been taking care of these people. They said no one, it wasn't "safe".  I noticed that the door had been locked from the outside.  The villagers were clearly terrified.  They cringed and whispered. "
(Brooks, Max, World War Z)

Mother Nature

Use the following sources to research these plagues:

Black Death (Bubonic Plague)

Black Death - Middle Ages

Nat Geo - Black Death

BBC - Black Death

Black Death - Gwen Steffani



Ebola - World Health Organization

Ebola - CDC


Small Pox - CDC

Small Pox - Mayo Clinic

Small Pox

NOVA - Plague Fighters