Flag of Your Nation (with explanation of colors and symbols/emblem on the back)
Based upon where in the world your nation is located, your beliefs, and local tradition, create a flag and national symbol of your nation: http://www.enchantedlearning.com/geography/flags/colors.shtml
Also create your national seal/emblem/symbol. Explain the reasoning behind the elements you include. This emblem often appears on your flag. Some examples:
Assignment: Declaration of Independence
Read the American Declaration of Independence as a statement of political philosophy.
Note the main reasons the Founding Fathers give as their reasons for secession and their goals in beginning a new nation. (Yes, this is part I of this assignment)
Part II: Based on America’s declaration, write your country’s declaration of independence in which you state your reasons for forming a new nation.
Assignment: How will you govern?
Simply defined forms of ruling found HERE and what kind of governmental rule your location uses now HERE should be read.
Then decide how you will run your nation (don't just default to doing the way we do here in the USA).
ALSO explain how/why this form of rule in coheres with your personal ethical code.
Include how the government will continue after you are no longer running this show (due to age, death, or being voted out, etc.)
Today, end of class: your write up on the United States Declaration of Independence.
Friday: The work done for you own nation (thus far-- we'll add more on Tuesday).
Step 1: Location, Location, Location
Step two: How to Create a Nation in 4 "Easy Steps"
Where are your values on the political compass? Find out by taking the quiz.
Later, we'll research and discuss different forms of government and economic systems beyond those practiced here in the USA (we'll talk about those too!).
The Zeitgeist (spirit of the age or spirit of the time) is the intellectual fashion or dominant school of thought that typifies and influences the culture of a particular period in time. Culture and art are inextricable because an individual artist is a product of his or her time and therefore brings that culture to any given work of art.
Groups Will Be:
Comparing 5 Major World Religions
Modified from a lesson by: Melissa Gunnels and Roxanne Wackeen Shankland
This project consists of Two Parts: (all work must be original/not plagiarized)
1. A written web page (Blog It, Weebly, PBwiki, etc) using multimedia to explain/define the religion
2. Projects presented orally to educate peers
PART I Using text and visuals, group projects and presentation must address:
✓Main tenets or principals (Commandments, Pillars, etc.),
✓Books and/or other writings used by the religion
✓ Main sects or denominations. What are the doctrinal differences?
✓Discuss the primary text(s) stating the “party line” philosophy
✓BRIEF history of major events in the religion...how the religion started... dates
✓Founders and other notables (why they are important, NOT how many sibs they had!)
✓Festivals & Holy days (describe when, why/purpose and how celebrated)
✓Standard religious practices, rituals, and customs (describe typical religious service in detail)
✓ Marriage rites? Rules about fidelity, family, divorce, widowhood, etc.?
✓What do those of this faith believe happens after death? Describe burial rites.
✓Where in the world are they? Any countries primarily of this religion?
✓Societal Structure in nations where this religion is predominant
✓Influence on Art and Politics due to religious influence (be specific)
Related Internet Sites (URLs): (this is a START, not the only place to research!)
§ Jewish Holidays web site - http://www.jewishpost.com/festivals/
§ The Museum of Tolerance - http://www.wiesenthal.com
§ Overall View of Buddhism - http://www.ncf.carleton.ca/dharma/introduction/overview.html
§ Web Site for Religions - http://www.interfaithcenter.org/religions.shtml
§ Islam - http://www.aegsp.br/hs/ss/8thGrade/religion.html
§ Hinduism - http://www.hinduism-today.com/
§ Christianity - http://www.farsinet.com/iccsd/questions.html
§ Women - http://www.religioustolerance.org/femclrgy.htm
** Research should include utilizing the following 3 sources:
1. Info from books/atlases/encyclopedia
2. Research from internet and web sites
3. Primary interview in person or by E-Mail with a leader of your chosen religion
PART II. In ADDITION to text and simple pictures, your website must contains at least 4 of the following options:
Read the article below
Find and sum up another instance of human drug trials/experimentation (post WWII). Was informed consent obtained? Was the experiment "worth it"? Explain
Eastern medicine differs from Western medicine. The Western approach tends to change the environment and the Eastern way is to prefer to adapt to the environment. There are established practices that the West rejects and calls "fake" but yet have proven effectiveness and/or a strong following. Research how Eastern medicine differs from Western and ID TWO uniquely Eastern practices with proven medical value, even by Western standards. What is the implication of using alternative medicine rather than Western style surgical or drug therapies to treat illness?
"Snake Oil" refers to 'cure all' medicine that purports to fix multiple ailments, OR medicine with no proven medical values that is sold and taken for a specific ailment. Often the ingredients in such "potions" are inert/benign but can sometimes actually be harmful. At the least, they fail to treat the condition for which they were purchased. People then delay proper treatment or suffer harm thereby. Research and find such a case of "snake oil" sales and define the purpose of the "medicine", why people believed it would work, and why it really didn't. What harm resulted from the "medicine's" use?
Read articles below and then we will discuss.
Each person in your group should read one of the articles below. Explain/summarize the content to the other members of your group.
In the Fall, we focus on the foundations of Philosophy and Logic, culminating with a project where you express your own Personal Ethical Code. In the Spring, we study ethical systems of thought and analyze their logic, ending with the development of your own nation, founded and run according to your ethical code.
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