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    This class is also known as Social Studies, Humanities, and World Cultures. 
    We will study geography, history, other cultures, and current events.
    As the problems of our future become more global, I want to impress upon students that the actions in one country or on one continent, often affects what happens in other countries, as well.  For example, when quinoa becomes a very popular health food in countries, such as America,  it becomes too expensive for the native people of Peru (where it is grown and where it is a staple food in their diet) to buy.  War in the Middle East often means higher gas prices at the gas stations in other countries.  A tsunami at one end of an ocean often causes efffects at the other end, such as the Fukushima power plant in Japan and its effect in the Pacific Ocean and the American west coast.  If Russia decides to ban air space to flights originating in other countries, is it possible that airline ticket prices will rise in those other countries?  We must become aware of the causes and effects of global living.  It is important to give children time to think about problems before they are asked to work on solving them!
    We are a planet of seven billion people, and although there is enough room for us all, the world is out of balance.  We will ask ourselves, do we care if some people on another continent are hungry?  What can we do to make the world a better place?  Should we try?
    Although we will spend much of our time learning facts and information, we will spend additional time in discussion and exchange of ideas.  I want your student to know how to think critically about what he/she hears, how to speak up, and how to work together with others to solve problems.
    One of the National Geographic videos that will inspire some of our classroom discussions may be seen here: 7 Billion  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sc4HxPxNrZ0
    It is only 3 minutes long! Check it out and talk to your student!  Ask them what they think, and share your thoughts with them, as well!

    Please, let me know if you have any questions! 
    Jennifer Koontz
    Email: jkoontz@dentonisd.org  
    Telephone:  940-369-2425
    Tutoring schedule: Mondays and Wednesdays only
                                   7:50 a.m. - 8:20 a.m.
    *Please make an appointment ahead of time, so that I may have the appropriate materials ready.
Last Modified on August 24, 2015