Canadian and World Issues
with Mr. Spencer

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Refer to your textbook Clark, Bruce and John Wallace. Global Connections: Canadian and World Issues. Prentice Hall, Toronto 2003 ISBN: 0-13-041067-5. Answer all questions in complete sentences and include part of the question in each of your answers.

   Unit # 2

   Topic: Viewpoints and Perspectives

Mark _____/35 Thinking

The Earth
1. Refer to the back of this page called "The Earth" and answer the following questions:

a) In the world are the following evenly distributed; wealth, food, education,resource,technology? Why or why not? Explain.
b) What influence can Canadians have on changing this distribution? What would you do? Explain.
c) List 10 Canadian and world issues that could stem from the comparisons listed in this handout.

Distinguishing Opinions from Facts
2. (page 8-9)
a) Make jot notes about opinions, subjective,facts and objective.
b) Does opinion based on fact always alter human behaviour? Explain.

3 (page 10) What is bias?

4. (page 10) List the three (3) level of confidences for sources of information.

5. (page 10) Copy out the questions and guidelines to detect bias (Figure 1-4).

6. (page 15) How do map projections misrepresent the surface of the earth? Explain.

7. (page 4) List the influences on your economic and social perspectives.

8. (page 6) Copy down the five categories of right wing and left wing views.

9. (page 6)
a) What is the effect on people's attitudes as they get older?
b) Provide one example of how an attitude has changed in one of your parents, guardians or relatives.

10. In your opinion, describe a topic priority issue that needs to be dealt with for each of the following categories.

a) a local issue
b) national issue
c) international issue

Decoding Bias
11. Find a newspaper or web news article that shows evidence of bias. Underline or highlight the sentences that are biased. In your notebook, provide the media source,date,web link and describe why you think the author was biased on this topic. Provide proof.

12. Log onto the web here. <>

a) Read and make brief jot notes to hand in about Decoding Political Cartoons.

b) Select one political cartoon from a web site listed below. Find a political cartoon that shows evidence of bias. Print out the cartoon. Write a summary explaining the context of the cartoon and describe why you think the cartoonist was biased on this topic.

Canadian Centre for Cyber Citizenship Political Cartoons

Daryl Cagle's Professional Cartoon Index

Aislin as published in The Gazette (Montreal)

Vance Rodewalt as published iun the Calgary Herald

Susan Dewar as published in the Ottawa Sun

Graeme MacKay as published in the Hamilton Spectator

Artizans Political Cartoons

 13. Work on your Canadian and World Issues Scrapbook assignment.


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