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Sneaker Economics October 29, 2007

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In 2001, Americans spent $15.42 billion on athletic shoes. About 107
million pairs of those were bought for teenagers.

1) In your books, rank these in importance to you: Brand, Comfort, Design, Durability, Endorsement (recommendation by a celebrity/sportsperson), Materials used, Peer pressure, Price, Store appearance (where you buy the shoes).

For each of these factors, explain why or why not they are important to you.

2) Read http://www.thenation.com/doc/20061002/southpaw

a) What is so special about the Starbury One and what are Maybury’s reasons for making them? What is “the movement”?
b) How can the cost be kept down?
c) Who are the Fair Labor Association?
d) Who are Educating for Justice and what are there concerns about the Starbury One?
e) Do some research and find a definition for ‘sweatshop’ in regards to the manufacture of shoes. What is a sweatshop and where do they tend to exist? Why do overseas companies use them?
f) Scott Nova says it’s admirable that Maybury is attempting to make sneakers cheaper, but what does he suggest needs to be taken into account when keeping products cheaper?
g) What would be the “slam dunk” in terms of producing the perfect sneaker, as for as Jim Keady is concerned?
h) Using the internet, research a specific anti-sweatshop campaign (not Educating for Justice) and explain the following:
* the goals of the campaign
* the target of the campaign
* how successful they have been so far
* what changes consumers (people like us who buy things) can make in their spending, if we wanted to support one of these campaigns

Recommended links:



Climate Change Ad Campaigns October 8, 2007

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Here are the ads we looked at in class. For each, you should consider what the key “message” is and what techniques the ad uses to convince us of its message (eg. music, humour, visuals)

Climate Clever
(Australian Government ad)

Climate Cleverer (Independent ad)

Gas Guzzler
(Greenpeace ad)

The Astro Ferret Challenge! September 14, 2007

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Those of you who have completed your Action Plan grids can spend today conducting experiments at the NASA-funded site below:


Answer all questions and record your results. Good luck!

My Carbon Footprint: An Action Plan September 7, 2007

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The ways in which we produce carbon emissions (and make our footprint bigger) aren’t always obvious. The following link might help us start thinking about the various ways we can help tackle climate change:


As we can see, it’s not merely driving cars or flying planes that can produce carbon emissions. Buying a piece of fruit that was grown in a different state can also harm the environment. It’s always much better for the environment if you buy products that were made locally.


For example, buying a shoe that was made in another country might produce carbon emissions in the following way:

Production of raw materials (rubber, plastic etc)
Transport of raw materials to factory (road, air travel)
Electricity used in the factories in which shoes are assembled
Production of shoe packaging
Transport of shoe to another country
The plastic bag you use to bring the shoes home from the shops

1) Make a list of (at least) ten ways in which you are contributing to the size of your carbon footprint
2) Start constructing an action plan. How can you personally make changes in your lifestyle that will reduce the size of your carbon footprint? To do this your will need to look at the ways in which you are contributing carbon emissions and think about possible alternatives.

This link may help: Ten Reader’s Ways to cut your carbon footprint

Ways in which Mr Bartlett contributes to carbon emissions:
Air Travel. I travelled overseas in the last 12 months and fly interstate at least once a year.
Internet Shopping. I purchase a wide range of products over the internet, from a number of different countries. Not only does the production of these goods produce carbon emissions, but having the goods flown to my doorstep worsens the size of my footprint.
My Computer. I leave my computer on all the time, which is supposed to be better for the computer, but it does use a lot of energy.
My shoes. I wear shoes that were made in Vietnam in conditions that are known not to be particularly environmentally friendly. On the plus side, they have no leather components. Meat and leather products are a major cause of greenhouse emissions.

In coming up with an action plan, you should try to address each of the following categories:

# Transport
# Water heating
# Electronics
# Standby Power
# Other appliances
# Clothes washing & drying
# Home heating & cooling
# Building and renovating
# Cooking
# Refrigerators & freezers
# HFCs
# Lighting
# Food, Garden, Packaging and Materials

How can you deal with each of these points in your own life?

For more details on each, go to the site below:

Measuring Our Footprints September 3, 2007

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You’ll need to gather the information needed to complete this survey:


Global Warming: Can We Save Planet Earth? June 22, 2007

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Of the hottest years on record, nine out of ten have occurred since 1990. Thousands of plant and animal species are already on life support. Hurricanes, floods, droughts, heat waves and forest fires are happening with more regularity and intensity than ever before. And in a matter of decades, some coastal communities could be entirely under water. All because of global warming. All because of the choices we make every day.

Legendary UK broadcaster Sir David Attenborough says we’ve reached a tipping point and that we must act now to save our planet. Through sensible, manageable, and meaningful changes he says we can save planet earth without tossing out our air conditioners and returning to the days of horse and buggies.

Questions for Part One:

1. How are human activities believed to be changing the climate of the planet?
2. How did Global Warming lead to the devastating strength of Hurrican Katrina?
3. The climate of the Earth has always been changing – are the recent changes in climate the same as past changes? What are the differences between natural changes and human=related changes?
4. How is Global Warming affecting the Great Barrier Reef?

What do ancient rainforests have to do with the increase of CO2 in today’s atmosphere?

Vietnam War April 23, 2007

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Here is the presentation Chris and Nicole gave:

The Vietnam War by Chris and Nicole

Here are the questions:

1) Why did the USA want to stop the North Vietnamese from taking over the whole country?
2) Why were the USA worried about what might happen if they invaded Vietnam?
3) Why did the Americans want to make the South Vietnamese “the Good Guys”?
4) What was difficult and different about warfare in Vietnam, compared to earlier conflicts?

Here are some extra details:


1962 – Australia are expected to take part in the conflict because of the ANZUS treaty, which says that if Australian New Zealand or the US are involved in any conflict, the others will also take part.
– the first Australian troops are sent

1964 – Kevin Conway becomes the first Australian casualty
– conscription is reintroduced in Australia. This is quite controversial and fiercely opposed by the ALP

ANTI-WAR Sentiment increases throughout the 1960s. By 1970, hundreds of thousands of Australians are protesting against Australia’s involvement in the war.

1971- Australia begins to withdraw troops

TREATMENT OF VETERANS is very poor, compared to earlier wars. Many Australians didn’t want to be seen supporting soldiers who had fought in Vietnam because they didn’t want to be seen supporting the conflict. The Returned Servicemen’s League (RSL), which supported soldiers from conflicts wouldn’t allow Vietnam Veterans to join. They were said not to have been fighting a ‘real war’ and therefore betrayed ‘the ANZAC spirit.’

SOSE Presentations March 30, 2007

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Here is the complete collection of presentations from this term and/or the questions you need to answer for PERIOD 1 of FRIDAY the 20th of APRIL.

These ones have the questions included in the powerpoint files:
The First Australian Car by Jessica
Burke and Wills by Brett (No Questions)
The Great Barrier Reef by Ashleigh and Steph
The First Fleet by Shannen
The Gold Rush by Christine
Phar Lap Presentation

Questions for additional presentations:
Port Arthur History
1) What was the original purpose of the settlement at Port Arthur?
2) Why do you think it was built in the location it was built?
3) Why were the extensions built on? What sort of punishment were they hoping to move toward for their prisoners?
4) Why do you think people often think Port Arthur is haunted? What reasons would there be for possible hauntings?

Dear Mr Howard March 15, 2007

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9D SOSE, here’s your letter writing task:
Letter to Howard

This is Due PERIOD 1 of FRIDAY the 20th of APRIL.

Aboriginal Post-Contact History March 5, 2007

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For those of you who missed my scintillating presentation on post-contact Aboriginal History, here’s the powerpoint. The questions are included.


Internet Referencing February 26, 2007

Posted by Myke Bartlett in CSC Year 08 SOSE 2007, CSC Year 09 SOSE 2007, CSC Year 11 English 2007, CSC Year 12 IP.
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How Not To Use the Internet

A little reminder about how to reference information you’ve found on the internet. You should NEVER COPY AND PASTE straight from a webpage, but you should still let people know where your knowledge has come from. If you don’t do this, you could be guilty of Plagiarism. Plagiarism is when you copy other people’s work without giving them any credit. This is illegal and can lead you to failing your assignment.


You can’t copy and paste because the work you hand in should be YOUR work. You need to show that you’ve learned and understood the work you’re doing otherwise there’s no point in doing it.

You can do this in two ways. The main way you’ll want to be referencing a website is in your bibliography. Your bibliography is a page at the end of your assignment where you list all the books, magazines, newspapers and websites you looked at while you were doing it.

To reference a book in your bibliography, you would write it like this:

Author’s Surname, Author’s First Name. ‘Name of the Book’. Publisher: Year Published.

For example, if Joe Bloggs had written a book called “The Magnificent Penguin” which was published by Puffin Books in 2005, you would write it like this:

Bloggs, Joe. ‘The Maginificent Penguin’. Puffin Books: 2005.

To reference a website, you do much the same thing:

‘Name of page’ [Type of resource, eg. Online], the web address, (the date you looked at it.)

For example, this webpage would be referenced like this:

‘Internet Referencing’ [Online], https://mrbartlett.wordpress.com/2007/02/26/internet-referencing/, (26th February 2006.)

HOWEVER, although you often won’t be able to say who the author of a webpage is, when you can, you should.

For example, you can tell that I wrote this webpage, so you should really reference it like this:

Bartlett, Lord. ‘Internet Referencing’ [Online], https://mrbartlett.wordpress.com/2007/02/26/internet-referencing/, (26th February 2006.)

Yes. You can put the web address directly underneath the pictures. Or put a note in your bibliography at the end.


You should do the same as you do with pictures.

You can ‘cut and paste’ quotes but these need to be put in “” (quotation marks) and you should put a note in brackets telling us the reference.

– You should NEVER LIST GOOGLE AS A REFERENCE. Google is a ‘jumping off point’, not a webpage in itself.
– Make sure every assignment has a list of references at the end.

SOSE Presentations February 26, 2007

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Here are the Presentations we’ve had so far, in case you need to answer some questions:

The Gold Rush by Christine
The First Fleet by Shannen

Federation (or How the States Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Being a Nation) February 13, 2007

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Here is the powerpoint presentation we used in class, in case anyone missed it or would like to check some details.federation.ppt

Year 9 SOSE First Semester Project February 5, 2007

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In groups of 2-4, choose 4 areas of study from the lists below. Make sure you choose two from each list. Over the course of the semester you will have to complete 4 presentations. Each presentation should contain at least 500 words of writing but can take any format (eg. a Powerpoint presentation, a short film etc.) It must not be simply a written piece and MUST NOT BE COPIED AND PASTED FROM THE INTERNET. No marks will be given for a presentation like this.

You will need to present and explain your work to the class and give the class 10 questions on your presentation.

The first presentations will take place in week 3.

To start (for Friday 9th February):

1) How much do you already know on your chosen areas?

2) How will you find out what you need to learn?



Australian Govt./Federation

Capital Cities/States

Neighbouring Countries

First Fleet/Settlement/Convict Era


Australian Pioneers


Eureka Stockade

Economical History

Gough Whitlam/The Dismissal

Australia before 1788

Sydney Harbour Bridge/Opera House

Queen’s Visit/Republic Debate

Capital Punishment

Vietnam War

The Great Depression


The New Millennium



Tasmanian Tiger

Australian Inventions

Ned Kelly

The Last Man Hanged

Port Arthur Massacre

Australian Fashion (Bogans, Mullets etc.)

Australian Animals and Plants

Australia and the Cold War

First Postage Stamp

Harold Holt

Flying Doctors

Phar Lap

IR Laws

(Most of these options have already been chosen, so ask me if you wish to change your selection.)

Useful Websites:

http://members.ozemail.com.au/~slacey/weblinks.htm (Plenty of Australian Goodness!)

100 Years of Australian Innovations and Inventions!