Political Science Homework (Due 20 November)

  1. What is currently happening in Zimbabwe right now?
  2. Do some background research on Robert Mugabe. Seek out evidence to support the claim that Mugabe is getting what he deserves.
  3. Educate yourself on the connection between Robert Mugabe and diamond mining in Africa. Make and defend a prediction about how this mineral wealth (the money from the export of diamonds) might be allocated in the future.
  4. Make a prediction on whether the lives of the people of Zimbabwe will improve, get worse, or remain more or less the same because of the changes. Support your claim with any combination of historical precedent, knowledge about human nature, or media analysis you find. (Cite your sources!)

Political Science (Oct. 9 – 13) Mr. Ian Stewart

Students are finishing up their political communication presentations this week. The class agreed upon a due date of October 10, and we will be meeting today to see if the cancellation of school on Tuesday the third has compromised this date in any way.

Our next unit will look at information-gathering techniques such as polling and focus groups.

Political Science – October 2 and 3 (Mr. Ian Stewart)

The students are working on an project-based assessment on political communication.

The finished product is due in class on October 10th.

Students have been invited to choose a project from the following list:

  1. Writing a five-minute political speech. The student should indicate to whom the speech is given and mention how this information has influenced the contents and structure of the speech.
  2. Create a series of three print communications (pamphlet, billboard, print advertising, etc.). Discuss how the three pieces are designed to complement each other.
  3. Create a thirty- to sixty-second political advertisement.
  4. A fourth option of the student’s own inspiration/creation that is cleared in advance by Mr. Stewart (istewart@discoveryschool.edu.hn).

Grading Policy – Mr. Stewart (Poli. Sci.)

Grading Policy – Mr. Stewart

Department of Social Studies, Upper School – Discovery School

Each students grade will be determined based on the following formula:

Assessments (30%)

This includes tests, quizzes, and in-class presentations that are intended to demonstrate mastery of the curriculum.

Homework (15%)

Homework will be graded according to the rubric posted on the teacher’s blog. Unexcused late homework will be subject to a points deduction.

Classwork/Engagement (25%)

This part of the grade encompasses all in-class written work, participation in class discussion, and making meaningful contributions in pair- and group-work. The grade will also include periodic assessments of the student’s notebook (see teacher’s blog for notebook standards).

Contributions to class discussion will be evaluated both in terms of consistency (students are expected to make meaningful contributions to class every day) and in terms of quality (see rubric on the teacher’s blog).

Persistent and/or egregious deviation from in-class expectations for appropriate student behavior will lead to a deduction from this part of the student’s grade.

Term Projects/Extended Work (30%)

Students are expected to complete longer-term projects that will require substantial research and revision. Students will be notified when a piece of work falls under this category and task-specific rubrics will be distributed with the assignment.



Please Note – Students are expected to turn in original work that includes proper citations when necessary. Work that is copied or plagiarized will receive a score of zero and no makeup opportunity will be given.

Mr. Stewart Introduction (Social Studies Grades 9-12)

Good Day,

My name is Ian Stewart, and I am the newest member of the faculty at Discovery School. I will be teaching social studies for grades 9 through 12.

For the past thirteen years I have been teaching economics, government, and history (both global and US) at a public high school in New York City. While I enjoyed my time at Bronx Health Sciences High School very much, I was ready to explore new challenges and to embark on an adventure.

Prior to my time teaching in the public schools, I worked in the private sector for a test-preparation company by the name of The Princeton Review. While my primary responsibilities focused on test preparation for graduating college students (LSAT, MCAT, GRE, GMAT), I have extensive experience in helping students prepare for the SAT.

My sister is a Discovery School parent, and I have visited Honduras on two occasions in the past. I am delighted to be joining the Discovery School family and look forward to getting to know you all better as we move through this coming school year together.



Ian M. Stewart

Social Studies – Discovery School

Political Science Nov 14-18

Since you have been gone, we will spend Monday and Tuesday discussing the U.S. presidential election outcomes, the electoral college, and a variety of political commentary. On Wednesday, we will continue with our unit on the policies of the state by completing a interest-based group project on the different aspects of development and administration in the modern state.