Contemporary Topics 3
Links and Keywords for Additional Research
You can use these links to find more information about the topics of each unit in Contemporary Topics 3.
When you are doing a search for other sites or through other reference books, the keywords for each unit will get you started.
Unit 1 Slang: Talking Cool
This website provides a list
of American idiomatic expressions and what they mean.
Buzzwhack is a humorous site
that lists and explains popular "buzzwords."
The following site has an interactive
activity that allows students to guess the meaning of various slang words.
Slanguage is a humorous site
that features the slang of specific cities across America and the world.
Keywords: slang, modern slang, slang dictionary
Unit 2 Murphy's Law
This site discusses the probability
theory and provides a list of links for further study.
Learn the history of mathematical
Click on topics to read specific
This site features an extensive
list of Murphy's Laws and corollaries. Click on the link to learn where
Murphy's Law originated.
Learn how to calculate percentages
Keywords: probability theory, Murphy's Law, probability + gambling, math + gambling
Unit 3 Types of Memory
This site provides several games
that test your memory with letters and numbers.
This site features a memory
game with letters.
The Exploratorium site provides
and in-depth look at the brain and how memory works. Available too are
games and articles for further study.
Learn about the three kinds
of memory: semantic, procedural, and episodic.
Keywords: kinds of memory, memory test, psychology + memory
Unit 4 Actions Speak Louder Than Words
This site features a comprehensive
dictionary of American Sign Language.
Scroll to the bottom of this
page to view links for articles, organizations, and other resources related
to nonverbal communication.
This site features the Nonverbal
Dictionary of Gestures, Signs and Body Language Cues. Entries include
an image, definition, and usage information.
Keywords: body language, American Sign Language, body language dictionary, non-verbal communication, communication + body language
Unit 5 Marriage: Traditions and Trends
Read about the role of aunts
in arranged marriages in India.
The following site has a wealth
of information on interracial marriages and people of mixed race.
Read about wedding traditions
around the world.
Learn the meanings of popular
Keywords: arranged marriage, marriage traditions, international marriage trends, interracial marriage, multicultural marriage
Unit 6 Black Holes, White Holes, and Wormholes
Google provides a comprehensive
list of links related to Quantum Mechanics and superstrings.
Click on topics to learn more
about quantum mechanics.
Learn about Stephen Hawking,
his research, and his lectures.
Visit PBS's site to learn more
about "Stephen Hawking's Universe."
Keywords: theoretical physics, Stephen Hawking, quantum theory, grand unified theory of relativity
Unit 7 Animal Talk
Learn more about what animal behaviorists are, and what they do. http://www.indiana.edu/~animal/help/careers.html
Learn what one non-profit organization
is doing to study the communication of endangered animals.
Learn how animals use scent
Visit the website of Interspecies,
Inc. to learn how whales and dolphins communicate through music.
Read about the high level of
sophistication involved in animal communication.
Keywords: animal communication, primates + language, pheromones, chemical communication
Unit 8 Gender Differences in Language
Read about how differently men
and women express themselves in verbal discussions.
The following website provides
a concise fact sheet that lists the differences in the way men and women
communicate at the workplace.
Read an interview with Deborah
Tannen, author of You Just Don't Understand.
Keywords: Deborah Tannen, gender + communication differences, men + women + communication style
Unit 9 Fashion and Status
The "Fashion History" section of About.com has numerous links to sites on the history of women's fashion, organized by time period and by topic.
Read about the great designers
of French haute couture.
Visit this site to learn about
shoes in the 20th Century.
Read about the history of shoes,
from the Ancient Egyptians to modern days.
Keywords: fashion trends, haute couture, history of fashion, guide to fashion, history + shoes
Unit 10 The Making of Genius
Read more on the debate over
nature vs. nurture, and whether free will exists in our lives.
Read more about different learning
styles and the multiple intelligences.
Read a discussion about whether
athletes are limited by genetics or by upbringing.
The Surfaquarium has more information
on multiple intelligences.
Keywords: nature vs. nurture, multiple intelligences, sports + natural talent, upbringing + performance
Unit 11 The New Global Superculture
Learn what Global Exchange,
a non-profit organization, is doing to encourage countries to democratize
the global economy.
Read an introduction to globalization.
Read an article that discusses
the pro's and con's of globalization in South Asia.
Visit the website of the Globalization
Research Center, an organization whose goal is to identify and analyze
the social, political, economic, and cultural transformations that characterize
Keywords: globalization, internationalization, global economy, international community
Unit 12 Computer Security
Read this guide to Internet
safety, privacy, and security.
Read a series of articles about
Read about common computer viruses
and what they will do to your system.
Learn what cyberstalking is
and how to report it.
Keywords: computer security, computer viruses, hacking prevention, Internet protection