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

Links

This website provides a list of American idiomatic expressions and what they mean.
http://www.rootsweb.com/~genepool/amerispeak/traits.htm

Buzzwhack is a humorous site that lists and explains popular "buzzwords."
http://www.buzzwhack.com/

The following site has an interactive activity that allows students to guess the meaning of various slang words.
http://www.manythings.org/slang/slang5.html

Slanguage is a humorous site that features the slang of specific cities across America and the world.
http://www.slanguage.com/

Keywords: slang, modern slang, slang dictionary

Unit 2          Murphy's Law

Links

This site discusses the probability theory and provides a list of links for further study.
http://www.math.niu.edu/~rusin/known-math/index/60-XX.html

Learn the history of mathematical notation.
http://www.stephenwolfram.com/publications/
talks/mathml/mathml2.html

Click on topics to read specific Murphy's Laws.
http://murphys-laws.com/index.htm

This site features an extensive list of Murphy's Laws and corollaries. Click on the link to learn where Murphy's Law originated.
http://dmawww.epfl.ch/roso.mosaic/dm/murphy.html

Learn how to calculate percentages and probabilities.
http://www.mathleague.com/help/percent/percent.htm

Keywords: probability theory, Murphy's Law, probability + gambling, math + gambling

Unit 3          Types of Memory

Links

This site provides several games that test your memory with letters and numbers.
http://www.easysurf.us/menu.htm

This site features a memory game with letters.
http://faculty.washington.edu/chudler/stm0.html

The Exploratorium site provides and in-depth look at the brain and how memory works. Available too are games and articles for further study.
http://www.exploratorium.edu/memory/index.html

Learn about the three kinds of memory: semantic, procedural, and episodic.
http://encarta.msn.com/encyclopedia_761578303_2/Memory_(psychology).html

Keywords: kinds of memory, memory test, psychology + memory

Unit 4          Actions Speak Louder Than Words

Links

This site features a comprehensive dictionary of American Sign Language.
http://www.masterstech-home.com/ASLDict.html

Scroll to the bottom of this page to view links for articles, organizations, and other resources related to nonverbal communication.
http://www.geocities.com/marvin_hecht/nonverbal.html

This site features the Nonverbal Dictionary of Gestures, Signs and Body Language Cues. Entries include an image, definition, and usage information.
http://members.aol.com/nonverbal2/diction1.htm

Keywords: body language, American Sign Language, body language dictionary, non-verbal communication, communication + body language

Unit 5          Marriage: Traditions and Trends

Links

Read about the role of aunts in arranged marriages in India.
http://www.geocities.com/CapeCanaveral/Lab/3550/aunt.htm

The following site has a wealth of information on interracial marriages and people of mixed race.
http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/TeachingLib/Guides/MixedRace.html

Read about wedding traditions around the world.
http://www.worldweddingtraditions.com/

Learn the meanings of popular wedding traditions.
http://www.weddingguide.co.uk/articles/planning/traditions.asp

Keywords: arranged marriage, marriage traditions, international marriage trends, interracial marriage, multicultural marriage

Unit 6          Black Holes, White Holes, and Wormholes

Links

Google provides a comprehensive list of links related to Quantum Mechanics and superstrings.
http://directory.google.com/Top/Science/Physics/Quantum_
Mechanics/Quantum_Field_Theory/Superstrings/

Click on topics to learn more about quantum mechanics.
http://dmoz.org/Science/Physics/Quantum_Mechanics/

Learn about Stephen Hawking, his research, and his lectures.
http://www.hawking.org.uk/home/hindex.html

Visit PBS's site to learn more about "Stephen Hawking's Universe."
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/hawking/html/home.html

Keywords: theoretical physics, Stephen Hawking, quantum theory, grand unified theory of relativity

Unit 7          Animal Talk

Links

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.
http://animalvoice.com/

Learn how animals use scent to communicate.
http://www.nhptv.org/natureworks/nwep3d.htm

Visit the website of Interspecies, Inc. to learn how whales and dolphins communicate through music.
http://www.interspecies.com/

Read about the high level of sophistication involved in animal communication.
http://www.cnn.com/TECH/9709/11/animal.communication/

Keywords: animal communication, primates + language, pheromones, chemical communication

Unit 8          Gender Differences in Language

Links

Read about how differently men and women express themselves in verbal discussions.
http://raysweb.net/poems/articles/tannen.html

The following website provides a concise fact sheet that lists the differences in the way men and women communicate at the workplace.
http://pages.towson.edu/itrow/publications/bibliography4.htm#2

Read an interview with Deborah Tannen, author of You Just Don't Understand.
http://www.tompeters.com/cool_friends/content.php?note=005918.php

Keywords: Deborah Tannen, gender + communication differences, men + women + communication style

Unit 9          Fashion and Status

Links

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.
http://fashion.about.com/od/historycostumes/

Read about the great designers of French haute couture.
http://www.france.diplomatie.fr/label_france/
ENGLISH/DOSSIER/MODE/MOD.html

Visit this site to learn about shoes in the 20th Century.
http://www.northampton.gov.uk/museums/

Read about the history of shoes, from the Ancient Egyptians to modern days.
http://www.shoeinfonet.com/aboutshoes/history/

Keywords: fashion trends, haute couture, history of fashion, guide to fashion, history + shoes

Unit 10          The Making of Genius

Links

Read more on the debate over nature vs. nurture, and whether free will exists in our lives.
http://www.trinity.edu/~mkearl/socpsy-2.html

Read more about different learning styles and the multiple intelligences.
http://www.westmark.pvt.k12.ca.us/reading.html

Read a discussion about whether athletes are limited by genetics or by upbringing.
http://goldsea.com/Air/Issues/Physiques/physiques_20621.html

The Surfaquarium has more information on multiple intelligences.
http://surfaquarium.com/MI/index.htm

Keywords: nature vs. nurture, multiple intelligences, sports + natural talent, upbringing + performance

Unit 11          The New Global Superculture

Links

Learn what Global Exchange, a non-profit organization, is doing to encourage countries to democratize the global economy.
http://www.globalexchange.org/economy/

Read an introduction to globalization.
http://www1.worldbank.org/economicpolicy/globalization/

Read an article that discusses the pro's and con's of globalization in South Asia.
http://members.tripod.com/~INDIA_RESOURCE/globalization.html

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 globalization.
http://www.hawaii.edu/global/

Keywords: globalization, internationalization, global economy, international community

Unit 12          Computer Security

Links

Read this guide to Internet safety, privacy, and security.
http://www.nclnet.org/technology/essentials/

Read a series of articles about online security.
http://www.staysafeonline.info/

Read about common computer viruses and what they will do to your system.
http://www.howstuffworks.com/virus1.htm

Learn what cyberstalking is and how to report it.
http://wiredpatrol.org/cyberstalking_harassment/

Keywords: computer security, computer viruses, hacking prevention, Internet protection