Policy Statement Review

Here is a copy of the Policy Statement Power Point to help you in crafting your own policy statements.

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Use these questions to help you review your policy statements and check to see that you are on the right track:

1. Paragraph 1 – Background

  • Have I mentioned the historical background of the issue?
  • Have I talked about the global impact of this issue?
  • Have I talked about how long the issue has been going on for?
  • Have treaties been signed already?
  • Have I mentioned how this issue relates to any of the 3 Fundamental Principles of the UN?

2. Paragraph 2 – Country Stance

  • Have I mentioned the concerns of my country?
  • Have I mentioned treaties or big ideas my country has supported for this issue?
  • Have I mentioned any solutions or efforts already tried by my country?
  • Have I mentioned which fundamental principle my country is concerned with with regard to the issue?

3. Paragraph 3 – Diplomacy Building

  • Have I mentioned that my country is committed to a solution?
  • Have I built trust and diplomacy through this paragraph?


Here is a scaffolded document to help you if you’re stuck or struggling with how to start.

REMEMBER to use your MUN Delegate packet as well as it will help you in your writing!

MUN Dates and Deadlines

In NoodleTools

10 NOTECARDS – Wednesday, Nov 26 2014

Remember to have at least:

  • 1 EBSCO
  • 1 Print Source (book or magazine)
  • 1 of the websites off my blog
  • 3 (maximum) websites that you’ve tested for credibility (C.R.A.A.P)

In SS8 Written Work Document

COMPLETE POLICY STATEMENT – Tuesday, Nov 25 (A) / Thursday, Nov 27 (H)

COMPLETED OPERATIVE CLAUSES (x3) – Tuesday, Nov 25 (A) / Thursday, Nov 27 (H)

*Final policy statements and operative clauses will be submitted on TURNITIN 

DON’T FORGET: Printed notecards, research, operative clauses slips, and policy statements need to be brought to class THURSDAY Nov 27 (A) / FRIDAY Nov 28 (H) for the start of the MUN Conference.

MUN Website Source List

Here are some sources that will help you find the information you are looking for. Remember that there isn’t one source that will tell you exactly what your country’s stance is – you will have to infer from several sources and perhaps even take a look at your country’s history and who they sided with for other similar issues.

This list will constantly be updated.  If you find good sources, feel free to email me so I can add them to the list, too! 🙂



  • NTI Country Profiles – http://www.nti.org/country-profiles/
  • UNA (country profiling) – http://www.unausa.org/global-classrooms-model-un/how-to-participate/model-un-preparation/research/country-research


  • General Country stance (most countries) – http://fissilematerials.org/library/gfmr09cv.pdf
  • Weapons Free Zones    – http://www.un.org/disarmament/WMD/Nuclear/pdf/NWFZ-postcard-2010.pdf
  • CNN Nuclear Weapon States – http://edition.cnn.com/interactive/2013/03/world/nuclear-weapon-states/
  • Arms Control (Country Resource)        – http://www.armscontrol.org/countryresources
  • UNODA – United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs – http://www.un.org/disarmament/
  • Interesting Video on Background information for disarmament – http://www.un.org/disarmament/education/Movies/wmd_1540/


  • Water.org (Access by country)                                                     – http://water.org/water-crisis/water-facts/water/
  • World Health Organization (countries without access) – http://www.who.int/pmnch/media/news/2012/201205_africa_scorecard.pdf           – http://www.who.int
  • Ways to Provide Clean Water – http://www.engineeringchallenges.org/cms/8996/9142.aspx
  • UN Water Facts and Figures                                             – http://www.unwater.org/water-cooperation-2013/water-cooperation/facts-and-figures/
  • MDG 7                                                                                                   – http://www.un-kampagne.de/fileadmin/downloads/news3/final_human_rights_and_mdgs_brochure.pdf



Use this google search presentation to help you narrow down your searches on google!


MUN Country Assignments

Here we go!  All classes have their country assignments for the MUN Conference and we’ve started going through our background guides and delegate packets.  Make sure you’re familiar with both of these documents in the next few days as they are going to walk you through how the conference will work and where to find information.

Below are the country assignments just in case you forget!  You’ll need to know other people’s assignments so you know who might be able to co-sign your clauses later on or who will be able to help you in gathering information about your own country.

Good luck!



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MUN Background Guide Activities

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You’ll be tackling the topic of Elimination of Nuclear Weapons.  Here you’ll find the link to a google doc that will ask you to work with your table to explore issues, symptoms, and implications of this topic.


Use your background guide, each other, and the sources listed in my blog to help you find information.


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You’ll be tackling the topic of Universal Access to Clean Water.  Here you’ll find the link to a google doc that will ask you to work with your table to explore issues, symptoms, and implications of this topic.

Use your background guide, each other, and the sources listed in my blog to help you find information.


Model United Nations

imgres   WHAT IS MODEL U.N.? Model United Nations (M.U.N.) is a simulation of an actual United Nations Conference. Students will typically role-play delegates to a specific country in the General Assembly and tackle pertinent issues being debated in the U.N. today.   The activity will asks the students to partake in and showcase substantial researching, public speaking, debating, and writing skills, as well as critical thinking, teamwork, and leadership roles.


This year we will be focusing on one topic at our conference:

A BLOCKTotal Elimination of Nuclear Weapons

H BLOCK: Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons


QUIZLETS for Nuclear Weapons Conference:

UN Test Revision Topics and Rubrics

In preparation for your UN test on Thursday, October 23rd, below you will find a list of topics you may review as well as the rubrics that will be used for parts 2 and 3 – (Comprehension – Analysis and Synthesis).

TEST RUBRICS – Please make sure you’ve copied this into two separate documents to be used on the test day:   Comprehension – Analysis – Synthesis Rubric

Google Doc #1:  yourlastname Unit Test Comprehension

Google Doc #2yourlastname Unit Test Analysis and Synthesis



The coverage of the UN Unit Test will consist of the topics below.  To revise, you may review the blog posts below that have to do with the different topics (on WWI, League of Nations, WWII -mainly the events that led to the UN- and the UN); your chart on the MAIN causes of WWI; your A.nnotate Reading Packet (UN Challenges and Changes); and the videos that we’ve watched.

Also make sure that you’ve pre-selected your best analysis and synthesis question from your a.nnotate packet as those are the questions you will be using for part 3 of the test.  Come in to class ready to answer those two questions with detailed information to support your opinions/claims.


  1. What led to the outbreak of WWI
  2. The formation of the League of Nations and it’s failure
  3. The factors of WWII that led to the creation of the UN
  4. The United Nations, it’s core values, it’s organs and their functions

Meaningful Sentence Review

Directions: Review the 8 sentences below and with a partner, give each sentence a rating (use our Exemplary-Emerging scale)  in terms of how meaningful you think the sentences are and how much they showcase the writers understanding of each word.

  1. She was upset that the change in the class schedule would hinder her ability to prepare for the upcoming semester assessment.
  2. His father was a diplomat who was used to cultural differences and differences of opinion when dealing with others.
  3. They all belonged to a nation.
  4. Based on the charter, everyone knew exactly how the organization would run.
  5. They were unsure about the decision to join the League because they felt it would affect their sovereignty as a nation.
  6. Our group came to a consensus about where we would watch the movie this week.
  7. He worried that he had big shoes to fill from his predecessor.
  8. They did the job because of the great incentive.

Now try your hand at creating meaningful sentences using the words below:

  1. Meddle
  2. Collective security
  3. State
  4. Sovereignty
  5. Policy