For my midterm, I decided to have three big ideas with three examples of things we have learnt within them, and connecting the examples through interlaced big ideas and content areas. I kept it relatively brief and less elaborate as it only an outline for my final and doesn’t need to have everything finalized.
The first big idea is that disparities in power alter the relationships between individuals and between societies. This basically means that one group of individuals or individual has placed themselves superior to others, and other inferior to them as to create a disbalance of power. This results in their interactions being different because of these different social orders and constructs.
The first example is of Christopher Columbus coming to America, and, having more power in the form of weapons, manpower and dogs(yes dogs), he was able to extend his power over the Native Americans and exploit them. This would have not been possible without this imbalance in power, as if the Native Americans and Christopher Columbus had the same amount of power, things would have been a lot more even and not have ended up the way they did. The content areas related to this are:
Political and Social revolutions. This is because a lot of revolutions happened, not just directly related to Christopher Columbus arriving but also indirect revolutions centuries later that would only have been possible because of Columbus coming and the imbalance in power because of this such as aboriginal schools in Canada being abolished as part of a social revolution.
Imperialism and Colonialism. This is because of the new ideas radically changing the landscape of America. This also ties in with another big idea about emerging ideas and ideologies changing things.
Nationalism and the Development of Modern Nation States. This relates to the content area from before, and the previously mentioned big idea as it has to do with change; Christopher Columbus set the path for America to become a nation and modern nation state.
Local and Regional Conflicts. This is because while we also hear about the big events and major conflicts we also don’t hear about the smaller, localized conflicts, which were just as present, and possibly more relevant to their total conflicts in America due to the sheer number of them.
Discriminatory Policies. The Europeans were extremely racist to the Native Americans in the “New World” because of the whole power imbalance thing. One example was that all Native Americans that were 14 or older would have to collect a certain amount of gold within a set time frame or else they would get their hand cut off.
The next example that relates to this big idea is of the English monarchs that we learnt about in our English Civil War unit. This is because on monarch would hold themselves superior to all other people in the country, and would thus alter the way they interacted and were interpreted by the general public. The content areas involved are:
Nationalism and the Development of Modern Nation States. This is because without the monarch, the world we see would be greatly affected in the way nations existed and interacted(this is due to the English controlling almost all of the planet at one point). Over time, revolutions happened that were cause by the way the monarchs ruled, and without the monarch, these revolutions would not have been possible(relating to the social evolution wheels and includes political, social, economic and technological revolutions. This leads into the next content area).
Political, Social, Economic and Technological Revolutions. This is because as stated before, the monarchs led these wheels of social evolutions shaping our world today.
The next example related to this big idea is of Donald Trump having to address Hillary Clinton as secretary of state. This puts Donald Trump as a disadvantage as he has to always(or is suppose to) recognize Clinton’s previous political experience. This led to a political revolution as Donald Trump won the election(although this wasn’t directly caused by this imbalance in power).
That’s all for this first big idea. For the next one, I will be focusing more on the connections as I will have something to base them off of and thus be able relate and give context to the relations between the different big ideas, topics and content areas. This big idea is the concept that emerging ideas and ideologies profoundly influence societies and events.
The first example is of Donald Trump winning the election. While many thought he had no chance of winning, the fact that his was of running and his ideas were vastly different that anyone before him, contributes, as the people of America wanted change. The content areas related to this are:
Political and Social Revolutions. This is because Donald trump winning the election causes these two types of revolutions(and in the future, arguably more types). This is different from the revolutions related to the English monarchs as with them, they were revolutions that brought them out of a dictatorship, while with donald Trump, it is leading us into one. Perhaps in the future the same thing that happened with the English monarchs will happen with Donald Trump and he will be overthrown in a series of different revolutions.
Discriminatory Policies. This is because Donald Trump labeled all Mexicans as racists, rapists, thieves etc. and wants to deport all Muslims. This is similar to What Columbus did as they are both putting others inferior to them and creating an imbalance of power allowing things like this to happen(relates to the first big idea).
The next example is of Cromwell reinstating parliament and giving them at least some power. This was a vastly different ways of governing that no monarch had ever done, and as such, profoundly influences society. The content areas related to this are:
Political, Social, Economic and Technological Revolutions. This is because as with any new way of governing, revolutions and bound to happen. Many of these revolutions were similar to the revolutions from the English civil war as those revolutions led to this way of government(thought not directly), and causes even more revolutions.
Nationalism. This is because this way of government still exists and shapes our world today.
The final example is of the printing press being invented. While this may not have been an emerging idea, it certainly allowed ideas to spread more rapidly(a trend still seen today), and allowed many new ideas to flourish. One of these was the revolutions that led to the English civil war. It would have not been possible without word spreading thanks to the printing press.
The final big idea is that collective identity is constructed and can change over time. There’s not much to say, I’m just going to talk about it right away.
The first example is of Donald Trump winning the election and drastically changing the identity of America. This proves that identity isn’t concrete, and is more fluid, and all it takes is one person to change that. The only content area relating to this example and the big idea specifically(while the example certainly relates to more things as seen from it showing up under other big ideas previously) is Political revolutions, which has been touched on previously.
The next example is of England shifting as a whole(generally), to start the English civil war. This relates to the big idea as the identity of England was changed during this movement, and after the war it changed even more. The content areas related to this are:
Political and Social Revolutions. This is because the Entire war was basically a giant revolution that led into a new way of monarchs ruling(see Cromwell).
Local and Regional conflicts. While there was certainly a giant war and major conflict going on, there were also a bunch of unheard of small ones that would have been caused most probably by disparities in power, and thus, relates to the minor conflicts mentioned up top with Columbus.
The final example is of the identity of America changed after Columbus came. I honestly don’t think I need to go into much detail here as I have already gone into detail with the content areas up top in my first example(which was the same as this but under a different big idea). The two big ideas are so connected I don’t feel any reason to write more on this topic now.
Now that I’m done with all of the big ideas, these are the curricular competencies part; three stars and wishes.
Cause and Consequence. This is because I am good as seeing the relations between events and how they correlate.
Perspective. This relates to the previous curricular competency as I can see things from all angles and come to those conclusions.
Significance. This again relates to the previous curricular competencies as I can find significance by looking at things from all angles.
Evidence. I often don’t provide as much evidence or explanations as I should.
Ethical Judgement. This is rarely something that I cover as I focus on other topics, and I like to talk from a more unbiased(morally and ethically) way.
Change and Continuity. While I am good at connecting different concepts, I am not as good as connecting them on the same timeline.
I’m finally done this. 1565 words later and I’m done. I think I wrote a bit too much, but whatever, it’ll make my final easier. So not much to say here. Yah, I’m done.