Midterm thingy

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.

Midterm!!! halfway through the semester already?

  • 1-Emerging ideas and ideologues profoundly influence societies and events
  • 2-The physical environment influences the nature of political, social and economic change.
  • 3-Disparities in power alter the balance of relationships between individuals and between societies
  • 4-Collective identity is constructed and can change over time


Columbus                                                       Donald Trump

4                   2                                                               2

English Civil War                                            Social cycles

3               4                                                            2


Charles Darwin



1- Columbus was the supposedly first person to arrive in South America. Therefore he himself was the emerging idea. And he definitely changed society and events with everything he did over in South America. For example when he arrived he made them his slaves and that changed society over there.

2-Columbus believed that there would be lots of gold in this new place so he to make people go out and get him some gold he created a political social and economical change

4-The world did not learn what Columbus had done until 50 years ago.

English Civil War

1-Charles 1 idea of what everyone should believe in and the pamphlet he made influenced the Scottish to go against him because they believed in a different belief system

3-when Charles 1 was in charge he split the United Kingdom into two the ones with him and the ones against him

4- Depending on how you look at it or whom you heard about it from you might think of Charles 1 in a different way then other people do. If you have enough people to convince you to think of him in a different way 

Charles Darwin

1-The origin of species just completely changed society and events because it was going against the church and no one goes against the church. It was debated by so many people and in so many different places.

2- the physical environment made it possible for Charles Darwin to research and write all his books. These books change society especially the Origin of Species that changed the way people look at the world now and every book he wrote affected the scientific community.

Social cycles

1- when something new comes along like the printing press it creates a technological revolution, which triggers the rest of the cycle

2- when someone discovers something new like Columbus it usually starts some kind of revolution in that case it was a social one

Donald Trump

1- Donald trump in himself is the emerging idea. He was running for president and he didn’t have that much experience. Now he will be the next president. From that position he can change society and events he could also start a political, economical or social revolution

2- With everyone having some form of technology these days people could look at what Donald Trump was posting on his twitter and what promises he was making on his social media. It was also easier for people do watch the presidential debates.

3-When Donald Trump was elected President a lot of people disagree with that and a lot of people agreed and from that there as been some fighting and some picket lines and even someone has been raising money to get a revote for some states.



In socials I do a good job at addressing the importance of people and places. I also look at the historical impact people had on the world in all different areas.


In all my projects to do with social studies I feel like I provide a lot of evidence that is supported my good sources.

-Ethical Judgments

My ethical judgment is very well shown in everything I do and say. I also say what’s on my mind a share it with the class in-group discussions.


-Social Studies Inquiry Process

I do not think that I ask questions; gathers, interprets, and analyze to the fullest extent that I could. This is definitely something that I should work on.

-Continuity and Change

I could have work better on the parts that contain continuity and change or at least I could have work harder on those parts.


In some of the research projects or blog post I have had some perspective but I don’t have perspective in all of them. This is something I definitely have to work on.

Mid Term Time!

EXAMPLE: Christine Sinclair (Eminent person)

Collective identity is constructed and can change over time. 

The collective identity of women’s soccer has changed over time, and Christine Sinclair has helped develop.

Emerging ideas and ideologies profoundly influence societies and events. 

The fact that women and girls were more than capable of playing sports was an new and odd ‘idea’ that Christine Sinclair helped move along.

Disparities in power alter the balance of relationships between individuals and between societies.

The disparities in women’s pay versus men’s pay in soccer is very different, and it does alter the relationships between the individual men and women soccer players. Because men make more money, they may think that they are more skillful than the girl, even though the girls soccer community just doesn’t get as much funding.

CONTENT:  fighting against discrimination of women and girls playing sports. Also local, regional, and global conflicts.

EXAMPLE:  Donald Trump 

Disparities in power alter the balance of relationships between individuals and between societies

Before Donald Trump decided to go against Obama/run for president, his relationship with the women of america, Mexico, and many others were okay. After his campaign, they are not, they are extremely affected because they were scared that he could actually become president, and he did.

Collective identity (of America) is constructed and can change over time

Now, especially in our class, people think America is ‘stupid’ for electing someone like that (Donald Trump) for their president. So the identity of America because of electing someone like that, changed.

Emerging ideas and ideologies profoundly influence societies and events

Donald Trump, by being the leader of America, is influencing many children, and adults to to think that it is okay to say mean things, it is okay to be sexist, and many other things like this.

CONTENT: Discriminating against people that aren’t like him


EXAMPLE: Social Cycles (Revolutions)/Social Order

Emerging ideas and ideologies profoundly influence societies and events.

The idea of the ‘Printing Press’ was a big deal back then, there was now a form of communicating with people that didn’t necessarily live just close to you. There was a way of spreading messages. You could form connections between people.

The physical environment influences the nature of political social, and economic change.

The fact that everyone lived fairly far apart because they all had their own farms, didn’t leave for much social change.

Disparities in power alter the balance of relationship between individuals and between societies.

A King wouldn’t be friends with a serf because the King has so much more power than a serf does, so it affects the relationship that they could have had if they were both serfs.

CONTENT: political, social, economic, and technological revolutions.


Curricular Competencies:


Social Studies Inquiry Process

In my blog I like to ask questions that it would take a while for you to google, or you may not be able to google (open ended questions).


In my blog posts,  I like to give evidence as to why I think what I do so that I am not just saying/writing random things down. (Especially in my eminent blog posts giving evidence as to why my eminent person is eminent.)

Ethical Judgement

I am really interested in the topic of ethical judgement in general so I like to express my opinions on this topic. To improve I can relate more to past events as well as present events.



I could intertwine more perspectives into my blog posts. I tend to only incorporate 1 or 2. A goal for next time is to incorporate at least 3 and maybe 4.

Cause & Consequence

I could try and talk more about how past events affected ones happening right now. For my wheel I did a futuristic wheel, so it was a little bit hard to use cause and consequence. A goal for next time is to incorporate at least 1 paragraph about cause and consequence (if suitable to the topic)

Continuity & Change

I could try and talk about how the same group of people or animals or any type of species and how they have grown and changed. A goal for next time is to add at least 1 paragraph about continuity and change (if suitable to the topic)

Social Studies Midterm


Hello fellow students, teachers, and the rest of the world, below I have written an outline for my Socials final to complete the requirements of my Socials midterm. Confusing it may be but in due time this will all make sense. To those of you reading this with no context what so ever, read it as a reflection of my year in Social Studies so far. As a added note I would like to make it clear that I will often be referencing B.C’s Social Studies Grade 9 curriculum. Well that’s enough of an intro, lets get started!

Columbus: The price of progress

I have actually thought about the impact Columbus had on North America a lot lately as we have been reflecting over our past discussions and learnings. We have often discussed in class Columbus and the changes he brought to North America, that were once called ‘progress’ and have been horrified about some of the negative impact it had. Now, even though many people have come a long way from putting Columbus on a pedestal by recognizing the bad things that came as a cost to ‘progress’, it still doesn’t justify what has been done. We still Iive on First Nations land don’t we? I admit, I don’t know a large amount about how First Nations people were affected by Columbus and the Europeans coming to North America, but when I think about it, it just seems so unjustifiable.

Big ideas

  • The physical environment influences the nature of political, social, and economic change.
  • Emerging ideas and ideologies profoundly influence societies and events.
  • Collective identity is constructed and can change over time.


  • The idea of moving to North America from Europe to start a new life
  • Columbus did awful awful things to the First Peoples
  • The physical environment affected how the First Nations peoples lived.
    • It was also why Columbus, among others, wanted the land to themselves
  • New idea and concept of migration over seas once the ‘new world’ was found
    • especially if one did not have a great life in Europe
  • The inventions and ideas that Columbus and the Europeans brought, changed the natives reality and life forever.

Back to the content

  • The continuing effects of imperialism and colonialism on indigenous peoples in Canada and around the world”
    • This was the easiest content area to identify because that is literally what Columbus did
    • He, with other Europeans brought colonialism and imperialism to Canada
    • Columbus, Europe, and their “progress” destroyed a culture with no forethought
  • “Global demographic shifts, including patterns of migration and population growth”.
    • As Columbus and more explorers “discovered” North America, the more people started to migrate to North America in hopes of starting a new life
    • As we know today, lots of people move to Canada and America everyday, so even though Columbus does not deserve credit for discovering America (more like a toddler finding an ant hill and stomping on it) he did start this idea of migration over seas

Trump and the Election

First off, I don’t even think I need to introduce Trump (if you’ve been living in a hole for the past 2 years, then turn on any news channel.) Now getting back on topic,  this topic area is harder to tackle because it is so new and relevant but even so, there are many things already happening…

Big Ideas

  • Emerging ideas and ideologies profoundly influence societies and events.
  • Collective identity is constructed and can change over time.
  • Disparities in power alter the balance of relationships between individuals and between societies.


  • The emerging idea of “Make America great again”
  • New idea of what America is and is becoming
  • Huge shift in what power looks like and how it is thought of
  • It may alter relations with other countries
  • It may, and probably already is, create more division in the US
    • Between Trump supporters and others
    • Poor working class versus educated
    • People that live in large cities versus people that live in rural areas
    • Racial Tensions

Back to the content

  • Local, regional, and global conflicts
    • Conflicts may and have started to appear between America and other countries because of Trumps promises and “platform”.
      • Anti muslim talk
      • Build the wall to stop Mexicans from entering illegally
      • tax other countries goods when they come to the US
      • Military beliefs different than they are now in US.
    • Protests in America against Trump and what he stands for and what he has said/done
    • He has said a lot of discriminatory, racist, and sexist comments over his campaign which will have an effect on his influence and the identity of America
  • Discriminatory policies, attitudes and historical wrongs
    • Through comments on the internet and social media he is putting cultures, religions, and large groups of people down
    • He has promised to “build a wall” which is basically creating a discriminatory policy.


Eminent Study

Lin-Manuel Miranda is a writer, composer, and actor, most commonly known for his masterpiece musical, Hamilton… Have I mentioned that yet? I just love everything about this guy; what he has written, his attitude towards history music and life,

Big Ideas 

  • Collective identity is constructed and can change over time.
  • Emerging ideas and ideologies profoundly influence societies and events.
  • Disparities in power alter the balance of relationships between individuals and between societies.


  • Lin-Manuel Miranda is the creator, writer, and composer of the musical Hamilton as I may have mentioned once or twice.
  • This musical breaks down boundaries as it is a new way to tell history and for a musical to be presented, hence why it is altering the creative identities of musicals, history, and story telling. It also is an emerging idea that is influencing our world today.
  • Lin-Manuel has created this emerging idea which is altering the collective identity
  • A great example of this is when at the closing credits when the cast of Hamilton and spoke about racism and acceptance to vice president-elect Mike Pence
  • The play itself describes the United States path to independence (from Europe), therefor displaying  Disparities in power alter the balance of relationships between individuals and between societies.

Back to the content

  • Political, social, economic, and technological revolutions
    • Commenting on the importance of diversity and immigrants
    • Revolution on how to tell history
    • Breaking down boundaries on what the typical musical is thought of (or what they can be)
    • Revolution on how America was made. Not necessarily new knowledge but spreading awareness of it
  • Global demographic shifts, including patterns of migration and population growth.
    • In the play Hamilton…
      • It shows how people moved to America
      • America becoming its own country
      • Political system working

3 stars from C.Competencies 

  1. Use Social Studies inquiry processes and skills to ask questions; gather, interpret, and analyze ideas; and communicate findings and decisions
  • I know the name Lin-Manuel Miranda has come up a lot in my blogs lately but how couldn’t he!? Other then the fact that he is an absolute genius, I have learned so much from him. From him? Ya even though I never had any direct contact with him, I feel like I know him so well and I used the Socials Inquiry processes to do this.
  • I analyzed everything he has written and composed, why he is such an important figure, how other people view him, the recognition he has received, and his analysis of Alexander Hamilton and the birth of America
  1. Assess the significance of people, places, events, or developments, and compare varying perspectives on their historical significance at particular times and places, and from group to group
  • Taking a look at historical events and through my personalized social evolution wheel, I assessed how history was affected and how one event effected other events and revolutions
  • I chose humans landing on the moon as an event that I looked at through the social evolution wheel. Before I started, I thought it was an event that only had scientific relevance, but turns out it had a significant effect on society in many other ways. I now think about the ‘wheel’ when I think about an historical event.
  1. Explain and infer different perspectives on past or present people, places, issues, or events by considering prevailing norms, values, worldviews, and beliefs. 
  • Lin-Manuel Miranda provided a different view of the past in using Alexander Hamilton as a perspective to tell the story of “building America”. He also compared a common thing like Hip-hop and rap and compared it to a writer in the later 1700’s. I believe that studying, learning, and (in a way) witnessing him do this, gave me a better understanding of what it is.
  • I also demonstrated this skill in my writing on Christopher Columbus and how “writers write history”. I compared how we overlook progress when is is needed and wanted and usually look back and think, “they shouldn’t of been doing that!”. Like how Apple used child labour, even though it was known back then it didn’t become relevant until they stopped  using it… almost so the world could have an excuse for buying iPhones now.

3 Wishes from C.Competencies

I believe I explored all of the curricular competencies in some shape or form this term, but if I had more time I would have done the following:

  1. Make reasoned ethical judgments about actions in the past and present, and determine appropriate ways to remember and respond 
  • As I mentioned at the beginning, I feel like I could have demonstrated this skill to a higher degree in my Columbus/Progress study, talking more about the actions in which one may take to right the wrongs that occurred or if that is in fact even possible
  1. Assess how prevailing conditions and the actions of individuals or groups affect events, decisions, or developments
  • I know that we had many discussions about Trump and the Election but I still don’t understand how that happened. How does a candidate get two million more votes and basically wins all the major cities within each state and still lose… Sometimes I still cannot believe that a host from the celebrities apprentice is president.
  • I feel like I could’ve/can do more reading, watching, and listening as to how this has happened.
  1. Compare and contrast continuities and changes for different groups at the same time period
  • Even though I have looked into Columbus, Hamilton and the American revolution, and the English civil war, I did not look into what was happening around the globe at that time. e.g. Looking into what was going on in china while Columbus was invading or What Canada was doing during the American revolution.

Well thats all for now… Coming soon; The Social Studies Final! Duh, duh, duuuh.

Thanks for reading!


My knowledge of socials so far… I know, thats a really exciting title

Hello readers (I need a better name for y’all, comment some ideas at the bottom), this is my midterm assignment, focussing on what I have learnt so far in social studies class. I’ve included projects I’ve done, that relate to three of the big ideas in the new curriculum. Under each big idea, I attached a content area that it connects to. Finally, at the bottom of the page, I have three curricular competencies I believe that I excel at, and three that are in desperate need of some work.

Eminent person

The physical environment influences the nature of political, social, and economic change.

Judy was born into a family of vaudevillians. At age two, she began performing, and as she reached teenagehood, she was blasted into the world of stardom. Had her mother not been in the showbiz, Judy might’ve never gone under the spotlight. This totally altered the nature of her social life, because it all became work based.

-Political, social, economic, and technological revolutions


Disparities in power alter the balance of relationships between individuals and between society.

When researching Judy Garland, I read about her different kinds of fans: Garfreaks, and Garfans. The fans that had been to her concerts etc, were just fans, those who hadn’t, were commonly Garfreaks, doing anything to attract Judy’s attention. This included committing crimes, in “support” of their idol. They often got into fights about who was the better fan. They were put in jail, and penalized, changing the social order.

-Local, regional, and global conflicts
Collective identity is constructed, and can change over time.

Garfreaks completely ruined Judy fan’s reputation. Outsiders assumed that all of her fans were crazy, and stopped at nothing to be recognized. These fans often committed criminal acts such as graffiti, and fist fights.

-Local, regional, and global conflicts

The American Election 2016

Emerging ideas and ideologies profoundly influence societies and events.

Racist and sexist Donald Trump ran for power, revealing the “bad” side of America. They voted him in, which has made many countries back away from being associated with America. He could possibly start deporting Mexicans, which would separate families, and create major tension.

-Political, social, economic, and technological revolutions
-Global demographic shifts, including patterns of migration and population growth
-Discriminatory policies and injustices in Canada and the world
The physical environment influences the nature of political, social, and economic change.

The difference in votes depending on where you lived, rural vs urban, were drastic. Most likely because of minority living in more urban areas, and not wanting to vote for someone who might kick them out of their country.

-Global demographic shifts, including patterns of migration and population growth
Collective identity is constructed, and can change over time.

The collective identity of America has completely changed since the election of Donald Trump. After voting in Obama, it seemed they were heading towards equality. There was a black president. It was like they were finally opening up to progressiveness. Now that Trump is in presidency, they have fallen off of the railroad track. He is extremely one-sided, and against females, LGBTQ+, and people of colour. He has also eliminated a lot of trade with other countries, changing America from progressive, to a scary place.

-Political, social, economic, and technological revolutions

The English Civil War

Collective identity is constructed, and can change over time.

Before Cromwell, England was a highly influential country, but not extremely military oriented. He introduced them to combat, and increased fatality in the civil war. He essentially split up the UK with all of his religious antics. By the end of Oliver Cromwell’s reign, England was known for its sea power, tolerance of diverse religions, the importance of trade, and the parliament.

-Nationalism and the development of modern nation-states, including Canada
Disparities in power alter the balance of relationships between individuals and between society.

Cromwell was an unheard of man, a random townsperson who happened to get a shot at being heard. Once he became a cavalry officer, his rankings went from 0 to 100 in seconds. His troops held great respect for him, and he was like a friend to them. He was suddenly popular, and had relations around the globe.

-Political, social, economic, and technological revolutions
Emerging ideas and ideologies profoundly influence societies and events.

When Cromwell initially attempted to introduce the new prayer book, the people wouldn’t have it. They thought he was reinforcing their previous religion, which they did not want to follow. This caused plenty of revolts, and massive uprisings among the people. If Cromwell hadn’t worried about the major divide between religions, the people may have been content with him.

-Local, regional, and global conflicts

Content Areas


Ethical Judgement

My whole English civil war project, and Eminent are on Ethical judgement, and I chose to do so.



I did my eminent speech from the perspective of Judy Garlands shoes. I was able to create a character for them, and infer how they may have felt about certain ongoings.


Cause and Consequence

I analyzed the start of the stone wall riot, and think that it was clearly Judy Garlands influence on the LGBTQ+’s, that began their fight to freedom. Without her, they thought everything would go back to the way it was.

Continuity and change

I often focus on different perspectives, from different times. I need to work on different perspectives from the same time. I hope to focus on this during the next term, especially in my blog posts.



I need to focus more on the “why” instead of just telling people things without backing them up. I can do this by always supporting every detail, with three pieces of evidence, or reasons why that fact is correct.



I need to focus on real events, and how they affected other events. Not just people during the events. This includes doing some research on the becoming of an event, during my work block/homework time.

His name is Hamiltalons~ GUNS AND SHIPS

Hamilton the musical is literally the best theatre production ever made in mankind. It makes sense that we are working on it during socials studies. In fact, I think it’s the one thing that should be required for everybody to study at school. Written by the genius Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton the musical is not only about the brilliant  life story of Alexander Hamilton, but it is also an ingenious piece of a combination of different genres of music.

So, my song is “Guns and Ships” , which I believe is the eighteenth song in the whole musical. Here, listen to the song (it’s SOOO good).

Contribution towards the musical:

This song is mainly a character development episode of the Frenchman Lafayette, how his relationship with the French government helped the Americans win the war(I would put his real name here but it’s kind of long. What’s that? You want to see how long it is? Alright. Marie-Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier de Lafayette. Let’s just call him Lafayette), as well as how much he needs Hamilton’s help in battle.

  • This is the song right after “That would be enough“, where Eliza wrote to Washington begging him to send Hamilton home because she is expecting a baby soon but she did this without telling Hamilton first.
  • Hamilton promoted commander in “History has its Eyes on You” by Washington. Washinton is stating that from now on Hamilton is playing a key role in history and everybody is depending on him(especially his wife Eliza and their son Philips). 
  • Fought alongside with Lafayette in “Yorktown(The World Turned Upside Down)”, which I believe is Tony’s song. Yorktown is the last major battle in the American Revolution. After the battle of Yorktown, Lafayette returns to France.

In my opinion, the main theme statement of this chunk of the musical is that one does not need to be born in a particular country to fight for it. Lafayette wasn’t even technically an immigrant since he eventually returned to France. However, Lafayette is considered an American hero in almost all states, and during his visit of the country’s 50 years anniversary, he was welcomed and greeted with high respect by all Americans. The same statement applies to Hamilton.

Historical context:

Lafayette was a very talented guy with brilliant tactics that constantly confused the British in battle,  and he—like Hamilton— was made an orphan at a very young age. He traveled to America, having moved by the American cause and wanting to prove himself in battle. Lafayette was overseeing the American Army as the Major General at the early of 18 years old. The Americans highly valued Lafayette because of his close connections with the French military, and also because he fought voluntarily without pay (He’s one of the richest men in France, having inherited so much wealth from  his dead family members).

  • Funding the American Army with supplies and troops from France. Which is a key component to the war because without Lafayette, it is highly doubtful that America will win due to the uneven balance. Do you see that reference now? Man, Lin-Manuel Miranda is a gift to mankind.

I come back with more guns and ships, and so the balance shifts.

  • Lafayette also fought in the French Revolution, which I believe we will be learning soon after this. Although Lafayette wasn’t particularly on a specific side of the French Revolution. Most of the time he was standing a middle ground maintaining social order during the Revolution.
  • This song doesn’t necessarily connect directly to any big ideas in the course. However, the curricular content of demographical shifts and obviously revolution is shown quite clearly in the song. Well, the whole formation of America itself is a demographical movement. And since Lafayette fought in two revolutions, he demonstrates a very thorough example of political and social revolution.
  • The statement found in “Guns And Ships” kind of makes me think of Donald Trump, the man you can’t walk ten minutes without hearing about. He does not believe that Latino Americans and African Americans—even though most of them are legal citizens— should be regarded as Americans. He continuously refuses to believe in Obama’s presidency because he doesn’t think Obama was born in America. To be honest with you, I really don’t think it matters considering all the things that Obama did for the U.S.A.

Personal connections:

This song holds the honor of being the fastest song in the fastest theatre production of all times. Some sources even claim that this song is flat up the fastest song in Broadway. Either way, it’s super epic and awesome. The way the introduction and conclusion of the song use the same musical verse from the first song is just totally amazing. Also, do you want to know a little secret of mine? I like American dudes wearing wigs with an accent a lot. Like, A LOT. Lafayette is so perfect. The cast for Lafayette, Daveed Diggs, aced the French accent while rapping at a speed as fast as 19 words in 3 seconds, isn’t that the best?

In addition to that, according to Rap Genius, Daveed Diggs was also jumping around like this during his rap.

Image courtesy to rapgenius.com


Anyways, I think that’s all for this post. I’m going to listen to more Hamilton now. Thank you, Mr. Jackson for introducing this awesome musical to us, I am really glad that I can do an assignment about it. Bye now!

GIF courtesy to giphy.com

Socials Midterm

Big Ideas


Emerging ideas and ideologies profoundly influence societies and events

Bathroom politics

  • Gender fluidity
  • Law, justice,
  • Progressiveness and freedom
  • Content: Local, Regional, and National Conflicts

Rape culture, prosecution and prevention

  • Undercover colours- innovative nail polish that can detect date rape drugs
  • Traps
  • Rationalization
  • Judge Robin Camp and his requested resignation
  • Content: political, social, economic, and technological revolutions

Syrian war and refugee crisis

  • Acceptance of foreign people
  • Willingness and trust of those unknown but in need
  • Content: Global demographic shifts

The physical environment influences the nature of political, social, and economic change

Kinder Morgan, Northern Gateway, Trans Mountain Pipelines

  • The politics behind the decisions
  • Will the pipelines actually happen?
  • Hypocrisy of Trudeau’s words on canadian values
  • Content: Physiographic Features and Natural Resources in Canada

Social revolutions: carbon tax

  • My TESP revolution cycle on the carbon taxes
  • The way the provinces have reacted and integrated
  • Content: Physiographic Features and Natural Resources in Canada

Eminent person Benton MacKaye and the Appalachian Trail

  • The First World war was a large part of Mackaye’s inspiration for the trail
  • The trail and the passion of its founders helped influence the priorities and cares of the american government
  • Content: Physiographic Features and Natural Resources in Canada (in this case USA)

Disparities in power alter the balance of relationships between individuals and between



  • It was underestimated, ‘it’s just a protest vote’
  • Lower turnout than expected
  • The age demographic
  • The result, protest and pride
  • We thought that there would be no brexit
  • Over confident
  • Lack of a youthful vote
  • Anger and disbelief
  • Backlash
  • Mentioned in class when we spoke about the UK
  • Content: Local, Regional, and Global Conflicts

Trump and the followers

  • The rationalization of discriminative behaviors
  • Lots of talk in class
  • Class meeting after election day
  • Lots of jokes and not taking Trump seriously
  • Discussions on why his remarks are unacceptable and unachievable
  • Content: Local, Regional, and Global Conflicts

Social classes and their sway on the decision making process

  • ‘Drain the swamp’
  • Wealth and social status in all age groups
  • Our youth and the values they are being raised
  • Content: Global Demographic Shifts

Curricular Competencies



  • I try to show the importance of my writings, and why we should care about the topic /why I care.
  • Example: My Eminent Learning Centre, where I attempted to describe to those who visited me how truly inpactful Benton MacKaye’s ahievements were for america, and the preservation of American natural resources.

Cause and consequence


  • I aim to represent, or at least make myself and others aware of the different poitions people may have on topics.
  • Example: My comparison eminent post of Myself and Benton MacKaye, where I show how our differences may challenge me in connecting to him, as well as representing him. I also describe how I wished to portray the people in my presentation.




  • I need to provide more justification
  • An effective strategy for me would be to explain the why of topics

Ethical judgement

  • I could go further into implicit judgements
  • I should try to understand the mindset in which judgements are made
  • Give an understanding that people make decisions becuase they feel that they are right, though this may not always be seen by onlookers

Continuity and change

  • I could express more contrast in before/after and other comparisons
  • I could spend more time extrapolating out of direct topic


Outline for Socials Midterm


Pieces of Content:

  • Columbus’s “progress”
  • Socials and Me Doc
  • Social Cycles
  • Eminent
  • Civil War
  • Cromwell
  • Trump and the election
  • Geniuses and Prodigies
  • Others? – Trudeau – Pipelines


  • Research – interview – libraries – Google
  • Writing – Blogging – Speech – Learning Center
  • Speaking – discussion – presentation
  • Collaboration – planning


Big Idea
Ex.1 Ex.2 Ex.3
Big EX.
B.I.1 B.I.2 B.I.3


What I am Learning

  • 3 Big Ideas That we have covered thus far or 3 Big Examples, for each one, list 3 underneath of the opposite genre
  • 3 stars for curricular competencies
  • 3 wishes for curricular competencies



Essay like, put big ideas first, followed by the others. Be sure to include meaningful and occasional personal experience. 5 paragraphs, one for intro, conclusion and 3 FOR THE BIG IDEAS CONTINAINING THE EXAMPLES, THE EXAMPLES COVER CONTENT AREAS.


Brainstorm Big Ideas, and tons of examples: (B.I., how the Content areas help the B.I. and Examples of content areas.

  • Emerging Ideas and Ideologies profoundly influence societies and events
    • Printing press
    • English Civil War
    • Martin Luther
  • The Physical environment influences the nature of political, social and economic changes
    • The Revolution Wheels
    • Trump and Hillary Debate
    • Printing Press
  • Collective Identity is constructed and can be changed over time
    • ­English Civil War
    • Eminent
    • Election 2016
  • The physical environment influences the nature of political, social, and economic change
    • Wheels of Revolution
    • Columbus’ Progress
    • Eminent


Curricular Competencies and W/S


  1. Use Socials Studies inquiry processes and skills to ask questions; gather, interpret, and analyze ideas; and communicate findings and decisions.
  2. Assess the significance of people, places events, or developments and compare varying perspectives on their historical significance at particular times and places, and from group to group. (significance)
  3. Assess the justification for competing historical accounts after investigating points of connection, reliability of sources, and adequacy of evidence. (evidence)
  4. Compare and contrast continuities and changes for different groups at the same time period (continuity and change).
  5. Assess how prevailing conditions and the actions of individuals or groups affect events, decisions, or developments (cause and consequence).
  6. Explain and infer different perspectives on past and present people, places, issues, or events by considering prevailing norms, values, worldviews, and beliefs (perspective).
  7. Recognize implicit and explicit ethical judgements in a variety of sources (Ethical Judgement).

Make reasoned ethical judgements about actions I the past and present, and determine appropriate ways to remember and respond (ethical judgement).



  1. 5
  2. 3
  3. 2


  1. 7
  2. 4
  3. 1

Is it Midterm, or is this only an illusion in our heads


Not saying that I’m too happy Socials is going to be over, according to simply an idea/concept in our mind, we are now half way through Socials 9! Before you go further, I would just like you to know that I would be referring to BC’s new curriculum for Socials 9. For you to understand better of what I learnt during these brief yet long, real yet unreal months, here I present to you this outline that I made based on three big ideas:

Collective Identity is constructed and can change over time.

  • USA presidential election
    • Our views on each presidential candidate changes dramatically based on what they say or do, resulting more complete understanding of the identity of the candidates
  • Christopher Columbus
    • After reading about Columbus’ terrible deeds on the native people of America, we realized that Christopher Columbus is not the happy, brave adventurer that our culture said he is. This changes our view on his identity









  • Justin Trudeau
    • he seemed like an honest and “pretty” guy, but his approval of the Kinder Morgan Trans-mountain


      Pipeline, to me, seems like a broken promise. Trudeau promised to consult and respect the First-Nations people at the elections, and they are clearly opposing this pipeline. He is also ignoring the complaints of the British Columbian people and the statement he made about protecting the environment. Our views on him won’t be the same.

                   “He painted himself as a defender of the environment. ” – Globalnews.ca

  • These tie in with the content areas :
  • The continuing effects of imperialism and colonialism on the indigenous people
  • Local, regional and global conflicts

Disparities in power alter the balance of relationships between individuals and between societies.

  • Worldly Matters/ US superiority
    • Giphy.com

      because the US is a global superpower, its words/actions have more impact and weighted more compared to others countries. For example, many countries was greatly concerned about Donald Trump’s presidency because the US have the power, ambition and social standing to make things worse for them while not many would care if a smaller country had a new president. 

  • The Pope and Kings after the fall of Rome/ Middle Ages/ Martin Luther
    • the Pope had too much power and is becoming corrupted, but because of the amount of power he possess, almost no one would dare to oppose him openly, not even kings. Well, kings won’t oppose the Pope because he is benefiting them as well, but the point is that kings are somewhat inferior to the Pope, and while kings usually listen to the Pope, the Pope rarely listens to what kings tell him. This suggests an unequal relationship between kings and the Pope, caused by the amount of power the Pope possess.
  • Christopher Columbus and the native Americans
    • Columbus had more advanced technology and knowledge than the indigenous people, so he was able to make them his slaves and conquer them, forcing them to adapt to the systems of the Europeans. The disparity in power between the two caused the imbalance of relationships.
  • These are related to the content areas of:
  • The effect of imperialism and colonialism on the indigenous people
  • Nationalism
  • local, regional and global conflicts

Emerging ideas and ideologies profoundly influence societies and events.

  • Printing press/Martin Luther
    • Obviously, the printing press is an example that is quite … obvious. The new technology, or idea that we could reproduce pamphlets for a cheap price that could be spread very quickly, led to the success of Martin Luther. Without a way to quickly spread his ideas to be able to influence enough people, he wouldn’t have beaten the Pope.
  • Donald Trump and his wall
    • Donald Trump proposed that the US, too, should have a wall like China. The purpose of this wall is to block the evil and greedy Mexicans that are rapists and murderers. Through this, he stirred up a new wave of racism and discrimination. Trump managed to convince many to believe in what he says and actually believe that all Mexicans and Muslims are bad. As a result, a lot of people in the social minorities will face discrimination and bias.
  • E-Learning
    • the idea that sometimes using the internet to learn can be more effective than lecture-style teaching inspired people to learn more on their own time, dramatically improving work efficiency as well. It led to concepts such as flipped classrooms and mastery learning, which is at times difficult to incorporate into a normal classroom. More people managed to find what they love because of the choices available on the internet, and many found learning more pleasant.
  • These examples are related to the content areas of :
  • Social, political, economical and technological revolutions
  • Discrimatory policies, altitudes, and historical wrongs

Curricular Competencies



  • Evidence
  • I usually just think about evidence and quotes, but don’t list them properly as sources. I should seek in trying to find CRAAP based sources for most of my projects through Internet searches. 
  • Social Studies Inquiry Process
  • I think I need to improve on this because I don’t even know what exactly we need to do for it, like what is “Social Studies inquiry skills/processes”. I think of it as just asking more questions, analyzing in a effective and complete way and “inquiring” more. 
  • Continuity and change
  • I didn’t do a lot of comparing  different groups at the same time period. I guess looking at the opinions of different groups towards Trump counts as one, but I would like to do more. This could also be tied in with perspective and significance so I think I next time I should tied it in when I mention about those topics.