The first half of socials, to me, has been about asking questions. Our class has been very discussion oriented which is something I really enjoy. I love how it brings out the views and ideas of everyone in our class. Everyone has their own specific thoughts on a topic and so for my big idea I decided to focus on “Emerging Ideas and Ideologies profoundly influence societies and events”
“Emerging Ideas and Ideologies profoundly influence societies and events”
Immediately when I this Big Idea I made a connection to our classroom. It may be small and insignificant but I remember when we were having discussions in our quads about politics. We all had our own ideas, some of which I thoroughly disagreed with and found completely wrong. I remember getting quite wound up after this discussion. After calming down a bit I felt quite foolish, how could someone’s ideas have produced such powerful emotions in me? I recognize that I overreacted quite a bit but it made me think about certain things after.
This must be the sentiment that causes war, I thought to myself. I thought about ISIS and the fight in the middle east, all of the awful things happening over there is in some way caused by different religious views. I thought about the English Civil War and how that was somewhat shaped by varying religious view (catholic, protestant.) Last of all I thought of how I felt after that discussion and made the connection. The big idea “Emerging Ideas and Ideologies profoundly influence societies and events” could apply to all of them, albeit in a smaller or larger sense.
This Big Idea also played a part in my eminent person study. An eminent person must be one who has changed the world for the better and so has profoundly influenced societies and events. Specifically, my eminent person was Ted Lindsay (if you want to learn more about him read previous blog posts) and he had an emerging idea or realization that hockey players were being treated unfairly and something must be done. After he stood up for the players and a union was formed the players were treated much better and the sport of hockey had been forever changed. You could say he had profoundly influenced society.
How does this big idea affect me and you? Like I mentioned in my first and second paragraph most human beings have strong beliefs – whether that be religious or political or anything else for that matter. It is what makes us unique, sometimes however people can get contrasting beliefs which in drastic case can result in war.
Looking back on everything I wrote I realize I focused on the negative side of this Big Idea. I realize that many emerging ideas and ideologies that profoundly influence society and events aren’t negative. In fact most of them aren’t. Oh well, what’s done is done.
The obvious choice of which Content my Big Idea ties into is “local, regional, and global conflicts.” In my mind this is the most obvious choice considering what we are studying and the current events in the middle east. Also I think that the most interesting events in history revolve around conflict.
So far, our entire social studies curriculum has revolved around conflict. Whether that be our Columbus discussion or our mock trial of the king, even my eminent project talked about someone who resolved conflict. All things in life happen out of conflict and conflict is the main thing that, I believe, we’ve studied in socials 9 so far.
Our trial of the king has been one of the highlights of socials 9 so far. I thought it was a great way to interactively learn about the ECW. I learned more about the ECW through this then I would’ve through text books and notes. Through this I also learned about how much conflict can affect the lives of people. I thought of all of the innocent bystanders in the ECW, how their life would’ve been completely turned upside during or after the war. Then I reminded myself that these were also the men and women that had had their home essentially invaded by soldiers after the truly awful policies by James errr I mean King Charles. Which brings up my main question for this content “When/is conflict necessary?”
When/is conflict necessary?
One could say that learning about history is an effort to not repeat our mistakes made in the past. One could also say that wars have been one of the biggest mistakes of the past. But when (if at all) was war necessary?
Curricular Competencies – Stars
The three curricular competencies that I believe I have developed quite well are:
- Use Social Studies inquiry processes and skills to: ask questions; gather, interpret, and analyze ideas; and communicate findings and decisions
- Explain different perspectives on the past or present people, places, issues and events by considering prevailing norms, values, world views, and beliefs (perspective)
- Make reasoned ethical judgements about controversial actions in the past and present, and whether we have a responsibility to respond (ethical judgement)
1. The prime example of when this came to play in class was when we used CRAAP to find websites. (I believe this was a prequel to our ECW unit but I’m not sure.) We were charged with the task of using the internet to gather websites of which we thought fit into 5 categories. (To learn more about craap click here) We then spent the next block analyzing our findings and narrowing down the list. We communicated in our groups on which sources we thought were the best.
2. This CC came into play on the first or second day of socials where we read an article about a murderous, evil man named Christopher Columbus. (See blog response to Christopher Columbus here) Before reading this article I had thought, like many of my other classmates, that Christopher Columbus was actually a hero. He “discovered” America, this guy was a legend! After reading this article which had quite a different take on Columbus I realized that he was not so much of a saint. From the side of the slaughtered native americans Christoper Columbus was far from a hero. I had just looked at Columbus from a different perspective and it had opened my eyes. Our ECW unit also involved some of this.
3. My final CC was evident in many socials lessons and ties into CC #2. We used this in our Columbus talk and our mock trial of the king. I, a judge, had to make an ethical judgement about a controversial action in the past. Now, King Charles decisions aren’t as controversial as Columbus’s. He doesn’t appear heroic in the eyes of many anymore. However, I still had to make a decision which was life or death to a certain king. I think this CC is the most relevant in real life because making smart decisions can and will affect us forever.
Curricular Competencies – Wishes
The two Curricular Competencies which I feel need to be developed more are:
- Compare and Contrast continuities and changes for different groups during this time period (continuity and change)
- Assess how prevailing conditions and the actions of individuals or groups affect events, decisions and developments (cause and consequence)
1. So far, in socials, we have mainly focused on the ECW, along with a couple of other things. I haven’t had the chance to compare different cultures as we’ve mainly focused on one. I know we will be starting the french revolution soon and I’m sure we will compare it to the ECW as they are both uprisings. Then I will have a chance to Compare and Contrast continuities and changes for different groups during this time period.
2. We have touched on this CC a bit during our ECW unit with King Charles and seeing how his decision making went downhill when he knew he was losing the war. I’m looking forward to learning more about this in our french revolution unit.
General Wishes for Socials
- More media in blog posts
- More talking in class discussions
- More on task during socials class