Final! – I’m done!

Jessica’s [Jiwon] Social Studies Final

Coming into Socials 9, I wasn’t expecting much particularly because in previous years, I did not have much love for this subject.  I think part of the reason was because in past years, all we did was make posters and have writing assignments that became really redundant.  I found that most of the time, History just became dates and information that we had to memorize over and over again.  However, this year, we did things far past my expectations such as blog posts, acting and best of all HAMILTON!

My goals for the term was to have an enjoyable and fun experience and to stay concentrated in class for most of the time.  I also wanted to pitch into class discussions a bit more, because that’s not an area that I am comfortable with.  Overall, this year, I feel like I have met these expectations because I did have lots of fun singing Hamilton songs, and I felt like I have contributed to class discussions a lot more than previous years.  I think part of the reason was because we actually talked about things that I was interested in like the American Election.

fun

@socialswithTALONS


 

The first big idea I will talk about is:

 

 “Emerging ideas and ideologies profoundly influence society and events.”

 

#1: My first example is Helen Keller who advocated towards rights for the deaf and the blind, and influenced many organizations that help those with sight and hearing disabilities.  She also actively campaigned and supported those in the working class in regards to women rights to vote. 

#2: Christopher Columbus was an individual whose idea of another land influenced Spain’s developments as a country.  His search of a new land managed to influence Spain monarchs to support him.

#3: The big idea in the story of Hamilton is that you can run a government without a monarchy.  This was the first thought anyone had that you could overthrow the government and establish a way of governing that the people stood for.  This caused the revolution to start, and to succeed.

hamilton

 

The second idea is:

 

“Collective identity is constructed and can change over time.”

 

#1: Talking about Columbus again, his identity changed to fit the ideal marks of history, and for years, he was taught as a hero who founded the country of America.  In class, by studying different perspectives, we have seen the true way of how Columbus discovered America.

columbus-2

#2: During the English civil war, collective identity of people impacted by the king, and his decisions changed the way people ran their lives.  The king’s position of power influenced how his people viewed him, and how people in the future [through history books] saw him as.

#3: Donald Trump created his own identity through his election.  Trump showed to be an individual who was adamantly against sexist/racist rights. Through the election, he created the way others viewed him as – in this case, made others think more negatively about his opinions.  Even countries that are so persistent about gender separation has had women presidents, so why can’t America?

 

My last big idea is:

 

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

 

#1: Women rights is considerably noticeable during the time of the English Civil War and the French Revolution.  During this time, men had overbearing control over women and were thought to be more superior.  However, during the war, there were women’s rights marches and gender evolution.  Woman stood up for what they believed in which led to protests and arguments.  This is part of the social revolutions as feminists began to take action.  They began to realize that women are actually worth something and aren’t just there to have children or used for house chores.  During the French Revolution, events such as the women’s march took place, which triggered other events to form today’s society rights.

#2: The second example is Christopher Columbus and the Natives.  The Europeans brought over by Columbus had far better modern weapons and technology and larger numbers of men that natives did not have access to.  This was the difference in power that came with race, Columbus being a “white Caucasian” man used his position in power to have absolute control over the indigenous people which even centuries later on, people did not question because of his race and social status.  This links to the content area; imperialism and colonialism in North America and their effects on indigenous people.

columbus-3

#3: This big idea is huge in the French revolution. I could even say that the whole idea of the French revolution is because of the disparities in power between social classes.  The top 5% of people were living in wealth and had lots of more money compared to the other 95% who were living in an extreme case of poverty.  This caused a conflict to rise and severely altered the relationship between the two classes.  The higher population had total control over the bottom rank because of the big disparities in power. Eventually, the Jacobins had total control to kill whoever they wanted to because they had that much support.

Mind your head...
Mind your head…

 

Stars and Wishes

In class, we also had to analyze three curricular competencies that the learner was pretty experienced in, and three other areas we still need to work on.

 

My stars were…

My first star is the Social Studies Inquiry Process because while blogging, I ask a lot of questions, and I branch off to explore and answer these questions.  I think that I am pretty good at analyzing information in an in-depth manner.

My next star is Perspective because I can think from the point of view of both sides of the story.  This was especially notable during our Columbus and the Natives unit because I had to annotate my reading and look at the pros and cons of both groups.

My last star is Cause and Consequence.  I picked the wheel of World War II for my wheel of evolution and this assignment allowed me to explore the chain of events that happens because of one another.

 

My wishes were…

My first wish is Ethical Judgement as I still need lots of work pointing out bias and judgement in information from web.  Next year, I want to work towards citing all my websites every time I write a Document of Learning.

My second wish is Evidence because I should be more detailed on credibility of sources and have strong reasoning to back my writing up.  I know now that not all resources can be trustworthy, so my goal is to focus on published books more.

My final wish is Continuity and Change and looking at two groups in the same period.  In previous blogs, I have compared quite a bit a change between individuals or groups in different periods, but I have only looked at political parties of the same era recently in the French Rev.

 


 

So what comes next?  Well, since we learned about the French Revolution and all the events leading up to it, I want to continue that path in history and learn about Napoleon next and the role he played.   I also want to focus more on Canadian history, especially about the aboriginal people in our nation and how they lived in quiet suffering for years till now.

aboriginal

THANK YOU EVERYONE, ESPECIALLY MR. JACKSON FOR A GREAT YEAR AND I HOPE TO SEE YOU ALL IN SOCIALS 10 NEXT YEAR!

Bye.

FINAL! – I’m done!

Jessica’s [Jiwon] Social Studies Final

Coming into Socials 9, I wasn’t expecting much particularly because in previous years, I did not have much love for this subject.  I think part of the reason was because in past years, all we did was make posters and have writing assignments that became really redundant.  I found that most of the time, History just became dates and information that we had to memorize over and over again.  However, this year, we did things far past my expectations such as blog posts, acting and best of all HAMILTON!

My goals for the term was to have an enjoyable and fun experience and to stay concentrated in class for most of the time.  I also wanted to pitch into class discussions a bit more, because that’s not an area that I am comfortable with.  Overall, this year, I feel like I have met these expectations because I did have lots of fun singing Hamilton songs, and I felt like I have contributed to class discussions a lot more than previous years.  I think part of the reason was because we actually talked about things that I was interested in like the American Election.

fun                                                                                                         @socialswithTALONS


The first big idea I will talk about is:

 

 “Emerging ideas and ideologies profoundly influence society and events.”

 

#1: My first example is Helen Keller who advocated towards rights for the deaf and the blind, and influenced many organizations that help those with sight and hearing disabilities.  She also actively campaigned and supported those in the working class in regards to women rights to vote. 

#2: Christopher Columbus was an individual whose idea of another land influenced Spain’s developments as a country.  His search of a new land managed to influence Spain monarchs to support him.

#3: The big idea in the story of Hamilton is that you can run a government without a monarchy.  This was the first thought anyone had that you could overthrow the government and establish a way of governing that the people stood for.  This caused the revolution to start, and to succeed.

hamilton

The second idea is:

 

“Collective identity is constructed and can change over time.”

 

#1: Talking about Columbus again, his identity changed to fit the ideal marks of history, and for years, he was taught as a hero who founded the country of America.  In class, by studying different perspectives, we have seen the true way of how Columbus discovered America.

columbus-2

#2: During the English civil war, collective identity of people impacted by the king, and his decisions changed the way people ran their lives.  The king’s position of power influenced how his people viewed him, and how people in the future [through history books] saw him as.

#3: Donald Trump created his own identity through his election.  Trump showed to be an individual who was adamantly against sexist/racist rights. Through the election, he created the way others viewed him as – in this case, made others think more negatively about his opinions.  Even countries that are so persistent about gender separation has had women presidents, so why can’t America?

 

My last big idea is:

 

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

 

#1: Women rights is considerably noticeable during the time of the English Civil War and the French Revolution.  During this time, men had overbearing control over women and were thought to be more superior.  However, during the war, there were women’s rights marches and gender evolution.  Woman stood up for what they believed in which led to protests and arguments.  This is part of the social revolutions as feminists began to take action.  They began to realize that women are actually worth something and aren’t just there to have children or used for house chores.  During the French Revolution, events such as the women’s march took place, which triggered other events to form today’s society rights.

#2: The second example is Christopher Columbus and the Natives.  The Europeans brought over by Columbus had far better modern weapons and technology and larger numbers of men that natives did not have access to.  This was the difference in power that came with race, Columbus being a “white Caucasian” man used his position in power to have absolute control over the indigenous people which even centuries later on, people did not question because of his race and social status.  This links to the content area; imperialism and colonialism in North America and their effects on indigenous people.

columbus-3

#3: This big idea is huge in the French revolution. I could even say that the whole idea of the French revolution is because of the disparities in power between social classes.  The top 5% of people were living in wealth and had lots of more money compared to the other 95% who were living in an extreme case of poverty.  This caused a conflict to rise and severely altered the relationship between the two classes.  The higher population had total control over the bottom rank because of the big disparities in power. Eventually, the Jacobins had total control to kill whoever they wanted to because they had that much support.

Mind your head...
Mind your head…

 

Stars and Wishes

In class, we also had to analyze three curricular competencies that the learner was pretty experienced in, and three other areas we still need to work on.

 

My stars were…

My first star is the Social Studies Inquiry Process because while blogging, I ask a lot of questions, and I branch off to explore and answer these questions.  I think that I am pretty good at analyzing information in an in-depth manner.

My next star is Perspective because I can think from the point of view of both sides of the story.  This was especially notable during our Columbus and the Natives unit because I had to annotate my reading and look at the pros and cons of both groups.

My last star is Cause and Consequence.  I picked the wheel of World War II for my wheel of evolution and this assignment allowed me to explore the chain of events that happens because of one another.

 

My wishes were…

My first wish is Ethical Judgement as I still need lots of work pointing out bias and judgement in information from web.  Next year, I want to work towards citing all my websites every time I write a Document of Learning.

My second wish is Evidence because I should be more detailed on credibility of sources and have strong reasoning to back my writing up.  I know now that not all resources can be trustworthy, so my goal is to focus on published books more.

My final wish is Continuity and Change and looking at two groups in the same period.  In previous blogs, I have compared quite a bit a change between individuals or groups in different periods, but I have only looked at political parties of the same era recently in the French Rev.


So what comes next?  Well, since we learned about the French Revolution and all the events leading up to it, I want to continue that path in history and learn about Napoleon next and the role he played.   I also want to focus more on Canadian history, especially about the aboriginal people in our nation and how they lived in quiet suffering for years till now.

Thank you everyone, especially Mr. Jackson for a great year and I hope to see you all in Socials 10 next year!

Fare well.

Show my head to the people, it is worth seeing.

I regret nothing except for the fact that I got executed by the no good Robespierre.

“My only regret is that I’m going before that rat, Robespierre! [to his executioner] Don’t forget to show my head to the people; it’s well worth seeing.” – Me (Georges Danton)

How stupid Robespierre was to think that I was a danger to the revolution when I am today remembered as the “chief force in the overthrow of the French Monarchy”.

Robespierre, if I weren’t ‘radical’ enough, you were no good either. You started the “reign of terror”. Just the name of that would give people cold shudders down their spine.

I will never forget the day, July 10th 1793. I got expelled from the Committee of Public Safety. Excuse me, I was the first president of the Committee.

Plus, haven’t you ever heard of sticking up for your own team. I was part of the Jacobins as well. Jeez.

Robespierre, when I came back to France in November of 1793, we made a good team, we defeated Jacques Herbert. I did not turn on you, or do anything antievolutionary, I simply wanted to put an end to the reign of terror. Besides, it was better to be guillotined than to guillotine!

Enough of dissing Robespierre, I have put a scar on his name now.

Looking back on the revolution, there were many highlights. Making speeches and getting the community fired up ready to attack. That was a fun time. When I first joined the Jacobins in 1790, It felt like a community, we were a team. I was involved both massacres (Champ De Mars and the September massacre). I helped create the first French Republic. The French Revolution was a good time for me, I strived. I died bravely.

“Above all, don’t forget to show my head to the people, it is well worth a look.”

Is what I said to Robespierre’s executioner before I got guillotined.

France now sees me as one of their greatest patriots, I wouldn’t change anything.

Farewell – My Final Address

“One more moment, Mr.Executioner! I beg you!” were I, Madame Du Barry’s final words.

250 years ago, I started out as the daughter of a poor seamstress.

However, I possessed enticing beauty, and over the years, I gained ranks very quickly, partly because of the many kinds of men I slept with.  When I was named the official mistress of King Louie XV, I had all the riches a woman could ever want; I mean the king gave me 130 000 livres per month for Heaven’s sakes!  But I continued wanting to be more powerful, richer, better, everything necessary for a typical high-class woman.

After King Louie died, that’s when my real troubles started.   Marie Antoinette, that awful women, sent me away, banned ME from the castle.  Since I couldn’t go back, and apart from the revolution, I did the only thing I was capable of doing at the time.  I slept with more men. I continued to stack riches, although, I didn’t know at the time that I would be killed on the guillotine just like the other 140 000 people.

I thought then, why are people choosing to fight with the revolution?  I mean you can have an easy life like mine.  But now that I think about my past, I have so many regrets. Since the time 250 years ago, I observed the way women stood up for their rights, gained respect, and spoke out against their traditional roles in society. I mean out of all things, who would want to be remembered as the most famous prostitute in Europe!

Do not make the same mistakes as me.

Farewell.

Thérésa Tallien: Final Address

The date is July the 27th of 1794, and my soon-to-be husband just freed myself and the future Joséphine Bonaparte from prison. I’m Thérésa, soon to take my husband’s name Tallien.

My time in the Revolution wasn’t as minimal as some would say. After all, I helped with the fall of Robespierre, released aristocratic prisoners, and was an overall prominent social figure.

I wish I had done more to prevent the Revolution from happening, and I wish I could’ve been remembered as more than the beautiful woman who slept with a number of high-profile men. Not that that’s a bad thing to be remembered by, since everybody loved me!

What’s important is that I survived the Revolution. And I will flourish for many more years to come. I grew to be one of the one of the leaders of Parisian social life, with everybody admiring my fashion sense and eccentric beauty routines. Not only that, I became one of the leading figures in French political life. It’s 1794, and I may only be 21 years old, but life is looking pretty good for me.

Love,

Thérésa

It’s Over

I was just a lowly farmer who wanted to keep my farm running. I had no money or power, so every day, I lived through sheer willpower and faith that somehow, my situation would change. Maybe it was fate, but I started to hear talk around the town that we could start a revolution or something. My starved self believed it, and I started to spread the word. I needed change and that was what could bring it. I didn’t know how it would all go down, but I knew that I hated the royal family for depriving us of our money and turning a blind eye to us peasants.

And so, we started to rebel against those darn royals. We stormed the Bastille, rioted in front of the Champs de Mars (although that didn’t turn out so well) and completely overthrew the King. To this day, I can still remember the exhilaration I felt while rioting.

But that is that. Sure, I participated in the French Revolution and helped change France forever but I’m still a powerless farmer who wishes for more money, land, and power. At least France is slightly fairer.

 

Closing Words From Your Baker Buddy

**Takes place after the reign of terror, looking back on the revolution.

Aims/Obstacles/Actions – Highlights, conflicts, events:

My favorite parts from the revolution were fighting in riots like

September Massacres Photo Credits: traditioninaction.org

storming the Tuileries and the September massacres, because I feltlike I was important and part of a team for once! :) I had lived so long before, not enjoying my life, but not realizing that I had a chance to change it. I thought that I just lived and how I was born to live, and that was it. However, I was wrong. I finally got to stand out and do something to change my life for the better!

Assessments/Regrets:

I am proud of my participation in this revolution! The only thing that I regret is that the revolution didn’t happen earlier.  Maybe if it did, my family wouldn’t have died, and I could have had a real childhood rather than working ever since I was able to. I could have lived more of my life being happy, rather than selling disgusting bread that no one wants to buy… There’s no use being sad about that now though, because the revolution has succeeded!

Future:

As for my future, I have high hopes. I do basically want the same

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things as I did before the revolution, which are money and food, but now I actually have a realistic hope of getting them! I want to build myself a new house as soon as I get more money, and I want to learn how to bake bread that actually tastes good. Who knows? Maybe I’ll eventually even live on my own land! I know it’s unrealistic, but then again, so was the revolution!

You could say, “I was the highest prostitue of France.” – Madame Du Barry

*The information underneath is for a project where I am Madame Du Barry, royal victim of the French Revolution massacre*

As much as I am the “official mistress of King Louis XV of France” now, I was born as the illegitimate daughter of a lowly seamstress.  After we got kicked out from the house we were working in, mother and I had to do all kinds of odd jobs, mind you, the kind I would never touch now. I traveled the dingy streets of Paris, carrying a box full of trinkets for sale.  Over time, I worked at a variety of occupations, and I was first offered a post as an assistant to a young hairdresser.

You could say that I was a low class civilian but that didn’t stop the golden age of my youth, or my beautiful complexion that I inherited from my mother.  Much to my agreeance, many pointed out my beauty; a remarkably attractive blonde woman with thick golden ringlets, and almond shaped blue eyes.  My extraordinary beauty came to the attention of Jean-Baptiste due Barry, who was a high class pimp.  He began to build me up within the highest courtesan circle of Paris society, and this allowed me to set me up with all kinds of aristocratic men as “clients”. I became a sensation to Paris, and went on to build many lovers from the King’s ministers to his courtiers.

madame_du_barry

I was rich, had lots of jewels and bribes that men threw at me, but I wanted more.  I wanted to be of the highest, the most known, as I would say, prostitute, of Paris, and that meant that I had to get the king.  The first meeting was held on 1769, and I was wearing a queenly silvery white gown brocaded with gold, bedecked in jewels sent by the king the night before, and with huge panniers at the sides.

My prime time was finally here.  I had power, money, fame, and political influences all at the back of my hand.  I had influence in the royal court, and the king even allowed me to sit in the meetings of state council.

But unfortunately, like everybody, I met my obstacle in the form of a woman named Marie Antoinette.  That awful women believed me to her rival and didn’t say a word for me [disregarding court protocol may I add].  As if she had the beauty or anything else for that matter to rival me in any sort of way.  She even held me at stance because of my background as I was born from a lower class.  What she failed to notice however, was that she wasn’t even born from France!  That awful women were born from a whole entire country [Austria] and she head the nuisance to complain about my heritage!

By this time, King Louis XV was quite old, and died, which left me quite literally nothing.  The all-high and mighty Marie Antoinette was now the queen of France, and immediately convinced her husband to exile me to live with the nuns who disregarded me at first, but slowly grew to accept me.

I have to grow my money and power; I have to get back into the royal court.  But to this, I need the French Revolution to stop.  If the French Revolution wins, the first step they will take is to kill off all the royals.  Why can’t people just be happy with where they are.  We’re the ones protecting you from the outside world ain’t we not?  I believe this is of the mind of all humans, they continue to strive higher even when they should be perfectly fine with where they are.  They may strike us now, but unfortunately, when they get high enough, others will in-turn strike them down.

Next time I come back will be that of the French Revolution so stay tuned!

Love,

Madame Du Barry, the official mistress of King Louis XV