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.
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.
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.
#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.
#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.
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!