Based on our conversations in class today, your prior experience, and the “Guideposts to Historical Thinking” handout, which historical thinking question do you believe is the most important to consider for a vibrant and challenging Social Studies experience this year? Why?
I believe that the most important question to ask in our Social Studies experience is that of how the history, on paper, relates to our lives in the 3-dimensional world. Anything that we learn in the classroom needs to be applied to our lives in order to make a difference. If history remains history and not experience, they are just stories to entertain, pedantic knowledge that does nothing except to showcase memory. It may sound easy, but it actually requires us to build connections with the text and to be careful not to impose current values on past societies. A guidepost to historical thinking states that “a fair assessment of the ethical implications of history can inform us of our responsibilities to remember and respond… [to] the past.” Understanding the context of why people did what they have done will present to us what has happened in its truth. It is important that we try to give credit to the wronged and shed light on the past, not just for history’s sake, but for our sake too. Our understanding of history can help us make informed decisions about issues in our own society, and that is what ultimately matters.
Socials is over, and how fast time flies by when you are having fun… To give you more of a visual, I have included notes in my PowerPoint that I presented in class on Wednesday. So when you click on the link, just click on notes on the bottom right hand corner and you will see an explanation of each slide, which is also kind of my script for the presentation, altered a bit.
Some helpful links you may find helpful in additional:
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
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
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
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
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.
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
We learned about how Martin Luther deciding to stand up for something he sees as not right created a religion that millions believe in right now. Him posting “The 95 Theses” on the wall of the church influenced a lot of people and caused a revolution.
Explain and infer different perspectives on past or present people, places, issues, or events by considering prevailing norms, values, worldviews, and beliefs (perspective)
During eminent I considered many different opinions on my eminent person, and tried to understand the reason of each person for saying what they are saying.
We compared what different groups of people thought about Columbus based on reading about the actual things that happened when Columbus first discovered America
The significance of Martin Luther’s Reformation and the death of Charles the I may seem like the biggest thing in their times, but now no one really cares except kids in Socials.
We compared the significance of Donald Trump between groups of people (white men, immigrants)
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.