Most history is written from the viewpoint of the victors not the vanquished and it usually focuses on major political and economic events. However in this unit we want to focus on society and the common man or woman, a story that is inclusive and representative and that tells the story of one person or a group of people. Most important is to focus on a unique group of people that have one thing in common and that you have no relation to:
US soldiers suffering from PTSD that served in Afghanistan
Trawling fishermen in the Atlantic Ocean
Rohingya refugees in Thailand
Carvers of wooden Buddhas from Japan
Rockabilly bands in Yoyogi Park
Any group of people you are interested in
You will find some stories that have been written about in newspapers, magazines, on personal blogs, but where can you go looking for more personal and primary sources? Is there someone you could conduct an interview with or is there one that has already been conducted with someone in that group? Do some of these people keep an online journal or blog? For example you could start with the wanting to know more about child refugees, then narrow it down to a subgroup such as Syrian child refugees. But through your research you discover that is too broad so you focus on one specific area In Turkey with many young Syrian refugees.
Now you need to come up with the three themes that you are going to talk about. They might be the lack of education, inadequate food, and the desire to go elsewhere. You will need at least 4 legitimate sources and one must be an interview that has been conducted with a member of the group, or an expert in the field.
It would be great if as source could be an interview you conduct. You could contact an expert in the field and conduct an interview with them by e-mail.
Remember that social history delves into personal lives so we must be conscious as researchers that we are handling very sensitive information and looking at it through their lens of history.
Assessment: In-class essay
You will write a social history essay on one specific person or one group of people, looking for their voice and point of view to come through in your writing along with their story.
Part 1: 1 page, typed outline
Your research question will be your title
An introduction with a clear thesis statement that covers the 3 themes that you are going to focus on
3 body paragraphs with topic sentences, main argument, supporting arguments, facts and stats
A conclusion where you synthesize your answer
Your bibliography should have at least four valid sources including one interview, using MLA Works Cited citation
At least 2 of the source should have a short OPPVL (1 or 2 sentences per point)
Show initiative and explore as many different avenues as possible in looking for information. You are trying to give an honest portrayal of this group of people to a larger audience. Think about what you want them to know about this group when they finish reading your piece. This message should be evident in your outline.
Part 2: In-class essay
You will only be allowed to bring your outline, water and writing material
You will have 60 minutes to write a 5paragraph essay
PART 2 – graphing results, analysis, conclusion and evaluation
Please use clear headings for these sections.
-1. Graph your data in order to analyse your findings
* Note – Graphs can be computer generated or done by hand and must have titles, referred to and be integrated into the text, where you talk about them. You should use a variety of suitable graphs to display data. They must be clear, have labelled/numbered axis and titled. Be as creative as you want when illustrating all of your work.
-2. Write the trend of each graph underneath, including anomalies
-3. Write your analysis under the headings of each Hypotheses.
You will state what we expected with reference to our studies on coastal processes and landforms.( use what we have learned in class! ) You will analyse ( describe and explain ) the data you collected with regard to the expectations of a destructive beach, and state whether or not you have proved or disproved each hypothesis. DO NOT ANSWER THE RESEARCH QUESTION. You will do this in the conclusion.
Use pictures throughout your analysis to support your arguments.
The beach gradient is steeper towards the back of the beach
Create a beach profile by graphing the angle of slope from each quadrat of your transect and analyse this bearing in mind what we know about a destructive profile (use class averages)
Beach material will be larger and more angular towards the back of the beach
Create 1 graph to illustrate your findings roundness and size and analyse what you found. (use class averages )
The waves will be high ( 1 metre or more ) and frequent ( more than 12 per minute )
Using a table to illustrate the data and graph the 2 class averages..
There will be a strong longshore drift
Analyse your findings referring to prevailing wind, direction of movement and time taken for any movement of material over 10m. If it is over 3m per minute then it is considered strong.
5. There is natural evidence (erosional landforms) and man made evidence (defenses) that the beach is being destroyed
Using your field sketch, pictures and the observational notes you made as well as photographs present any evidence of the above. Use lots of photos and be creative here. Annotate your photographs to show what they illustrate.
Sum up what you found. Are your hypotheses mainly proven or disproven? Use each hypothesis to base the summary of your findings in order to give your answer to the question: “ Is the beach at Kamakura Inmuragasaki a destructive beach?”
Briefly evaluate your methods (discuss positive and negatives) (not the execution of your peers!)
Suggest how the study/methodology might be improved
In 2015, the UN launched the Sustainable Development Goals: find out what they are and why they were devised here.
You will each make a bid to the class to persuade them of the importance of your allocated goal. You should explain why you believe your goal is the most important of the new sustainable development goal and therefore deserves the most funding. You have 2 minutes to explain what your goal means, and why it is so important.
But first, let’s talk about Communication ATLs.
What do you dislike about presenting in front of people?
What factors make a poor presentation?
What makes a good presentation?
What tips do you have to help people with public speaking?
Each one of you will have one specific goal to focus on as they present in front of the class.