Month: November 2018

InS9: Social History Essay

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 5 paragraph essay
  • With proper in-text citations
  • Your narrative should be between 500-600 words.  

 

Creating a good research question:

Research Rundowns

InS 8: Development Project

Statement of Inquiry:

In understanding why inequality exists between and within nations we must understand its history, geography and how power and resources come to be shared

Concepts: Causality, Equity, Resources

 

You will act as a representative for a country in the United Nations.

  • You will investigate the HISTORY and GEOGRAPHY of one of the following countries
    • HIC: USA, UK, Japan, Germany, Singapore, South Korea
    • LIC: Mauritania, Honduras, Democratic Republic of Congo, Cambodia, Bangladesh, Bolivia, 
    • MIC: Latvia, Nigeria, China, Argentina, Kazakhstan, Qatar, Venezuela, Cuba , Morocco
  • You will communicate knowledge and understanding of how the history,  geography and/or resources have affected the development of the country

Part 1: Factsheet

Create a factsheet  that shows your knowledge and understanding of the history, geography and development of your country

It can be on one side of an A4 (G.doc) page or 6 slides of a slideshow.

Include, define and explain information such as:

  • Images that represent your country’s development and resources
  • Development indicators and statistics
  • Maps, graphs and diagrams
  • Major historical events that affects your country’s development

You must also include:

  • The top three factors that affected the development of your country, with a short explanation for each one
  • One paragraph synthesizing the information on your factsheet explaining how history and/or geography has affected your country’s development, listing the top three factors
  • A varied perspective. (The good and the bad!)
  • MLA citations

Part 2: Speech

On Friday November 30th, you will present a short, 90 second speech answering the following question, using statistics, historical events and/or geography to support your argument. 

“Explain the main cause(s) and consequence of one important developmental issue your country faces today”

  • The issue can be one or a combination of social, economic, political, environmental, demographic

Hyperlink your work here

Part 1 and 2 TSC

Due date: November 30th

Useful sources:

For Citations:

InS 10: Kamakura Beach study, Part 2

Now that we have collected all of our data, it is time to put it all together.

First, make sure all of your paper data is inputed here

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.

Here are some graphing ideas

Right Angle Triangle calculator

Drawing a cross section by hand

-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. 

  1. The beach gradient is steeper towards the back of the beach
  1. 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 )
  1. 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..
  1. 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.

4. CONCLUSION

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?”

5. EVALUATION

  1. Briefly evaluate your methods (discuss positive and negatives) (not the execution of your peers!)
  2. Suggest how the study/methodology might be improved
  3. Suggest how the study might be extended.

TSC – A, B, C & D

Due date: Tuesday December 4th

Hyperlink your work here

InS 8: Sustainable Development Goals

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.

Hyperlink your goal here

Exercise 2

Now that we have an understanding of the SDGs

  • Are some more important in certain countries?
  • Are they realistic goals?
  • What issues might arise when trying to reach these goals?
  • How are they interconnected?

 

In groups of 3, you will create a flow chart using the hexagon handout, explaining the interconnectedness of the SDGs. 

  • You will use the extra hexagons to explain, in one sentence,  the link between each hexagon,
  • Use extra paper to do make more hexagons.
  • You may create clusters if you cannot find links
  • Include an explanation of any issues or “dead-end” you encounter, if you cannot make a link or if you find a flaw in the SDG.

Exercise 3

In your same groups, find a real world example of the following and explain it to the class:

  1. An SDG Initiative in a LIC that is currently successful
  2. An SDG Initiative in a LIC that is currently unsuccessful
  3. An HIC’s plan to tackle SDGs inside its country – explain and evaluate the plan
  4. An HIC’s plan to tackle SDGs outside its country – explain and evaluate the plan
  5. An example of a correlation you have discussed in exercise 2
  6. An example of a correlation you have discussed in exercise 2
  7. An example of a correlation you have discussed in exercise 2

Create one slide here to present your answer

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