Is it Midterm, or is this only an illusion in our heads


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
  • Christopher Columbus
    • 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


  • Justin Trudeau
    • 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. ” –

  • 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
  • Nationalism
  • 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.
  • E-Learning
    • 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

Curricular Competencies



  • Evidence
    • 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.

That’s all for today, stayed tuned!!!