“We are not makers of history.  We are made by history.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

Main Focus

1. Where are you (with respect to socials studies)?

Although socials studies is not my favourite subject, I think that I’m fairly knowledgeable in distinct areas within the socials classroom.  Some topics I tend to understand better than others, and other areas I’m excited to learn more about.  Reading the news and internet has allowed me to widen my knowledge in particular fields and gave me some ideas and thoughts that I can research more about and expand on.

In history, I love learning about the Second World war.

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I have read many books and conducted studies based on the story of Anne Frank and the journey she experienced as a Jew in the second world war.  Her family didn’t give up and continued to hide out in the annex above their friends office.  Without the bravery and courage of the two office owners, they would not have survived in Amsterdam for that long.

Many German families hid Jewish families because they didn’t think this discrimination against the Jews was the right thing to do.  They helped save many people that are thankful towards what they chose to do.

While researching about my Anne Frank project, I began to be curious about the people and the thoughts that went through their mind during wartime.  This led me to inquire into this war and look into other groups like the Nazis, the Savion Union and the roles they had in the war.  My research has allowed me to have lots of information and knowledge that I would like to share with other people.

This event has allowed me to think about the reasons on why people judge in a particular way.  For me, by researching about the horrors of the World War 2 can remember this historic event and the different paths that led up to it.  This will help me in the future and I can fix mistakes or prevent events so this doesn’t happen again.

Another area I am intrigued about is political science.  This is an area of learning that has just recently begun to interest me.  In grade 8, Lucas taught our whole class a course about Canada’s Parliament for his passion project.  We learned about the House of Commons and the United States election going on very closely. Through the assignments and lessons he shared with us, I discovered more about the way that our country operates and how the many figures in history have developed the political pathways that we continue to follow today.


2. Where are you going?

During the socials studies experience I will have in high school, I look forward to continuing my relationship with history in World Wars and politics, and want to learn more about the mindsets of some of the major figures during that time.  I find that studying past events can help people prepare for the future and prevent mistakes from happening again.

I would also like to develop new goals within the topics of economics and anthropology because those two topics are the ones that intrigue me the most.  (Further discussed on the second focus)


2nd Focus

1.What interests you about this topic? Why? Examples?

I feel like economics and anthropology can be done together, because human societies and their evolution is one of the main reasons of economic change.  For example, I really want to study the social changes that occur when an economic disaster affects a particular resource.  It would be interesting to look back in history and assess the chain reaction that is caused by the disruption of an economic staple.  After I’m done reviewing past events related to the loss of economic resources, I want to conduct a mock simulation of what would happen if I took away a resource in time today.  In modern culture, everything is interrelated with each other, and the declination of one resource can affect different things.  While assessing the different problems that occur, I will observe the many benefits and advantages the resource gives to the community.

This mock simulation will also allow me to observe human behaviour comparative study of human societies and cultures and their development.  This is where anthropology comes in.  I could study the cause of the resource failure, perhaps it could be due to humans over using products.  It could possibly be the other way around.  How did the failure of a resource affect economy and in return affect the ways humans behave? How could they adapt to the new environment?


2.  What challenges you about this topic?

One of the challenges I will face with studying economics is that sometimes, it might be hard to research about.  For example, the study I want to conduct with a mock simulation of a failed resource is something that did not happen yet.  If the event did not occur before in real life (such as history), there won’t be as many facts or thoughts on the internet I can base my ideas off of.  To really grasp my understanding around the topic, I have to use my brain a lot and think about it rather than researching the information.  In the past, I have done a lot of projects based on a research- based assignment and to use a lot of my own ‘imaginations’ (that are based off facts) will be a difficulty in itself.  However, I also believe that because there is no right or wrong answer to this type of simulation, I will be more relaxed and confident when I present the information to other people. As I begin to do more projects based on my own thoughts, I think it will get easier and ideas will come to me faster.


3rd Focus

1. What have we/done/discussed so far that provides an example of the Main or 2nd focus? Q’s?

So far in Socials, we have read the different perspectives of Columbus’ findings and the morals of the story.  We discussed what is ‘right’ and what is ‘wrong’ and how these opinion can change depending on the progress gained from the event.

In the story, there are two main groups.  The first group is made out of the Europeans (people that are lead by Columbus) and the different methods they used to ensure ‘human progress’.  The second group consists of the Indians who made many sacrifices in the   name of ‘human progress’.  While we were reading the story, we anitated and assessed the historical significance of this event and if it was actually needed for human development.  Our class had many discussions sharing our thoughts about the different perspectives of the Europeans and the Indians and the impact that moral values or worldviews (ex.the Europeans thought that they were the greatest and above the Indians) might have on them.  Personally, I think that although human progression is needed to advance in our society, there could have been different methods to do so instead of killing and sacrificing so many Indian lives along the way.

Since I love reading about history, I find that going back to the contexts of historical events is a fun thing to do.  I also believe that reading about past accomplishments or mistakes can direct us on the path of the future.

“The more you know about the past, the better prepared you are for the future.” – Theodore Roosevelt