Half of our Socials classes are already over [it went by reallyyyyyyyyyyyyy fast] and for our midterm, we are required to construct an outline about 3 big ideas, 3 examples under each big idea and their connection to our curricular content.  I was actually very surprised at how well everything connects to each other and super glad that I actually understood all of the info.  I think this means that Mr. Jackson taught us well!


Emerging ideas and ideologies profoundly influence societies and events.

o   Helen Keller

  • Advocated towards rights for the deaf and blind – she influenced many deaf communities and started many organizations helping those with sight and hearing disabilities
  • Political advances; Socialist party – Keller actively campaigned and supported those in the working class in regards to women rights to vote as well effects of the war
  • Content: social revolution – for the deaf and the blind that are still in effect today

o   Christopher Columbus

  • Individual whose idea of another land influenced Spain’s developments as a country– Columbus is a [well known] sailor that traveled across the Atlantic Ocean in search of a new land
  • Managed to convince Spain monarchs to support him with terms of wealth and fame
  • Content: contributed heavily to the process of colonialism

o   English Civil War

  • Divine Right of Kings – the idea that anyone who is king is because God put him [did they have female kings? Probably not] in that position
  • King has complete control over the land and has great influence on how it will shape in the future – king can execute anyone going against him and can impact the next generation through his offspring in line to the throne
  • Content: social revolution – the changes a king can have towards his people

Disparities in power alter the balance of relationships between individuals and between societies.

o   English Civil War

  • Men’s overbearing control over women – because men were thought to be more superior, they had a much higher position in terms of power, and this gave them control dominance over women in this era
  • Relationships during war – men made decisions for women
  • Feminist and gender evolution – woman standing up to what they believed in, protests + arguments
  • Content: social revolutions – feminist actions

o   Christopher Columbus

  • Columbus VS the Natives – Europeans had far better modern weapons and technology + larger number of men that natives did not have access to
  • Differences in power that comes with race – Columbus being a “white Caucasian” man used his position in power to have absolute control over the indigenous people which even centuries later on, people did not question because of his race and social status
  • Content: imperialism and colonialism in North America and their effects on indigenous people

o   English Civil War

  • Disparities in power between the king and the parliament- the shift of power altered the relationship between the two “parties [?]” and caused conflict which was the English Civil War
  • King Charles’ 1’s actions to dissolve Parliament over and over caused immense frustrations … [but the divine right of kings]
  • Content: conflicts between the Royalists and the Parliamentarians

Collective identity is constructed and can change over time.

o   Christopher Columbus

  • BEFORE: Columbus’ identity changed to fit the ideal marks of history – for years, he was taught as a hero who founded the country of America
  • NOW: Studies of different perspectives [natives] have shown the “true” way to how Columbus discovered America [Howard Zinn’s “A People History”]
  • With the change of a “dominant” leader, the identity of the country can change as well- before Columbus’ invasion of America, it’s identity consisted of what the natives regarded the land to be. This identity changed when the Europeans constructed the land and its culture to benefit their needs.
  • Content: discriminatory policies against natives

o   English Civil War

  • Collective identity of people where impacted by the King – his decision changed the way people ran their lives, and as new kings replace old ones, the customs are changed yet again.
  • King’s position of power influenced how his people viewed him- by dividing different people into hierarchy groups, the king could adjust the way his people now and in the future [history books] saw him as
  • Content: conflicts between higher and lower class

o   Donald Trump

  • Trump created his OWN identity throughout his election- …
  • BEFORE: United states; gender, equality – Barack Obama was elected as president and many people thought that American as a whole had taken a huge leap towards narrowing the gap of gender equality and rights.
  • NOW: Donald Trump took presidency and showed to be an individual who was adamantly against sexist/racist rights. Even countries that are so persistent about gender separation has had women presidents, so why can’t America?
  • Content: discriminatory policies in the states against Muslims [wall]


In class, we were also expected to focus on our curricular competencies which we used to mark our documents of learning posts we blogged about.  In a discussion that we had, we organized and re-worded some pieces of each category into easier-to-understand words.  For our mid term, we needed to choose three areas that we felt we succeeded in capturing and three areas that we still need to work on.

3 Stars for Curricular Competencies

o   Significance – my eminent person + my document of learning experience

o ———-  contributions towards deaf and blind people today by Helen Keller

o Cause and Consequence – wheel of evolution

o ———-  cause and consequence of World War II

o   Perspective – views of different people especially between Columbus and the natives

o   Social Studies Inquiry Process – blogging [I think I communicate my findings very descriptively

o ———– lots of questions [some I answer myself] + gather information from a variety of sources + analyze ideas in an in depth manner


3 Wishes for Curricular Competencies

o Evidence – should be more detailed on credibility of sources

o———— not all resources can be trustworthy, might need to focus on published books more

o   Continuity and Change – differences between groups

o ———– how two political parties differ in the same time period

o   Ethical Judgement – lots of work needed pointing out bias and judgement in information from web

o————- maybe more reasoning behind my decisions and ideas