MYP Individuals and Societies - Grade 10
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MYP Individuals and Societies incorporates disciplines traditionally studied under the general term “the humanities” (such as history and philosophy), as well as disciplines in the social sciences (such as economics, geography, sociology and political science). It encourages learners to respect and understand the world around them and equips them with necessary skills to inquire into historical, contemporary, geographical, political, social, economic, religious, technological, and cultural factors that have an impact on individuals, societies, and environments. In this subject group, students can engage with exciting, stimulating and personally relevant topics and issues which helps them to appreciate the diversity of human culture, attitudes and beliefs. The approach includes a strong focus on inquiry and investigation. Students, collect, describe and analyze data; test hypotheses; and learn how to interpret information.
The aims of MYP I&S are to encourage and enable students to:
- Appreciate human and environmental commonalities and diversity
- Understand the interactions and interdependence of individuals, societies, and the environment
- Understand how both environmental and human systems operate and evolve
- Identify and develop concern for the well-being of human communities and the natural environment
- Act as responsible citizens of local and global communities
- Develop inquiry skills that lead towards conceptual understandings of the relationships between individuals, societies, and the environments in which they live
Units and topics:
Unit 1: The Road to War
- Create references and citations to construct a bibliography using a recognized convention (MLA)
- Read critically and for comprehension.
Unit 2: World War I
- Apply existing knowledge to generate new ideas, products or processes.
- Recognize unstated assumptions and bias by identifying origin, purpose, value and limitation of sources.
- Draw conclusions and interpret and use effectively, modes of verbal and nonverbal communication.
Unit 3: World War II
- Consider ideas from multiple perspectives including unlikely and impossible.
- Read critically and for comprehension.
- Make inferences and draw conclusions.
- Propose and evaluate a variety of solutions.
- Analyze complex concepts and projects into their constituent parts and synthesize them to create new understanding.
Unit 4: The Cold War
- Listen actively to other perspectives and ideas.
- Locate, organize, analyze, evaluate, synthesize and ethically use information from a variety of sources and media.
A: Knowing and understanding
Students develop factual and conceptual knowledge about individuals and societies and should be able to:
- use terminology in context
- demonstrate knowledge and understanding of subject-specific content and concepts through descriptions, explanations and examples.
Students develop systematic research skills and processes associated with disciplines in the humanities and social sciences. Students develop successful strategies for investigating independently and in collaboration with others and should be able to:
- formulate a clear and focused research question and justify its relevance
- formulate and follow an action plan to investigate a research question
- use research methods to collect and record relevant information
- evaluate the process and results of the investigation.
Students develop skills to organize, document and communicate their learning using a variety of media and presentation formats and should be able to:
- communicate information and ideas using an appropriate style for the audience and purpose
- structure information and ideas in a way that is appropriate to the specified format
- document sources of information using a recognized convention.
D: Thinking critically
Students use critical thinking skills to develop and apply their understanding of individuals and societies and the process of investigation should be able to:
- discuss concepts, issues, models, visual representation and theories
- synthesize information to make valid arguments
- analyse and evaluate a range of sources/data in terms of origin and purpose, examining value and limitations
- interpret different perspectives and their implications.
Please bring the following materials to every class:
- Charged laptop
- writing utensils
- assigned reading materials