MYP Individuals and Societies - Grade 9

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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.
 
Aims: 
 
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: Renaissance and Reformation
 
Students will:
  • Listen actively to other perspective and ideas.
  • Practice giving and receiving feedback on analysis of sources.
  • Work collaboratively in teams to build consensus.
  • Understand and implement intellectual property rights.
  • Practice with confidence selecting and evaluating sources based on the appropriateness to specific tasks.
  • Practice independently creating references and citations according to recognized conventions.
Unit 2: Absolutism
 
Students will:
  • Practice locating, organizing and using information from a variety of sources and media.
  • Recognize a range of perspectives.
  • Develop skills of similarities and differences (primary and secondary sources)
  • Draw connections among resources.
Unit 3: Revolution
 
Students will:
  • Consider ideas from multiple perspectives including unlikely and impossible.
  • Read critically and for comprehension.
  • Make inferences and draw conclusions.
  • Listen actively to other perspectives and ideas.
Unit 4: Industrial Revolution
 
Students will:
  • Take effective notes in class.
  • Manage and resolve conflict and work collaboratively in teams.
  • Make inferences and draw conclusions.
  • Read critically and for comprehension.
  • Give and receive meaningful feedback – immediate action on feedback.
Assessment Criteria
 
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.
B: Investigating
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.
C: Communicating
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.
Required materials:
 
Please bring the following materials to every class:
  • Charged laptop
  • agenda
  • notebook
  • folder/binder
  • writing utensils
  • highlighters
  • assigned reading materials
Looking forward to a great year!

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