Technology has allowed people and societies all over the global to become interconnected instantaneously. We can contact a friend who lives in another country just as easily as we can a friend who lives down the street. We can talk to strangers who we have never met both directly and indirectly. Directly, you are able to contact each other one on one. Indirectly, people comment on public posts.
However, it can be argued that although the spread of cultural diffusion so quickly can be a great asset to many, we have not created the social norms and appropriate means of communicating with each other that is needed to make our digital spaces safe for everyone. Generally speaking, people communicate with each other face to face with appropriate conditions that society has put into place and has deemed appropriate.
If people do not there are social consequences. If someone is verbally abusive to someone in public it is then normal behavior for others to avoid them. If a famous sports figure speaks publicly about an issue that is deemed inappropriate, unpopular, or unwanted they are not arrested and thrown in jail for their free speech, but negative social consequences can result in them losing their endorsements.
We are starting to see how average people are policing each other online, where someone who made an unwelcome comment in their past is now being held accountable for it in the present. Recently the director of the Guardians of the Galaxy movies was fired for a twitter post made years before.
However, online, many people believe that they can say and “speak” to others anyway that they would like as there is a barrier between them. In many circumstances, this barrier has created an amount of anonymity that keeps them from facing social backlash that keeps everyone “in check”.
Is it possible to create digital social norms that allow people to exercise their freedom of speech appropriately and create a safe place where interconnectedness and social diffusion can prosper? Is it up to app developers, technology companies, the state/local/federal governments, or society (us) to create these norms. If you were to create these stipulations what would they be, what would they look like, how would we hold each other accountable?
How has interconnectedness benefitted or hindered society? How can we promote better interconnectedness?
4.1.3 - Trade Networks and Contacts
4.2.1 - Growth of Islam and Dar al-Islam
4.2.3 - The Plague
4.3.2 - Africa to 1500
4.3.3 - China to 1500
5.3.2 - East Asia through the 18th Century
5.3.3 - South Asia/India throughout the 18th Century
Key Ideas & Details
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.9-10.3 Analyze how complex characters develop over the course of a text, interact with other characters, and advance the plot or develop the theme.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.9-10.5 Analyze how an author's choices concerning how to structure a text, order events within it (e.g., parallel plots), and manipulate time create such effects as mystery, tension, or surprise.
Integration of Knowledge and Ideas:
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.9-10.7 Analyze the representation of a subject or a key scene in two different artistic mediums, including what is emphasized or absent in each treatment.
[Reading: Informational Text]
Key Ideas & Details
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.9-10.1 Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.9-10.2 Determine a central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.
Text Types and Purposes:
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.9-10.2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas, concepts, and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.9-10.7 Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question) or solve a problem; narrow or broaden the inquiry when appropriate; synthesize multiple sources on the subject, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation. EXPOSITORY PAPER
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.9-10.8 Gather relevant information from multiple authoritative print and digital sources, using advanced searches effectively; assess the usefulness of each source in answering the research question; integrate information into the text selectively to maintain the flow of ideas, avoiding plagiarism and following a standard format for citation.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.9-10.9 Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
Conventions of Standard English:
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.9-10.1 Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
STAGE 00 - FOUNDATION: Due __/__/__ (Before Class)
01. Cultural Diffusion - Reading and Questions / Presentation
02. Silk Roads (Video, Presentation, and Questions)
03. The Fall of Rome (Video, Presentation, and Questions)
04. Social Norms - In Class Discussion
05. Feudalism (Video, Presentation, and Questions)
06. The Crusades (Video, Presentation, and Questions)
07. Black Death (Video, Presentation, and Questions)
08. Black Death Outbreak Mapping - Activity / Questions
09. Black Death - Primary Sources
STAGE 01 - REMEMBER/UNDERSTAND: DUE __/__/__ (Before Class Starts)
Directions: Complete all Stage 01, two chances each, and move on to Stage 02.
WHG / ELA
01. Silk Roads - Reading and Questions
02. The Fall of Rome - Reading and Questions
03. Feudalism - Reading and Questions
04. Crusades - Reading and Questions
05. Black Death - Reading and Questions
Masque of the Red Death mini-unit overview
As you read,
Complete reading questions
Complete Vocabulary Sheet
Audio Reading of Masque of Red Death
Masque of Red Death movie
Masque of the Red Death Quiz
STAGE 02 - ANALYZE/APPLY: DUE __/__/__ (Before Class)
Directions: Complete the Map Analysis and three (3) of the other WHG Stage 02 Independent Work activities and the Stage 02 Project work below in order to complete Stage 02 and move on to Stage 03.
WHG and ELA
STAGE 03 - EVALUATE/CREATE: DUE __/__/__ (By the End of Class)