Unit 2: Enduring Understanding
By Ilana Peet
Humans in Migration
1) Freedom of Religion
2) Fleeing From Conflict/Disease
5) Change of Scenery
Humans in Creating Cultural Mosaics
Humans in Balancing the Forces of Cooperation and Conflict Among Different Social Groups
During the 1920's (or the era of The Great Gatsby), when parties were extravagant and clothes were expensive, the Upper Class didn't normally associate with the Lower Class, as it was also much smaller than it is today.
Today, the Upper and Middle Classes work hard to help the lower class survive, with homeless shelters and soup kitchens for their access.
Real World Connections to Human Migration
2) Fleeing From Conflict/Disease: Syria, Pakistan, and many other Middle-Eastern countries have people fleeing left and right to European countries because of terrorist attacks in the area.
3) Economy: Many people today, from many countries throughout the world, are migrating because of the economy. In Europe and England before America was discovered, Europeans farmed the land so much that their land became infertile or deprived of resources. In 1845-49, the Potato Famine caused many Irish people to immigrate to America because they were starving.
4) Work: Many people today travel for work because the wages in their country are bad. For example, there are many illegal and legal immigrants from Mexico that are coming to America to get better wages compared to their wages back home.
Real World Connections to Humans' Creation of Cultural Mosaics
In other countries, such as North Korea, they have an oligarchy, which is a small group of leaders in full control. Germany, Italy, and Russia had Dictatorships during WWII, which means that there was one person in full control of the country. In countries such as China, they have a Communistic economic system, in which the government owns all the businesses and the people have all the same amount of money. In Canada, they have a Socialistic economy. This means that the government owns large businesses, but small or private businesses are owned by citizens.
All of these examples, and many more, create the cultural mosaic of the world humans live in.
Real World Connections to Humans Balancing the Forces of Cooperation and Conflict Among Different Social Groups
In China, there is a huge gap between the wealthy and the rest of the citizens. The wealthy are mostly people who work in government. The rest of the citizens work in factories and are constantly waiting to get a job if they don't have one. There aren't enough jobs in China for everyone to be employed.
Examples of Power Shifting Between Social Groups in the Real World
How Power Shifts Between Social Groups Have a Negative/Positive Effect
This shift had a positive effect on the U.S., however, because it showed that the U.S. could kill as many people as they wanted to get what they want.
My Life Connections to Human Migration
Her family decided that one of the adults would move to America using her passport for better opportunities. She argued against it and moved to the U.S. alone at the age of fourteen.
My mother was born in New York, but moved to Maine when she was two years old. Her parents moved to Maine because her dad didn't like the changes in Long Island and her mom's brother lived in Maine.
I grew up in Maine as well, because my mother stayed there. My parents got divorced when I was in eighth grade (2013). About a year or less later, my mother met someone she went to middle school with and they started dating. He lived in New Hampshire, so she decided that she would move there too.
My Life Connections to Human Creation of Cultural Mosaics
We also came from a predominantly Italian family, so we are big fans of pasta.
These are a few examples of pieces of the mosaic that exists in our family.
My Life Connections to Humans Balancing the Forces of Cooperation and Conflict Among Different Social Groups
Bullets and Ballots
In Bullets and Ballots, I was in the U.S.A. group. Our group could not vote in the election, but had the most power over all. We could do an invasion and get what we wanted if the others disagreed with our needs.
In the beginning, the Army & Wealthy and the U.S. had the most power. The A & W shifted when they gained more MSU's and they seemed like they were in complete control. The U.S. had the final say in the game, leaving them to be the most powerful.
In the beginning of the game, The Army & Wealthy seemed like they had more power because they silenced three of the Guerrillas right off the bat. The U.S. had a say in this silencing as an agreement with the A & W. The A & W got all of the Guerrillas' MSU's when they were silenced, and they were ready to silence more. The U.S. made an agreement with the A & W so they wouldn't kill anyone else, but the A & W invaded. They mentioned that they were going to kill a few of the key peasants and were going to have the government stay in power. The U.S. invaded and decided to put the A & W leader on trial for crimes against humanity and had the election go on as planned.