Unit 2 Summative Assessment
Social groups are groups of people with similar beliefs and ideas that move around sharing ideas with other social groups that can lead to conflict and cooperation.
My Role and Experience
Connecting to the Enduring Understanding
The game showed a cultural mosaic because everyone brought their ideas and values to the table and share it with other groups. A cultural mosaic is everything you believe in or what you like. Just like the Coat of Arms mosaic, I had pictures of what I like to do and what I believe in. Such as family, friends. holidays, etc. All the different groups brought their beliefs and values to the game and express that to the rest of us. For example, the United States Government came in and wanted a democracy with peace. That's their cultural mosaic because that's what they believe in and told all of us. Also, when Sierra came to the peasants group, she had her own mosaic from the guerrillas but now has more beliefs from the peasant's culture.
There was cooperation in the game because people were making treaties and there was not a lot of violence. When people made the treaties, they held up their part and kept their promise. For example, the peasants made a treaty with the Guerrillas stating no violence and if the guerrillas overpower the Army and Wealthy, they would side with the Peasants. In return, the peasants would give them a vote for the election. They had the same beliefs as us because they wanted a democracy and take the power away from the Army and Wealthy. That is cooperation, we worked together to achieve our goals.
In the game, there was conflict when the Guerrillas kidnapped the president of the Army and Wealthy. In the beginning, the Army and Wealthy were trying to get her back but decided to just get another president. That was conflict because the Guerrilla believed in kidnapping to change the game and the Army and Wealthy believed in getting their president back. That's conflict between beliefs, Guerrillas wanted one thing and the Army and Wealthy wanted something else. There was more conflict when people ripped treaties. Another conflict situation was when the Guerrillas made a treaty with the Guatemala Government. On the back of the treaty the government stated to take away all of the guerrilla's MSUs which created conflict between social groups.
Cooperation worked the best because that helped us accomplished our goals. The peasants didn't have much conflict that would make us fight back. Also no treaties were ripped up for us. We worked well with the guerrillas and US government. At one point, the Guatemala Government made a treaty stating that they will build a wall and will make the peasants build it. We got very mad but didn't create conflict. Instead we make a treaty stating that we will not build the wall under any circumstances. Cooperation works well in the game for the peasant group.
Real World Examples
There was human migration because people from Al-Qaeda traveled over here, however for a bad reason. Also, coming to America to destroy us was a pull factor. It was a pull factor because their religion drawn them here from their beliefs.
My perspective, along with most of America, is that these terrorists are bad, dangerous, and we need to stop them from more destruction. Our values and beliefs are to have peace and get rid of all of the dangerous people. However, Al-Qaeda has a different perspective on this situation. They think that they should take their own life for their beliefs. This means that they would die for their religion because they think their religion should be the only one. They have their own values and they think they did the right thing. I realized why they believe in that, but their beliefs are different from mine therefore I think their values are dangerous and crazy.
ISIS and the US are different social groups because each group share different beliefs. America tries to create cooperation with ISIS but most of the time it doesn't work. Right now, America is using violence to stop ISIS because it might be the only way to stop them. ISIS has a different perspective then the US, the only thing they see in front of them is to convert non-Muslims to Muslims. If that doesn't work, then they use violence. ISIS brings it to the point where they take ordinary people and behead them. They don't think they are doing anything wrong but we see it as very wrong. Our perspective is that we have freedom to be whoever we want to be and no one can take that away. Americans already fought for freedom, they don't need another fight. These two social groups don't see eye to eye and something needs to change to have one another cooperate.
Each party is a social group, democrats share similar beliefs and values on how to run this country but the republicans think differently. There are multiple perspectives between each party because the republicans believe and see different views than the democrats. Republicans believe in guns because they are traditionalist meaning that they go back to the Constitution. The Constitution states that people have the right to own a gun. Democrats believe in no guns because they want change in the world. Both parties have to see the other party's perspective and factor that into making the decision before it's final. Each social group has a different view on situations that can be resolved by cooperation. If they can't agree, there could be conflict between them.
Connections from real world examples to my experience in the simulation
There is human migration because the democrats and republicans might have to go to another country to discuss topics. Or a democrat might have a pull factor towards the republican party. That person might be pulled for having new beliefs, ideas, or cultures.
In the simulation, every social groups brought their values and beliefs to the classroom and shared it to people. For example, my values were to have a democracy and an election, that's what I believe in. So that's what I told people and I tried to get them to agree. The parties would join together with their beliefs and try to make the other people to see their values.
Power shifting between social groups
Power shifting having negative and/or positive effects
Power shifting can have a positive effect because the world can change for the better. Power shifting from Al-Qaeda to the US means that we can stop them and their violence. We could finally live in peace. Another example would be having the power taken away from a dictatorship to a democracy. This is because people would have their freedom and have a say in how the government runs.
How does the Enduring Understanding connect to my life?
With cooperation , there's conflict. People with different views on a topic can lead to conflict. Deciding which movie my friend and I would go to can have conflict. I might want to see a comedy movie but my friend might want to see a horror movie. That's conflict, we have different views on the topic. Another situation with conflict would be my family reunion party. My aunt and uncle had a disagreement on something so she whacked him with her cane. There was a violent conflict between them because my aunt saw a different view than my uncle.
In my life, humans migrate all around the world. My sister and her family decided on moving to Florida because there was a job opportunity which is a pull factor. I didn't like the decision but I wanted my sister to be happy. Also, I migrated to a new house when I was younger due to a push factor. The house I used to live in was very small and my family needed more space. In doing so, it made everyone happier.
Cultural mosaics connects to my life because everything that makes up me is from what I like and believe in. Everything that I believe in, I bring to school and show who I am. Doing that, I can learn new ideas/cultures that interests me. My coat of arms mosaic is an example of cultural mosaics because I put everything I do and my values into one and showed it to my friends.
There are different social groups in my life. A social group is a group of people who have similar values and beliefs. Family, friends, and the lunch room are social groups. Family is a social group because we have similar values on when we eat dinner or go to bed. That can be different in another family household. Also my friends are a social group because we like the same things and believe in the same values. With different social groups comes with multiple perspectives. For example, at the lunch room, you can look around and see the top of the icebergs of people. If a student looks at my friend, not really knowing her, she has a perspective. That student could be see her characteristics of what she eats, dresses like, her behavior, etc. However, I know my friend much better so I know her beliefs, values, and her attitude. I would know if she's sad or mad or crazy because I have a different perspective about her. There's multiple perspectives about anyone and that makes up social groups.
Connections between MY experience in the simulation and MY life
My social group in Bullets and Ballots
Power shifting between social groups in the simulation
How has power shifted and how conflict and cooperation occurred between social groups
6 word story that sums up Unit 2
Social groups balance conflict and cooperation.