Changes of Early Societies

Societies from the early era’s have changed significantly as their civilisation developed. In the textbook it writes, “… there were disadvantages to (the Sumerian’s) new environment. Unpredictable flooding combined with a period of little or no rain. The land sometimes became almost a desert” (Early River Valley Civilisation 29). This quote shows the early civilisation of Sumer, another example from further in time, “Over a long period of time, the people of Sumer created solutions to deal with these problems. To provide water, they dug irrigation ditches that carried river water to their fields and allowed them to produce surplus of crops” (30). This quote shows the changes Sumerians made for their society to further help their civilisation develop. The first quote is the early days of the Sumer society and how they were struggling with the dry environment they just settled down to while the second quote is how the Sumerians altered the land for their own use. Because of this one development, the irrigation ditches, the Sumerians were capable of farming and harvesting their crops which led to trade and travel which further boosted their society. Throughout this change, the Sumerian society’s organisation further developed along with its present civilisation.

C.R.E.A.T.E. Project



This outfit shows the normal life of Ella when she was a young girl.




Ella then faces the tragic death of her father, forcing her to wear this outfit.



Ella’s stepmom treats her like a maid after her father passed.



Ella then attends the town ball wearing this outfit and meets a prince.



After she returns from the ball, she goes back to living her life, however, the prince found her missing glass slipper.


After the prince finds Ella, they get married and return back to a normal life together and live happily ever after.


My C.R.E.A.T.E. project was influenced by the short story, Cheque Ordeal. Cheque ordeal tells a story through a series of written cheques, each cheque being issued to a different person or company which lets the reader interpret their own story. My project was based on a similar structure. My partner and I drew different clothing outfits that showed the progression through the story of Cinderella. The clothing outfits that we have drawn demonstrate our understanding of how the central idea of the text is developed throughout the story, emerging further analysis through specific details. Each drawing shows and tells the story of Cinderella. Ella’s father dies and her stepmother forces her to become a maid, one night at the town ball Ella meets a prince and after dropping her glass slipper, the prince finds her and they get married. The drawings that my partner and I drew represent the important turning points in Ella’s life, letting the reader understand the plot yet being able to transform the story into the reader’s own imagination. The outfits describe Ella’s life in a different way than just words, the words are put to paper and broaden the descriptions of her life. Through the drawings, the central idea of the text is presented in a creative yet effective way that allows it to connect to the grade 9 reading curriculum.

Japan Formative Assessment

How did imperialism affect Japan?

Japan was forced to stop isolating the nation in order to not be imperialised by the western countries. Japan had isolated it’s country in order to keep other countries out. Because of Japan’s isolation, they were not open for trade which made the production values for other countries to decrease. After the Europeans have already dominated trade with Africa, China, and India, the United States decided to open trade with Japan. Since Japan was an isolated nation, the United States of America had no choice but to force trade upon Japan, if they were not willing to open trade, they would be imperialised by the U.S. army. To prevent being imperialised, Japan stopped their isolation and started trade, once the U.S. started trade, many other countries also forced their products into Japan or they would have no choice and be imperialised. A textbook writes “…in 1853, U.S. Commodore Matthew Perry took four ships into what is now Tokyo Harbour. These massive black wooden ships powered by steam astounded the Japanese. The ships’ cannons also shocked them. The Tokugawa shogun realised he had no choice but to receive Perry and the letter Perry had brought from U.S. president Millard Fillmore” (810). This passage states how Japan had no choice but to open trade with the United States of America, making a huge impact on Japan’s modernisation. To further impact Japan, after the trade port had opened, the Japanese were very angry for letting the U.S. take control so the shogun stepped down from his leadership position. The leader, Mutsuhito, took control of the nation and named his reign, Meiji, starting the Meiji era. After all of these events, Japan was guided through a path of modernisation that led to the modern Japan that we know today. Japan was forced to open trade ports to prevent being imperialised by the United states, making a lasting impact on Japan’s nation.

DBQ Peel Paragraph

Point: Jahangir viewed himself as a powerful monarch, respecting his subjects so they could find peace

Evidence: I have thought it therefore my wisest plan to leave these men alone. Neither is it to be forgotten that the class of whom we are speaking… are usefully engaged, either in the pursuit of the arts or science, or of improvements for the benefit of mankind…

Explanation: Jahangir believes that his drinking and drug problems should not be brought onto his subjects, he wants his subjects to be left alone and find peace.

Link: Jahangir has suffered through a drinking and drug problem but wishes none of this problems onto his subjects.

Paragraph: Jahangir viewed himself as a powerful monarch, respecting his subjects so they could find peace. A retold conversation between Jahangir and Akbar writes, “I have thought it therefore my wisest plan to leave these men alone. Neither is it to be forgotten that the class of whom we are speaking… are usefully engaged, either in the pursuit of the arts or science, or of improvements for the benefit of mankind…”(document 2). Jahangir believes that his drinking and drug problems should not be brought onto his subjects; he wants his subjects to be left alone and find peace. Jahangir has suffered through an opium and alcohol related addiction but wishes none of these problems onto his subjects and would rather be a powerful monarch.


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Four Views of the Spice Trade

All four lenses of Social Studies are widely used to introduce the Spice Trade. Geography, economics, history and cultural anthropology; If one of these subjects were missing, the entire Spice Trade would collapse.

Geography and Economics are the two most connected lenses within the Spice Trade. Without geography, the economy would be nothing and without the economy, geography wouldn’t serve a purpose. Because these two lenses go hand in hand, there must be some explanation. The spices that are sold are grown in a specific geographical location. If the geography wasn’t correct, the land wouldn’t be able to grow the spices, if the spices aren’t able to grow, then there wouldn’t be spices to sell. Since selling the spices is a part of the economy, the spices that weren’t able to grow, that weren’t able to sell, will not contribute towards the economy which will lead to an economy that is not present. Now it is evident that geography and economics are vital to the spice trade and they are easily linked. From a Spice Trade Simulation one could tell how the geography was needed for the economy. Like many other items, the spices that were furthest away from the selling point would be the spices with the most profit. If one was to grow a spice 10 ports away from the merchant’s port, it would sell for a much higher profit than if the spice was grown at the port right next to the merchants. Another way that showed evidence of geography and the economy during the simulation was the selling price. If there was a natural disaster, inflation, or any other crisis that would contribute to the spices, the selling price would be much higher and there would be much less spice to sell. Because of this, once a farmer has spices that are in high demand and aren’t easily grown, the profit of selling the spice would be much higher than any other spice that has low demand. Even though geography and economics play a huge part, the history and cultural anthropology also make a great impact on the spice trade.

History and cultural anthropology are held tightly together within the spice trade. They both determine the area in which the spices will be sold. Because of the history and culture imprinted on a certain area, the spices that are bought will be influenced by the geography as well. The culture of an area will believe that certain spices bring fulfilment of their culture, they may believe it will bring health, wealth, or fortune. Because of the spices that are believed to bring good, those spices will be in high demand in that relative location. This goes the same for History, a certain location could be influenced by the history, making one want a certain spice. These two lenses will both be influenced by the beliefs of the people in the area, not by the geography or economics. This will be evident in the reading, “Many Europeans believed that good health depended on a balance of the fluids or “humors” in one’s body. It was further believed that by adding spices to one’s food, these humors were put into balance. Spices such as cinnamon, cloves, ginger, nutmeg, mace, saffron, and pepper were in high demand in growing European cities.” (World History for Us All 1). From this passage we can tell that spices were a popular belief to bring health in Europe. Because of the European beliefs, the demand of the spices were high, because the demands were high, those spices had a high supply. This situation is put under the lens of cultural anthropology, pulling the essence of culture and beliefs from the meaning. To show how religion is shown during the spice trade, one needs to look at the map that is shown in figure one. The map shows how the spice trade’s routes and paths brought religion to their area. By trading the spices though these routes, the people would communicate and also trade their beliefs in religion. Because of the history of the area, the culture has expanded to putting spices into their food and drinks, representing that history and cultural anthropology. To conclude, the Spice Trade brought great impacts to the world. The four lenses of social studies are all dependant on each other, if one of them ceased to exist then the entire Spice trade would come to an end and would not have changed the world the way it has now.

Figure one:

Spide Trade Routes


“Colonial Trade Routes.” Modern World History. N.p., n.d. Web. 9 Sept. 2015.

Segade, Irene. “Big Era Six – The Convergency.” (n.d.): n. pag. World History for Us All. UCLA. Web.

How Does The World Work? Spice Trade

From the simulation, I understand that economy plays a big part in the spice trade. Everyone from the farmers to the merchants are mainly selling their spices for money. Economy is how we try to improve our own lifestyle. By buying/selling spices, you either gain money or gain spices which are both directed towards improving your own lifestyle. From the reading I learned how only the wealthy people of a certain area are able to purchase the spices. Everything always comes down to everyone’s economical status. From that note I can also tell that to sell your spices, you need to travel through the different areas of the world. To get to where you need to go, it falls under Geography. Without Geography the farmers would not be able to grow their spices from their location’s benefits. Another factor that goes into where to sell/grow spices is history. The history from a location’s past will be a big factor into their influence with spices. Without their beliefs of the function in certain spices, those people would not purchase the spice. The cultural anthropology also factors into this as it could be a part of the area’s religion to purchase a certain spice. From what I can tell by reading “Spice It Up” and from contributing to the simulation, I know that all four lenses of social studies depend on each other and without one of the topics to lean on, there would be no spice trade to even talk about.

15 minutes

Spice It Up Reading Question

What part of this task are/were you particularly pleased with?

I thought that the fact we could scan the reading document then think of questions was unbeatable. You could think of a simple question that you thought of by scanning through the document, then once you read the document with depth you could really understand your own question. Adding to that, thinking of other’s questions was so helpful to focus on the reading piece. Not everyone thinks the same way so it’s a great way to look at the document from a different angle.

Tips from Yours Truly

  • Complete homework on time

  • Listen and respect your teacher/classmates

  • If extra help is needed, be sure to get it from teachers

  • Have fun and make the most of 8th grade

  • Read more books to improve your vocabulary

  • Concentrate during class

  • Get at least 8 hours of sleep every night

  • Don’t get off task during class

  • Don’t procrastinate

  • Aim for the best you can

The Source of Conflict: Audrey

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Above is a letter that George Foss from The Girl with a Clock for a Heart wrote to his ex-girlfriend, Liana. This letter shows the conflict between Liana and George and how it was resolved, he just stopped all contact. Swanson writes, “There were several school portraits of the same girl, but none of Audrey” (115). This quote shows the scene where George went to Audrey’s (Liana) house after she committed suicide but couldn’t recognise the photos of Audrey. This is because there was no Audrey, Liana was living under a fake name. This was the first conflict between them, George was angry with her and he had no way of showing that because she was gone. George and Liana were reunited 20 years later and she needed help, because of his love for her he decides to help Liana. After his long journey to help Liana, he comes back to find that she was gone and he is once again, stuck with all her mess. Swanson writes, “I (George) suddenly realised what Liana’s purpose was, to push me deeper. The only way I will be helping her and myself is if I stop seeing her” (253). This quote shows how George was tired of being in conflict with Liana so he stopped and lost all contact with her. He thought this was for the best and it resolved the conflict between them.

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3 Books that Summoned Angels

1. The Fault In Our Stars


John Green, an amazing writer, amazes me again. The heart racing, soul lightening, ultimately wonderful book starts with Hazel Grace and Augustus Waters. Hazel Grace is suffering from cancer while being in love with a cancer survivor, Augustus. Reading this, the book puts a silent movie into your head, an emotional, nerve-wracking movie. My heart was racing from page 1 until the very end. Once you start this book, you’ll never want to put it down!


2. Looking For Alaska


Alaska, a well-loved girl, suddenly disappears. Miles and his friends are striving to crack the mystery of how and why she got into the car crash. She was steering into another car, no signs of trying to get away and they were all very confused as to what happened. Because this book is full of action and creativity, it makes it so easy to read it in one sitting. Without realising it, I read this book for hours at a time, letting the sun go down and my mind whirl with John Green’s writing.

3. The Girl With a Clock For a Heart

A ticking time bomb, a timed heart, what will George do? George Foss was in love with Audrey Beck, his college girlfriend. When they both went home for winter break, he received a message that said Audrey had committed suicide. Devastated, George went to her parents house to offer his condolences and discovers a major secret that made him lose trust in her forever. He suddenly realised that he should let her go because he has brought many troubles to his life. This book is a great movie to twist your mind and makes you re-think every move Audrey made.

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