My 2020 COVID-19 Time Capsule

During this year, various events have occurred that might make a Historian, Economist, Political Scientist, and Geographer think about what happened in 2020?


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https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20151127-how-will-future-archaeologists-study-us

This first article is something that Historians and Geographers might look at as it is quite ironic. It speaks about how future archaeologists will study us in the 21st century and therefore also explains what there is to study, for example, architecture, history, digital culture, and so on.


A person walks in front of the Department of the Treasury

https://www.newyorker.com/news/our-columnists/the-coronavirus-is-transforming-politics-and-economics

This article by the New Yorker might interest historians, economists, and political scientists in the future as it clearly explains how the COVID – 19 outbreak has impacted the world’s economy and politics. It gives the peoples view of American politicians and how they have also impacted the daily lives of citizens.


https://newint.org/features/2018/03/01/black-lives-matter-changed-politics

This article speaks about how the BLM movement has changed modern US politics. It would be a very interesting source for Political Scientists because it is proof that most times politics is not meant for citizens but rather for power. It shows how if the world comes together, they can influence oppressive politics.


Aftermath of Hurricane Florence in North Carolina

https://www.worldwildlife.org/stories/2020-a-critical-year-for-our-future-and-for-the-climate

This article might interest Geographers and Historians as it speaks about how climate change is impacted by the COVID-19 virus and how the earth is changing because of it.


 

http://www.egmontinstitute.be/content/uploads/2020/03/SPB126-sven-corona-260320.pdf?type=pdf

This final article speaks about how the coronavirus has impacted international politics and the world. It would interest future Historians and Political Scientists as it holds the peoples view in the 21st century and gives an insight into the situation.

Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian: Socratic Seminar Reflection

In today’s Socratic Seminar on “Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian” by Sherman Alexie, our grade nine class split in two for a 30-minute discussion. In these 30 minutes, my group exchanged various ideas and arguments, including a difference of opinion on the meaning behind Rowdy’s name. This dispute was one of the many sources of analysis that occurred throughout the discussion. I feel that I conveyed a sophisticated understanding of the text and stylistic features, for example my interpretation of the theme: living between two cultures, when I stated that Junior’s main struggle over the course of the novel is between his cultural ties to the reservation and his ambitions to educate himself and achieve a better lifestyle than the people around him in the rez. He faces resistance and doubt on all sides: Rowdy and many other people on the reservation call Junior a traitor and a white-lover, even turning their backs on him during a basketball game.

Meanwhile, Junior’s Reardan classmates either ignore him or torment him for being different. He does not feel as though he fits into anywhere, hence the title “Part-Time Indian.” However, Junior eventually discovers that he does not have to mould himself into a preconceived notion of an Indian or white kid Many share his struggle, he realizes, and thinks to himself, “I might be a lonely Indian boy, but I [am] not alone in my loneliness” (Alexie 217). I feel that this by itself already shows the time and effort I put into deeply analyzing the text and specific things that Junior says. I also think that I initiated and participated in our discussion, often building upon others ideas and collaborating with the people next to me to show our thinking. Although I might have stuttered or paused for some time when trying to explain my thoughts, overall, I feel that I maintained a formal register and adhered to conventions throughout this Socratic Seminar. 

Prep Socratic Seminar Reflection Absolutely True Diary Chapters 1-11

In today’s English class, a practice Socratic Seminar was held to prepare our class for November 19th. Our group discussed various things, including racial discrimination, social expectation, and so forth. I feel that something I did well was creating questions and answering with intricate answers, an example of a question our group created was:

Junior’s complicated friendship with Rowdy is one of the primary sources of conflict at the beginning of this novel. What are some ways in which this conflict shows itself? Why, despite the ways that Rowdy has mistreated Junior, is Junior so adamant about keeping their friendship after he transfers to Reardan?

I feel that this question is open-ended and allows for multiple interpretations; this is why it is a ‘good’ question. An interpretation I had to this question was that Rowdy is the only source of hope for Junior at this period of the novel. This source of hope comes from the degree of negligence in the rez, so when Rowdy hangs out with Junior, it is like a blessing; which is why Junior depends on their relationship so strongly.

Something I want to improve on is looking at specific parts of the text to back up the claims I make, for example, page numbers, specific images, and so forth. This will also give my argument more authenticity as it is harder to argue against what the author writes in the text than to argue against someone’s opinion alone.

My thoughts on Aaron Huey’s TEDtalk and its relationship to the ‘Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian’.

 

I learned a lot from Aaron Huey’s TEDtalk on “America’s prisoners of war” . (https://www.ted.com/talks/aaron_huey/transcript#t-110949). From human rights to cultural identity, I felt very intrigued by Aaron Heuys arguments about how America has been waging a silent war against their Native people. When thinking over what Aaron Huey had said about living with the Native Americans from time to time, it seemed to me like he acted as if he were the only one who has ever done this. A question I have is why have not more people talked about this topic? I have never really heard about the Lakota people and their struggles, so why is it that I am learning from this now?

Concerning Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, I think that the TEDtalk helped me realize how the theme of poverty and privilege relates to real-life events. When Junior says that he comes from poor people who come from poor people who come from poor people, I now understand why that is, and how it affects Junior and his peoples future.

I think that this video also gives a considerable amount of context for Alexie’s portrayal of the fictional Wellpinit Reservation and Junior’s life. Especially when it comes to the stereotypes of Native Americans and why the white people around Junior are (at first) scared of him because he is Indian. As a reader who did not know about the real hardships of Native Americans in modern society before watching the TEDtalk, I see now how real the concepts in this book are, and how each character represents a type of person in Rez. Life.

The author, Sherman Alexie, chose to write Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian as a young adult novel instead of something aimed at an adult audience. As the novel is supposed to be a diary of a hormonal teenage boy, I feel that she wrote it in this style to represent Junior. The diary itself should feel real, and Alexie does this by putting in pictures that Junior draws to explain his point further, this is one of the reasons why this book might be classified as “young-adult”. Another reason might be because of the language and descriptions used in the diary is because Junior is at the age where he starts doing all these hormonal and teenage things, like swearing and using silly descriptions of people, for example comparing his angry geology teacher to a volcano on page 85.