Social Studies Reflection #2

So far during unit two I have studied the first three chapters of China, the Worlds Most Populous Country. Some of the things that I have learned in this unit include the side affects of China’s rising population. One of the affects that this would have is that it would allow a phenomenon like a draught to dry up the crops and kill millions. This happened under Mao Zedong’s rule in the years 1958-1962. Another one of the side affects is that now you have more and more people. Who are using more and more energy. So to find and construct a way to cope with this problem will require a lot of thought, labour, and time. Which will require lots of hard work. Some of the plans that modern day China include building the largest dam in the worlds largest dam to generate power for the 1.35 billion people living there. This will allow them to reduce the amount of coal they are burning that contributes to the smog in China. Another method the government is using is the one person one child policy which allows each family one child. Before the punishments were harsh but now China has loosened the reigns and allowed special persons to have more than one. To promote this they now focus on the rewards rather than the punishments. These are some of the problems China faces today and how China has coped with it.

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China PD map

In this unit I will aim for the second highest badge because last time I did not seem to be able to achieve a higher goal. To achieve this I will take notes in class that I can review if I need them for a test or just for an activity in class. My goal for this unit was to stay on task while researching or studying while taking notes on the subject. So far I feel that I have been following up on these goals because of the amount of notes I’ve been taking on some of the mini-units.  I have been taking my notes off of the online chapters as it was a working method for the first unit. So this unit I will keep using this method to help me stay on task and prepared for any assessment.

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Occupy Central: My Opinion

Recently in the Hong Kong Central area there have been massive protests about whether or not the Hong Kong people should be able to choose who may be elected. The Chinese government has been massively suppressive of this in China and everything has been denying the people of Hong Kong’s requests. These protests began because the Chinese government have been saying that Hong Kong would be able to elect its own leader in 2017. They have told them for many years and just recently they decided it didn’t please them, so they took it back. Now the HKSF and other major groups are protesting for the right to choose their leader in 2017. Recently the police have been using force such as tear gas and pepper spray but now it seems that everything is at peace. For now if the talks with the HK government go well the protests will end and life will go back to normal.

I would really like for democracy to become a thing in HK. But I think that the Beijing government will deny all of those rights, and wont budge for a very long time. If all of HK protested along with people from mainland China then this would become a very serious matter and would maybe allow for HK to elect their own leader. But if any of the HK leaders decide to agree than it might start a snowball effect and eventually have all of HK.

One thing I wonder about is why the Chinese government does not want to allow HK to elect its own leader. It has promised them for many years and for them to change it so suddenly is strange.


Unit One Reflection

In this unit we have learned about Mapping and Geography. I will first start by talking about the different types of maps and their elements. Almost every single map has these elements that make it a map.

  1. Title: Every map has a title because without it nobody would know what the map is about and so it would be irrelevant.
  2. Global grid: The global grid is on most maps because it makes it much easier to find places using x, y coordinates than distances from a set point.
  3. Key: A key shows what key signs and elements on the map are.
  4. Scale: Shows how far a distance on a map is in real life.
  5. Compass Rose: Shows the cardinal directions on the mapMap elements

For this unit I got a Ferdinand Magellan badge and I agree. My work habits were horrible and I should have really improved.


One learning strategy that didn’t work this unit was notes. This didn’t work because I just wasn’t focused enough to keep to what I was doing. This was not very good. One strategy that did work was reading the online chapters. This helped because It was online and interactive so it was much easier to focus on.


My goal for this unit is to never get off task and focus on the task at hand. This would greatly help my work habits and would get me back on track.