Once again we are faced with a very open ended blog post that is both beneficial and torturous, in that the questions could be answered in a 5 page essay if taken that deeply. It’s interesting reading what others have posted so far, as many seem very similar and literal. Given that these questions have no wrong answer, I am going to take my own spin on this assignment and share my opinions and views on section B2 while still addressing the questions listed in the criteria.
Two of the questions listed were “What do you feel/think/know about this topic now?” and “What do you need/want to know more about to further complete this PLO?” These two questions in particular as very similar, as they are almost the positive and negative versions of one another. Looking at these questions and reflecting on my knowledge of the topic, I don’t feel I could say that I know everything there is to know about this section, nor do I think we have fully covered all the Suggested Achievement Indicators (SAI). As of now, there is one particular that sticks out to me as something we haven’t touched on. And that is “Assess the daily role of Aboriginal women in the fur trade.” While it has come up in different class discussions and packages, we have not thoroughly talked about it as the main topic of discussion. In my opinion, to say I have completely an S.A.I., I should be able to briefly talk about and summarize the topic. If I can’t, then the box should not yet be checked off. Now, going off on a slight tangent, much of the topics discussed in class are either covered very deeply or just grazing the surface of the details. As the term continues I think it would be beneficial to meet in the middle of these two extremes, so that a good understanding of every S.A.I. is met by every student. Moving back to the S.A.I. “assess the daily role of Aboriginal women in the fur trade”, this would be a good S.A.I. to discuss in upcoming socials classes because, in my opinion, it stands out like a sore thumb as the one S.A.I. that could use more work. Others, such as, “describe contributions made by Aboriginal peoples to the development of Canada” and “evaluate the interactions between various Aboriginal peoples and the stakeholders in the fur trade” I feel I have fully grasped and could explain in some detail if asked. I do believe that this particular PLO is near to fully met.
There are a few questions I would like to discuss on the topic of this PLO, that include: In the mid 1500’s, what made the British more “desirable” to make treaties with? Why didn’t the Aboriginal peoples side with the French instead? It seems like the French didn’t have as much to offer, but why didn’t they work harder to come back with a better treaty offer than the British that could have resulted in a better end story for the French? Another question I had branching off those was: Had the French come out on top, what major changes would their be in our society today and the way it is run? Aside from language, would there be any drastic changes both lifestyle and government wise?
Looking at the questions above to answer the last and final assignment question “What other PLO’s will you address in the course of answering these Q’s?”, I believe that they would apply to some of the PLO’s focused around the development of Canada in the later years. These questions offer a new perspective and what if scenario to the S.A.I.’s in PLO’s, B4, C1, C2, C3, and, C4. While they wouldn’t explain or describe the exact S.A.I.’s in the listed PLO’s, they would give a deeper understand to why things worked out the way that did, and what would have happened with one slight change in history. Much like a ripple effect.
In conclusion, we are very close to meeting the PLO, B2, and with a couple further discussions addressing some of the missed details, I believe that I, along with my classmates, could easily describe and talk about the S.A.I.’s in detail if asked.