• Mr.Saint's COVID Activity Home Page

    Welcome students, if you are here that means I'm am out for a COVID related issue. Here you will find all links and activities for the periods I am gone. They are in cronological order by class and Module. You may submit the acticvities via e-mail pics of your spiral notebook, or better yet, through Microsoft Classroom.

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    Day's 1,2,3 -Module 1 Foundations of Sociology

    Reading weblink: Use this reading to answer the following questions & complete the following activities

    Web connection: https://opentextbc.ca/introductiontosociology/chapter/chapter1-an-introduction-to-sociology/ 

     

    A. Short answers: 

    1. How would you define sociology to someone who knows nothing about it? 
    2. What is the sociological imagination? Illustrate your definition with an example. 
    3. What are the benefits of studying sociology? 
    4. Describe the differences between micro-level and macro-level theories. Illustrate your point with examples. 

    B. Essays: Minimum of 1 page each

    1. Describe the history of sociology, naming and describing the contributions of three different sociological theorists. 
    2. Should we raise the minimum wage? Present arguments for and against raising the minimum wage. Identify which of the three sociological theories would best match arguments for and against raising the minimum wage. 

    Online Discussion Question: Extra Credit

    1. Do some online research on locavores and one specific locavore group. Describe the group using the symbolic interactionist perspective. Include web links and other relevant sources. 

    C. Class Activities: 

    1. Create an infographic (using an infographic creator tool or website tool) showcasing the main parts of each of the three major sociological theories, Functionalism, Conflict Theory, and Symbolic Interactionism. 
    2. Create a simulation of a social media conversation between two different sociological theorists on the nature of society. 

     

    Days 4,5,6 Module 3: Culture

    Reading Weblink: Use this link to answer the following questions and complete the following activities.

    Use the link above and then answer the following questions

    A. Short answers:

    1. Describe at item of material culture that is important to you. What symbolic significance does it hold for you?
    2. How is social control functional for society?
    3. Describe the difference between folkways and mores. Give an original example for each.
    4. Technology does not just meet modern technology. Describe two original examples of technological developments that had an impact on group living.
    5. Describe how the media can have a life-changing function. Illustrate with an original example.

    B. Essays: Must be a minimum of one page

    1. Define ideal and real culture. Explain the concepts with an original example.
    2. Describe high culture and popular culture. Provide original examples for each, explaining why they fit the description.
    3. What is the digital divide? How is this concept related to social class and inequality? Who suffers from the digital divide?
    4. What is media consolidation, and what impact does it have on society?

    C. Journal Questions

    1. Have you ever experienced culture shock? Describe a time you experienced culture shock. What was surprising to you? How did you react to the surprise? How did you overcome your culture shock?
    2. Have you ever thought about inventing something, or that someone else should invent something to solve a specific problem? What would you invent if you could? Explain how your invention would be functional for society.
    3. Imagine knowing nothing about human life in the United States. Pick an aspect of life that seems mundane and normal to you, and explain it to someone who is experiencing culture shock.

     

    Days 7,8,9,10 Module 18 -Social Movements And Social Change 

     Reading weblink : Students are to read the chapter and answer the following questions and complete the following activities

    Students are to read the chapter link and answer the following... 

    A. Short answers: 

    1. Give an example of each of the three types of framing using frame analysis. 
    2. The Internet serves many positive functions for society. What are three ways it has been dysfunctional? 

    B. Essay: Must be a minimum of one page

    1. Describe the four different types of crowds and give original examples for each. 
    2. There are 5 types of social movements, each with different goals. Define and describe them and give an original example for each. 

    Online Discussion Question: Extra Credit 

    1. Fads are a type of collective behavior. Investigate a fad, from now or the past, and describe what the fad is, how it became popular and how it declined. Which groups were the first to adopt the fad? Who was influential in the spread of the fad? Was the fad related to other things happening in society? Include links, pictures and video clips where you can. 

    C. Class Activity: 

    1. Develop a plan to start a social movement. Outline your movement and create a “Mission Statement”  
      1. What social problem are you addressing?  
      2. Restate the claim using three different framing techniques.  
      3. Look at other classmates movements and decide what “frames” they are using. 
    2. There has been years of debate over the question of whether violence in media and video games causes young people to be violent.
      • Discuss arguments on both side. 
    3. Advertisers have had to become more innovative and clever in order to get their message to a public that may not watch traditional TV ads or see them in print magazines. Discuss two original examples of how advertisers are getting their message to consumers in new ways. Try to give examples classmates have not already given. Include links when you can. 
      1. Keep notes on everything they you in one day that is advertising a brand, product, or service. A lot of these things fly under our radar and we often do not pay close attention to things like company logos on someone’s tee shirt, product placement in movies, or an ad on a social media page.  
      2.  Jot down notes throughout the day because it will be harder to remember them all later. 
      3. Discuss their examples and the pervasive nature of advertising 
    4. Create your own advertisement using tiktok or create a mock on-line “clickbait” pop-up. 

     

  • COVID Enrichment Activities

    If you complete the required activities you may do these for extra credit...

     

    1. TedED https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7BVbyOIB4r8

    Answer the following: The British author, Rudyard Kipling, said, "If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten." What do you think about this quote? Do you agree or disagree with Kipling? Why or why not? What might be the history lesson of Mohammed's story? Do you think the impact of this short film, Welcome to Canada, makes a potential effective history lesson depicting human behavior? If so, how?

     

     2. TedEd https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gomg-PrQUTk#action=share

    Answer the following: Find and explain an example of the following concepts...

    Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions is a 2008 book by Dan Ariely, in which he challenges readers' assumptions about making decisions based on rational thought.

    Cost-benefit analysis is a systematic process for calculating and comparing benefits and costs of a decision.

    An honor code or honor system is a set of rules or ethical principles governing a community based on ideals that define what constitutes honorable behavior within that community.

    Behavioral economics explains why we procrastinate, buy, borrow, and grab chocolate on the spur of the moment.

    Intuition is the ability to acquire knowledge without inference and/or the use of reason.

     

    3. Sociology Cinema: Go to the link below and choose any-or all- of the clips to evaluate the sociological concept addressed.

    1. What is the concept?

    2. How does it relate to Sociology?

    3. What is your reaction to the example?

     

    4. YouTube - What is Sociology: Watch the video and provide a bulleted summary & explanation of the main concepts presented (minimum of 8-10)

     

    5. Getting back to Abnormal - Watch each clip and write a journal entry documenting your reaction. Can include...

     

    1. How you identify with the individuals

    2. Any similar experiences you may have had

    3. How the narration makes you feel