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Who We Are

An inquiry into the nature of self; beliefs and values; personal physical, mental, social and spiritual health; human relationships including families, friends, communities, and cultures; rights and responsibilities; what it means to be human.

Central Idea:  
Identity is a reflection of the interactions between the environment, heritage and physical well-being.

Lines of Inquiry: 
– How historical events shaped collective identity in the Canadian context.
– How our personal identity is formed by our physical and mental well-being.

Key Concepts:
Change – How has it changed?  The understanding that change is the process of movement from one state to another.  It is universal and inevitable.
Reflection – How do we know? The understanding that there are different ways of knowing, and that it is important to reflect on our conclusions, to consider our methods of reasoning, and the quality and the reliability of the evidence we have considered. 

Perspective – What are the different points of view? The understanding that knowledge is moderated by perspectives; different perspectives lead to different interpretations, understandings and findings.They may be individual, group, cultural or disciplinary.

Attitudes:
Appreciation – Appreciating the wonder and beauty of the world and its people.
Cooperation – Cooperating, collaborating, and leading or following as the situation demands.
Respect – Respecting themselves, others and the world around them.
Independence – Thinking and acting independently, making their own judgements based on reasoned argument, and being able to defend their judgements.

 

Attributes of the Learner Profile:
Balanced –  They understand the importance of intellectual, physical and emotional balance to achieve personal well-being for themselves and others.
Openminded – 
They understand and appreciate their own cultures and personal histories, and are open to the perspectives, values and traditions of other individuals and communities. They are accustomed to seeking and evaluating a range of points
of view, and are willing to grow from the experience.

Risk-taker – They show empathy, compassion and respect towards the needs and feelings of others. They have a personal commitment to service, and act to make a positive difference to the lives of others and to the environment.

 

These are some links to some various websites which provide students some of the background knowledge they will need to support them throughout this unit.

 

 

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