G7 Investigates the Impact of COVID-19 for I&S

Students in Grade 7 Individuals and Societies classes have been examining how COVID-19 has impacted people and countries around the world. Students jumped on the chance to look at how different nations were responding to the virus, the xenophobia that has arisen, media narratives and the economic impact across the globe, to name but a few hard hitting investigations.

With freedom to decide their topic of inquiry, students were asked to followed the four stages of the IB Inquiry Cycle:

  1. Planning – brainstorming, questioning and narrowing down their inquiry
  2. Investigating – guided research including interviews and evaluating and discussing sources
  3. Taking action – developing their topic and creating the product, including posters, videos, animations and podcasts
  4. Reflecting – evaluating their work and thinking about what the learnings have been.  

Students presented their findings in a variety of formats including essays, animations and podcasts. 

UNIS Hanoi’s MYP Coordinator, Daniel Cooper said, “This investigation is the MYP in action. It not only developed understanding of the IB inquiry cycle but also allowed students to investigate the impact of Covid-19 on our local and global community. The work accomplished was impressive.”

Below is a snapshot of some of the projects submitted:

How did the spread of the fake information on social media affected Japan? by Haruka

Risk Assessment by Jonatan

Podcast by Oliver

I&S Learning in the Middle School

During this period of Distance Learning, each of the three grade-level MS I&S classes have continued to focus on grade-appropriate content and skill development. Each week’s lessons have targeted each grade’s content-learning and MYP-designated skills. We’ve received very positive feedback from the recent survey from students:

Grade 6:  Students have pursued their learning on Ancient Civilizations, including the Six Characteristics of Civilizations. Students selected a civilization of their choice, researched that civilization through sources provided by the UNIS Hanoi library, worked within the framework of a graphic organizer, and then created a visual presentation of their effort within a group or individually. The goal is to present a virtual museum to share all of their hard work.

Some comments from the G6 student survey for Quarter 3 period of Distance Learning:

“I have learned much about the topic I chose more than I have before.”

“I learned some things about the other three characteristics of my civilization from my partners slideshow.”

“I learned how to manage myself and get stuff done by the due date.”

“I learnt a lot about how women and men were treated differently.”

“I learned that all these steps are important and it’s important to know and use citations.”

Grade 7: As the students learned the Six Themes of Geography, they were asked to selected a society/country they are familiar with and research how each Theme of Geography reflects in their chosen society/country. After completion of this project, the students moved to pursuing individual interests/questions in the COVID-19 crisis. Using COPVL source analysis to ensure valid and trustworthy sources, students actively pursued interests at this moment in time. Lively synchronous classes have been held with engaging conversations, sharing of information, penetrating questions, and connecting with each other in this time of distance. Students are now completing this assignment.

Some comments from G7 student survey for Quarter 3 period of Distance Learning:

“I learned more about the 6 themes of geography, and how it helps us understand a place/time better.”

“I learned how to check if a source is reliable when researching.”

“I learnt how to make a detailed action plan that would get me a really good grade, and also learned that that is quite easy.”

“I learned a lot about COVID-19 while I was researching and also I learned vocabularies that are used in geography.”

“I learnt how the COPVL works.”

“I learned that recording information is very important.”

Grade 8: Just prior to the TET holiday, students were introduced to the Age of Exploration and Colonization (beginning in 16th Century) and began to make connections between European colonizers and impacts on many countries all over the world. The goal was to have students embark on in-depth explorations on a colonized nation of their choice and analyze the impact on both nations, colonizer and colonized, up to independence of the colonized nation. This cause-and-effect between the two nations then led to a study of how the colonized nation has been impacted when compared today to the United Nations SDG goals for 2030. This in-depth process was guided step-by-step through an action plan in which students researched each nation, wrote a paragraph on each, and gathered data and made graphs comparing indicators (HDI, GDP, SDGs) between the colonizer and colonized nation. This data-gathering will be presented in the form of an audio or video and will be the launch for a Quarter 4 critical analysis of their findings.

Some comments from G8 student survey for  Quarter 3 period of Distance Learning:

I learned more about the age of exploration.” 

“I learned how Colonialism works and why the countries did it.”

I learned the different steps to writing about a detailed paragraph about historical events.”

Over the time I learnt to gather evidence and reasoning from more reliable sources such as Britannica and other sources provided by the school instead of Google.”

One thing I and S taught me was sometimes you only need the most important pieces of information instead of using every little detail you can find.”

 “I learned how to write a recommendation for each chosen target in the SDG Global Ranks. I had also learned about how SDG goals can impact the country’s SDG Global Rank.”

I learnt how to be more independent.”

Pecha Kucha Presentations during MS Individual and Societies Classes

Dear MS Parents,

MS Individuals & Societies classes have been preparing for a Pecha Kucha presentation that will showcase their research and communication skills. Each student is preparing a topic, researching it, organizing it, and then presenting it to their classmates and parents. All parents are invited to come and see their children present and support their learning, but we will also record the presentations and email them home.

Pecha Kucha will take place between December 4 and 12 – please check your email for the time and date for your child’s presentation or contact their I&S teacher if you have questions.

Thank you and we hope to see you there!

The Individuals and Societies curriculum team

Presentation on North Korea

On Thursday, September 24, Ms Sitara Syed, UNDP Deputy Resident Representative in Viet Nam, presented to the Grade 8 Individuals and Societies students.

Ms Sitara Syed, whose children are attending UNIS Hanoi, is a recent arrival to Viet Nam with her family, but comes from a long association with the UN. In her more than 15 years with the UN she has served in a variety of roles for the UNDP and since 2014 was Coordination and Liaison Specialist in UNDP’s Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific in New York.

Ms Syed shared her observations on North Korea, where she spent two months as UN delegate in the summer of 2019. Her observations were an excellent and enriching addition to our current unit of study, Citizenship and Protest.