Aaron Burr is my favourite being to ever walk this planet. Ok?

Hey guys! In social studies we are learning about Alexander Hamilton! (although Aaron Burr is better), and I get to research the song, Wait for it, from the musical! Woot woot! Best history lesson ever, just saying.

Here is Sam’s blog, she blogged about the song immediately before me, (The story of tonight reprise), I will link to her actual post as soon as she creates it, but for now it is just her page; Just so you can link to the rest of my classes blogs and read about the musical in order!

Here is my song, which you should totally listen to on repeat because it is AWESOME! Yes, I am recognizing my own bias @Mr. Jackson…

Also, here is the rap genius account for the best song ever… rap genius is really helpful, for anyone here wanting to study a song!
This song (Wait for it) doesn’t go into very much depth with actual history, but it is essential to the plot line! It really gives you a feel of Aaron Burr, the man who eventually shot Hamilton, and his importance in his life.

One of the main themes throughout this musical, is legacy. Hamilton is all about going out into the world, and making people remember you, as he clearly shows in many numbers, mainly My Shot. As he says in Alexander Hamilton, “There are a million things I haven’t done, but just you wait.” Aaron Burr is the complete polar opposite human being. He was “Left with a legacy to protect,” while Hamilton set out to make his own reputation, because “He has something to prove, he has nothing to lose.” Burr’s catch phrase is introduced during this song, and is, ironically, “Wait for it.” I know right?!

He is more hidden, and doesn’t wear his heart on his sleeve, as Hamilton does. He waits for opportunities to come his way, instead of seizing every bit of his free time. He cares just as much about success, but he also doesn’t want to make any mistakes. He is so paranoid, that he doesn’t take any risks, and drives the “safe road” in the game of life.

There are some lines in this song that certainly stand out. Obviously the whole wait for it vs just you wait catchphrase stuff, is important, but there are also lines that are important in a hidden sort of way.

-The song starts off, talking about Theodosia, who was Burr’s love interest, even while she was married to someone else, but that got all sorted out when her husband died.

-The four main topics this song touches on are life, death, love, and Hamilton. Because life and death are obvious opposites; it’s believed that this is foreshadowing to Burr’s eventual feeling towards Hamilton, making love and Hamilton opposites. This would imply that Burr will hate Hamilton in the second act at some point.

-The relationship that Burr and Hamilton had was really, strange. At times, they were downright enemies, but then they were kind of… friendly at other points throughout the play. Confusing. Burr had a major obsession over Hamilton, and obviously respects his “uphill climb”

-Burr also says, “I’m not standing still, I’m lying in wait”, the first time I listened to this, that line totally confused me, because they sort of mean the same thing, don’t they? Again, it’s dealing with the whole waiting for my legacy subject, but it’s also way deeper than that. Lying in wait, is recognized as a type of first degree murder, which Burr committed when he killed Hamilton…

-Finally, my favourite line of all, “I am the one thing in life I can control,” such a classic Burr line, its ridiculous. Hamilton thinks he can change the whole world, control it, as long as he works hard enough to do so. Burr however, believes that god controls all. Besides himself, he can only Wait for others to make decisions, and listen to him.

Here is the rap genius account on the next song, Stay alive

This obviously relates to a bunch of our big ideas, but I think the most obvious connection would be with the, Emerging ideas and ideologies, profoundly influence society and events, because both Hamilton and Burr had completely different and new ideas on how to essentially live life, which causes huge conflict between the two. It also heavily focuses on the content area of local, regional, and global conflicts, for the same reasons.

Ok, last post I asked for some ideas on what to call y’all, and I’ve had a eureka moment! I will be calling you TALONted people. If you don’t know why, you don’t deserve to know… Just kidding, this blog was created for a school program that I am in, called-

T he

A cademy of

L earning for

O utstanding

N otable

S tudents

 

(TALONS)

My knowledge of socials so far… I know, thats a really exciting title

Hello readers (I need a better name for y’all, comment some ideas at the bottom), this is my midterm assignment, focussing on what I have learnt so far in social studies class. I’ve included projects I’ve done, that relate to three of the big ideas in the new curriculum. Under each big idea, I attached a content area that it connects to. Finally, at the bottom of the page, I have three curricular competencies I believe that I excel at, and three that are in desperate need of some work.

Eminent person

The physical environment influences the nature of political, social, and economic change.

Judy was born into a family of vaudevillians. At age two, she began performing, and as she reached teenagehood, she was blasted into the world of stardom. Had her mother not been in the showbiz, Judy might’ve never gone under the spotlight. This totally altered the nature of her social life, because it all became work based.

-Political, social, economic, and technological revolutions

 

Disparities in power alter the balance of relationships between individuals and between society.

When researching Judy Garland, I read about her different kinds of fans: Garfreaks, and Garfans. The fans that had been to her concerts etc, were just fans, those who hadn’t, were commonly Garfreaks, doing anything to attract Judy’s attention. This included committing crimes, in “support” of their idol. They often got into fights about who was the better fan. They were put in jail, and penalized, changing the social order.

-Local, regional, and global conflicts
Collective identity is constructed, and can change over time.

Garfreaks completely ruined Judy fan’s reputation. Outsiders assumed that all of her fans were crazy, and stopped at nothing to be recognized. These fans often committed criminal acts such as graffiti, and fist fights.

-Local, regional, and global conflicts

The American Election 2016

Emerging ideas and ideologies profoundly influence societies and events.

Racist and sexist Donald Trump ran for power, revealing the “bad” side of America. They voted him in, which has made many countries back away from being associated with America. He could possibly start deporting Mexicans, which would separate families, and create major tension.

-Political, social, economic, and technological revolutions
-Global demographic shifts, including patterns of migration and population growth
-Discriminatory policies and injustices in Canada and the world
The physical environment influences the nature of political, social, and economic change.

The difference in votes depending on where you lived, rural vs urban, were drastic. Most likely because of minority living in more urban areas, and not wanting to vote for someone who might kick them out of their country.

-Global demographic shifts, including patterns of migration and population growth
Collective identity is constructed, and can change over time.

The collective identity of America has completely changed since the election of Donald Trump. After voting in Obama, it seemed they were heading towards equality. There was a black president. It was like they were finally opening up to progressiveness. Now that Trump is in presidency, they have fallen off of the railroad track. He is extremely one-sided, and against females, LGBTQ+, and people of colour. He has also eliminated a lot of trade with other countries, changing America from progressive, to a scary place.

-Political, social, economic, and technological revolutions

The English Civil War

Collective identity is constructed, and can change over time.

Before Cromwell, England was a highly influential country, but not extremely military oriented. He introduced them to combat, and increased fatality in the civil war. He essentially split up the UK with all of his religious antics. By the end of Oliver Cromwell’s reign, England was known for its sea power, tolerance of diverse religions, the importance of trade, and the parliament.

-Nationalism and the development of modern nation-states, including Canada
Disparities in power alter the balance of relationships between individuals and between society.

Cromwell was an unheard of man, a random townsperson who happened to get a shot at being heard. Once he became a cavalry officer, his rankings went from 0 to 100 in seconds. His troops held great respect for him, and he was like a friend to them. He was suddenly popular, and had relations around the globe.

-Political, social, economic, and technological revolutions
Emerging ideas and ideologies profoundly influence societies and events.

When Cromwell initially attempted to introduce the new prayer book, the people wouldn’t have it. They thought he was reinforcing their previous religion, which they did not want to follow. This caused plenty of revolts, and massive uprisings among the people. If Cromwell hadn’t worried about the major divide between religions, the people may have been content with him.

-Local, regional, and global conflicts

Content Areas

Stars

Ethical Judgement

My whole English civil war project, and Eminent are on Ethical judgement, and I chose to do so.

 

Perspective

I did my eminent speech from the perspective of Judy Garlands shoes. I was able to create a character for them, and infer how they may have felt about certain ongoings.

 

Cause and Consequence

I analyzed the start of the stone wall riot, and think that it was clearly Judy Garlands influence on the LGBTQ+’s, that began their fight to freedom. Without her, they thought everything would go back to the way it was.
Wishes

Continuity and change

I often focus on different perspectives, from different times. I need to work on different perspectives from the same time. I hope to focus on this during the next term, especially in my blog posts.

 

Evidence

I need to focus more on the “why” instead of just telling people things without backing them up. I can do this by always supporting every detail, with three pieces of evidence, or reasons why that fact is correct.

 

Significance

I need to focus on real events, and how they affected other events. Not just people during the events. This includes doing some research on the becoming of an event, during my work block/homework time.