Tag Archives: human relationships

English 10 Final Exam

People too often see the world as a place of unlimited resources, rarely considering that their actions have a direct effect on everything around them. The environment influences life and shapes human feelings and opinions. These focus questions present opportunities for students to explore human relationships with and responsibilities to the world of which they are a part.

The world is too much with us; late and soon,
Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers;
Little we see in Nature that is ours;
We have given our hearts away, a sordid boon!
– William Wordsworth

Choose an area of focus and write about it in your blog.

Survival
What challenges to survival does the environment present?
Disasters
How might natural disasters be considered an important aspect of the environment’s delicate balance?
Animal Rights
What rights do animals have?
Urban and Rural Issues
What effect do cities and dwellings have on the natural environment?
Ecology and Technology
What is humanity’s relationship to the environment and technology?
Seven Wonders of Canada
What are your Seven Wonders of Canada?

Your writing will be scored using the Holistic Rubric.
rubric.png

Test time: 2 hours.

Environment and Technology–Reality and Responsibility

People too often see the world as a place of unlimited resources, rarely considering that their actions have a direct effect on everything around them. The environment influences life and shapes human feelings and opinions. This unit presents opportunities for students to explore human relationships with and responsibilities to the world of which they are a part.

The world is too much with us; late and soon,
Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers;
Little we see in Nature that is ours;
We have given our hearts away, a sordid boon!
– William Wordsworth

Survival
What challenges to survival does the environment present?
Related Questions:

  • What hardships and challenges do humans experience with respect to the environment? What hardships and challenges do animals experiences with respect to the environment?
  • What must humans do to survive with respect to the environment? Who and what will survive? Is population survival more important than individual survival? Why or why not?
  • What are the major threats to our environment?
  • What are the most important survival qualities in our society? What images do we associate with the idea of wilderness survival?

Disasters
How might natural disasters be considered an important aspect of the environment’s delicate balance?
Related Questions:

  • What is a natural disaster?
  • How might birth and death in the natural cycle be considered disasters?
  • How do we best cope with natural disasters?

Animal Rights
What rights do animals have?
Related Questions:

  • What attitudes do people have toward animals?
  • What influence do habitat, habits, and behaviour have on animals?
  • What are the implications of using animals for research? Should animals be used for research?
  • What are the long-term consequences of bio-engineering?
  • Why are some species allowed to go extinct? What animals need protection? What actions can be taken?

Urban and Rural Issues
What effect do cities and dwellings have on the natural environment?
Related Questions:

  • What is the present ecological state of the environment?
  • What are the significant changes taking place in rural and urban environments?
  • How do urban and rural environments contribute to the quality of our lives?
  • What has been lost and gained by growth and development and/or the lack of growth and development?
  • How can careful planning counteract the impact of changes humans make on the environment?

Ecology and Technology
What is humanity’s relationship to the environment and technology?
Related Questions:

  • What is the relationship between people and nature?
  • What role does technology play in our lives and in nature?
  • What are our most significant technological achievements?
  • How can humans work in harmony with nature and technology?
  • What considerations have to be given to the environment? To our technology?
  • What happens if nature’s ecological balance is upset?
  • What values have we been taught about taking care of the land? How do these beliefs affect our actions?
  • What are our environmental issues and concerns? How do these protect the environment? What can we do, as individuals, toward environmental protection?
  • What are the advantages and risks related to technology? What are our technology issues and concerns?

The Human Condition–In Search of Self

… not selfishly–or not always selfishly, we are in search of our identity, the identity of our human condition.
– Malcolm Ross & John Stevens

The most profound discovery that we can make is our discovery of self. Our identity rests in the kind of people we are. To understand who we are and to develop fully as human beings, we must explore the nature of our humanness and the purpose of our lives. Who and what are we? What are the common human qualities and ideals we hold? What roles do other people (e.g., friends, family) play in our lives? What brings us joy, inspiration, and fulfillment? What doubts and fears do we have? By examining our lives and searching for answers to these and other questions, we can find meaning and fulfillment as human beings.

The life which is unexamined is not worth living.
– Plato

Identity and Sense of Self
Who and what are we?
Related Questions:

  • What makes us unique? Distinctive?
  • What does it mean to be a human being? What is our human nature?
  • Do we see ourselves the same way that others see us?
  • How do our values of self affect our lives?
  • How does being the member of a particular group affect our identity and sense of self?

Human Qualities and Ideals
What are the common human qualities and ideals we hold?
Related Questions:

  • Are there universal ideals for which we all strive?
  • How ought human beings behave? Is desirable behaviour the same in all cultures? In all communities?
  • What is right? What is admirable? What is not-so-admirable? Does everyone agree?
  • Why do our actions sometimes fall short of our ideals?
  • What is the darker side to human nature?

Human Relationships
What role do people (e.g., friends, family) play in our lives?
Related Questions:

  • How should we treat people?
  • What characteristics make people liked and respected? Is it good to strive to be liked? When might it be bad?
  • What is the meaning of love?
  • Can love be destructive? Do people sometimes confuse love with other feelings?
  • How do we get our needs met through our relationships with others?

Joy and Inspiration
What brings us joy and inspiration in life?
Related Questions:

  • What do optimistic and pessimistic mean? How do they apply to one’s view of life?
  • What is the “good life”? Is it the same for everyone?
  • What is a happy life? What is the meaning of happiness? Does happiness mean different things to different people? How might we achieve perfect happiness in life? How might we find personal fulfillment?
  • What inspires us?
  • Is happiness a reasonable pursuit?
  • What gives us reason to celebrate as individuals and as communities?

Doubt and Fear
What doubts and fears do we have?
Related Questions:

  • What special challenges do doubts and fears bring to an individual?
  • What are ways of overcoming doubts and fears?
  • How can having doubts and fears be an advantage?
  • How do people react to tragedy or loss in their lives?
  • Is it natural to feel anger and hatred sometimes?
  • What are people’s sources of strength?
  • How can strength and healing arise out of tragedy and loss?

Looking for more inspiring ideas? Try “Pillars of Character.”