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Grade 9 Individuals and Societies: Memorials and Remembrance

During term three of Individuals and Societies, I learned about memorials and how we remember the past through memorial days, ceremonies and museums. Our latest summative was on memorials, however we were given the freedom to choose our own series of events and the memorials created for them. 

I decided to research women's rights and suffrage memorials around the world. Through this I was able to learn about how several different countries dealt with women’s empowerment. In this class I was given the opportunity to find my own essay topic, making me more motivated and interested in what I was doing, thus helping the learning process. This was especially helpful during online learning, even though it was extremely demanding and challenging. 


In this unit, we learned about the meaning of memorials both past and present, and researched memorials for various events all over the world. Memorials are monuments to the past used to remember certain events and people. By learning about memorials we also learned about the remembrance of past events in different places of the world. I learnt about the Marine Memorial, which illustrates the flag raising on Iwo Jima, a major battle in WW2, this memorial honors all of the US marines. It was dedicated in 1954 to all Marines who have given their lives in defense of the United States since 1775. 


For our third unit in Individuals and Societies, while continuing online school, we learnt about the concepts and ideas surrounding ‘Memorials and Remembrance’. We were tasked to learn about any memorials that dive deeper into the encompassing memorials, for example I chose one of the most famous memorials in New York: the ‘The National September 11 Memorial Museum’, remembering the victims of the tragic events on September 11, 2003.

Gabriel Wigisser