Two Solitudes

By , March 8, 2017 7:57 am

See topic list on unit 1 page. Make sure to pick people from two different cultures.

You will hand in notes from  your research. If you don’t hand in notes, you will get zero on the write-up. All notes must be handwritten. You may use the template below for your notes if you wish (hand write into it).


Two Gatherings_Note-Taking_Template__alternative


All notes and write-ups are due on Fri. March 8. 


Research Sources:

databases (link on the YM library page) – recommended are EBSCO History Reference Centre, Britannica Schools Edition, and Global Issues in Context



Two_Gatherings_Student_Sample_2016 (Student sample – note that this uses footnotes – you can use the simpler method of citations).

Embedded citations format = (Author, Title, page #)

If using primary sources from course handout package, cite the same way as for Annotated Maps Assignment (author, title, year).

If using secondary sources from course handout package, cite as (Pedrech, title of the page, page #) – there is usually a page # – if not, leave it out. If it’s a handout with no author, then Gluskin would be the author.

When to Cite: 

Cite after anything that is not from your own thinking. Citing is not just for quotes. It’s for any information that you got through research. Don’t wait until the end of a paragraph to cite.

You should have citations in the intros and the explanations. Not in the resolutions.


Two Gatherings Tips

You will do two of each of the following for TWO people (one powerful, one powerless):

  1. Intro

= context, background

  • what was going on at the time
  • your person’s situation (not just a bio – must include a look at society)
  • answer W questions about the person and society at the time
  • your choice of in-role or not but it’s probably better NOT to be in role for this section
  • since this comes partially through research, cite your sources in embedded citations (Author, Title, page #)

2. Resolution (your main problem, biggest need)

= “I submit to this conference that…”

  • your greatest need regarding intercultural relations
  • your main argument
  • you will explain it in part 3
  • must be written in-role as your person
  • will not require citations

3. Reasons/Explanations

= your person’s reasons for their problems

  • explained
  • detailed, precise
  • incorporate at least one PSD quotation (you’re encouraged to use more if you can)
  • incorporate your perspective (powerless or powerful)
  • you don’t need to focus on solutions but you may incorporate them if you wish (based on history here, not wild wishes)
  • since you have to research, cite your sources in embedded citations (Author, Title, page #)
  • write in-role (can be more persuasive in-role)



Powerful: power, agency, authority, hierarchy/position, dominant, control, stability, influence

  • you may have problems but you have some ability to use the levers of power to help yourself

Non-powerful: obedience, struggle, oppression, justice, fairness, value, weakness, inferiority, ignored, left out, isolation, fear,

  • you lack power and influence and this frustrates you – you may even feel the people with power are misusing it

*Don’t be presentist and use claims like the desire for equality that may not have existed at the time.


Historical Thinking Concepts

Use the vocabulary of continuity and change, causes and consequences (intended and unintended), historical perspectives (progress/decline).

It is to your advantage to bold words that relate to HTC. It helps the teacher a lot!

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