Course:                              English/Family Studies/Health, Grade 8

Teacher:                             De Simone

Pamphlet Due Date:          Friday, April 6, 2018 (Steps 1 - 5)

Web Page Due Date:         Thursday, May 17, 2018 (Step 6)

 

Assignment:  Social Justice Pamphlet/Web Page Assignment

 

Objective 

The purpose of this assignment is to get students involved with issues that affect them in their daily lives. Each student (or group of 2 students) will select an social justice issue or cause that they feel strongly about and then proceed to create a web page on that Issue. Basically, the students are creating a social/ economic / political pamphlet and then transferring that information, electronically, onto a web page.

 "Evil things happen when good people stand by and don't get involved." BENJAMIN DISRAELI (British Statesman 1804-1881)


Teams might want to decide which political/economic/animal/social justice issue will be used to create their pamphlet


STEP 1
: Choose a Cause (Use the Internet to research and provide information to support your cause or issue)

  1. Awareness - Homelessness (e.g. Homeless Shelter in our neighbourhood, Habitant for Humanity)
  2. Awareness - Hunger/Famine: Feed our Poor (e.g. School Cafeteria food program for poor, Breakfast program for needy children, World Vision, Oxfam, Food not Bombs)
  3. Awareness - Accessibility for Student (e.g. Free Mississauga Transit for Students, Physical Disabilities and Accessibility)
  4. Awareness - S.A.D.D, M.A.D.D., and drug/substance abuse
  5. Awareness - Economic & Political Globalization
  6. Peace & Violence - No Guns Zone
  7. Peace & Violence - Nuclear Free Zone
  8. Peace & Violence - War & Genocide (e.g. Development and Peace, Christian Peacemaker Teams)
  9. Student Peer Support Group (Teen Issues e.g. Depression, Anger Control, Violence)
  10. Animal Rights - Animals in Cosmetic Research vs. Medical Research (e.g. Greenpeace)
  11. Human Rights - Discrimination & human rights based on ethnicity, race or gender (e.g. Amnesty International)
  12. Human Rights - Affirmative Action (employment equity), or Exposing "sweatshops" (e.g. Students against Sweatshops)
  13. Human Rights - Child Labour and children's rights
  14. Other - Student Suggestion: _________________________________________

 STEP 2: Create Your Message

 

STEP 3: Develop a Mission Statement/Vision

 

STEP 4: Develop a Communication & Education Plan

 

STEP 5: Fundraising Plan - Budget


 

STEP 6: Learn about Web-Page Design & Development

 
    Web Page Deliverables:


Creating a Political Pamphlet Rubric

Student: __________________________________ 

Criteria

Level 1

Level 2

Level 3

Level 4

Showing words that are relevant to your topic e.g. for "hunger" use words such as, starving, food, nutrients, etc

Demonstrates limited understanding of relationship between concepts

Demonstrates some understanding of relationship between concepts

Demonstrates considerable understanding of relationship between concepts

Demonstrates a high degree and insightful understanding of relationship between concepts

Critical Thinking Skills (e.g. conducting analysis, detecting point of view and bias)

Inquiry Skills (e.g. formulating questions; analyzing, interpreting and evaluating information; drawing conclusions) 

Applies creative thinking skills with limited effectiveness

Applies few of the skills involved in an inquiry process

Applies creative thinking skills with moderate effectiveness

Applies some of the skills involved in an inquiry process

Applies creative thinking skills with considerable effectiveness

Applies most of the skills involved in an inquiry process

Applies creative thinking skills with a high degree of effectiveness

Applies all or almost all of the skills involved in an inquiry process

Makes connection between personal concerns and community interest by proposing realistic and reasonable solution in the pamphlet

Development of mission statement/vision; fundraising activities 

Makes connections with limited effectiveness

 

Absence of mission statement & other

Makes connections with some effectiveness

 

Incomplete mission statement & other

Makes connections with considerable effectiveness

 

Somewhat complete mission statement & other

Makes connections with a high degree of effectiveness

 

Fully developed mission statement & other

Clarity of ideas being communicated

Impact of message on the viewer

Works and shares ideas with others

Written Comm. - (e.g. pamphlet) using proper English grammar, structure/ organization (e.g. subtitles and captions) of ideas, and flow sentences

Communicates information and ideas with limited clarity and little impact on the viewer.

Very little collaborative work.

Communicates in writing with limited effectiveness

Communicates information and ideas with some clarity and impact.

Some collaborative work.

Communicates in writing with some effectiveness

Communicates information and ideas with considerable clarity and impact

Considerable collaborative work.

Communicates in writing with considerable effectiveness

Communicates information and ideas with a high degree of clarity with strong impact.

 High degree of collaborative work.

Communicates in writing with a high degree of effectiveness

TOTAL                                                                            / 36

 


 

Web Page Rubric

 

Student: __________________________________ 

Criteria

Level 1

Level 2

Level 3

Level 4

Showing words that are relevant to your topic e.g. for "hunger" use words such as, starving, food, etc.

 

Demonstrates limited understanding of relationship between concepts

Demonstrates some understanding of relationship between concepts

Demonstrates considerable understanding of relationship between concepts

Demonstrates a high degree and insightful understanding of relationship between concepts

Critical Thinking Skills (e.g. analysis, detecting biases)

Inquiry Skills (e.g. formulating questions; analyzing, drawing conclusions)

 

Applies creative thinking skills with limited effectiveness

Applies few of the skills involved in an inquiry process

Applies creative thinking skills with moderate effectiveness

Applies some of the skills involved in an inquiry process

Applies creative thinking skills with considerable effectiveness

Applies most of the skills involved in an inquiry process

Applies creative thinking skills with a high degree of effectiveness

Applies all or almost all of the skills involved in an inquiry process

Makes connection between personal concerns and community interest, proposing realistic solution on web page

Mission statement/ vision; fundraising activities  

 

Makes connections with limited effectiveness

 

 

Absence of mission statement & other

Makes connections with some effectiveness

 

 

Incomplete mission statement & other

Makes connections with considerable effectiveness

 

 Somewhat complete mission statement & other

Makes connections with a high degree of effectiveness

 

Fully developed mission statement & other

Clarity of ideas being communicated

 

 

 

Impact of message on the viewer or listener (engaging)

Works and collaboratively shares ideas with others 

Communicates information and ideas with limited clarity and impact

 

Very little team work between team members 

Communicates information and ideas with some clarity and impact

 

Some team work between team members 

Communicates information and ideas with considerable clarity and impact

  

Considerable team work between team members 

Communicates information and ideas with a high degree of clarity and strong impact

 

High degree of collaborative work between team members 

Written Comm. - (e.g. web page) using proper English grammar, structure (e.g. subtitles and captions) of ideas, and flow sentences

Web Page Criteria (e.g. visually appealing, easy to use, all links work fine, etc.)

 

Communicates in writing with limited effectiveness

 

Not very visually appealing

Very difficult to navigate

Extremely slow to load

Very few link connections are reliable

Very little data are verifiable and reliable 

Communicates in writing with some effectiveness

 

Somewhat visually appealing

Somewhat difficult to navigate

Very slow to load

Some link connections are reliable

Some data are verifiable and reliable

Communicates in writing with considerable effectiveness

 

Very visually appealing

Very easy to navigate

Very fast to load

All link Connections are reliable

Most data are verifiable and reliable

Communicates in writing with a high degree of effectiveness

 

Extremely visually appealing

Extremely easy to navigate

Extremely fast to load

All link connections are reliable

All data are verifiable and reliable

Overall Objectives

Web page meets very few objectives of student's specific social justice issue

Web page meets some objectives of student's specific social justice issue

Web page meets most objectives of student's specific social justice issue

Web page meets all objectives of student's specific social justice issue

 

 TOTAL                                                                           / 60

 


Social Justice & Issues Web Sites (Exemplars for Students)

 

http://www.justpeace.org

Name: Access to Catholic Social Justice, Oklahoma, USA

Content: This site contains works of social justice and peace from a Catholic perspective.

 

http://salt.claretianpubs.org/

Name: Salt of the Earth.

Content: Electronic publication that contains news information regarding social justice, USA

 

http://www.op.org/curria/JPC/booklets/socldoc.htm

Name: Social Doctrine.

Content: Contains themes and training modules for social justice teachers

 

http://worldvision.ca

Name: World Vision

Content: Site (charity) to help/sponsor children in poverty across the world.

 

http://www.savethechildren.ca

Name: Save the Children Canada

Content: Contains information and stories from children to help children, from around the world.

 

     http://www.freethechildren.ca

Name: Kids can Free the Children

Content: Contains information and stories from children to help children, from around the world.

 

http://www.oprah.com/uyl/makedif/uyl_makedif_main.jhtml

Name: Angel Network

Content: Site contains ideas about getting involved, and how one can begin to make a difference in your community.

 

http://www.worldhungeryear.org/comm_conn/kids_can.asp

Name: World Hunger

Content: Site contains ideas about getting to stop hunger and poverty in the world.

 

http://www.ecokids.ca/pub/eco_info/topics/kids/craig.cfm

Name: Ecology and the Environmental Educational Web Site

Content: Site contains web sites created by students around the world, all relating to environmental issues.