This week in Changing Our World, we will continue with a look at human rights, but will transition from the UDHR to the more specific Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Students will learn about rights specific to those under age 18 and will learn about what is / is not being done to protect those rights.
To learn about these rights, students will read about the formation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, watch a series of short cartoons produced by UNICEF, read the basic premises of 40 of the 54 rights, and choose one of these rights to illustrate in a single-page cartoon.
The cartoon assignment will be started in class on Monday and will be due on Friday in class. Students will need to work on this during the week for homework.
This week will mark the last week of research for the Advocating for Change project. There are a couple significant due dates this week for this project, and are as follows:
May 3 – Groups must have at least three (and no more than four) credible websites in the bibliography with notecards for each source.
May 3 – A glossary of 10 or more words (with definitions) is to be completed in the group Google Doc
May 3 – Any groups who are going to use an authority figure (interview) in their project must have this source cited in NoodleBib
May 6 (G) and May 9 (A) – Notecard Check #2 – 100+ notecards must be completed in NoodleBib
May 6 (G) and May 9(A) – Notecards must be sorted into appropriate topic piles in NoodleBib
Since next week is a short week due to the Easter holiday, this post will cover events in the COW class for the next two weeks.
During the next two weeks, we will continue our look at human rights. This week, students learned about the 30 Human Rights outlined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and were challenged to arrange those rights from most to least valuable. Students were then presented with the Human Rights Choice assignment, which will be presented in class on Tuesday, April 19. The details for this project are on the blog, but basically, students will have to argue why the last right on their list is the one they feel is least valuable. This presentation will involve a 2-3 minute presentation in which they thoroughly explain why this right is the least valuable in their mind. There does need to be a visual to go along with this presentation, but the visual should be no more than one slide of a PowerPoint or Prezi.
After Easter break, we will continue our study or human rights, but will focus to the rights of children and will specifically look at the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. One of the interesting aspects of this lesson will be trying to understand why the United States is one of only two nations NOT to have signed this convention.
Since next week is a short week due to the Easter holiday, this blog post will update significant events and due dates for the next two weeks in social studies.
As stated previously, the remainder of this school year is dedicated to the Advocating for Change project. Students are currently in the midst of researching their topics and have been introduced to the research-collection tool called NoodleBib. Ms. Stewart (librarian) has also showed students how to access and use two key databases that are required for their research projects: World Book Online and EBSCO Host.
During the next two weeks, here are the important dates that students and parents should be aware of:
April 26 Student groups should have all print resources (book / magazine articles) cited in Noodle Bib with notecards completed for each resource
April 28 First notecard check in NoodleBib. Groups should have a total of 50+ notecards at this point.
April 28 Groups should have decided on a specific thesis and will now narrow their research to investigate this thesis. The thesis should be a smaller topic within the broad topic they started with. The thesis should address and try to offer solutions to one particular part of the bigger problem.
For the remainder of the school year in social studies, students will be working on some aspect of their culminating Advocating for Change project. The rest of April will be dedicated to working on the research phase of this project.
Last week, student groups were provided a schedule indicating when different aspects of their research would be due. This schedule can also be found on this blog under “Assignments.”
This week, three key stages of the research process are due:
April 12 – 10 or more key words related to chosen topic (put in shared group GoogleDoc)
April 15 (G) April 18 (A) – World Book Online article with citation and notecards in NoodleBib AND EBSCO Host article with citation and notecards in NoodleBib.
This week in COW, we will begin by wrapping up our look at child abuse. The class has been learning about some rather sensitive issues relating to concepts such as incest, pedophilia, child traficking, and issues related to street kids and kids in jail in the Philippines.
We will also begin to look at the idea of Human Rights and gain an understanding of what human rights entail. A close look at the history of human rights and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (put together by the UN) will be used. Students will have a couple homework assignments related to human rights, one of which will be to watch a series of 30 short videos (about a minute each) related to each of the 30 Human Rights and are found at this website –
This week, we will begin working on the Advocating for Change unit that is the concluding project for 8th grade. This project is an integrated unit between social studies and English, so students will work on elements of this project in both classes. Students will receive an overview of the project, as well as due dates for each step of the research and writing process. These documents can also be found on the blog under “8th Grade / Assignments.”
To begin, students will be introduced to NoodleBib, which is a tool that they will be using to compile and organize their research. 8th grade students are running a trial with this program this year to see if it is a tool that we would like to continue using here at ISM in both middle and high school. Mr. Chadwick from the IT department will also present a lesson on conducting efficient and advanced research needed for a project of this magnitude.
Students will have one brief homework assignment this week that will be due on Wednesday by 9 PM in their SS Written Work Google Doc. This will be an assignment for them to practice paraphrasing – an important skill that will be needed for this research project.