This week in COW we will transition into our third theme focusing on human rights. Having learned about the abuse of rights that can be experienced by children and the inequality in rights that is often applied in education, students will now examine the way rights of indigenous peoples around the world are often abused by both governments and corporations.
Students will be working in pairs to research a particular indigenous group of their choosing. After researching the group, they will create a VoiceThread project in which one of the students plays a radio talk-show host, while the other plays an indigenous person being interviewed. Students will be taught how to use VoiceThread – a free online program.
Due to the 8th grade trip to Caliraya, most SS8 classes will only meet for one block this week.
This past week, students completed the Cafeteria Crisis conference, which was a practice event for the Performance Task MUN conference which will be held the week of October 10.
For the next two weeks, students will be spending time preparing for the MUN conference by researching their country further, developing and rehearsing their policy statements, and writing three operative clauses that they will bring to the conference. All of these aspects of an MUN conference have already been taught in class and practiced in our Cafeteria Crisis conference.
Week of September 26
No Read and Respond
Country Research – students should spend time attempting to find answers to research questions they wrote in their Google Doc
Week of October 3
Read and Respond due Thursday by 9PM
Complete Policy Statement and three operative clauses due by end of third class block of week (in SS Written Work Google Doc)
Due to the 8th grade trip to Caliraya, the Changing our World class will only meet twice this week.
This week, we will conclude our examination of the global issue of lack of access to education. On Monday, students will present their educational case study to the other members of their table group. This is an assignment in which students investigated the current educational situations in either Bangladesh, Cameroon, Iran, or Pakistan and working with a group, developed a presentation related to their findings.
We will conclude our study of our education topic on Tuesday with a simulation designed to demonstrate problems that arise when education is not made a priority by a society.
None this week
This week, students will be learning and practicing some of the skills that go into an MUN conference. Student delegations (groups of two) will be debating the solution to an imaginary crisis that has happened in our school canteen. They will be representing various interested parties (students, school board, school security, parents, etc.) and will attempt to develop a solution that is agreeable to the majority of those in attendance.
Along the way, students will learn about the rules of Parliamentary Procedure – the formal rules and guidelines that are practiced in a United Nations conference. They will be writing and presenting a brief opening speech, engaging in the process of lobbying to try to gain support for their proposed clauses, and finally engaging in actual debate on clauses submitted.
This activity is a stepping stone to our Performance Task – the MUN conference held during the week of October 10. At this point, students know their assigned country and should begin research their country so they can represent it accurately and well at the conference.
Read & Respond – 2 entries due in R&R Google Doc by Thursday at 9PM
Spend some time researching assigned country for MUN conference
This week in Changing Our World, we will continue to examine the lack of quality education received by some children around the world. Students will watch videos this week providing an outlook on education in a refugee camp in Chad and also one focusing on the state of education for girls in India.
During the second class of the week, students will be introduced to the Case Studies, which will examine current educational situations in four countries. Students (working in groups) will prepare a presentation designed to teach other classmates about what is happening in their assigned country.
During the third class of the week, students will receive the project schedule for the Changing Our World Issue Report. This issue report (along with the accompanying Action Project) is the Performance Task for COW and will be due near the end of the semester. We will work on some aspect of this report/project every Thursday through the winter break.
Assigned Monday – due next Monday (September 26) – Future’s Assignment (this assignment will require some parental assistance)
There will be NO Read & Respond due this week.
This week, we will begin preparations for our 1st quarter performance task, which is an MUN conference covering different topics depending on block. At this point, students have done some learning about the issue they will be debating and have hopefully done some inquiry into the country they are representing. This week, it is VERY important that students send e-mails of inquiry to their MUN country’s UN Mission, embassy, and/or official government website.
In order to prepare for our conference in October, students will be introduced to some of the ways in which the UN goes about discussing issues. The first part of this will be to learn about Operative Clauses and Operative Phrases. Students will learn about these this week, and will then be introduced to an in-class activity called the “Cafeteria Crisis” in which they will put their new-learned skills to application.
Due Thursday – MUN Country Research chart due in SS Written Work Google Doc by 9 PM
The key event of this week will occur during the last block of the week (Thursday/Friday) when students will have their first quiz. This quiz will cover the introduction to the United Nations that students have been reading and learning about during the past few weeks.
The quiz will be taken in two stages – a traditional in-class stage in which I will provide questions that students answer, and an “at home” stage in which students select the best analysis and synthesis questions that they have generated from the readings, and then answer those questions
Prior to the quiz, we will review the covered material, specifically focusing on the three fundamental UN principles of state sovereignty, self-determination, and territorial integrity.
Early in the week, students will spend time researching the issue that will form the basis of their October MUN conference.
Homework for the Week
Quiz – Analysis and Synthesis questions and answers due in SS Written Work Google Doc by 9 PM Thursday
Read & Respond – two entries due in R&R Google Doc by 9 PM Thursday
This week in COW, students will complete their examination of child abuse. We will finish this brief overview with a couple animations produced by the Stairway Foundation, located in Puerta Galera, Philippines. These animations deal with the difficult subjects of incest and child trafficking. Students will also see a documentary entitled “The Dancing Boys of Afghanistan” to learn about another way in which children can be exposed to abuse through a practice called bacha bazi.
At the end of the week, students will learn their topics for the Changing Our World Issue Report and Action Project. Students will be working in groups on this project and will become “experts” in one of the eight key areas in which COW class focuses.
None this week