In COW this week, we will continue our look at human trafficking. Last week, students were introduced to the issue of human trafficking, and took a survey that identified contributions they have made to contemporary slavery issues without even knowing it.
This week, we will expand on that knowledge through examination of some documentaries and also by getting involved in some case studies on the issue.
This week marks an important conclusion in grade 8 – the final AFC position papers are due! These are to be submitted in all social studies classes by Monday, May 20 at 9PM. In social studies, they will be submitted to turnitin.com. The papers are also due in English either Monday or Tuesday.
For the remainder of the week, we will be preparing for the final AFC Summits, which will be held on May 30. To do this, we will hold a mock conference called AFF – or “Advocating for Fun.” This should be a fun way to recover from the AFC writing experiences, and also review the debate procedures that will be followed in the real AFC summits on the 30th.
In COW class, we have shifted our focus from looking at the Economy compass point to now looking at the Society compass point. Last week, we began with the topic of the Digital Divide, in which students learned about the gap that exists between those who have access to technology (primarily the internet) and those that do not. In groups, they developed a plans that would address the digital divide in the Philippines – where 65% of people do not have internet availability.
This week, we will shift our focus to the societal topic of contemporary slavery and human trafficking. Students will gain an understanding of how every country in the world struggles with this topic, and will also learn about ways that they may be supporting slavery without even being aware of it.
This week in social studies, students will spend the first block working on their English project for AFC. Some students are compiling their research and presenting in the form of a research paper, while others are making movies, Prezis, or have selected one of the other presentation methods.
Following the initial block, students will move away from the informative stage of this project and into the persuasive stage – a stage in which they will begin to advocate for a specific solution to the issue they have been investigated.
We will begin with the development of a thesis statement which will be supported by three reasons. These reasons must then be supported with evidence that has been found through research. This is a process which students have done a couple times already – in their People Power Essay and also in their Political Party Brief – so the process should be familiar.