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10th Grade

Making The World A Better Place

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Making The World A Better Place

 

Anyone who cares about something can make a difference in some way.

Task:

Chose something that you feel needs "fixing" in the world. Describe the problem; describe any efforts that have been made to help the situation; present any arguments for not changing the situation (i.e. devil's advocate), if there are any, and try to work out why it hasn't been solved yet; and then outline and document something practical which you can actually do in order to change the situation, or plan something you can do in the future.

 

Instructions

The  project  MUST  include:

  • A  cover page (topic, your name, date of handing in to the teacher).
  • Introduction (Cover Letter): Be specific! Write why you chose this topic and what you liked/disliked about this project.
    Write what you learned when doing this project. Relate to the project process and not only to facts you learned through researching your topic.
    Write what you would like to do to improve your English (taking into consideration your experience from this project).
  • The problem: describe it, describe any efforts that have been made to help the situation, present any arguments for not changing the situation (i.e. devil's advocate), if there are any.
  • Plan something you can do to change the situation.
  • Bibliography / webliography: should include at least 3 Internet sites or books/articles.         Follow  these bibliography guidelines:   Author
    Name of book, magazine, article, Internet site 
    Publisher 
    Date of publication
    Page number/s 
    Internet address (URL)

    Written Project Presentation
    PARTS OF PROJECT:
    1. Cover
    2. Introduction
    3. Problem and suggested  
     
        solutions 
    4. Internet (and other) sources

    Your project must be typed and presented in a folder or binder.  NO plastic page covers, please!  Each item will be assessed on the quality of the content, quality of the writing (grammar, spelling, expression)  and the effort made in your project work.
    You may add pictures.

 Pay attention to the Assessment Rubric below.
Internet sites that may help:

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Project Schedule:

To those who haven't done it yet, the final version MUST be handed in till May 10th !!!

For inspiration:

Read the article about an activist teenager on this site:

This girl gives an example how to choose a topic and work on it

 

The following poems give inspiration to work for more than just yourself. They show that the individual has the power to change things in society. Read the poems:

 

First they came……….(Pastor Martin Niemöller 1892–1984)

First they came for the Communists, and I didn’t speak up,

because I wasn’t a Communist.

Then they came for the sick, the so-called incurables, and I didn't speak up,

because I wasn't mentally ill.

Then they came for the Jews, and I didn’t speak up,

because I wasn’t a Jew.

Then they came for the Catholics,

and I didn't speak up because I was a Protestant.

Then they came for me, and by that time there was no one left

to speak up for me
 

The Power of One

One song can spark a moment,
One flower can wake the dream.
One tree can start a forest,
One bird can herald spring.

One smile begins a friendship,
One handclasp lifts a soul.
One star can guide a ship at sea
One word can frame the goal.

One vote can change a nation,
One sunbeam lights a room.
One candle wipes out darkness,
One laugh will conquer gloom.

One step must start each journey,
One word must start each prayer.
One hope will raise our spirits,
One touch can show you care.

One voice can speak with wisdom,
One heart can know what's true.
One life can make the difference

You see, it's up to you…… 

One or more of these links may help you choose a topic for your project and the material you need:

Unicef: Voices of Youth: http://www.unicef.org/voy/

 

Environmental Issues:

 

Children's Rights: http://www.crin.org/

 

Save The Children:

http://www.savethechildren.org/campaigns/rewrite-the-future/challenge.html

Body Image and Eating Disorders:

 

Substance Abuse: http://www.west.asu.edu/achristie/675wq2.html 

 

Use any other helpful sites you can find through Google.com

Rubric for Project Assessment

 

Research 

Process  

 

Points

 

Points

 

Points

Sources of information

Used only one source

1-3

Used 2 sources

4-6

A variety of sources (3 or more sources)

7-10

Drafts

Few drafts are turned in

1-4

Some drafts are turned in

5-7

All drafts are turned in

8-10

Final Project:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Neatness

Little or no consideration for aesthetic or  appearance/sloppy work

1-3

Some consideration for aesthetic appearance of work

4-6

Neat, clear, aesthetic presentation of material

7-10

Level of Material Presented and content

Insufficient information

1-6

Some information but topic is not well-developed

7-11

Very informative, interesting, well documented

 

12-15

Content  Accuracy

Three or more errors in content

1-3

One or two errors in content

4-7

No errors or omissions in content

8-10

Graphics

One picture/map/graph, etc.

1-3

Two pictures/maps/graphs, etc.

4-7

Three or more pictures/ maps/ graphs, etc.

8-10

Language (vocabulary, spelling, grammar, punctuation)

Very simple language and grammatical structures used

1-6

Some more difficult vocabulary and structures used

7-11

Good grasp of advanced forms of grammar and rich vocabulary

12-15

Creativity

No originality; not well prepared

1-3

Some evidence of originality; relevant material.

4-6

Provides an  original, creative, unique and  well prepared work.

7-10

Handing in on time

10