Assignment info.

Part 2 & 3:  Publish a blog.   Once you have completed your research on a human rights issue you are now ready to interact with your research in a different way.  Share you thinking and analysis on your own SJ12 blog.  This handout outlines the required elements and a marking rubric will also be provided.


1.     BLOG ENTRIES – your writing

·         Entry 1:   BACKGROUNDER – WHAT do we need to know about the issue you have chosen?  Identify and share the key problems and compelling information.

·         Entry 2:  CAUSES – WHY is this happening?  Identify and analyze the ‘root causes’ of the problems related to your issue.

·         Entry 3:  PLAYERS & STAKEHOLDERS - WHO is involved and impacted by the problems or issue? Identify and assess the different groups involved – Who’s involved and what’s their role?  What do we need to know about each stakeholder in terms of motivations, beliefs and values? 

·         Entry 4:  SOLUTIONS – HOW can we create a socially just approach?  How can we solve the problem in an equitable and respectful way? What’s already being done?  How can we get involved?
·         Entries 5 & 6:  YOUR THINKING. YOUR CHOICE.  What do you feel compelled to say about the issue?  This could include your questions, connections, or concerns, or just what you find compelling.  Some prompts are: I wonder...; This reminds me of…; I can’t believe…; I am still trying to understand…;
·         Entry 7:  CRITICAL REFLECTION A - Why did you choose this topic?  What have you learned?  How has this learning impacted your understanding of the issue and the world?
·         Entry 8:  CRITICAL REFLECTION B – How has the use of technology impacted your learning?  Your thinking?  Your ability to share information and ideas?

2.      WORKS CITED 
Must be included in blog.  Must follow MLA 7 format.  Learn how to use online tools to create a list of works cited (including images, videos, charts, etc.).  We recommend that you use Easybib.  Go to NWSS Library or any workstation at NWSS to sign up for a free account which can then be accessed from any computer.


Created by you!  Students must complete a minimum of 1 multi-media element.  In order to achieve a 6 (exceeding expectations) 2 or more must be completed. Sample of Web 2.0 tools that are easily embedded in blogs:
Voicethread on Darfur :  - Social bookmarking: racism and isms .


A good blog will not only share your research and thinking but will connect readers to more resources, allowing them to become more deeply engaged in the topic.  This could include links to newspaper articles, images,  video clips, other multi-media elements, NGO’s and activists, current action projects.