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Human Impact Project

Core Humanities 2020

Impact Project

 

Purpose: To investigate and analyze an issue and communicate the perspectives involved, and then to design a way to take action and have a positive impact on your issue.

 

Essential Questions (each project addresses all questions):

Addressed in speech: What is my problem? What is the impact? What are the perspectives surrounding this problem? (or Why does the problem persist?) Why should we care? 

And then, addressed in solutionary action: How can one person create change? How do you measure impact? What are the obstacles to creating change? Why do some people fear or resist change?

 

Know

Understand 

Do 

In depth knowledge of one subtopic of your choice from the following:

Environment 

Hunger and Poverty

Gender and Equality

Health and Safety 

Reduced Inequalities - The Isms

War and Conflict

Education

Migration

 

Get familiar with your specific issue:

  • What is it?

  • Negative impact?

  • Why does your problem persist? OR What are the different perspectives on the problem?

  • Why should I care?

 

Solutions at the local, national and global level

 

How to take steps to implement an action plan 

 

Organizations that work to make change on your particular  topic

All human actions have an impact on others (other humans, environment, species).

 

One’s actions are never isolated or without consequence ; we live in an interdependent world where one decision has multiple ramifications.

 

Taking action can lead to change, no matter how small or large.

 

All problems are not black and white or right and left. Problems have many sides (are nuanced).  

Physical Expression: CECd  I refer to my notes, but make frequent eye contact; I control my nervous habits.

 

Communication: Voice CECd I clearly project my voice, and vary my tone and rate in a way that communicates interest.

 

Media Creation CECc I can use a combination of text, visuals, and/or links to express my ideas clearly to a chosen audience; my choices support my purpose.

 

Making a Claim IITc I can synthesize information to make a general and accurate claim that is based on relationships and patterns. 

 

Evidence IITa I can develop my claim by using multiple accurate, relevant and specific pieces of evidence that are either quoted or paraphrased. 

 

Analysis IITa I can state my interpretation of the evidence and explain the way it supports my claim.

 

Writing Organization CECb I have a clear and intentional organization system that sequences ideas so that they build upon each other. I can use transitions between and within paragraphs  to show the relationships between ideas.

Summative Experiences

Problem: Impact Project Speech and Persuasive Letter 

Solutionary Action: Final Project Poster, Reflective Essay, Celebration of Learning

 

Learning Targets: 

 

Formal Presentation, Final Project Poster, Celebration of Learning

Communication:

Physical Expression

CECd

I can read a prepared statement to an audience.

I extensively read from my notes. I have some nervous habits that are clear to the audience.

I refer to my notes, but make frequent eye contact; I control my nervous habits.

I rarely refer to my notes and make extensive eye contact with the audience. I present with poise and confidence.

Communication:

Voice

CECd

I can speak about a topic in front of a group.

I attempt to project my voice, vary my tone, and control my rate of speaking. 

I clearly project my voice, and vary my tone and rate in a way that communicates interest.

I project my voice confidently. I vary my tone and rate to emphasize my ideas and engage the audience.

Media Creation

CECc

I include text and/or visuals that are related to my purpose and audience.

I am making some intentional adjustments in my communication to suit the purpose and reach my audience.

I can use a combination of text, visuals, and/or links to express my ideas clearly to a chosen audience; my choices support my purpose.

I intentionally use layout, organization, and other graphic and aesthetic elements to enhance my purpose and communicate to my audience.

 

Written Speech (formative) , Persuasive Letter (summative), Final Project Poster, Reflective Essay

Making a Claim

IITc

I can identify information and write a relevant claim that contains a single idea. 


 

I can identify relevant information and write an accurate claim that addresses two ideas.

I can synthesize information to make a general and accurate claim that is based on relationships and patterns. 

I can evaluate varied types of information to make a general claim that leads to further thinking: evaluations, connections, and questions. 

Evidence

IITa

I can identify accurate evidence that  relates to my claim.  

I can support my claim by using evidence that is accurate and relevant.


 

I can develop my claim by using multiple accurate, relevant and specific pieces of evidence that are either quoted or paraphrased. 


 

In addition to the target, I can use evidence that is varied in type and source and works together to support my claim; I can identify the most essential and precise parts of the text to support all aspects of my claim.

Analysis

IITa

I can rephrase my evidence. 

I can rephrase my evidence and connect it to my claim. 

I can state my interpretation of the evidence and explain the way it supports my claim.

In addition to the target I can identify implicit ideas that lead the reader to a deeper understanding of the evidence or the claim or both.

Writing Organization

CECb

I can categorize my separate ideas into distinct sections of text. 

 

I can use transitions linking the sections of the text.

I have an organizational system that sequences ideas in a logical order. 

 

I can use transitions between and within paragraphs to show sequence of ideas. 

I have a clear and intentional organization system that sequences ideas so that they build upon each other. I can use transitions between and within paragraphs  to show the relationships between ideas.

My organizational system best supports my writing’s purpose.

 

I can use transitions between and within paragraphs that use varied word choice and reinforce the purpose of my claim.