Using what you have learned from the unit on the Civil Rights Movement, you will create a written plan for the success of a new interest group related to your civil rights. The goal for your interest group should be related to passing a specific law, gaining a specific civil right for a group, or convincing Texas voters to vote for or against a specific issue in an election. Your essay must address a real issue facing Texans today. The issue does not necessarily need to affect you.
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- Writing process
- My Protest (length requirements)
- Self-edit Workshop
- Peer Edit Workshop
These first three steps will help you come up with the goal of your interest group.
- Write down an issue that you feel strongly about. It should be related to a right you feel has been taken away or should be expanded. (One sentence minimum)
- Write down what you feel should change about this issue. (One sentence minimum)
- Write down what could make that change happen politically. Should there be a new law? If so, who has the authority to make it? Should there be a state or national constitutional amendment? If so, how do we do this? Should there be an election on the issue? If so, how do you do this?
Your essay must include the following:
- An introductory paragraph, which will include the name and goal of your group, as well as a quick preview of the contents of your essay.
- At least one paragraph describing the importance of your goal. Why do you feel passionate about this? Why should others be concerned about it?
- At least one paragraph detailing the goal for your group. Specifically, what do you want to accomplish? If you want to pass a law, write it out.
- At least two paragraphs that outline your plan for your interest group. This should be a specific plan that includes details such as:
- How will you advertise, if you choose do so?
- What authorities (for example, specific elected officials or school administration) will you try to contact, and how?
- How will you protest? Include a historical example of a group that used this protest method successfully.
- A conclusion paragraph, which will summarize your plan.
- Check with your notes to make sure you included as much important information as possible.
- Edit your paper for basic grammar and spelling mistakes.
- Important: Read your story out loud to a parent or guardian. Read it slowly; make sure to pronounce each word. Does it make sense to the listener? Is it specific enough? If not, go back and make changes. Have them sign it once they have listened to it.
- The pre-write, including the first three steps (goal) and an outline, will be due on Friday, April 21. This will be a daily grade.
- Your first draft, including everything necessary in the paper, will be due Friday, May 5. This will be a daily grade.
- Your final draft, which will be clean, hand-written, and signed by a parent or guardian, will be due Friday, May 19. This will be a test
Therefore, the final due date for this project is Friday, May 19. Papers turned in on Monday, May 22 will be automatically deducted 20 points. A further ten points will be deducted for every day after.
________ Pre-write (20 points)
Have you created clear goal? Does your outline contain all the necessary parts?
________ Content (60 points)
Does the essay include every required element? Is it clearly presented?
________ Editing (20 points)
Is your writing clear and understandable? Is it free of basic grammar and spelling mistakes?
Please note: deadlines, rubrics, instructions and anything else on this page may change, but all changes will be announced in class as well as on Skyward messaging (email). If you have any questions about this assignment, please email [email protected].
Recently, you began working on a writing assignment. You already have a rubric which describes everything you must include in this assignment. Many of you have asked me about a required minimum length for the final draft, which is due on May 19. You may be pleased to know that as of today, the minimum required length is set at only two hand-written pages.
For the last two weeks, we have been learning about the Civil Rights Movement. During this time, many of you have discussed the rights of students and young people. I also believe that you are entitled to certain rights.
The first of these, of course, is the right to a safe learning environment.
Our school is a safe learning environment. That said, around this time each year, in schools across the country, the number of fights and violent incidents increases. I am deeply disturbed by the culture surrounding these incidents. Many students encourage them, sometimes over the course of many days. Others record fights with their phones, posting and sharing them on social media platforms. When we create a culture that treats these incidents as entertainment, the message is clear: Violence is a way to get positive attention from our peers. It becomes a way to “go viral” and to seemingly get the respect we all crave. This should not be the case.
Therefore, I am protesting against this culture.
For every fight involving students at Summer Creek Middle School between 12:01 a.m. on April 24 and 11:59 p.m. on May 18, I will add one page to the minimum required length of your writing assignment. This includes all students who attend this school, not just those in my classes. It also includes off-campus fights involving students. This is my way to get you to think about the culture you create.
This is not a joke. This is my protest. Good luck.