Sunday, December 28, 2008

Grading Rubrics

What is a grading rubric? A rubric is a set of categories which define and describe the important components of the work being assessed. You will be assessed on 7 different parts of the make.a.difference project with the following rubrics. Along with the detailed descriptions and instruction you have received in class, using a rubric while working on the project will help you to stay focused and also know exactly what is expected of you. Feel free to print them out and grade yourself along the way to gauge how you are doing.

Final Presentation Requirements

Click here to find out all the requirements for your visual, extension area, artifacts, toolbox, and oral presentation.

Project Writing Requirements

Click here for the specifics on the writing requirements for the make.a.difference project. You will find details and specifics for the persuasive essay, research paper, and personal reflective paper.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Facts Guideline

Feeling stressed about doing your facts? Here is a guideline to help you. The citing will NOT be required for the first set of facts that you have due on 12/15. In your revisions, you will be adding the citations, but if you have time and want to add them in before you turn them in, that is fine, too! All I did with my example was to copy and paste the information from easybib.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Types of Resources Update

Please note that the new types of resources can be located here . Since you are doing 50 facts, the sources have been adjusted accordingly.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Universal Declaration of Human Rights

60 years ago this very day - after the horrors of World War II - the world came together at the United Nations to unanimously pass the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

This powerful declaration says that every human being deserves dignity, freedom and respect. It's the first blueprint for global rights, establishing fundamental freedoms for every human being.

The UDHR set in motion a global movement that literally opened prison doors, shut down torture and execution chambers, and caused the downfall of the worst tyrannies.

60 years later, despite much progress, millions are still denied basic human rights. Many governments still show more interest in abusing power than respecting those they lead. For far too many, injustice, inequality and impunity are still the hallmarks of our world today.

But hope exists.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Sunday, December 7, 2008


If your person or organization could have a toolbox with 3 things that would help them make a difference, what would they be? In a creative way, include 3 tangible objects that symbolize how to make a difference and put them in a “toolbox”. This toolbox doesn’t necessarily have to be a regular toolbox. It can be a creative enclosure that relates to your topic. Include 3 brief descriptions of the items and how your person or organization would use them to make a difference. This toolbox will be included on your table for the final presentation. If you click the picture above, you will see examples of similar toolboxes that were created for a topic in genocide prevention. You can also visit the Be the Change website to see what the featured people would include in their toolbox.

How to write a business letter

Your business letter is due January 28th. It needs to follow the above format and be at least 2 paragraphs long (6-8 sentences each) as well as be typed neatly. Write to someone that would be connected to your person or organization. Make sure that you have an address to send it to. You will be actually mailing this the following week after it is due, so be prepared to bring in a stamped envelope.