Community Research

Community Research

Tuesday 3/20/18 thru Thursday 3/22/18


Today’s Objective(s): SWBAT

  1. Properly assess the credibility of a source
  2. Complete a proper text analysis
  3. Identify and discuss the HR issues present in our community

Do Now – 5 minutes

  1. Computers on desks and logged in
  2. Access the Article Analysis tool you were provided
  3. Share with your table group the names of the articles you are working on to ensure nobody is working on the same one

LESSON – 50 minutes

For most of this week, you’re working independently to explore current events related to the human rights your table group was assigned. Just a few points of clarification and requirements to keep in mind…

  1. You are looking for news articles that connect one or more of the 3 human rights you were assigned to your community. That community can be VHS, Vista, San Diego, California, the US, etc. It should NOT relate to something like “UC San Diego” or some other specific place that is in your community, but which you are not a part of.
  2. You must assess the source for credibility based on this document about assessing source credibility.
  3. You are responsible for completing 2 Article Analysis forms, which means you need to find 2 current event news articles about 1 or more of your human rights.
  4. You must check with the other people at your table to ensure you are not working on the same article. There can be NO DUPLICATES. If 2 people turn in the same article, you will BOTH have to redo the work.
  5. Your articles must be less than 1 year old

Please remember that the purpose of this work is to develop a deeper understanding of the human rights issues in our community so that we can complete our challenge –

Create a Universal Declaration of Human Rights that addresses the modern human rights issues in our community

 

Finally, we’ll be sharing the results of our research later in the week, so please be prepared to discuss your findings. This is not a race or something to just check off the list. Do the work with the intention of learning deeply about these issues.

Closing – 5 minutes

We’ll begin sharing out your article analysis work by asking a few people to discuss their learning

Homework

Nothing today

Unit Objectives

  1. Identify the 30 human rights, prioritize among these rights, and articulate why human rights are important to them as individuals
  2. Apply understanding of human rights to new situations
  3. Demonstrate the ability to see the world from another person’s perspective
  4. Synthesize understanding about existing HRs, and about HRs issues in our community to develop new, relevant ideas that connect to our community

This Week’s Agenda

Monday

We’ll work to develop a strategy around assessing source credibility

Tuesday

Researching community human rights issues

Wednesday

Researching community human rights issues

Thursday

TBD

Friday

TBD

Quote of the Week

“All of us are smarter than any of us, so the value to all goes up when you share.”

Seth Godin

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Source Credibility

Source Credibility

Monday 3/19/18


Today’s Objective(s): SWBAT

  1. Properly assess the credibility of a source
  2. Identify and discuss the HR issues present in our community

Do Now – 3 minutes

  1. Computers open to Basecamp
  2. Click into Message Board item called Community Research

LESSON – 40 minutes

Today, before we start digging into research, we need to make sure we all have a clear sense for how to ensure the resources we’re using to support our work are credible.

We’ll read an example article so that we can demonstrate how we determine whether a source is acceptable. It’s not an exact science by any means, but if you know the right kinds of questions to ask, you’ll be much more likely to get at good information.

I’ll pass out this document about assessing source credibility to everyone so we all have it to refer to.

Closing – 2 minutes

Please turn to a partner at your table and take turns reminding them (and listening to them remind you) what our Big Idea, Essential Question and Challenge are for this current unit.

Homework

Please respond to the Basecamp Message Board item titled Homework: Monday 3/19/18

The content and activities discussed on this post either come directly from, or were inspired by, the EdX course called “The Rights of Refugees“, which was created by Amnesty International.

Unit Objectives

  1. Identify the 30 human rights, prioritize among these rights, and articulate why human rights are important to them as individuals
  2. Apply understanding of human rights to new situations
  3. Demonstrate the ability to see the world from another person’s perspective
  4. Synthesize understanding about existing HRs, and about HRs issues in our community to develop new, relevant ideas that connect to our community

This Week’s Agenda

Monday

We’ll work to develop a strategy around assessing source credibility

Tuesday

Researching community human rights issues

Wednesday

Researching community human rights issues

Thursday

TBD

Friday

TBD

Quote of the Week

“All of us are smarter than any of us, so the value to all goes up when you share.”

Seth Godin

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Back to the Challenge

Back to the Challenge

Thursday 3/15/18


Today’s Objective(s): SWBAT

  1. Explain ‘The Challenge”
  2. Identify missing information/understanding
  3. Discuss the HR issues present in Vista

Do Now – 3 minutes

  1. Notebooks open to 30/31 – be prepared to discuss your answers

LESSON – 50 minutes

Okay, to start things off, in your table groups, see if you can remember the Challenge we’re currently working on. Talk it out and see what you come up with.

Now that we’ve spent quite a while digging into human rights, it’s time to step back for a minute and get clear on not only where we’re headed, but where we’ve been, and what more is left to do.

We’ll spend some time discussing the 3 phases of the CBL framework:

The Challenge Based Learning Logo, click to go to Digital Promise's CBL resource

And, of course, there are multiple steps within each phase. For example, the 3 parts of the Engage Phase are:

  1. The Big Idea – the broad concept to be explored
  2. The Essential Question – connects the Big Idea to our own lives
  3. The Challenge – turns the Essential Question into a call to action to learn deeply about the Big Idea

For the Human Rights Challenge, our Engage Phase looks like this.


BIG IDEA

A Contemporary Take on Human Rights


ESSENTIAL QUESTION

How can we address Human Rights issues in our own community?


CHALLENGE

Create a Declaration of Human Rights for Vista that addresses the modern human rights issues you see in our community

Closing – 5 minutes

 

Homework

Please respond to the Basecamp Message Board item titled Homework: Monday 3/12/18

The content and activities discussed on this post either come directly from, or were inspired by, the EdX course called “The Rights of Refugees“, which was created by Amnesty International.

Unit Objectives

  1. Identify the 30 human rights, prioritize among these rights, and articulate why human rights are important to them as individuals
  2. Apply understanding of human rights to new situations
  3. Demonstrate the ability to see the world from another person’s perspective
  4. Synthesize understanding about existing HRs, and about HRs issues in our community to develop new, relevant ideas that connect to our community

This Week’s Agenda

Monday

Setup notebooks for exploration of US Refugee Policy

Tuesday

Explore resources connected to US Refugee policy and answer key questions (MrD will be out and you will have a sub)

Wednesday

Continue Tuesday’s work, completing questions on pages 30 and 31 of your notebooks based on the resources introduced on Monday.

Thursday

Reintroduce the current Challenge

Friday

What do we know, what do we need to know? Activity…

Quote of the Week

“Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.”

John Muir

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US Policy on Refugees and Asylum

US Policy on Refugees and Asylum

Monday 3/12/18 – Tuesday 3/13/18 – Wednesday 3/14/18


Today’s Objective(s): SWBAT

  1. Accurately summarize a text after reading/annotating
  2. Explain US Policy related to Refugees and Asylum Procedures
  3. Compare US Policy to other countries

Do Now – 5 minutes

  1. Please open your notebooks to page 28-29
  2. Respond to the following prompt on page 29…

Write a brief summary of the text we read on Friday about Refugees seeking asylum in Eastern Europe

LESSON – 40 minutes

Let’s recap for a minute. Recently, we’ve explored…

  1. What a refugee is, and we’ve also looked into other kinds of displaced people (IDPs, Migrants)
  2. International obligations that all countries are bound by to offer safety and relief to displaced people as they go through asylum procedures and ensure that universal human rights are respected for all
  3. Some specific case studies in Eastern Europe that clearly demonstrate that many countries are not adhering to these international obligations/expectations

 

Today through Wednesday, your job is to work together to explore US Policy related to Refugees and Asylum. You’ll use the following resources to obtain some very specific information, so that you can answer key questions related to these policies…

USDHS – Asylum

USDHS – Refugees

USDOS – Refugee Admissions

USDOS – Refugee Admissions Program

USDHHS – Refugees (lots of links on this page to explore…please do so in order to answer the related question fully)

NOTE: You will need to click around these sites to get everything you need.

QUESTIONS:

Please write the following heading on page 30:

US Refugee Policies and Procedures

Below the heading, write these questions onto pages 30 and 31 (as shown in the picture below).

Please remember, your job is to answer these questions fully, using very precise and clear language. If you pull direct quotes, you must provide a proper reference. Also note, your answers MUST come from the resources listed above.

  1. How does the US define a Refugee?
  2. What seems to be the key difference between someone seeking Refugee protection and someone seeking Asylum?
  3. Describe the process of applying for refugee status for yourself and family members.
  4. Describe the process of how the US reviews an application that has been submitted for refugee status.
  5. What kinds of services and supports does the US provide those approved for Refugee status? Please be specific.

Closing – 5 minutes

The priority today is to get our notebooks set up and clear on the tasks for the coming two days. But if we make it beyond that, we’ll finish up by discussing the answers we’ve got so far.

Homework

Please respond to the Basecamp Message Board item titled Homework: Monday 3/12/18

The content and activities discussed on this post either come directly from, or were inspired by, the EdX course called “The Rights of Refugees“, which was created by Amnesty International.

Unit Objectives

  1. Identify the 30 human rights, prioritize among these rights, and articulate why human rights are important to them as individuals
  2. Apply understanding of human rights to new situations
  3. Demonstrate the ability to see the world from another person’s perspective
  4. Synthesize understanding about existing HRs, and about HRs issues in our community to develop new, relevant ideas that connect to our community

This Week’s Agenda

Monday

Setup notebooks for exploration of US Refugee Policy

Tuesday

Explore resources connected to US Refugee policy and answer key questions (MrD will be out and you will have a sub)

Wednesday

Continue Tuesday’s work, completing questions on pages 30 and 31 of your notebooks based on the resources introduced on Monday.

Thursday

Reintroduce the current Challenge

Friday

What do we know, what do we need to know? Activity…

Quote of the Week

“Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.”

John Muir

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Refugees in Europe

Refugees in Europe

Friday 3/9/18


Today’s Objective(s): SWBAT

  1. Connect their learning to an issue the world is dealing with today
  2. Compare the Asylum policies of the US to other countries

Do Now – 5 minutes

  1. Please open your notebooks to page 28-29
  2. Respond to the following prompt on page 28…

In a paragraph or two, describe what you think the United State’s official policy is related to Refugees seeking asylum

LESSON – 50 minutes

Today we are going to extend our learning from the last few days related to international protections available to people seeking asylum. We watched some videos that explain what Refugees are, and what obligations countries are under related to how they treat refugees seeking asylum in their country.

So I have question. Why do you think there are all these resources online, and so many organizations dedicated to talking about and ensuring that refugees do, in fact, get these rights?

Well, my answer to that is pretty simple…because, while there are these international standards that countries have agreed to uphold around human rights, many still don’t ensure that people seeking the protection of these rights get them. In other words, millions of refugees around the world are STILL denied these rights.

Today we’ll read and annotate an article about migrants and refugees seeking access and asylum in Europe in order to dig into this very issue a bit. I’ll provide printed copies of the text for those in class.

Closing – 10 minutes

We’ll finish today by writing a summary of this article in our notebooks on page 29.

Homework

None tonight

The content and activities discussed on this post either come directly from, or were inspired by, the EdX course called “The Rights of Refugees“, which was created by Amnesty International.

Unit Objectives

  1. Identify the 30 human rights, prioritize among these rights, and articulate why human rights are important to them as individuals
  2. Apply understanding of human rights to new situations
  3. Demonstrate the ability to see the world from another person’s perspective
  4. Synthesize understanding about existing HRs, and about HRs issues in our community to develop new, relevant ideas that connect to our community

This Week’s Agenda

Monday
Notebook catch up day
Tuesday
The evolving definition of ‘Refugee’
Wednesday

Continue Tuesday’s work

Thursday

Discuss the work from Tue/Wed

Friday

Digging into US policy on Refugees

Quote of the Week

“The time as we know it subjectively is often the chronology that stories and novels follow: it is the continuous thread of revelation.”

Eudora Welty

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Rights of Refugees Discussion

Rights of Refugees Discussion

Thursday 3/8/18


Today’s Objective(s): SWBAT

  1. Define ‘Refugee’ and explain how the definition has changed over time
  2. Identify the specific human rights States are obligated to respect when refugees request asylum

Do Now – 5 minutes

  1. Please open your notebooks to page 26-27 and be prepared to talk about your work over the past 2 days
  2. Go around your table taking turns reading one of the questions from p. 26 as well as your answer to it

LESSON – 20 minutes

A very short day…just enough time to talk about the work you’ve done over the past couple of days. Please be prepared to share your learning.

Closing – 0 minutes

Too short for a closing today folks, sorry.

Homework

Please respond to the Basecamp message board item called “Homework: Thursday 3/8/18”

The content and activities discussed on this post either come directly from, or were inspired by, the EdX course called “The Rights of Refugees“, which was created by Amnesty International.

Unit Objectives

  1. Identify the 30 human rights, prioritize among these rights, and articulate why human rights are important to them as individuals
  2. Apply understanding of human rights to new situations
  3. Demonstrate the ability to see the world from another person’s perspective
  4. Synthesize understanding about existing HRs, and about HRs issues in our community to develop new, relevant ideas that connect to our community

This Week’s Agenda

Monday
Notebook catch up day
Tuesday
The evolving definition of ‘Refugee’
Wednesday

Continue Tuesday’s work

Thursday

Discuss the work from Tue/Wed

Friday

Digging into US policy on Refugees

Quote of the Week

“The time as we know it subjectively is often the chronology that stories and novels follow: it is the continuous thread of revelation.”

Eudora Welty

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