Friday, May 17, 2013

Week of May 21 and beyond, Our Human Rights Final

EES22QHR Final Exam Spring 2013

  • For your final exam for EDU, you will work in teams to create an advertising campaign, promoting human rights.
  • This is a chance for you to be creative and let your inner-activist shine!
  • Please read the options below, or create your own idea and talk about it with me.
  • You will be graded using the rubric below.


  • Artwork (painting, sculpture, drawing, etc.) with a typed explanation of the art and how it is promoting human rights
  • Subway poster for human rights, using text, images, quotes, drawings, symbols, etc.
  • A song, that you perform for the class, with a typed lyric sheet (I will copy it for everyone)
  • A poem that you read to the class, with a typed sheet (I will copy it for everyone)
  • A graphic story (cartoon) promoting human rights
  • A slide show or short film promoting human rights
  • A skit about human rights with a typed script

  • Follow the conventions of standard written English.  In other words, watch your grammar, spelling, punctuation, and proofread!
  • Make sure your work clearly promotes human rights
  • Make sure your refer to the UDHR.
  • You must pick an aspect of human rights you care about.
  • You must include facts/statistics about this human right.

Human Rights Project Final Rubric

Group Members’ Names: __________________________  Topic_________________________________
Type of Project: _______________________________

Possible Points
Your score
  • Do you promote human rights?
  • Is your presentation persuasive and convincing?
  • Do you include facts/statistics about human rights?
  • Do you refer to the UDHR?
·      10
·      10
·      10
·      10

  • Is your presentation dynamic and informative and interesting?
  • Is it presented in a creative way?
·      10
·      10

  • Did you all do your best?
  • Did all members of the group work equally?
·      10
·      10

  • Is your work proofread
  • Is it neat and visually pleasing?
·      10
·      10

Total score

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Week of May 14, More on the Central Park Five

Hi everyone,

This week we are going to continue learning about the Central Park Five.

I. Read these pieces written after the Central Park Five were put in jail.

Now answer these questions in your Google Drive:

  1. What was this teen writer able to do that many journalists were not able to do? 
  2. Why do you think that this teenager was able to identify key points or inconsistencies about the case that most of the city seemed to miss? 
  3. Do you believe this author was biased? In what way? 
II. Please visit the websites below:

The Innocence Project

The Innocence Project ( is a national litigation and public policy organization dedicated to exonerating wrongfully convicted individuals through DNA testing and reforming the criminal justice system to prevent future injustice.

The Center on Wrongful Convictions of Youth

The CWCY ( is a joint project of the Center of Wrongful Convictions and Children and Family Justice Center at Northwestern University School of Law's Bluhm Legal Clinic. It is the only innocence project in the country that focuses exclusively on individuals who were convicted or accused of crimes when they were adolescents or younger.

The Innocence Network

The Innocence Network ( is an affiliation of organizations dedicated to providing pro bono legal and investigative services to individuals seeking to prove innocence of crimes for which they have been convicted and working to redress the causes of wrongful convictions.

Know Your Rights

This publication of the American Civil Liberties Union ( addresses what rights you have when you are stopped, questioned, arrested, or searched by law enforcement officers.

Now in your Google Drive, answer the questions below:

  1. What did you learn at these websites?
  2. How are they useful?

III. Post your answers to our blog as a comment. Then respond to 2-3 other students' posts.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Week of May 7, The Central Park Five

Hi everyone,

Today we are going to learn about the Central Park Five in preparation to watch the film next week.

In your Google Drive, answer:

  1. What new information did you get from this discussion?
  2. What questions do you have?
  3. If you were a member of the audience, please talk about your experience!!

Now answer these questions in your Google Drive:

  1. What did the media miss? 
  2. Are the media to blame for what happened to these boys? Why or why not? Who else is to blame? 
  3. Do you believe the city’s racial tensions played a part in the wrongful convictions? How? 
  4. Both Jovon Ferguson’s story and the Yusef Salaam video describe the dehumanizing metaphoric language (“wolf pack,” “wild animals,” etc.) used by the press in reference to the Central Park Five teens. How can language help shape public opinion?
  5. Can you think of any other cases where the media escalated a problem by sensationalizing a story without doing a thorough investigation of the facts?

III. Post your answers to our blog as a comment. Then respond to 2-3 other students' posts.