If not me, who? If not now, when?
Here's the scenario students were challenged with:
Howard Zinn's Voices of a People's History Project is hosting a poetry slam that honors past freedom fighters and inspires a new generation of leaders to fight for equality. You have been given a 2-to-3 minute time-slot to tell a "freedom song" in two parts.
In the first part, you will embody the spirit of a civil rights leader whose work you find inspiring, and introduce who s/he is, what challenges s/he faced, and how s/he overcame them by applying sarvodaya. In the second part, you will perform your own "freedom song" by defining a challenge from your life, and how you will face it through sarvodaya.Check out the students' freedom songs by clicking on the different freedom fighters in the exhibit.
Alignment with Common Core ELA Standards & U.N. Millennium Development Goals
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.9-10.7: Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question) or solve a problem; narrow or broaden the inquiry when appropriate; synthesize multiple sources on the subject, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.9-10.5: Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach, focusing on addressing what is most significant for a specific purpose and audience.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.9-10.6: Use technology, including the Internet, to produce, publish, and update individual or shared writing products, taking advantage of technology’s capacity to link to other information and to display information flexibly and dynamically.
MDG Link #2: Achieve universal primary education;Target 2.A: Ensure that, by 2015, children everywhere, boys and girls alike, will be able to complete a full course of primary schooling
MDG Link: #3 - Promote gender equality and empower women;
Target 3.A: Eliminate gender disparity in primary and secondary education, preferably by 2005, and in all levels of education no later than 2015
MDG Link #8: Develop a global partnership for development;