Research an example of a human rights violation from any country at any point in time.
Focus on one event and find three different sources: a book, online, magazine, etc.
Compare what you have learned from each source. If there are differences in facts and explanations, how can you tell which is correct.
Why is it important to use more than one resource when researching a topic.
What are the main purposes for building fences?
What ideas are suggested about fences in the following photos?
Collect images of fences. Can you find images that seem to suggest an idea related to a course focus question?
Create your own photo essay or bulletin board poster(try Adobe Indesign) featuring a photograph of a fence.
Make sure your poser can be read from about 2 meters away. Your photoessay should contain 3-5 images with only a couple sentences arguing your photo’s connection to your focus.
Write your own poem to honour an ancestor.
You could use the person’s name and relationship to you as the first line of the poem. On the next line, write two adjectives to describe him or her, what he or she did, and a short description of the person’s desires, fears, and loves on following lines.
Use the following poem as a model.
Marcel Lévesque, great-uncle
Brave, adventurous sailor
Wanted to marry a Spanish lady
Feared he would be sent home to Gaspé
Loved his señiorita forever
It seems that people are often fascinated by individuals who do extraordinary things to better the lives of others. Research Rick Hansen and write a report about him. Be sure to include a character description in which you suggest how Rick Hansen’s character might have influenced his life. Share your report with your classmates.
Include links to 3-5 sources of information. Check your information for relevance, bias, and accuracy.
Embed one or two images or media clips.
Adjectives to describe character traits.
“Pillars of Character”
Consider writing a report on another Canadian hero: fact or fiction.
Research Louis Riel. Think of five questions you would like to ask Riel if you were to meet him. Then, imagine how Riel would respond. Write an interview from these questions and your imagined responses.
Write about the current state of Canadian fisheries. In which areas of the country are moratoriums in place? How have the communities that have been affected dealt with the moratoriums? Beyond their concerns about changes to their way of life, what complaints might people in these communities have about the moratoriums.
Write an essay about a current human rights issue. It could be a world-wide concern or one with a Canadian focus.
Floating Lanterns XII
On August sixth every year
the seven rivers of Hiroshima
are filled with lanterns
Painted with the names of the
fathers, mothers, and sisters
they float on their way to the sea
Almost there, pushed back
flame snuffed out
Darkly coming back in pieces
Tossed by ocean waves
That time, years past
these same rivers were filled
With the corpses of those
fathers, mothers, and sisters
— Poem by Iri Maruki and Toshi Maruki
Translated by Nancy Hunter and Yasuo Ishikawa
Research the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki by answering these questions:
- What led to the decision to drop the atomic bombs?
- What was the strategic objective of these actions?
- What judgements have historians made about these events?
- What other questions do you have about Hiroshima or Nagasaki?
Find descriptions, photos, or videos clips of the aftermath of the bombings. Using the information you have researched, write your own poem about the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Consider movies you have seen that portray teen or child empowerment (for example, Finding Forrester). What is the appeal of these movies? What similarities do they share? Are they believable? Why? Write a comparison-and-contrast essay comparing two of these films.
Justice seems to have many faces
It does not want to play if my skin is not the right hue,
Or correct the wrong we long for
Action hanging off-balance
Justice is like an open field
We observe, but are afraid to approach.
We have been burned before
Hence the broken stride
And the lingering doubt
We often hide
Justice may want to play
If we have an open smile
And offer the hand of communication
To make it worthwhile
Justice has to make me see
Then I wil know the truth is like a toy
To be enjoyed or broken — Poem by Rita Joe
View a film that addresses the theme of injustice. In what ways are the character’s attitudes to injustice similar to, or different from, the attitude presented in the poem? How do the charactersdemonstrate their attitudes?
Alfred Hitchcock’s thriller Vertigo is a movie that explores the fear of heights. View the movie and critique how effectively the director portrayed the main character’s phobia.
Choose a person, event, or thing that is part of popular culture. Write an essay outlining the reasons the event, person, or thing has become part of popular culture. As you develop your essay, use the following process:
- Write a brief outline stating your position on the topic. Jot down notes for three or four arguments that support your thesis.
- For each point in your outline, write one or two paragraphs providing supporting details and examples.
- End you essay with a concluding statement that reflects your opening paragraph.
- Assess your essay. Did you clearly state the thesis in the introductory paragraph? Do the supporting paragraphs contain evidence (facts and details) proving the thesis? Is your argument reasonable and persuasive? Is your conclusion clear? Revise your essay.
View one or two news programs over several days, making note of the types of stories that are covered and how they are reported. Prepare an argument to support or refute the assertion that mass broadcasters are “pessimistic” and “tend, especially in news shows, to view the world with alarm.”
Write a proposal in which you nominate someone as a candidate for the Order of Canada. Justify your proposal with anecdotes, facts, or information from articles you’ve read about the individual.
Write about a Canadian hero you wish to honour and praise. This hero may be a friend, a family member, a local hero, or a national hero, alive or dead.
Create a photo essay in response to the following:
“The 21st Century was supposed to bring us a life of post-industrial leisure, with all kinds of high-tech, time saving gadgets to make life a little easier.”
Serious Example: What the World Eats, Part 1
Radioactive Example: Nuclear Tests
Bob Dylan Example: Desolation Row
Hint: What idea related to your overall purpose does each photo develop?
TIME Photo Essays
Numerous movies have been made about surviving physical ordeals. Sometimes these are biographical accounts of a situation; often they are fictionalized versions of an original story and sometimes they are just pure fiction.
Make a list of movies dealing with physical survival. Are they fact or fiction, or a mixture of both? Decide on at least two you want to see and view them. Does it make any difference to you whether survival stories are based on real events? Why?
Write about a significant event in your childhood or about an experience that tested your survival skills. You will need to describe the situation fully, and include notes about how you felt, and how those around you acted or felt (you should use the first-person point of view and the past tense).
View at least two movies that focus on World War II. List three specific events that deal with survival in a war setting. What survival strategies do these movie characters use? Are there any lessons to be learned from these movies.
Alternatively, view the movie Jaws. How does this movie deal with survival. What other movies have you enjoyed that also deal with the theme of survival?
Interview a family member who works outside the home and takes care of a family. Find out how this person copes with the workload. how does he or she balance a job, family responsibilities, domestic work, and personal time. What is the biggest stress element.
Present your interview using a format of your choice:
- a written transcript of the interview
- an oral recording of the interview
- a essay that includes quotations, facts, and conclusions.
What do you believe are the top ten skills required by employers today? Develop a list of employability skills for one of the following occupations:
- sales clerk
- construction worker
- kindergarten teacher
- another career of your choice
How many of these skills do you possess?