Welcome to the 8th Grade Social Justice Resource Guide. Here students will find supplemental reading & media about the social justice topics they are working on this year.
From the 8th grade Core (English & Social Studies) teachers:
The theme of eighth grade core is “Choosing to Participate.” In order to learn not just about this theme but to actually participate, students will spend from now until March doing in-school research and out-of-school fieldwork on behalf of various civil and human rights issues. Each student, with their group members, has selected one social justice focus that they find critically important (such as hunger, child labor, sexual trafficking, LBGTQ issues, the death penalty, etc.) and works together to arrange community service, self-education, and other forms of activism relating to the chosen area called "fieldwork."
Eighth graders will continue to work with organizations and professionals in NYC to facilitate five fieldwork visits. Along the way, each group will maintain a school-hosted social media website to blog/update about their experiences and learnings. Faculty, parents, and other adults can help in making contact with organizations, but it's completely the students’ responsibility to orchestrate their fieldwork. In this way, the Social Justice Project helps students to build important life skills including communicating formally over the phone and Internet, setting personal and group goals, conducting interviews and meetings, using social media outlets to build awareness on important topics, writing blogs posts, updating calendars, traveling independently, speaking in public, and coordinating long-term projects.
Finally, we are excited about the culmination of this project on the day of our "Social Justice Teach-In". In addition to putting together a school-wide assembly that day, each group will run two hour-long workshops for the fifth-seventh graders in order to build awareness about their various topics and inspire the other students to participate as well.
PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS GUIDE IS A WORK IN PROGRESS, NOT ALL TABS/TOPICS ARE COMPLETE.