Challenge your junior high students to use critical thinking in investigating a social justice issue and to use pictures, statistics, symbols and phrases to tell the story of that issue. Although you may expand the bank of issues students could research, the list I present includes:
• climate change
• environmental damage/pollution/wildlife abuse
• legal/illegal immigration practices
• discrimination/prejudice/civil rights violations
Also included in this download are:
• a 5-page teacher lesson plan
• a student rubric of instructions
• a template for students to evaluate their classmate’s maps
• a teacher’s evaluation/grading rubric
• two United States map templates with interchangeable colors
• a sample map illustrating Civil Rights Violations throughout U.S. history.
The project provides students with the opportunity for self-directed questioning, analysis of a social justice issue, creativity and use of computer skills. This project is designed for Apple’s Pages applications, although someone familiar with Microsoft’s Word could adapt it. Documents are available in PDF form, but the map templates are available only as a Pages application.
Social Justice On The Map
by Diane Yale-Peabody
is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License