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Northwest High School Media Center: English 10A

"When we open a book, research a topic, wonder, build, tinker, ponder a quote, argue a point, adjust an attitude, define and test our character, we learn something new and have an opportunity to contribute to the world."

Social Justice

“Social justice is defined as "... promoting a just society by challenging injustice and valuing diversity." It exists when "all people share a common humanity and therefore have a right to equitable treatment, support for their human rights, and a fair allocation of community resources." In conditions of social justice, people are "not be discriminated against, nor their welfare and well-being constrained or prejudiced on the basis of gender, sexuality, religion, political affiliations, age, race, belief, disability, location, social class, socioeconomic circumstances, or other characteristic of background or group membership" (Toowoomba Catholic Education, 2006). “

                    Matthew Robinson, PhD,  Appalachian State University

Teacher Projects


       Research a current societal issue.  This is a problem or controversial issue you see in the world today.  You will research both what this issue consists of and arguments for its validity as a real problem.  After you have gathered all your information, you will write a paper that synthesizes all of the information you have found into an augmentative essay.  It will inform the reader of basic background on your topic and then provide multiple reasons as to why your issue is a problem worth solving.  Keep in mind that you will eventually be giving a persuasive speech that argues why your societal issue should receive funding/ research.

Task: Synthesizing information from multiple sources, compose an informative essay researching both sides of a current social issue in the world.  When this research project is over, you will task a stance on the issue and give a persuasive speech.  Choose a narrow topic that interests you.

Possible questions:

  • Are zoos a healthy way to protect endangered animals?

  • Is avoiding gluten in food healthy if one is not allergic to it?

  • Are school uniforms the key to better-behaved classrooms?

  • Do playing violent videogames make children more violent?

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Project Ideas:


Prison Pipeline


Student Rights"  1st (Freedom of Speech and Press) and 4th (Illegal search and seizure) Amendments

Refugees and Immigration


Synthetic Drugs