To begin our social justice unit of work titled, ‘Look What’s Happening In Our Own Backyard’ we were given the opportunity to explore a glossary of words that relate to the unit.
We started our lesson by playing a game of Hangman, as a class, to begin a discussion about vowels.
We were then placed into groups of three and four and each group was asked to choose the two vowels we believe will appear the most in any big list of words.
Each group was then provided with the glossary of words for this unit and we had to see how many words we could find that had BOTH of the vowels we had selected in them. We were also allowed to add to the glossary any other words that had the two vowels we had selected if the words were applicable to the concept of ‘Social Justice’.
Groups were then provided with an iPad and dictionaries so that we could find the definition of the words that contained both of the vowels we had selected. We wrote the definitions down onto paper. Once we had completed this task we then formed ‘expert groups’ and shared the definitions of the words we had found with other groups. At the end, we had been exposed to all the words and their definitions in the glossary.
Our final task was to work collaboratively in our group to write a paragraph about social justice using as many of the words as we could from the glossary.
Social justice means everyone is treated equally and without prejudice. The government needs to make laws to ensure that people aren’t prejudice in our community towards certain groups such as people with a disability, people that are homeless and people of a different nationality. Globally, everyone needs to take responsibility for his or her own actions to make sure we have a just world.
By Matthew, Nicole, Hayley and Oliver
A community is a group of people who live in the same area as each other. Within our society we have people who have disabilities such as blind, deaf and poor mobility. We also have people that are disadvantaged, homeless and from a different country. Each person needs to not be prejudice towards the different groups that we have within our community. Everybody needs to treat everyone equally.
By Luca D, Taylah, Nicholas D and Georgia
Within our community we have people that are disadvantaged in some way. Our society is made up of disabled people such as deaf people and blind peole. There are homeless people. The government needs to help the disabled people and homeless people more. We all have the ability to help each other. It is our responsibility to treat people fairly, equally and with empathy.
By Teodoro, Nicholas B and Alison
We found this task thought provoking and really enjoyed the challenge of trying to use as many words as we could from the glossary.