MS Students Embark on “Fighting for Fairness and Justice” Unit
Scholars in Mrs. Sainz’s communication arts class have been exploring social justice and equity issues as part of their “Fighting for Fairness and Justice” unit. During this unit, students have been reading Kathryn Stockett’s novel, The Help. Set in the early 1960s in Jackson, Mississippi, The Help is told from the first-person perspectives of two black maids, Aibileen and Minny, and a white socialite, Skeeter. Although they lead seemingly different lives, these three women come together to work on a project that could potentially put their lives at risk.
Using their knowledge of the novel, students demonstrated their proficiency on various standards, including making inferences and using textual evidence, through the completion of a multiple perspective assignment. This activity required students to choose an event or issue related to social justice and determine how four different characters from the novel would view the event. In order to support their claims, students had to cite relevant and thorough textual evidence. A few of the topics that students chose to explore included the Black Lives Matter movement, the 2008 election of President Barack Obama, the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., and school desegregation. Through various cooperative learning structures, students shared their work with multiple classmates, receiving feedback on the validity of the inferences they made, as well as their use of textual support.
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