Implementation Outline

Project Justice is laid out in blocks of 1.5 to 2 hours worth of activities. The field trips and guest speakers can be interspersed. The following is an outline of the basic flow of Project Justice.

More implementations details can be found at the Project Justice WebQuest.

1 block for introduction

  • Identify guidelines (respectful participation & engagement, writing blog posts to keep community up to date, a finished project at the end that will help educate or advocate for a justice issue)
  • Review contemporary music videos where the artists highlight issues that affect our perception of social justice issues like media influence, privilege and ignorance.
  • Review news footage from stories about other kids their age advocating for justice issues.
  • Brainstorm a list of questions students will want to ask on field trips and of guest speakers.

2 blocks for field trips

  • Taking field trips is an essential component to Project Justice as this first-hand experience helps break down stereotypes and informs children about local social justice issues.
  • Field trip suggestions: homeless shelters, food banks, soup kitchens, programs for disadvantaged youth.
  • All students write their thoughts about what they experienced during the field trips.
  • Extract excerpts from their writing that summarize the visits and post on the blog.

2 blocks for guest speakers

  • Having guest speakers and hearing first-hand accounts of someone's journey from concerned observer to active participant helps us all see that we just need to be willing to take the first step.
  • Guest speaker suggestions: community organizer, international relief and/or refugee representative.
  • All students write their thoughts about the things they learn from the guest speakers.
  • Extract excerpts from their writing that summarize their thoughts and post on the blog.

4 blocks for project creation

  • Have students brainstorm justice issues that they are interested in learning more about, whether it’s something they were exposed to during the week or something they were already passionate about.
  • Let groups start forming informally around a variety of subjects and begin collaborating on project ideas.
  • Set a time for group membership to be finalized and have each group create a Project Plan that includes: title, brief description, goal of the project, who or what would benefit, target audience, specific responsibilities of each group member, project timeline and dependencies.
  • Give groups open work time with access to a variety of technology tools and tech support, as needed.

1 block for project presentation

  • Each group presents their project, whether it’s a video, artwork, fundraiser, etc. to their classmates as well as posting the project details on the blog.