||REALITY OR RHETORIC? ASSIGNMENT
|About the Project
Reality or Rhetoric Report
A Safe Place
|All of the activities that you have participated in during
this project have helped prepare you for this assignment. You have read the 1989
Convention for the Right of the Child, you have thought about the importance of some basic
human freedoms such as:
Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Religion, Freedom from Fear and Freedom from Want.
You have discovered that positive and negative consequences result from some of our
freedoms and that many of our freedoms are very interwoven with each other.
Now as you prepare TO GO TO NEW YORK for the United Nations Meeting on the Rights of
1) Go to the LINKS page and click on the "Your Voice Matters" link. Read
what Canadian youth think concerning how we have progressed since 1989 in the area of
2) Go to the "United States Fund for UNICEF" page. Here you can read about the
"State of the World's Children 2002".
3) Go to the "Save the Children" page and browse through the site to familiarize
yourself with the state of children's lives in other countries.
Equipped with the information above, download the BONE DIAGRAM
which is a document in Acrobat Reader format. You will need Acrobat Reader to open the
file. Follow the link below if you need to download the program. Make a copy
of this thinking tool and "thoughtfully" fill it in. This tool will help you
identify the current reality of children in the world, in your country and in your closer
environment (your school or classroom). It will help you articulate what you would like
the future reality for the world's children to look like. This writing will be the message
you will share with the United Nations Meeting on the Rights of Children in New York City
in May, 2002.
Using the REALITY OR RHETORIC Benchmarks below, write a 400-450 word report. Your report
will be posted on the "Your Rights: Reality or Rhetoric?" webpage, along with
student writing from across this land. Download "REALITY
OR RHETORIC?" process chart which is in Acrobat Reader format.
"RIGHT OR RHETORIC?" BENCHMARKS
____ 1) Opening paragraph, addressing the United Nations Assembly and Ms.
Carol Bellamy. (2-3 sentences)
____ 2) A paragraph describing how children's lives in the world, in general, have
improved since the 1989 Convention. Give examples (from your reading) to support your
statements. Has the reality met, exceeded or not met the standards set in 1989? Your
writing cannot just be based on opinion. (5-6 sentences)
____ 3) A paragraph describing how children's lives haven't improved since the 1989
Convention. Give examples (from your reading) to support your statements. (5-6 sentences)
____ 4) A paragraph commenting on children's lives in your country. Has the reality met,
exceeded or not met the standards set in 1989? Give examples (from your reading) to
support your statements. (4-6 sentences)
____ 5) A paragraph commenting on children's lives in your closest environment (school or
classroom). Has the reality met, exceeded or not met the standards set in the 1989
Convention? Give examples (from your own experiences) to support your statements.
____ 6) A Closing paragraph making 3-5 recommendations to the United Nations for the
updated Convention for the Rights of the Child.
____ 7) A closing statement for your report. It should sum up your feelings and thoughts.
Try to make it a powerful statement that will make your report worth remembering. (2
____ 8) Your writing should be concise and make use of accurate grammar and spelling.
|SEEN AND HEARD: CHILDREN'S RIGHTS
"It is impossible to predict the future or see with any clarity what
the next century will bring. But there is one thing this century has taught us for sure;
there can be no global security without human security; no human security without respect
for human rights; no respect for human rights without respect for children; no respect for
children without listening to and hearing what they have to say. In our interconnected
world we have to be more than just observers of childrens suffering, we have to be
partners with them in their struggles, talking and consulting with them because they know
more about their experiences than we do. Then together we can act."
- Landon Pearson
Canadian Senator for Children's Rights
Original Country Clipart by Lisa