Social Issues Blog

Social Issues Blog

Description of the Lesson


This lesson was created by Courtney Baker as part of the Nebraska ESUCC Special Project Digital Age Skills.  

Students will explore social issues that plague our society and the world to find an issue they are passionate about or are interested in learning more about.

Through a process of questioning, students will develop research questions that they will seek the answers to by conducting research of a variety of sources both in print and digital.

Students will create a blog site to share their research findings and write 8 blog posts, each focusing on answering a different question or aspect of their social issue, using evidence from credible sources.  Their blogs will be published and shared with an authentic audience.

ISTE Standards

3a  Plan and employ effective research strategies to locate information and other resources for their intellectual or creative pursuits.

3d Build knowledge by actively exploring real-world issues and problems, developing ideas and theories and pursuing answers and solutions.

NE Standards

LA 10.2.2.b - Provide evidence from literary or informational text to support analysis, reflection and research.

LA 10.2.2.c - Conduct and publish both short and sustained research projects to answer questions or to solve problems using multiple primary and/or secondary sources to support theses.

LA 10.4.1.a - Locate, organize, analyze, evaluate, and synthesize information from print and digital resources to create new understandings and defend conclusions.

Rubric Used for Assessment


Download: BLOG_POST_RUBRIC.pdf

Example Student Artifact(s)

Lesson Design Reflection

Personal Reflection

I think the assignment went well, overall.  I will spend more time providing some guided instruction for developing research questions and conducting effective research  next time I teach this assignment.  Some students struggled developing questions about global issues which stymied their research process/progress.

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