Fifth grade students are learning how to advocate for others through the ELA Unit Argument and Advocacy. During this unit, students engage in their learning by selecting and researching a topic to assist in creating arguments to advocate for their viewpoint, as well as to become motivated, involved global citizens.
This year, fifth graders selected to explore the topic of clean water. Over the course of their research, students are gathering information about the global issue of clean water access so they can effectively advocate for this issue. To help build understanding, on Monday, December 4th, Trish Ajamie came to Schiesher to share information about a clean water organization called Note Karacel. One of the projects supported by Note Karacel is providing access to clean water in rural areas of Uganda. During the presentation, students heard Mrs. Ajamie’s personal story about her experiences with the people of Uganda, saw a video describing people who live in the Ugandan villages and how they have been impacted by the lack of access to clean water and the positive impact of the 50+ wells installed and repaired by Note Karacel. Students then had the opportunity to ask questions and participate in a "Carnival for Hope" activity where games reinforced the ideas presented in a creative and fun format. Through this experience, students learned about the impact that advocacy can have on others.
Schiesher staff supported Note Karacel by purchasing handmade items from a Ugandan Marketplace; all proceeds directly benefiting the people of Uganda.
An eye on standards:
SL5.3 Summarize the points a speaker makes and explain how each claim is supported by reasons and evidence.