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Richmond Green Secondary School
Grade 11 English: Social Injustice ISU
This course has examined the topic of social injustice using a variety of written forms and visual media. We have examined how poetry, essays, novels, and documentaries are used by the literary and artistic community as methods by which to express dissatisfaction and outrage over many social injustices that occur worldwide. Perhaps more importantly, they are also used as vehicles to inspire people to take responsibility and action against these injustices.

Your culminating activity for the course will provide you with the opportunity to contribute your voice to this collective voice, delivered in the form of a TED Talk. It will allow you to research a social injustice issue of your own choice, affecting victims in a part of the world that is meaningful to you, and “expose” this issue to your peers.

Your Task: To compose and present a TED Talk (of approximately 5 minutes) on a social injustice topic of your choice.

Purpose: To educate your classmates on a global social injustice issue and persuade them to take action to address it.

Audience: Grade 11 Students

Tone: Serious, Persuasive, Impassioned

Mood: Enlightened, Inspired

Language: Formal

Form of Organization: Persuasive

Methods of Development: Your choice

Suggested topics include:



Lack of Access to Clean Water

Women’s Rights



Police Violence


Human Rights Violations

You are required to use a minimum of four different sources:

Text-based (for example: books, encyclopedias, newspaper and periodical articles)

Electronic Subscription Source (for example: websites, EBSCO Host Web, scholarly databases)

All research sources must be listed on an Annotated* Works Cited page (to be submitted at a set time prior to your presentation).

*An “annotation” is a brief (4 – 5 sentences) explanation of the importance of a source, which accompanies the entries on your works cited page.

Four of the entries on your Works Cited list must be annotated, including a brief summary of the source and how it was critical in helping you argue your main points.

Reference Sources
  • Amnesty International Report (REF 323.49 AMN 2015-2016)
  • Human Rights Watch World Report (REF 323.4905 HUM 2017)
  • State of the World: a WorldWatch Institute Report on Progress Toward a Sustainable Society (REF 338.9 STA 2016)
  • Various books on making podcasts, advertisements and speeches. (006.7876; 659.1; 808.51)
  • Various books related to many social justice issues (300s; Look specifically at 305-306; 323)
Online Databases
  • Academic OneFile  (Search terms: "Enter topic keywords, eg. Access to Healthcare; then narrow results by Content Types and Subjects (main topic of available sources in the search results) on the right side of the results page")
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library  (Search terms: "Enter topic keywords, eg. Human Rights China; then limit by Document Type and Subject (overview of the main issue being discussed in large articles) on the right side of the results page.")
  • Explora Canada Student Search 6-12  (Search terms: "Enter topic keywords, eg. Human Rights Violations; then limit by Source Types on left-hand column of the search results page.")
  • Britannica Library Reference Center  (Search terms: "Enter topic keywords, eg. Modern Slavery; then select type of resources by clicking on the related blue circles to the left of the search results")
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