For the second MDGs & You Action Project, GCE Freshman students investigated the following guiding question:

How does gender equality compare in different countries?

Here’s the scenario students were challenged with:

Gender inequality is everywhere, but examples of addressing it successfully are less common. Each year, March 8 marks International Women’s Day, to bring attention to gender inequality and highlight efforts to close the gender gap around the world. This year, Michelle Obama is initiating a writing contest, asking youth from around the world to compare what is being done to achieve gender equality in their country, and comparing those efforts to inspiring examples from around the world.

Your task, as a global citizen, is to research efforts around the world to achieve gender equality, and to compare inspiring and successful examples to what is happening in your own country in a compare/contrast essay.

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Alignment with Common Core Standards

Reading Standards for Literature

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.9-10.2.A: Introduce a topic; organize complex ideas, concepts, and information to make important connections and distinctions; include formatting (e.g., headings), graphics (e.g., figures, tables), and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.9-10.1.A: Introduce precise claim(s), distinguish the claim(s) from alternate or opposing claims, and create an organization that establishes clear relationships among claim(s), counterclaims, reasons, and evidence.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.9-10.8: Gather relevant information from multiple authoritative print and digital sources, using advanced searches effectively; assess the usefulness of each source in answering the research question; integrate information into the text selectively to maintain the flow of ideas, avoiding plagiarism and following a standard format for citation.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.9-10.1.E: Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the argument presented.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.9-10.5:Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach, focusing on addressing what is most significant for a specific purpose and audience.

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