Choose your grade
Writing criteria 9-10 grade
Video criteria 9-10 grade
Number of words: 200-250 words

Max score: 15

Goal: Your goal is to demonstrate an understanding of how and why oppressed individuals can communicate their points of view to a wide audience to take action against inequality.

Role: You are a person, past or present, who has experienced inequality in your life and has decided that you are going to speak out against this inequality, e.g. you are Malala Yousafzai or Martin Luther King.

Audience: Your audience will be the general population who may not feel a direct connection to the inequality that you are experiencing.

Product/Performance: you will produce a short mission statement about why your fight against inequality is an important and necessary one. You'll justify your telling of your story using statistics and research that makes your argument meaningful and relevant to your audience. Your mission statement/personal essay will:

○ Essentially answer this question: Why should people care about your story and fight against inequality?

○ Include research from "your" life, as well as outside research and/or statistics to reinforce your views.
You will be assessed on your ability to do the following:
Excellent (5)
Good (4-3)
Adequate (2-1)
Poor (0)
Justify your chosen person's call to fight against the inequality that he/she has faced in his/her life.
Justify thoroughly your call to fight against inequality with more than 3 examples. Will contain a clear and relevant call to action for your audience, as well as rich personal expression about your mission to fight inequality.
  • Justify sufficiently your call to fight against inequality with 2 examples from his/her life or context

    • Will contain a clear call to action for your audience, as well as clear personal expression about your mission to fight inequality.
  • Justify your call to fight against inequality with 1 example from his/her life or context.

    • Will contain some sense of a call to action for your audience, as well as inconsistent personal expression about your mission to fight inequality.
The student does not reach a standard described by any of the descriptors.
Select appropriate grammar, spelling, punctuation to enhance the mission statement's impact.
  • Select and effectively use appropriate grammar, spelling, punctuation to enhance the mission statement's impact.

No errors
  • Select and competently use appropriate grammar, spelling, punctuation to enhance the mission statement's impact

1-2 errors
  • Select and adequately use appropriate grammar, spelling, punctuation to enhance the mission statement's impact

More than 2 errors
The student does not reach a standard described by any of the descriptors.
Duration: 2-2.5 min (those shorter than 2 min will not be assessed)

Max score: 20

Goal: Your goal is to demonstrate an understanding of how and why oppressed individuals can communicate their points of view to a wide audience to take action against inequality.

Role: You are a person, past or present, who has experienced inequality in your life and has decided that you are going to speak out against this inequality, e.g. you are Malala Yousafzai or Martin Luther King.

Audience: Your audience will be the general population who may not feel a direct connection to the inequality that you are experiencing.

Situation: While there has been a marked increase in awareness of social justice issues amongst the general population of the world, there is still a long way to go before inequality of various forms (gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality, class, ability, etc.) can be eradicated. Part of the problem may be the classic "out of sight, out of mind" mentality of some, where if a problem does not directly affect them or exist in their lives, it's not considered to be a problem.

Product/Performance: You will video record the message you're planning to release to the public that details a moment in your life that was meaningful in your fight against injustice. In this chapter, your goal is to communicate clearly to your audience what took place during and after this moment, what feelings you experienced in this moment, and the overall significance this moment had to you. You want to use as many specific details as possible to genuinely communicate your point of view to your audience. Your autobiography video will clearly communicate your understanding of this moment and its importance to you. It must be written and spoken using rich vocabulary and varied sentence structure, engaging your audience.
You will be assessed on your ability to do the following:
Excellent (5)
Good (4-3)
Adequate (2-1)
Poor (0)
  • Create an autobiography chapter that accurately and vividly communicates a moment important to a person's life fighting inequality, select important and relevant details from your subject's life to include in the autobiography

  • Use clear and correct pronunciation in your video

  • Use vocal techniques to enhance the speech

  • Create a highly insightful and imaginative chapter of your figure's biography, accurately and creatively presenting his/her perspective on inequality.

    • Maintain an engaging, attention-grabbing narrative structure (introduction, conflict, resolution) while providing relevant historical details.

    • Through research or imagination, provide a sensitive depiction of the figure's thoughts.

    • Select extensively researched details from your figure's life to include in your chapter.

  • Use English pronunciation with a high degree of accuracy.

    • The video will contain no errors

  • Volume, tone, and speed are consistently used to serve your autobiography's purpose and impact your audience.

    • Select and effectively use a range of vocabulary and sentence structures to enhance your chapter.
    • Will naturally vary between simple, compound, and complex sentences and opt for strong word choices
  • Create a considerably insightful and imaginative chapter of your figure's biography, accurately presenting his/her perspective on inequality.

    • Maintain a narrative structure (introduction, conflict, resolution) that attempts to grab the reader's attention while providing accurate historical details.

    • Through research or imagination, provide a logical depiction of the figure's thoughts.
  • Select sufficient researched details from your figure's life to include in your chapter.
  • Use English pronunciation with a considerable degree of accuracy.

    • The video will contain between 1-2 errors
  • Volume, tone, and speed are competently, but not always, used to serve your autobiography's purpose and impact your audience.

    • Select and competently use a range of vocabulary and sentence structures to enhance your chapter.
    • Will vary occasionally between simple, compound, and complex sentences and opt for strong word choices at points

  • Create a somewhat insightful and imaginative chapter of your figure's biography, presenting his/her perspective on inequality adequately.

    • Attempt a narrative structure (introduction, conflict, resolution) that struggles to grab the reader's attention while providing necessary historical details.

    • Through research or imagination, provide some idea of the figure's thoughts.
  • Select some researched details from your figure's life to include in your chapter.
  • Use English pronunciation with an adequate degree of accuracy.

    • The video will contain between 3-4 errors

  • Volume, tone, and speed are adequately used in the video and may not consistently serve your autobiography's purpose and impact your audience.

    • Select and adequately use a range of vocabulary and sentence structures to enhance your chapter.
      • Will use simple, compound, and complex sentences correctly for the most part and attempt to opt for strong word choices, with varying success
The student does not reach a standard described by any of the descriptors.