Fighting for Equity and Social Justice
A Life Story Told Through P

Each of you will work in teams of two to research, design and produce a video podcast describing the life and work of an individual who devoted their life to the struggle for equity and social justice. These podcasts will be posted on the web and will become part of a growing collection of resources. Please be professional in your work on them as they can be a project that you can refer to in a job interview and list on your resume. Podcasts should be about 10-15 minutes long. A rubric for their assessment is posted at the bottom of this page.

1.   Select a partner with whom you share an interest in conducting research on a specific figure in history who devoted his or her life to fighting for equity and/or social justice. This figure can be alive or deceased but has to have made an impact on our world. This needs to be an individual whose story can be shared with elementary-aged children.

2.   Conduct careful research into the life of your selected individual. What is it that this person did, how was their life lived, what actions made the greatest impact on our world, what was his/her motivation, what will be his/her legacy...? It is recommended that as much as possible you use original sources for your research.

3.   As you conduct your research, carefully collect images or video clips that might be used in your podcast to tell the story. Be careful to ask for and receive permission to use these images in your podcast and only use images for which you have received permission or that are public domain.

4.   With your partner write a narrative describing this individual, specifically focusing on the work he/she did to make a difference. This is not a book report, work to make your research thoughtful, deep and insightful. The narrative should be about 10-15 minutes when read aloud.

5.   Digitize your narrative. I recommend the use of Garageband. Work images into the document that flow with the narrative. You must include at least 2 chapter markings in your podcast.

6.   Complete and review the podcast. Show the podcast to at least one colleague and receive constructive feedback. Use this feedback to modify any necessary elements.

7.   Complete the podcast by exporting it in the proper size and using the proper compression. Submit the podcast to me by Dec. 4.

View Previous Podcasts HERE in the COMMONS

Individuals Who Have Fought for Equity and Social Justice
Partial List of Potential Subjects for Podcast

Ella Baker - Human rights and civil rights activist. African American activist in the 1930s.
César Chávez - Farmworker, civil rights leader, cofounder American Farm Workers.
Shirley Chisholm - Congresswoman, EC educator, 1st woman to run for president.
Genora Dollinger - Community Activits and Union Organizer
Fredrick Douglass - Noted abolitionist and eloquent activist for civil rights.
Fanny Lou Hamer - Voting rights and civil rights activist, coordinator for SNCC.
Dolores Huerta - Political activist, cofounder American Farm Workers.
Barbara Jordan - African American attorney, 1st black representative from southern state.
Chief Joseph - Nez Perce Chief, pacifist and activist for Native American Rights.
Helen Keller - Author, women's rights activist and pacifist.
John Lewis - Leader in Civil Rights movement, chairman of SNCC, congressman.
Nativo Lopez - Civil rights activist assisted founding National Alliance for Immigrants' Rights.
Diane Nash - Important individual in the civil rights movement, founder of SNCC.
Pete Seeger - Musician and activist for disarmament and civil rights.
Anna Howard Shaw - Physician and leader in civil rights and women's rights movements.
Elizabeth Cady Stanton - Leading activist for women's rights, early suffragette.
Albion W. Tourgée - Civil Rights Activist, Founder of National Citizen's Rights Association.
Sojourner Truth - Slave, abolitionist and women's right activist in 1800s.
Ida B. Wells- Critical figure fighting for women's rights and civil rights at turn of century.

I have put together a further list based on the wonderful book "When Women Pursue Justice" and you can check the website, "Americans who tell the truth". Another amazing website is Moral Heroes where you can search by gender and century.


Instructional Objectives for this project include the following.

By the end of this project, students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the process of podcasting by developing and posting a podcast on the Pacific iTunesU website.

Throughout this project, students will be able to apply their understanding of appropriate social sciences research methods and sources by conducting a careful review of the life of a social activist.

By the end of this project, students will be able to demonstrate a synthesis of the life of a social activist by creating a podcast exploring and explicating the life of this individual.


Intro clearly and creatively describes who is speaking, the context of the podcast, and gives listener insight into what the podcast is about. Intro describes who is speaking, the context of the podcast, and some information about content. Introduction to podcast does not clearly introduce the content or contain all of the requisite elements.
Podcast focuses on issues of equity and social justice. It is evident that the individual's life was carefully researched using multiple sources. Depth of thought and a critical perspective are manifest in an insightful narrative. A suitable number of appropriate quotes are used. Podcast focuses on issues of equity and social justice. Content seems well researched. Narrative is thoughtful and insightful. Some quotes are used. Podcast tells the story of the person's life, but misses the focus on equity and social justice. Content seems monosourced and light on a analysis or depth of thought. Quotes are missing.
Narrators speak clearly and are easily understood. The narrative contains no speaking errors and concludes with an appropriate summary. Narrators are understandable. There are only a few stumbles or speaking errors that could have been edited. Final summation is less than comprehensive Narrators are chewing marbles. Numerous speaking errors that might have been edited out or repaired are included. Final summary is weak or missing
A variety of images are used that connect with and enhance the narrative. Permission was received for all non public domain images. Images are used that connect with the narrative. Permission was requested for all non public domain images. Images either don't connect with the narrative or actually distract from it. Permission to use images is not mentioned in the credits.
The intro and background music complement and support the narrative.Permission was received for all non public domain audio. Background music seems appropriate for the narrative.Permission was requested for all non public domain audio. Background music distracts from the narrative or includes the work of Rick Astley. Permission to use audio is not mentioned in the credits.
The final edit is adeptly put together. Transitions are seamless. Titles and credits flow appropriately. Volume of narrative and music are appropriately balanced. The final edit shows no major breaks. Titles and credits are readable. Volume of narrative and music is for the most part appropriate The final edit has some problems. Titles and credits are hard to read. Volume of narrative and music is problematic making it hard to hear.
All members collaborated on the production. The collaboration of all members was valued and supported. All members collaborated on the production. Work on the podcast was dominated by one or two people. The work or ideas of every contributor were not equally valued.
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