WHO WOULD YOU VOTE FOR TO BE MAYOR?

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John Connolly                  Marty Walsh

We need the next Mayor of Boston to make racial justice central to their administration. As registered voters we are petitioning for the adoption of Racial Equity Impact Assessments (REIAs) as a tool to reduce, eliminate, and prevent racial inequities in Boston.

(More about REIAs: http://www.bostonpublicschools.org/files/racial_equity_toolkit.pdf)

WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO USE THIS WEBSITE FOR TODAY?

………..internet research practice……

Primary Goal: Visit and look-over as many websites as you can about the Boston Campaign to Elect the 1st new Mayor of Boston in 20 years.

FINAL PRODUCT (to get credit):  On white-lined paper with a full heading, write at least one paragraph where you…

  1. Make a CLAIM stating YOUR choice of candidate (John? or Marty?).
  2. Include at least 3 direct quotations (enclosed within quotation marks, and clearly labeling which candidate it comes from) that give EVIDENCE for why you choose him.
  3. Write an explanation for each of the quotations as to the REASONS why those quotes show your candidate is the BEST choice.

Please end your paragraph with a SLOGAN!  You will transfer this slogan, using markers, to a plain white 8 1/2″ X 11″ paper. What is a slogan?  It is like all the ads we see all the time. It is only 4 – 8 words. Can you get other people to want to vote for your candidate in
4 – 8 words? How can you summarize and “sell” what is best in such a few words?

MA History Standards:
9.11    Describe the purpose and functions of government.
9.19    Explain the rights and the responsibilities of citizenship and describe how a democracy provides opportunities for citizens to participate in the political process through elections, political parties, and interest groups.

TODAY:   DOWN BELOW, there are a whole bunch of BLUE underlined “links.” Whenever you click on a link, it takes you to a whole other website with new information. That is where you will find the information for the quotations that you will put on your note-taking sheet you were given as a handout.

Later, you will be making a CLAIM for which of the two candidates you would choose to vote for. On white lined paper, in a separate paragraph you will write, “If I were entering the VOTING BOOTH to CAST MY BALLOT for Mayor tomorrow (the actual election will be on Tuesday, Nov. 5th ), I would VOTE for  _____________________________________  .”   (Who?! Pick just one).

NOTE-TAKING SHEET….Find your EVIDENCE from reading the weblinks.
1) Write down one piece of information that that you like about the candidate’s life story .
2) Write down one piece of information that you admire about their qualifications .
3) Write down at least one of the ideas or proposals that you agree with (or, as many as you want) that the candidates present in the section on IDEAS and ISSUES. Is it something that you believe will really help, or can make a difference?

Close with describing your REASONING.
What is it about the textual EVIDENCE that you copied down on your notesheet that you believe shows that your candidate would be the best Mayor for Boston? How does that information, argument, or idea prove that you are making the correct choice?

LAST PART  – After you’ve done all of that, end your statement with a catchy
SLOGAN:  4 – 8 words that describes and sells your candidate! Can you convince others to vote for your choice?

DRAW IT WITH MARKER –  BIG!! – ON WHITE PAPER.

We will post your slogans in the hallway just to raise awareness and build excitement that this election is actually happening.

EXTRA CREDIT: Register as a member of WordPress and Send Ms. D. a comment in the Leave a Reply box.

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John Connolly                  Marty Walsh

FIND EVIDENCE FOR YOUR CHOICE BY READING WHAT THEY SAY……..
Go to all the links for each candidate before you take your final notes.

Click on these links to learn more about John:

Click on these links to learn more about Marty:

NOW that you have looked, at least quickly, at all these links, use your notetaking sheet to identify “quotes” you can USE for your CER paragraph…

Write your EVIDENCE from reading the weblinks.
1. Write down one piece of info that that you like about the candidate’s life story .
2. Write down one piece of info that you admire about their qualifications .
3. Write down at least one of the ideas or proposals that you agree with (or, as many as you want) that the candidates present in the section on ISSUES. Is it something that you believe will really help, or can make a difference?

Looking at the directions in the box at the bottom of the page, THIS is what you need to do to complete the assignment, using white-lined paper with a full heading: Your name, class, teacher, date.

Make a CLAIM for which of the two candidates you would choose to vote for.
Write: “If I were entering the VOTING BOOTH to CAST MY BALLOT for Mayor tomorrow (the actual election will be on Nov. 5th – 2 weeks from today), I would VOTE for  _____________________________________  ”   (Who? Pick just one)

Your paragraph needs to include at least 3 direct quotations from the text (EVIDENCE). In order to PASS this assignment, you must have at least 3 direct quotes from the website that you will use to explain your reasoning for why you choose one candidate to vote for.

Close with describing your REASONING.
What is it about the textual EVIDENCE that you copied down on your notesheet that you believe shows that your candidate would be the best Mayor for Boston? How does that information, argument, or idea prove that you are making the correct choice?

After you’ve done all of that, end your statement with a catchy SLOGAN: 4 – 8 words that describes and sells your candidate! Can you convince others to vote for your choice?

DRAW IT WITH MARKER –  BIG – ON WHITE PAPER.

EXTRA CREDIT: Register as a member of WordPress and Send Ms. D. a comment in the Leave a Reply box.

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In order to make this a city that works for everyone, the elected leadership must recognize the impact of the history of structural racism and systems of white privilege. A REIA is a systematic examination of how different racial and ethnic groups will likely be affected by proposed policies, institutional practices, programs, plans and budgetary decisions. The persistence of deep racial disparities and divisions across society is evidence of institutional racism – the routine, often invisible and unintentional production of inequitable social opportunities and outcomes. If we don’t have a champion for racial justice leading our city, then the routine will continue.

To learn more about racial inequity in Boston, click here:
http://www.commonwealthmagazine.org/News-and-Features/Features/2013/Fall/003-No-seat-at-the-table.aspx