Social Studies - Annotated Exemplars level 1 AS91043

Describe a social justice and human rights action

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This annotated exemplar is intended for teacher use only. The student work shown does not always represent a complete sample of what is required. Selected extracts are used, focused on the grade boundaries, in order to assist assessors to make judgements at the national standard.

Low Excellence

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Student 1 (PDF, 74KB)

For Excellence, the student needs to comprehensively describe a social justice and human rights action.

This involves:

  • describing the significance of the consequences of the action for society
  • describing the degree to which the social justice and human rights action met its intended purpose.

The student has comprehensively described the significance of one of the consequences of the Dakota access pipeline protests for society (1), and briefly described another one of the consequences of the Dakota access pipeline protests for society (2).

In addition, the student has described how the social justice and human rights action, which included protest and sit ins, did not meet its intended purpose (3).

For a more secure Excellence, the student could describe the significance of both of the consequences of the action for society more comprehensively.

High Merit

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Student 2 (PDF, 78KB)

For Merit, the student needs to describe, in depth, a social justice and human rights action.

This involves:

  • the consequences of the action
  • contrasting points of view on the action.

The student has described, in depth, contrasting points of view of LaDonna Brave Bull Allard and Morton County Chairman Cody Shultz on the protests of the Dakota pipeline (1), the consequences of the protests (2), and the significance of the consequences of the action for society (3).

To reach Excellence, the student could describe the degree to which the social justice and human rights action meets its intended purpose.

Low Merit

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Student 3 (PDF, 360KB)

For Merit, the student needs to describe, in depth, a social justice and human rights action.

This involves:

  • the consequences of the action
  • contrasting points of view on the action.

This student has used relevant social studies concepts (1) to describe the intended purpose of the action, the social justice and human rights action and other people’s involvement in the action. She has described the points of view of the participants in the action (not exemplified).

The student has described, in depth, the consequences of the action (2) and contrasting points of view on the action (3).

For a more secure Merit, the student could provide more detailed information to explain the contrasting points of view on the action, and in particular, consequences of the action for society.

High Achieved

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Student 4 (PDF, 104KB)

For Achieved, the student needs to describe a social justice and human rights action.

This involves:

  • the intended purpose of the action
  • the social justice and human rights action
  • other people’s involvement in the action
  • points of view of the participants in the action
  • the use of relevant social studies concepts.

This student has used relevant social studies concepts (1) to describe the social justice and human rights action involving protests and litigation in an attempt to slow and eventually stop the Dakota pipeline (2). The student has also described the intended purpose of the action (3) and other people’s involvement in the action (4).

In addition, the student has described the points of view of the participants in the action such as LaDonna Brave, Bull Allard and Vic Camp (5).

To reach Merit, the student could provide:

  • the consequences of the action
  • contrasting points of view on the action.

Low Achieved

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Student 5 (PDF, 101KB)

For Achieved, the student needs to describe a social justice and human rights action.

This involves:

  • the intended purpose of the action
  • the social justice and human rights action
  • other people’s involvement in the action
  • points of view of the participants in the action
  • the use of relevant social studies concepts.

This student has used relevant social studies concepts (1) to describe the social justice and human rights action (2) and the intended purpose of the action, which was to stop the Dakota pipeline from crossing sacred Native American land (3). The student has also described other people’s involvement in the action, such as environmentalists and celebrities (4). The student has described the points of view of the participants in the action (5).

For a more secure Achieved, the student could provide more detailed information about:

  • the intended purpose of the action
  • other people’s involvement in the action.

High Not Achieved

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Student 6 (PDF, 102KB)

For Achieved, the student needs to describe a social justice and human rights action.

This involves:

  • the intended purpose of the action
  • the social justice and human rights action
  • other people’s involvement in the action
  • points of view of the participants in the action
  • the use of relevant social studies concepts.

This student has used relevant social studies concepts (1) to describe the social justice and human rights action (2) with the intended purpose to stop the Dakota pipeline going through tribal Sioux lands (3), and other people’s involvement in the action (4).

In addition, the student has described the point of view of one participant in the action (5).

To reach Achieved, the student could provide:

  • a description of more than one point of view, beyond just a quote
  • more detailed information on the intended purpose of the action
  • more detailed information on other people’s involvement in the action.
 
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