Social Studies - annotated exemplar Level 3 AS91599

Examine personal involvement in a social action(s) that aims to influence policy change(s) (3.4)

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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, 110KB)

For Excellence, the student needs to comprehensively examine, personal involvement in a social action(s) that aims to influence policy change(s)

This involves using Social Studies concepts and giving specific evidence to:

  • describe an issue and the policy the action aims to influence
  • develop a plan for a social action(s) that considers ethical implications and justify the selected social action(s) taking into account the points of view, values and perspectives of self and others
  • give an account of personal participation in planning and carrying out the social action(s)
  • explain the strengths and weaknesses of their personal involvement
  • anticipate the real and potential consequences of the social action(s).
  • critically evaluating the effectiveness of the social action(s) by comparing it with possible alternative actions to influence the policy change.

This student has used Social Studies concepts and provided specific evidence to describe the issue of a lack of disabled facilities at the Huntly pool and the policy the action aims to influence: the development of a plan for changing the Huntly pool facilities (not shown here).

In this extract, the student provides a sufficient comprehensive critical evaluation of the effectiveness of the social action, stating that it was effective because they ‘actually got the District Council to change their policy and invest in at the Huntly pool’ (1), and by comparing it with possible alternative actions, like a protest, to influence the council to change their mind and implement a policy change (2).

For a more secure Excellence, the student could evaluate the effectiveness of the social action in more detail.

High Merit

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Student 2 (PDF, 329KB)

For Merit, the student needs to examine, in depth, personal involvement in a social action(s) that aims to influence policy change(s).

This involves using Social Studies concepts and giving specific evidence to:

  • describe an issue and the policy the action aims to influence
  • develop a plan for a social action(s) that considers ethical implications and justify the selected social action(s) taking into account the points of view, values and perspectives of self and others
  • give an account of personal participation in planning and carrying out the social action(s)
  • explain the strengths and weaknesses of their personal involvement
  • anticipate the real and potential consequences of the social action(s).

This student has used Social Studies concepts and provided specific evidence to describe the issue of a lack of disabled facilities at the Huntly pool and the policy the action aims to influence: the development of a plan for changing the Huntly pool facilities (not exemplified here).

In this extract the student has explained, in depth, the strengths and weaknesses of their personal involvement (1).

The student anticipates the real consequences such as going to the Waikato District Council and gaining their support, and potential consequences such as the lives of the people within the community potentially being changed (2).

To reach Excellence, the student could critically evaluate the effectiveness of the social action by comparing it with possible alternative actions to influence the policy change.

Low Merit

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Student work extract

Student 3 (PDF, 313KB)

For Merit, the student needs to examine, in depth, personal involvement in a social action(s) that aims to influence policy change(s).

This involves using Social Studies concepts and giving specific evidence to:

  • describe an issue and the policy the action aims to influence
  • develop a plan for a social action(s) that considers ethical implications and justify the selected social action(s) taking into account the points of view, values and perspectives of self and others
  • give an account of personal participation in planning and carrying out the social action(s) and explain the strengths and weaknesses of their personal involvement
  • anticipate the real and potential consequences of the social action(s).

This student has used Social Studies concepts and provided specific evidence to describe the issue of a lack of disabled facilities at the Huntly pool and the policy the action aims to influence: the development of a plan for changing the Huntly pool facilities (not shown here).

In this extract, the student has just sufficiently explained the strengths and weaknesses of their personal involvement (1).

The student provides just sufficient detail in anticipation of the real consequences of the social action of going to the Waikato District Council to gain their support, and potential consequences such as that disabled people would not be excluded from an aspect of society (2).

For a more secure Merit, the student could provide more detailed information to explain the real and potential consequences of the social action.

High Achieved

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Student 4 (PDF, 340KB)

For Achieved, the student needs to examine personal involvement in a social action(s) that aims to influence policy change(s).

This involves using Social Studies concepts and giving specific evidence to:

  • describe an issue and the policy the action aims to influence
  • develop a plan for a social action(s) that considers ethical implications
  • justify the selected social action(s) taking into account the points of view, values and perspectives of self and others
  • give an account of personal participation in planning and carrying out the social action(s)

This student has used Social Studies concepts (8) and provided specific evidence (7) to describe the issue of the price of entry to the Hamilton City Council pools, specifically Gallagher's Aquatic Centre, and the policy that the action aims to influence (1).

They have developed a plan (2) for changing the price of entry to the council pools to be presented in the form of a petition and a letter (social actions), considering ethical implications (3).

They have justified the selected social actions, taking into account the points of view, values and perspectives of themselves (4) and others (5). They have given an account of personal participation in planning and carrying out the social actions (6).

To reach Merit, the student could explain the strengths and weaknesses of their personal involvement by anticipating the real and potential consequences of the social action(s).

Low Achieved

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Student 5 (PDF, 234KB)

For Achieved, the student needs to examine personal involvement in a social action(s) that aims to influence policy change(s).

This involves using Social Studies concepts and giving specific evidence to:

  • describe an issue and the policy the action aims to influence
  • develop a plan for a social action(s) that considers ethical implications
  • justify the selected social action(s) taking into account the points of view, values and perspectives of self and others
  • give an account of personal participation in planning and carrying out the social action(s)

This student has attempted to use Social Studies concepts (8) and specific evidence (7) to describe the issue of the price of entry to the Hamilton City Council pools, specifically Gallagher's Aquatic Centre, and the policy that the action aims to influence (1).

They have developed a plan (2) for changing the price of entry to the council pools to be presented in the form of a petition and a letter (social actions), considering ethical implications (3).

The student has provided some detail on the selected social actions, taking into account the points of view, values and perspectives of themselves (4) and others (5).

They have given an account of personal participation in planning and carrying out the social actions. (6)

For a more secure Achieved, the student could:

  • provide further justification of the selected social action by adding more details about their own point of view, values and perspectives, and those of others
  • provide further explanation of the Social Studies concepts.

High Not Achieved

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Student 6 (PDF, 220KB)

For Achieved, the student needs to examine personal involvement in a social action(s) that aims to influence policy change(s).

This involves using Social Studies concepts and giving specific evidence to:

  • describe an issue and the policy the action aims to influence
  • develop a plan for a social action(s) that considers ethical implications
  • justify the selected social action(s) taking into account the points of view, values and perspectives of self and others
  • give an account of personal participation in planning and carrying out the social action(s).

This student has used specific evidence (7) to describe the issue of the price entry to the Hamilton City Council pools, specifically Gallagher's Aquatic Centre, and the policy the action aims to influence (1).

The student has developed a plan (2) for changing the price of entry to the council pools to be presented in the form of a petition and a letter (social actions) that considers ethical implications (3).

They have justified the selected social actions, taking into account the points of view of themselves (4) and others (5). The extract gives an account of their personal participation in planning and carrying out the social actions (6).

To reach Achieved, the student could:

  • use Social Studies concepts
  • justify the selected social action, taking into account the values and perspectives that underpin the points of view of herself and others.
 
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