CSPE – The Project (60%)

The Questions : 

Section 1.    The Action Report is 120/200 marks,  that’s 60%.  40% is the exam in June.

  1.   Title  –   (3 marks)

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SECTION 2.  Introduction :   (8 marks)

(a) Concept –

Explain how it was based on the concept    –   (4 marks)(39 words)

 

(B)  Explain why you chose this Action Project :  Sample answer on Page 295. (4 marks)(41 words)

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SECTION 3.   Activities Undertaken  (49 marks)     (Page 296/297)

(a) Communication with people  –  4 marks, (46 words)

(b) List of tasks and activities undertaken and describe them  –   15 marks, (267 words)

(c) Description of particular task/activity that you undertook   –  15 marks, (123 words)

(d) Name 2 Skills you used AND how you used them   – 15 marks, (175 words)

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SECTION 4.   Summary of Information  –   (30 marks)(131 words)   (Page 298)

–  Summary :  Give a summary of your learning,  and 5 pieces of information you found out. …….

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SECTION 5.    (Page 299)

Reflections   –   (30 marks)(204 words)   Give reasons why these experiences helped to shape your thoughts and opinions.

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Sample Answer : (but not our actual Report) 

Section 1.    The Action Report is 120/200 marks,  that’s 60%.  40% is the exam in June.  (Approx total word count is 1,030 words).

  1.   Title  –   (3 marks)    Minding the Environment 

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SECTION 2.  Introduction :   (8 marks)

(a) Concept –  Stewardship 

Explain how it was based on the concept  …   –   (4 marks)

Litter is one way in which young people cause damage to the environment. We were learning about minding the environment (the concept of stewardship) and we wanted to find out the extent of the litter problem in our school.  (39 words)

(B)  Explain why you chose this Action Project :  Sample answer on Page 295. (4 marks)

After the lunch break every day the school yard is full of litter. We wanted to find out what students in the school think about litter and to find out about ways that might help to sort out the litter problem. (41 words)

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SECTION 3.   Activities Undertaken  (49 marks)     (Page 296/297)

(a) Communication with people  –  4 marks

We contacted Oxfam and Fair Trade Mark – two fair trade organisations to get information on Fair Trade. They sent us campaign cards, samples, posters and information. We also contacted first year students in the school as the Fair Trade awareness day was organised for them. (46 words)

(b) List of tasks and activities undertaken and describe them  –   15 marks

We then divided up into different groups.

✔ The Co-ordinating Committee: This committee made a list of students’ names and pulled them out of a hat to make up the different groups. They also organised the class into two big groups for our visit to Limerick Prison as they could not take us in one big group.

✔ The Contact Committee: They organised the visit of a guest speaker and the dates our class would visit the prison, by making contact with the prison by telephone and fax machine.

✔ The Finance Committee: They organised the bus to and from the prison. The price also included the cost of the refreshments for the prison officer on his visit.

✔ The Questions Committee: With the help of all students in our class they put together a list of questions to ask the prison officers on our arrival at Limerick Prison. They then typed up the final set of questions.

✔ The Research Committee: They searched the Internet for information on Limerick Prison. They also found out about the Courts Service and the Irish legal system. They shared this information with the rest of the class.

✔ The Publicity Committee: They got permission from the Principal for our trip to go ahead. They also made posters which they hung up around the school to make all the students aware of our Action Project.

✔ The Thank-You Committee: They wrote a “Thank You” card to the people we met in Limerick Prison, to thank them for allowing us to visit the prison and for providing us with two excellent guides. (267 words)

(c) Description of particular task/activity that you undertook   –  15 marks

It was my job to produce posters that would advertise our awareness day. I decided that the best way to do this would be to produce some colourful posters. I asked the Art teacher for some art supplies and then I got to work. First I decided on the words I needed to put on the posters. This included the date and time of the awareness day. Then I worked on the graphics. I used some very dramatic colours, mainly black and red, because I thought this would capture attention. I had gathered some pictures of landmines so I copied them onto the posters. When I was finished I found some good places to hang the posters where they could be easily noticed. (123 words)

(d) Name 2 Skills you used AND how you used them   – 15 marks.

I used the following TWO skills in undertaking my particular task (making posters):

(1) Creative skills: I had to design the landmines posters that I was making and choose what colours I would use. I decided to use brightly coloured paper (yellow, lime green, pink and pale blue) and poster paints as these would catch peoples’ attention. I thought A2 size paper would be the best size for advertising the awareness day.

(2) Decision-making skills: I had to decide on the slogans I would use. I wanted to use the most catchy ones to attract attention. I also had to decide on the shape of the posters. I decided to use irregular shapes as I thought these would attract interest. Then I decided on the best locations around the school for displaying the posters. As the campaign was aimed at first year students I decided that it was best if the posters were hung along the first year corridors so that they would find out about landmines on their way to and from class. (175 words)

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SECTION 4.   Summary of Information  –   (30 marks)   (Page 298)

–  Summary :  Give a summary of your learning,  and 5 pieces of information you found out. …….

Here are five important pieces of information I found out:

1) In Ireland we have a democracy. This means we have a government for the people by the people. It is led by the President.

2) Our government is called the Oireachtas. It is made up of two houses – the Dáil and the Senate.

3) At the moment there are six main political parties in Ireland: Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael, The Labour Party, The Progressive Democrats, The Green Party and Sinn Féin.

4) The system of voting used in Ireland is called ‘Proportional Representation’ or “ PR” for short.

5) There were forty two constituencies in Ireland for the 2002 General Election, one more than in 1997, because of changes in the constituency boundaries based on the 1996 Census results. (131 words)

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SECTION 5.    (Page 299)

Reflections   –   (30 marks)   Give reasons why these experiences helped to shape your thoughts and opinions.

I had no idea there was such a thing as Europe Day. I think it is a great idea to have a special day set aside for people to think about what it means to be a member of the European Union. The reason why I think this way is because a lot of Irish people do not really consider themselves European and don’t seem to be too bothered about Europe.

Just look at how bad we are at speaking European languages! We’re a disgrace compared to many of our European neighbours. I really enjoyed organising the European lunch with the Home Economics class because it added a great flavour to our awareness display on the EU countries. I discovered that we are really influenced by Europe in terms of food and drink: pizza from Italy, baguettes from France, wine from Germany and Spain.

I was thrilled to get the chance with four of my friends to put together a display about Pat Cox, MEP, President of the European Parliament. We got on really well together and helped each other out and we were very pleased with our display. I think the reason why our display was so good was because of the teamwork. (204 words)

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CUS Sample Answer :  

Section 1.    The Action Report is 120/200 marks,  (Approx total word count is 1,030 words).

Title  –   (3 marks)   (1) Hamper Fund Project

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SECTION 2.  Introduction :   (8 marks)

(a) Concept –  (2) Human Dignity

 

Explain how it was based on the concept  …   –   (4 marks)(39 words)

(3)          Give 3 reasons. Poverty is one of the most serious inequalities in our world. Helping to provide some dignity for Poor people in Dublin / a fairer community / the extent of the problem in Dublin.

(39 words)

(B)  Explain why you chose this Action Project :  Sample answer on Page 295. (4 marks)(41 words)

(4)         Our School has a very proud and successful history helping the poor of this city. 4th Year Hamper Project /

We wanted to find out what students in the school think about our Hamper initiatives, and ways to reduce/deal with poverty.   (41 words)

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SECTION 3.   Activities Undertaken  (49 marks)     (Page 296/297)

(a) Communication with people  –  4 marks

 

(5)      Contacted teachers, Ms.L,  poster group, slips, leave class to do  posters. She organises the hamper fund. Guest Speaker.

Mr.T permission to fundraising group, sports day, raised €200.

Mr L –  CSPE Teacher,

Questionnaire Group – survey –

(46 words)

 

(b) List of tasks and activities undertaken and describe them  –   15 marks, (267 words)

(6)            We then divided up into different groups.

The Poster Committee:  9 people, 16 posters, raising awareness, bring in Food, 6th Year fast, Hamper in general,

The Sports Day Committee:  4 people, 1st and 2nd Years, Fundraising, Tag Rugby tournament, 2 euro per student,

The Questionnaire Committee: 4 people, seeing what younger classes knew about the Hamper/Poverty. discussed and typed up final set of questions,

The Co-ordinating Committee:  David O’H, Alan H, James B,

The IT Committee:  Sam B, Cillian K,

The Contact Committee: They organised the visit of a guest speaker and the dates of the talk ….

The Finance Committee:  Counting Sports Day money ?

The Research Committee: They searched the Internet for information on Poverty.  They also found out about the Dignity/Inequality.  They shared this information with the rest of the class.

The Publicity Committee: They got permission from the Sports Teacher (Mr Tonge) for our Sports Day to go ahead.

The Thank-You Committee: They wrote a “Thank You” card to Ms Lohan, Guest Speaker. (267 words)

 

(c) Description of particular task/activity that you undertook   –  15 marks, (123 words)

(7)                                It was my job to produce posters/questionnaire/Fundraising Sports Day, advertise, awareness.

colourful posters, wording, Art teacher, date and time, graphics, dramatic colours, some pictures of poverty. Good places to hang the posters, easily noticed.

(123 words)

 

(d) Name 2 Skills you used AND how you used them   – 15 marks. (175 words)

(8)           Skill areas are 1. Identification/Awareness, 2. Analysis/Evaluation, 3. Communication and 4. Action skills. Check our wordpress notes.

I used the following TWO skills in undertaking my particular task (making posters/Questionnaire/Fundraising):

Creative skills: I had to design the …..

these would catch peoples’ attention.

Decision-making skills: I had to decide on the slogans….  most catchy ones to attract attention.

shape of the posters, irregular shapes.

best locations around the school,

aimed at first year students,   (175 words)

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SECTION 4.   Summary of Information  –   (30 marks)   (Page 298) (131 words)

–  Summary :  Give a summary of your learning,  and 5 pieces of information you found out. …….

(9)          Here are five important pieces of information I found out about the topic of our Project :

1)  Over 200 hampers are made up in the school every Christmas to help the poor of the city. Students bring in food and money to enable this to happen.

2)  In 2015, there were over 5,000 homeless people in Ireland.

3)  Maybe include a graph

4)  Include the findings of all the group

5)

(131 words)

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SECTION 5.    (Page 299)

Reflections   –   (30 marks) (204 words).   Give reasons why these experiences helped to shape your thoughts and opinions.

(10)    Your own views about the Action Project.

Reasons why you arrived at your conclusions.

Make sure your views reflect the Human Rights and Social responsibility dimensions of the CSPE course. Explain how what you have learned could change you for the future, and in particular, in the way you might act.

I had no idea that ……

Just look at how bad we are at …..

I really enjoyed organising …….

It added a great flavour to our awareness….

I was thrilled to get the chance to….

We got on really well together and helped each other out and we were very pleased with our project.

I think the reason why our project was so good was because of our teamwork.

(204 words)

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