—Make sure your essay is: Double-spaced. 12 point font. Around 2 -3 pages. Revised several times to make your essay concise and showcase your civic responsibility skills and democratic point of view. (10 points)
-First Paragraph: Research a bit to find a quote from someone you look up to as a guide for how to live your life. This person should be a positive person, past or present, not necessarily an educator, but someone who made or makes a difference in the world. Describe how they made a positive impact on others and how they improved others’ lives in some way. Analyze the quote to show how your understanding of what they said and provide an example of your own, on how that quote applies to your life. (20 points)
-Second Paragraph: Research a bit and identify a recent societal issue that impacts the lives of underserved, marginalized, and/or underrepresented populations. After describing the issue and who is impacted, interpret the issue by explaining why it impacts this group. Mention some ways to help alleviate the burden felt by the targeted population. Make sure to relate the issue to the COVID-19 crises and racial justice in order to ensure your reflection is current. The social issue you focus on may very well be these two underlined items! (20 points)
-Third Paragraph: How does the event make you feel? How does it inspire you to pursue a career as a classroom teacher or other professional role that works with students, their families, or community? How do you want to live your life as a response to what is going on today? Provide an example of how you have a democratic, fair perspective. How do you avoid prejudice and recognize your own biases? (We all have them). (20 points)
—Research a bit to support your ideas above with another quote from a person who inspires you by the way they live their life. Analyze the quote and describe your interpretation. A good reflection essay may include at least three quotes (or more, depending upon how you’re using the quotes). (20 points)
-Outside research is required to identify the societal issue, how it is described in a scholarly way, and to identify quotes from the people who inspire you to make a difference in the world. (10 points).