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Toolbox Project

Your task: To create a REAL, tangible toolbox that will help you recognize where you can make change and will help you to make that change in regards to the acceptance of difference and the elimination of difference. Many different things can go in your toolbox and there are a number of questions that you need to consider in the creation of your toolbox. Where do I have the power to make real change? Who is in my universe of obligation? What will I need in my toolbox to sustain me when this work gets hard? What will I have in my toolbox that will help me to remember why this work is necessary? What do I have in my toolbox as far as a difference alarm,' to wake me up when I need to do the work?

These are only a few of many questions that you will need to consider as you embark on this project. In addition to the actual toolbox, filled with tools, you must also complete a short writing assignment that explains each of those tools and how you imagine you will use it. Your toolbox should: Be a tangible constructed, creative, 3-dimensional box that is filled with at least 5 items that are your tools. Demonstrate effort, thoughtfulness and insight into our course of study. Clearly and thoughtfully convey the themes (how to create change) we have considered this semester through the tools and possibly the toolbox itself. Be accompanied by a well-written, thoughtful piece of writing that clearly explains the tools found in your toolbox, their meaning to you, and how they will help you in your anti-discrimination work.

Step One : Decide the kind of toolbox that you will build You may choose from one of the toolboxes below: Toolbox for Justice Toolbox for Democracy Toolbox for revolution Toolbox for Responding to Difference Toolbox for Participation Toolbox for Genocide Prevention Toolbox for Social Responsibility Toolbox for Upstanders

Step two: Define key term (focus of the toolbox) Define the purpose of your toolbox. In other words, if you are building a Toolbox for Citizenship you need to be able to define what citizenship means to you. Step three: Identifying tools

Once you have a clear focus for your toolbox, you can begin identifying tools that can help work toward this goal. These tools can be tools that have been used during particular periods of history to achieve this goal. For example, if you are creating a Toolbox for Civil Rights, you might explore what individuals; groups and institutions did during the Civil Rights Movement.

Step four: Building the toolbox After you have a list of potential tools, prioritize by selecting a certain number (5-10) that you can put in your toolbox. For each tool you include you will need to define the tool, explain its purpose, provide evidence of its usefulness, and describe how it might be used effectively. You can also present cautions or warnings for how the tool could be misused. Step six: Sharing toolboxes You will showcase your toolboxe to the whole class, as an oral presentations. Presentations will take place on the following days for the following classes: Period 3: June 17 and June 20 Period 4: Day of final Period 5: Day of Final Period 6: June 17 and June 20
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Step seven: Debriefing and building new knowledge what tools are the most popular? Why might that be the case? what stands out to them about a particular toolbox? what questions do the toolboxes raise for them? Which tools seem most accessible? To whom? Who might not have access to these tools? Why? which tools seem out of their reach at the moment and what could be done to gain access to them? After viewing other toolboxes, what changes, if any, would they make to their own?