helping families

helping families


Material Artifact: Improving Education; Helping Families

Summary:  In at least 300 words, write a formative analysis of the lessons from this week to create a cohesive understanding of the social problems that exist within educational, economic, and familial institutions.  Think about how educational, economic and familial institutions overlap and impact each other–both in creating and maintaining inequities, but also how important this overlap is in addressing them.

Material Artifact: After you have formulated an understanding of the social problems that persist in educational and family institutions, make sure to end your post with a material artifact that expresses concrete ways that change is happening, locally, nationally, globally, to address these social problems (again, think about the overlap between these social institutions). 


Checklist (Rubric) for End-of-Week Discussions


Check if complete

Points (20 Total)

My discussion has an intro, that broadly tells the reader what I am going to tell them about in the body of my discussion.


I have unpacked the lessons throughout the week with a focus on defining the social problem we explored and how we know it is a social problem (objectively or subjectively) 


I have brought in at least three class materials we have read or watched to unpack the social problem we are exploring.

After unpacking the social problem we are exploring, I have provided a tangible (real-life) example of how one aspect (narrowed down) of the social problem we are focusing on is being addressed in society (locally, regionally, or nationally).  When presenting my tangible example of social problem work, I describe thoroughly why I chose to highlight this specific example.


My material artifact provides a material understanding, which can include an analysis of a news articles, poetry, lyrics to a song, analysis of a book, conversation you had with an elder or community member, an observation of a local organization, non-governmental or non-profit organizations, or a social movement, etc. If necessary I have linked readers to websites and/or even uploaded pictures (of say a brochures or billboards).

I end my discussion with a conclusion that summarizes for the reader what I have unpacked in the body of my discussion.


I have thoroughly and thoughtfully responded to at least two other students’ posts.



My discussion post is at least 300-words in length, not including my works cited section at the end of my post.


I have incorporated at least three readings from our weekly lessons and have cited them, and anything else referenced, both in-text and in my works cited section.  The resources I use are formatted using a citation format of choice (APA, MLA, ASA, Chicago, etc.).