US Conference for Catholic Bishops

2016 Contest Theme: "Caring for God's Creation"
  1. Learn about Poverty in the U.S. and CCHD’s response.
  2. Integrate new knowledge and findings.
  3. Create your multimedia work.
  4. Use your work to teach others.

The contest is designed to be used across disciplines and is evaluated on two components: the creativity of the work, and the essay answers submitted with the work to demonstrate proper understanding of how we are called to respond as disciples of Jesus when people are living in poverty in our communities.

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What criteria are used to judge entries?

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  1. Reflect artistic skill and creativity.
  2. Exhibit an understanding of the root causes of poverty in the U.S., not just the symptoms. It should be clear that the artist understands that in addition to charitable works, work for social justice is needed to address the causes of problems faced by people living in poverty.
  3. Portray people living in poverty as empowered persons capable of leading efforts for change in community as opposed to portrayal as victims.
  4. Illustrate that action to confront poverty in the U.S. is a response to our faith and the values of Catholic social teaching.
  5. Exhibit learning about CCHD's work and mission.

Step 1

Reflect on and answer the following questions in an essay:
  1. What is the poverty rate in your state? In your county? Does this surprise you?
  2. What are the ways that you show love and walk humbly in your life with God?
  3. How does CCHD show their work for justice? Why does CCHD believe it is important for local groups or communities to be involved in the issues affecting the daily lives of people living in poverty?
  4. What is a good example of a charitable organization in your county or state? What do they do? How are they providing charity in your community?
  5. What is a good example of a social justice organization in your county or state? What do they do to provide social justice to the people they server?

Step 1 Rubric from Ms. Whitaker for each of the paragraphs.

4 Points
3 Points
2 Points
1 Point
Topic Sentence
Main topic is clearly stated in a complete opening sentence with correct sentence structure.
Main topic is stated in an opening sentence but sentence structure is not correct.
Main topic is not clearly stated but sentence structure is correct.
Main topic is not clearly stated. Sentence structure is not correct.
Organization
Paragraph has detail sentences in a logical order and a concluding sentence.
Paragraph is missing concluding sentence. Details are in a logical order.
Paragraph is missing concluding sentence. Most details are in a logical order.
Paragraph is concluding sentence and the details are not in a logical order.
Clarity
Everything was clearly explained. After reading the paragraph, I had no questions about the information presented.
Most of the information was clearly explained. I had only one question about the information presented.
I had a hard time understanding what the paragraph meant. I had two or more questions about information presented.
I did not understand the paragraph.
Mechanics
Paragraph has no errors in punctuation, capitalization, spelling, or sentence structure.
Paragraph has 1-5 errors in punctuation, capitalization, spelling, or sentence structure.
Paragraph has 6-10 errors in punctuation, capitalization, spelling, or sentence structure.
Paragraph has more than 10 errors in punctuation, capitalization, spelling, or sentence structure.





Step 2

  1. Multimedia product: Entries ANY music, photos or videos must have all accompanying permission forms attached to the Entry Form in order to be considered for judging. (This includes photos, songs, people, etc featured in any way from the Internet.)
  2. Multimedia project for ICS will include the use of Animoto. (View examples of previous grade 8 classwork using Animoto: Representing Seven Spiritual Works of Mercy
  • Examples of multimedia eligible for the national contest: videos, photos, Powerpoint presentations, paintings, drawings, dramas, poems, sculptures, stories, and songs.

Step 3 - From the class assignments here at ICS, some will be submitted to the CCHD national contest.