Using Language to Persuade
Issue: Violence is never justified as a form of public protest
In the SAC for this unit, you will need to write a response to the prompt, "Violence is never justified as a form of public protest". In class, we will look at a number of different sources to help you create your response, including videos and newspaper articles on the London riots and information about Nelson Mandela and Gandhi.

SAC Sheet






Note: Information about the Oral SAC due Week 1 of Term 4 can be found in "Context - Masculinity in Australia" on the left hand sidebar.

What you need to do for this unit


1. Create a KWL describing what do you already know and want to know about the London riots, considering - due Wed 31 Aug
    • How did it begin?
    • What happened during the riots?
    • What were the underlying causes?
    • Was anyone killed/injured?

What do I already know?
What do I want to know?
What have I learnt?



2. Read the "Anarchy in the UK" Handout and answer the following questions: (due Thursday 1 September)
  • What were some of the acts of destruction that occurred during the London riots?
  • Choose one of the witnesses in the handout and explain what happened to them and how they described the riots

3. Read the "What caused the London riots?" Handout and answer the following questions (due Thursday 1 September)
  • Explain in your own words how each of these five causes led to the riots (one sentence for each cause)
  • Explain which cause you think was the most important cause of the riots, and why (at least one paragraph)



4. Read "Panic on the Streets of London" and answer the following questions: (due Monday 5 September)
    • How does the author describe the riots?
    • Why does she think that people riot generally?
    • Why does she think people are rioting in London?
    • Do you agree? Why/ why not?
    • Read the statement of the young man (in italics on page 1). What is his meaning?
    • Do you agree? Why/ why not?



5. Read "Look Behind the Crime to See Its Causes" and answer the following questions:
(due Monday 5 September)
    • Why does the author say that the kids want to smash up "their own" streets? Use two quotes to support your response.
    • What do you think the author believes are the two most important causes of the riots? Use a quote to support your response.
    • What were the other contributing factors? Find a quote to support your response.
    • After reading this article, and the others we have looked at so far, what do you think was the major cause of the riots?



6. Read "PM vows a moral renewal" and answer the following questions:
(due Monday 5 September)
    • What does the Prime Minister David Cameron believe are the major causes of the riots? Include one quote in your response
    • What is his proposed solution? Include a quote in your response.
    • Do you agree with his explanation of the causes? Why/why not?



7. Read "Rioters Show" and answer the following questions:
(due Monday 5 September)
    • Why do you think the author, Andrew Bolt, calls the 1400 rioters evidence? What are they evidence of?
    • What do you think Bolt believes is a major cause of the riots? Provide evidence (a quote or some of the stories he tells) to support your response.
    • Do you agree? Why/why not?



8. Read "Violence Never Has and Never WIll Be the Answer" and answer the following questions (due Wednesday 7 September):

    1. How does the author describe how the London Riots began?
    2. Do you think the author understands how the rioters are feeling?
    3. How did the author respond to being stabbed in the chest? Do you agree with his response?
    4. Why do you think the author advocates (argues for) non violence?



9. Extended Writing Task (due Friday 9 September). Write 400 words total answering the following three questions:
    1. To what extent were the London riots a protest? (Do you think that the riots were a protest or opportunistic looting? Why?)
    2. If they were a protest, what was the protest about? (What were the protesters angry about, or what did they hope to achieve?)
    3. To what extent was the violence justified by the goals? Justify your decision. (Do you think the violence was justified, not justified, or partly justified? Why?)

10. Read "The Sad Truth Behind The London Riot" and answer the following questions:(due Thursday 8 September)
    1. How does the rioter respond when asked "is rioting the correct way to express your discontent?" Do you agree? Why/why not?
    2. What does the author believe caused the riots?
    3. How would you answer the author's final question?


11. Read "Love Walls" and answer the following questions (due Thursday 8 September):
    1. What are the "love walls"?
    2. Why do you think the people of London and Tottenham have chosen to create and contribute to the love walls?
    3. How might the love walls help to address some of the problems in the community?
    4. Why do you think people need to "physically turn up to share or express their emotions?"



12. Read "Behind the Riots" and answer the following questions (due Friday 9 September)
  1. How does the author describe the beginning of the riots? (How does he think it started?)
  2. What did interviewees identify as ‘root issues’ or causes of the riots? (Paragraph 5)
  3. Why was anger directed at police?
  4. What were the two causes of the riots mentioned in paragraph 8 and 9?


13. Read "Non Violence" and complete the Advantages and Disadvantages table: (due Monday September 12)


Violence
Non-Violence
Advantages
Disadvantages
Advantages
Disadvantages





14. Read "When do Protests Go Overboard" and "Is Violent Protest Wrong" and answer the following questions (Due Monday September 12)
    1. Is violence against property justified? Why/why not?
    2. What are the arguments that the Sea Shepherd is justified? What are the arguments that they are not?
    3. Add to your advantages/disadvantages table.



15. Read the "How Far" Handout and complete the three tasks in the handout - due Friday 16 September



16. Complete the essay planning sheet and draft your introduction - due Wednesday 21 September (if not completed by this date you will be asked to stay back)



Extension Tasks


(Optional, but encouraged)
  • Read "Rioters all over the shop" and answer the following question: To what extent does the author believe the riots are caused by political causes/problems in society? Provide evidence to support your response (at least two paragraphs)



Lesson 1: Monday 29 August


  • Create a KWL describing what do you already know and want to know about the London riots, considering
    • How did it begin?
    • What happened during the riots?
    • What were the underlying causes?
    • Was anyone killed/injured?

What do I already know?
What do I want to know?
What have I learnt?




Watch the video below:


Lesson 2: Wednesday 31 August


  • Students individually answered the following questions:
    • What were some of the acts of destruction that occurred during the London riots?
    • Choose one of the witnesses in the handout and explain what happened to them and how they described the riots.
  • As a class, we read the "What caused the London riots?" Handout

  • Individually, students completed the following tasks:
    • Explain in your own words how each of these five causes led to the riots (one sentence for each paragraph)
    • Explain which cause you think was the most important cause of the riots, and why (at least one paragraph)

Lesson 3: Thursday 1 September

  • As a class, we went over the questions for the "Anarchy in the UK" and the "What caused the London Riots" Handouts
  • As a class we read "Panic on the Streets of London"
  • Individually students answered the following questions:
    • How does the author describe the riots?
    • Why does she think that people riot generally?
    • Why does she think people are rioting in London?
    • Do you agree? Why/ why not?
    • Read the statement of the young man (in italics on page 1). What is his meaning?
    • Do you agree? Why/ why not?


Lesson 4 and 5: Friday 2 September

  • As a class, we read and discussed "Look Behind the Crime to See Its Causes". Individually, students answered the following questions:
    • Why does the author say that the kids want to smash up "their own" streets? Use two quotes to support your response.
    • What do you think the author believes are the two most important causes of the riots? Use a quote to support your response.
    • What were the other contributing factors? Find a quote to support your response.
    • After reading this article, and the others we have looked at so far, what do you think was the major cause of the riots?
  • As a class, we read and discussed "PM vows a moral renewal". Individually, students answered the following questions:
    • What does the Prime Minister David Cameron believe are the major causes of the riots? Include one quote in your response
    • What is his proposed solution? Include a quote in your response.
    • Do you agree with his explanation of the causes? Why/why not?
  • Individually, students read "Rioters Show" and answered the following questions:
    • Why do you think the author, Andrew Bolt, calls the 1400 rioters evidence? What are they evidence of?
    • What do you think Bolt believes is a major cause of the riots? Provide evidence (a quote or some of the stories he tells) to support your response.
    • Do you agree? Why/why not?
  • Extension: Read "Rioters all over the shop" and answer the following question: To what extent does the author believe the riots are caused by political causes/problems in society? Provide evidence to support your response (at least two paragraphs)


Lesson 6: Monday September 5

  • As a class, we read "Violence Never Has and Never WIll Be the Answer". Individually, students completed the following questions:
    • How does the author describe how the London Riots began?
    • Do you think the author understands how the rioters are feeling?
    • How did the author respond to being stabbed in the chest? Do you agree with his response?
    • Why do you think the author advocates (argues for) non violence?

  • Students completed a 400 word extended response answering the questions:
    1. To what extent were the London riots a protest? (Do you think that the riots were a protest or opportunistic looting? Why?)
    2. If they were a protest, what was the protest about? (What were the protesters angry about, or what did they hope to achieve?)
    3. To what extent was the violence justified by the goals? Justify your decision. (Do you think the violence was justified, not justified, or partly justified? Why?)

Lesson 7: Wednesday September 7

  • Students read "The Sad Truth Behind The London Riot" and answered the following questions
    • How does the rioter respond when asked "is rioting the correct way to express your discontent?" Do you agree? Why/why not?
    • What does the author believe caused the riots?
    • How would you answer the author's final question?
  • Students read "Love Walls" and answered the following questions:
    • What are the "love walls"?
    • Why do you think the people of London and Tottenham have chosen to create and contribute to the love walls?
    • How might the love walls help to address some of the problems in the community?
    • Why do you think people need to "physically turn up to share or express their emotions?"


Lesson 8: Thursday September 8

  • Students read "Behind the Riots" and answered the following questions:
    • How does the author describe the beginning of the riots? (How does he think it started?)
    • What did interviewees identify as ‘root issues’ or causes of the riots? (Paragraph 5)
    • Why was anger directed at police?
    • What were the two causes of the riots mentioned in paragraph 8 and 9?


Lesson 9 and 10: Friday 9 September

  • As a class, we discussed the answers to the Extended Response Task
    • To what extent were the London riots a protest? (Do you think that the riots were a protest or opportunistic looting? Why?)
    • If they were a protest, what was the protest about? (What were the protesters angry about, or what did they hope to achieve?)
    • To what extent was the violence justified by the goals? Justify your decision. (Do you think the violence was justified, not justified, or partly justified? Why?)
  • As a class, we read "Non Violence".

  • Individually, students completed the following Advantages and Disadvantages table:
Violence
Non-Violence
Advantages
Disadvantages
Advantages
Disadvantages





  • Homework: Read "When do Protests Go Overboard" and "Is Violent Protest Wrong" and answer the following questions
    1. Is violence against property justified? Why/why not?
    2. What are the arguments that the Sea Shepherd is justified? What are the arguments that they are not?
    3. Add to your advantages/disadvantages table.



Lesson 11: Monday 12 September

  • As a class, we watched "A Century of Non Violent Conflict" which explained why and how protestors used non violence against segregation in America in the 1950s and 1960s
  • Individually, students began to complete the "How Far" Handout Tasks



Lesson 12 and 13: Wednesday 14 September and Thursday 15 September

  • Please note: I will be absent on Wednesday 14 September and Thursday 15 September.
  • Use this time to read the "How Far" Handout and to complete the three tasks outlined in the handout - Due Friday 16 September



Lesson 14 and 15: Friday 16 September

  • As a class, we discussed how to write a persuasive essay and how to use the persuasive techniques in this handout in your writing.
  • Individually, students completed a survey on when violence was justified as a form of public protest
  • As a class, we discussed and debated when violence might be justified as a form of public protest.
  • SAC Sheet handed out




Lesson 16: Monday 17 September

  • As a class, we went through the SAC Preparation powerpoint.
  • For Wednesday's lesson, make sure you complete your essay plan on the planning sheet below, writing your introduction on the back. Students who do not complete this task by Wednesday's lesson will be asked to stay back on Thursday. Forgetting your sheet will be considered as not completing the task.
  • As a class, we discussed the Oral SAC which will be due in Week 1 of Term 4, and brainstormed what is considered masculine, what is considered feminine and what is considered metrosexual.



Lesson 17: Wednesday 18 September

  • As a class, we went through SAC preparation

Lesson 18 and 19: Friday 20 September

  • Students completed the Using Language to Persuade SAC

Resources








Videos


Anger over Tottenham shooting: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-14434610

Danger in Tottenham: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-14434771

Fire in Enfield: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-14436499

Prime Minister pledges to mend broken society: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-14527902

Response to PM: http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/video/2011/aug/15/ed-miliband-cameron-riots-video?INTCMP=ILCNETTXT3486

NBC World Blog: http://worldblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/08/07/7292281-the-sad-truth-behind-london-riot

Three men killed by hit and run: http://www.ukriots.org/three-men-killed-in-birmingham-riots-while-protecting-property/

Why I rioted: http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/video/2011/sep/05/why-i-rioted-video

The Hackney Heroine: http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2011/aug/22/why-hackney-heroine-confronted-rioters?intcmp=239

Gandhi and Non Violence: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TkHTbkPoEQ8

Links


Before and after images of the riots: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-14461868

Images of the riots' spread: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-14471098

What happened to rioters in court: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-14504294

An interesting theory: http://theweek.com/article/index/218318/did-solar-flares-cause-the-london-riots

A photographic look at the riots, as well as some public opinion: http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2011/08/london_riots.html

Triple J's Hack coverage: http://www.abc.net.au/triplej/hack/stories/s3289553.htm

Rueters Press: Analysis London riots point to wider risks of youth unrest: http://uk.reuters.com/article/2011/08/09/uk-britain-unrest-youth-idUKTRE7783G720110809

The Independent: http://blogs.independent.co.uk/2011/08/09/london-riots-looking-beyond-the-looting/

Restoration:http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/belief/2011/aug/30/riots-tariq-johan-faith