Devon Day of Wilson Classical High School in Long Beach, CA recently sent us some of their own suggestions to help students choose a focus for the contest. This year’s topic centers on how the stories and life lessons of women partisans can inspire people today to make the world a better place.
Devon teaches Film Analysis to 150 students and is incorporating the contest into her curriculum. She asked a think tank of women activists to help her brainstorm resources and examples her students could use as inspiration in connecting the experiences of women partisans to contemporary subjects. Here are some key contemporary issues that the think tank came up with:
- Modern resistance movements, particularly people resisting and fighting back against genocide
- Contemporary women’s struggles for rights and civil liberties
- Overcoming traditional gender roles (particularly women in the military)
- Resisting/surviving sexual harassment and assault
- Standing up to bullies and bullying
- Risking your safety to helping others in need
Resources that could help inspire essayists include:
- CNN heroes list — everyday people who stepped up to make a difference
- Includes a profile of three impressive projects started by young people
- President Obama’s anti-bullying initiative
- Education as a form of resistance, such as Finland’s school reforms
We look forward to reading all of the contest entries and wish your students good luck!