Asthma in Harlem

Renee Jones

rjones@uafutureleaders.com

 

 

INTRODUCTION:

Asthma is a condition in which your airways narrow and swell and produce extra mucus. It can make breathing difficult and trigger coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath. Studies have found that since 2003, one in every four children in Central Harlem has asthma. Doctors say that this is one of the highest rates ever documented for an American neighborhood.

 

 

TASK:

Your teacher will place you in a group with three other classmates in order to complete this project. Every student will read two articles on Asthma and they will analyze these articles in their groups. This background information will help you to complete your group public policy analyst worksheets. In your group, you will research the signs and symptoms of asthma and evaluate its occurrence rate in Harlem. You will also research services and medications that are available to Harlem residence and where these services are located. You will also research the cost for the City of New York to help fund programs to inform. You will be graded based on the attached rubric. Your end product will be a power point presentation that will show the above information.

 

 

PROCESS:

Step One:

Define the problem:

You have been given the problem Asthma in Harlem. You will fill out the worksheet with the problem.

Worksheet one

 

Step Two:

Gather Evidence

Your group will look at the three articles provided and analyze each one. Each group member will be responsible for giving information about one article to each group member.

Worksheet two

 

Step Three:

Identify the causes of the problem

Your group will identify some of the causes of asthma in Harlem.

Worksheet three

 

Step Four:

Evaluate an existing policy

Your group will look at the policies that are in place for dealing with the high increase in cases of asthma in Harlem.

Worksheet four

 

Step Five:

Develop Solutions

Your group will develop two solutions for the problems that exist with asthma in Harlem.

Worksheet five

 

Step Six:

Select the best public policy solution

After your group has picked two solutions, decide which is the best policy that will help residents in Harlem.

Worksheet six

 

 

RESOURCES

         Article One

         Article two

         Article Three

         New Yorks Action Against Asthma

         Asthma information NYS Department of Health

         How does NY rank for asthma and allergy policies?

 

 

EVALUATION:

Rubric

 

 

Not Attempted

0 pts

Attempted

1 pts

Limited

2 pts

Proficient

3 pts

Distinguished

4 pts

Score

(N/A)

Content - Accuracy

6 pts

Not Attempted

 

The topic is minimally covered with few to no details or no presentation.

Attempted

 

Content is typically confusing and may contain more than one factual error. Some content is relevant to the student topic.

Limited

 

The content is generally accurate, but one part is clearly inaccurate.

Most content is relevant to the student topic, which is covered with some details.

Proficient

 

Most of the content is accurate. One section may be incorrect. All content is relevant to the student topic. Topic mostly covered with only a few details lacking.

Distinguished

 

All content is accurate, relevant to the topic, and concise. No factual errors.

Score

 

 

Length of Presentation

1 pts

Not Attempted

 

No presentation.

Attempted

 

Presentation not sufficient to present adequate information.

 

Less than 5informationalslides.

Limited

 

Presentation barely covers the topic's subject matter.

 

 

Includes title slide, sources slide and 5-7 informational slides.

Proficient

 

Presentation covers the topic's subject matter.

 

Includes title slide, sources slide and 8-9 informational slides.

Distinguished

 

Presentation covers the topic in great detail.

 

Includes 1 title slide, 1 sources slide and at least 10 informational slides.

Score

 

 

Effectiveness

3 pts

Not Attempted

 

Presentation is completely ineffective or no presentation.

Attempted

 

Several visuals are unappealing, missing, or not applicable to presentation.

Limited

 

Presentation is missing a large quantity of vital information. Graphics are basic.

Proficient

 

Presentation includes most information needed. Graphics are relevant to the topic's subject matter.

Distinguished

 

Presentation includes all required elements and graphics and provides a comprehensive understanding of the topic.

Score

 

 

Spelling and Grammar

1 pts

Not Attempted

 

Presentation has many grammatical errors.

Attempted

 

Presentation has more than 2 grammatical/spelling errors.

Limited

 

Presentation has 1-2 grammatical errors, but no misspellings.

Proficient

 

Presentation has 1-2 misspellings, but no grammatical errors.

Distinguished

 

Presentation is grammatically correct and has no misspellings.

Score

 

 

Originality

2 pts

Not Attempted

 

Completely plagiarized.

Attempted

 

Presentation is a direct copy of other people's ideas and/or graphics and shows very little attempt at original thought.

Limited

 

Presentation shows an attempt at originality and inventiveness.

Proficient

 

Presentation shows some originality and inventiveness. The content and ideas are presented in an interesting way, without plagiarism.

Distinguished

 

Presentation shows considerable originality. The content and ideas are presented in a unique and interesting way, without plagiarism.

Score

 

 

Organization

3 pts

Not Attempted

 

No organization. Audience cannot follow presentation. Speaker is all over the place.

Attempted

 

An attempt at organization, but still very difficult to follow.

Limited

 

Student presents information in a logical sequence which audience can follow.

Proficient

 

Student presents information in logical, interesting sequence which audience can follow.

Distinguished

 

 

Score

 

 

Appearance

2 pts

Not Attempted

 

Background makes it difficult to see text or competes with other graphics on the page.

Too much info to read on slide.

Graphics/animations compete with content.

Attempted

 

Background slightly distracting. Too much information on page or graphics compete with content.

Limited

 

Background does not detract from text or graphics. Too much info on page or graphics compete with content.

Proficient

 

Background does not detract from text or other graphics.

Appropriate amount of text on slide.

Graphics/animations enhance content.

Distinguished

 

 

Score

 

 

Content Knowledge

6 pts

Not Attempted

 

Student does not have grasp of information; student cannot answer questions about subject.

Attempted

 

Student is uncomfortable with information and is able to answer only rudimentary questions.

Limited

 

Student is at ease with content, but fails to elaborate.

Proficient

 

Student demonstrates full knowledge with explanations and elaboration.

Distinguished

 

 

Score

 

 

Delivery

1 pts

Not Attempted

 

Student mumbles, incorrectly pronounces terms, and speaks too quietly for students in the back of class to hear.

Attempted

 

Student incorrectly pronounces terms. Audience members have difficulty hearing presentation.

Limited

 

Student's voice is clear. Student pronounces most words correctly.

Proficient

 

Student used a clear voice and correct, precise pronunciation of terms.

Distinguished

 

 

Score

 

 

 

 

CONCLUSION:

Your teams effort will be very important. There is an increase in the need of awareness of the problem of asthma in Harlem. Many children in Harlem are affected by Asthma in their social, emotional, and physical health. The research you do will be helpful in giving knowledge to our school community and outside agencies as well.

 

 

STANDARDS:

E1c Reads, understands and produces written and oral work.

E3b The student participates in group meetings.

E3c The student prepares and delivers a group presentation.

E4b The student analyzes and revises the work to make it suitable for the audience.

S3e The student practices natural resource management.

S5f Students work individually and in teams to collect and share information and ideas.

S7e Students communicates in a form suited for the audience.

A2a Student makes an oral presentation of project plan.

A2c Student develops a multi-media presentation.