Each case study presented in this unit plan ends with a culminating position paper. As discussed on pages three and four, students are required to formulate a three to five page typed-written paper that supports their own particular policy position. Students must use both the reading material supplied for the case study as well as arguments developed during class discussion/debate. The papers will be evaluated based upon rubric that incorporates modified performance standards developed for the interdisciplinary segment of the Connecticut Academic Performance Test (CAPT) and the Advanced Placement examination in United States History (See sample rubric on page 4).
In the Somalia case, the question for consideration would be “should the United States work with the United Nations to send troops in order provide protection for relief efforts and aid workers in Somalia?” Students are expected to use relevant supporting information from at least three of the cases sources to support their position. In addition students should use their class discussion notes as a resource for analyzing the strengths and weaknesses of other positions presented. As a part of the culminating activity, I plan to take one final class period to show the PBS video
Ambush in Mogadishu
The documentary video incorporates interviews with both American and Somalis who participated in the October 3, 1993 battle. It also analyzes the mistakes and problems associated with the mission from the viewpoints of American diplomats, military leaders and United Nations personnel.