RESPOND TO ISSUES YOU CARE ABOUT,
EXTEND YOUR DEFINITION OF CIVIC ACTION
IN THE DIGITAL AGE
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Activity 2: Taking Action Project
If you are interested in engaging your students in an in-depth action project, you can draw on the activities laid out by Matthew Colley, a high school teacher from Oakland, CA. In describing the project, Matt writes: “In my ninth grade English and History block class, the year ends with a six-week-long Taking Action Project. This project asks students to research a contemporary problem in our society that concerns them, develop an action step to address the problem in some way, implement that action step, and then reflect on the whole process and share their work with their classmates.”
In these lessons, he leads students through the following process:
Step 1: Historical Research
Step 2: Contemporary Research
Step 3: Action Plan Brainstorm & Presentation and Oral Defense
Step 4: Implementation
Step 5: Individual Reflection
Step 6: Group Presentation
To learn more about these steps and find links to various resources, you can read Matt’s blog on the Teaching Channel: Teaching for Civic Engagement: Taking Action Project.
You can also watch a video of one piece of this project where students are reflecting on their contemporary research and wrestling with the root causes of the issues they are focusing on:
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