© 2018 by the MacArthur Research Network on Youth and Participatory Politics

Students explore their identities and communities, identify civic issues that matter to them, and consider how they might use digital media for civic participation.

Students work to understand and analyze civic information online, and consider what information they

can trust.

Students navigate diverse perspectives and exchange ideas about civic issues in our inter-connected world .

Students consider how, when and to what end they can create, remix and otherwise re-purpose content that they share with others in online spaces.

Students consider a broad range of tactics and strategies for acting on civic issues. 

ACTION

RESPOND TO ISSUES YOU CARE ABOUT,
EXTEND YOUR DEFINITION OF CIVIC ACTION
IN THE DIGITAL AGE

QUESTION four:

how do we determine a course of action using social media?

Activity 2: Taking Action Project

(Several weeks)

 

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: