as i express myself, how will my

message spread ?

You can engage your students in the following activities in order to help them think about how to use their voice to spread messages or ideas with the aim of raising awareness about an issue that matters to them, changing the conversation people typically have about this issue, and/or mobilizing others to get involved.


Activity 1: Questions for Change Makers

(30-45 minutes)


First, have your students identify a civic issue or topic that is of concern to them and their community. They can draw on the list of issues surfaced in the Introductory Module or in Question 1 of this Module. You could have students work in pairs or in small groups. With that issue in mind, have students read through and answer the questions below imagining what they might do to raise their voices and respond to this issue.

Depending on the age and level of your students, you could do a practice round by going through one or two of the questions and answering them as a whole class. You could also spend some time highlighting and unpacking complex vocabulary.

For the purposes of this activity, we suggested focusing in on a few questions. However, if you would like your students to dig in more deeply you can have them explore all 10 Questions for Change Makers by exploring the following website: https://yppactionframe.fas.harvard.edu/.

Excerpted from the YPP Action Frame: https://yppactionframe.fas.harvard.edu/

Click here to download this exercise as a PDF.

You could then have students share their ideas with another pair or group and gather feedback. For example, students could listen to their peers ideas and then share back one idea they think is strong and one suggestion they have that they think will strengthen the other group’s ideas.


Extension Idea:

After students reflect on the 10 Questions, you could ask them to complete one step in the plan/process they outlined in the activity above. For example, students could share information about the issue on Twitter or Facebook in order to raise awareness.

You could also use the ideas students generated from answering the 10 Questions and move into the Action Module. Students can then complete those activities thinking about the same issue and the same ideas they reflected on in the activity above.

© 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.