The purpose of this lesson is to have students focus on what civic responsibility is all about and to come up with an action which expresses civic responsibility. The lesson involves several components:
–reflecting on civic responsibility
–reflecting on local problems and their causes
–becoming aware of who is already helping
–brainstorming ways in which they as a class can help
–deciding on an action to meet the need.
• Students will identify a specific local need
• Students will brainstorm ways to meet the need
• Students will choose actions to meet the need
• Handout on “Taking Action in Our Community” from The Complete Guide to Service Learning by Cathryn Berger Kaye, p. 34
• Poster paper and colored pens
1. Distribute a quote card to every student. Have students share quotes with one another. Debrief the experience: What struck you? What did you learn?
2. Brainstorm local problems and causes of these problems.
3. Say, “Let’s look at these problems and see how we can take action.” Distribute handout “Taking Action in Our Community.” Divide students into groups of 3 or 4 and have them work on the handout.
4. Have each group write out in brief form its response to Steps 1, 2, 3 on poster paper and display it around the room.
5. Have each group share Steps 1, 2, 3.
6. Have each group decide on what it should do to find out more and how it will report it back to the class.
2nd Class Period
1. Each group shares on what it has found out more about the problems.
2. Each group works on Step 4 and writes out in brief form its response to Step 4 on poster paper and displays it around the room and then shares.
3. The class discusses Step 4.
4. The class moves to a decision on the action and the plan.
5. The class celebrates its decision and plan.
6. The class decides how it will monitor the execution of the plan.
• Poster paper summary
• Group reports
• Evaluation of implementation of the plan
Extensions and Adaptations
Related Links and Resources
Kaye, C.B. The Complete Guide to Service Learning: Proven, practical ways to engage students in civic responsibility, academic curriculum, and social action. Minneapolis, MN: Free Spirit Publishing, Inc., 2004.