Encouraging Students to Take Action

Grades 9-12 / Social Studies / Civic Engagement
CCSS: ELA.RH.9-10.3 ELA.SL.9-10.1a ELA.SL.9-10.1c

Common Core State Standards

ELA

English Language Arts

RH

Reading Standards for Literacy in History/Social Studies 6-12

9-10

9th & 10th Grades

3

Analyze in detail a series of events described in a text; determine whether earlier events caused later ones or simply preceded them.

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Common Core State Standards

ELA

English Language Arts

SL

Speaking and Listening Standards 6-€“12

9-10

9th & 10th Grades

1a

Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 9-€“10 topics, texts, and issues, building on others'€™ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.

a. Come to discussions prepared, having read and researched material under study; explicitly draw on that preparation by referring to evidence from texts and other research on the topic or issue to stimulate a thoughtful, well-reasoned exchange of ideas.

b. Work with peers to set rules for collegial discussions and decision-making (e.g., informal consensus, taking votes on key issues, presentation of alternate views), clear goals and deadlines, and individual roles as needed.

c. Propel conversations by posing and responding to questions that relate the current discussion to broader themes or larger ideas; actively incorporate others into the discussion; and clarify, verify, or challenge ideas and conclusions.

d. Respond thoughtfully to diverse perspectives, summarize points of agreement and disagreement, and, when warranted, qualify or justify their own views and understanding and make new connections in light of the evidence and reasoning presented.

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Common Core State Standards

ELA

English Language Arts

SL

Speaking and Listening Standards 6-12

9-10

9th & 10th Grades

1c

Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 9-10 topics, texts, and issues, building on others'€™ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.

a. Come to discussions prepared, having read and researched material under study; explicitly draw on that preparation by referring to evidence from texts and other research on the topic or issue to stimulate a thoughtful, well-reasoned exchange of ideas.

b. Work with peers to set rules for collegial discussions and decision-making (e.g., informal consensus, taking votes on key issues, presentation of alternate views), clear goals and deadlines, and individual roles as needed.

c. Propel conversations by posing and responding to questions that relate the current discussion to broader themes or larger ideas; actively incorporate others into the discussion; and clarify, verify, or challenge ideas and conclusions.

d. Respond thoughtfully to diverse perspectives, summarize points of agreement and disagreement, and, when warranted, qualify or justify their own views and understanding and make new connections in light of the evidence and reasoning presented.

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Lesson Objective

Work in small groups to research and plan an action project

Length

9 min

Questions to Consider

  • What are the benefits of having students choose their own research topics?
  • How does the tree diagram help students think about root causes and effects of the contemporary problems they're researching?
  • How do civic engagement lessons prepare students for their futures?

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Common Core Standards
ELA.RH.9-10.3, ELA.SL.9-10.1a, ELA.SL.9-10.1c

Supporting Materials

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  • Encouraging Students to Take Action Transcript

  • Lesson Plan: Tree Group.PDF

  • Worksheet: Tree Outline.PDF

  • Handouts: Taking Action Assignment Sheet.PDF

  • Handouts: Taking Action Project Rubric.PDF

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