Grades 6-8Grades 9-12 Kentucky

Civic Action Project

This inquiry leads students through an investigation of how they can make an impact on their community. By investigating the compelling question, students examine an issue that is important to them, assess what can be done to help with the issue, plan ways they can take action on their issue, and evaluate potential challenges. By completing this inquiry, students begin to understand ways in which they can be citizens and take informed action in meaningful ways.

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Compelling Question:

How will I make a change?

Staging the Question:

Students determine an issue or problem that is of interest to them.

Supporting Question What do people need to know about my issue/problem?

Formative Task Create a list of things people should know about your issue/problem.

Sources Source A: Scholastic News
Source B: Time for Kids
Source C: Newsela


Supporting Question What can be done about my issue/problem?

Formative Task Decide how people can address your issue/problem.

Sources See previous sources.


Supporting Question What can I do about my issue/problem?

Formative Task Construct an argument and plan to act using at least one claim and piece of evidence from the inquiry

Sources See previous sources.


Supporting Question What challenges could I face?

Formative Task Evaluate possible challenges you may face and create a claim to add to your argument.

Sources See previous sources.

Summative Performance Task

Argument: How will I make a change? Construct an argument about how they will make change, including a step-by-step plan with anticipated timeline.
Extension: Reflect on the experience noting what you learned from the project and what you might do differently next time.

Taking Informed Action

Understand: Accomplished through the Supporting Question 1 Task
Assess: Accomplished through the Supporting Question 2 Task
Act: Implement the taking informed civic action plan in a way that shares the project with others.