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In this download center you can access, download or print copies of handouts, activities, and discussion-related materials you will need to make this lesson a success. We recommend the following class preparation.

Equipment
 

  • Computer with Internet access for teacher 

  • Computers with Internet access for students (throughout, or just for student research on Day One) 

  • Computer projector 

  • Speakers 

 

Teacher Preparation

Follow the instructions below before starting this lesson.

  1. If teaching this lesson using print materials, make the appropriate number of copies of all student materials. (Quantities listed below.) If running Extension Activity 3 (Quotes About Civic Engagement) using physical cards, make an appropriate number of copies of Civic Engagement Quote Cards and cut along the lines to make several sets of quote cards. 

  2. Set up and test computer, projector, speakers, and all videos before starting the lesson. Confirm that you are able to play and project the videos with adequate audio volume, or that your students can on their own systems. 

  3. Before Day One, or for both days if you are using online versions of materials, ensure that computers are available for in-class student use.

Students define civic engagement, discuss its vital role in a democracy, and consider a wide variety of actions and behaviors that can count as civic engagement. They then work in small groups to research one American whose civic engagement has had an effect on democracy in the United States.

Materials

Day One

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Materials

ACTIVITY
Lead a discussion based on what students have learned through their assignment on civically engaged Americans.

Teacher Information 

Student Handout

one copy per group of 2–3 students (optional)

Students take turns presenting their case studies of civically engaged Americans then watch two short videos profiling civically engaged students. For homework, they compose a written reflection that explores the way(s) in which they themselves might become more civically active.

Materials

Day Two

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WATCH
Students hear from students about how they have become civically active.

Student Handout

one copy per student (optional)

Teacher Information 

Video: Civically Engaged Students

Materials

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Materials

Teacher Information 

one copy per student

Student Handout

ASSIGNMENT
Students reflect on the ways they could envision becoming more involved in their communities.
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WATCH
Students watch a short profile of student activist Michelle Hua.

Student Handout

one copy per student (optional)

Teacher Information 

Video: Why I Care: A Student Activist’s Perspective

Materials

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Student Handout

one copy per student (optional)

Materials

Teacher Information 

ACTIVITY
Lead a discussion based on what students have learned through their assignment on civically engaged Americans.

Use these extension activities to extend the lesson and reinforce understanding.

Materials

Extension Activities

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WATCH
Students hear from U.S. political leaders on the importance of civic engagement and how to get involved.

Student Handout

one copy per student (optional)

Teacher Information 

Video: The Importance of Becoming Involved

Materials

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Sylvia Mendez: Desegregation

one copy per 5 students

Mitsuye Endo: Civil Liberties

one copy per 5 students

Branch Rickey: Color Barrier

one copy per 5 students

Claudette Colvin: Civil Disobedience

one copy per 5 students

Harvey Milk: LGBTQ Rights

one copy per 5 students

Teacher Information 

Materials

CLOSE-UP
Students review case studies of impactful, lesser-known civically engaged Americans from the past.
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Materials

one copy per group of 2–4 students

Civic Engagement Quote Cards

Teacher Information 

ACTIVITY
Students read, discuss, and reflect on quotes about civic engagement.

one copy per group of 2–4 students (optional)

Student Handout

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Materials

Teacher Information 

ACTIVITY
Lead students in a discussion about the different levels of government where you live.

Student Handout

one copy per group of 2–4 students (optional)

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one copy per student

Student Handout

Materials

Teacher Information 

ACTIVITY
Have students take action on a real-world issue that they are interested in.
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Materials

ACTIVITY
Review and discuss categories of civic engagement.

Teacher Information 

Student Handout

one copy per student (optional)

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