Step 6: Plan Your Attack

Lesson Plan

Armed with information and a deep understanding of their issue, students shift into action mode in this step by writing an action plan for “moving the needle” on their issue. They learn how to write an objective, identify action steps, and anticipate challenges and necessary resources. A “Move-the-Needle Toolbox” gives them a list of resources for communicating and gathering support.

This resource was created with support from the National Association of Counties.


The student will:

  • Articulate an objective for their issue
  • Identify action steps required to achieve the objective
  • List needs and potential challenges for each action step
  • Create a written action plan