Students learn the basic steps of civic action and what it takes to make change, following the "I AM" model (Inform, Act, Maintain). Along the way, they explore the change-making examples of four key movements: women's rights, disability awareness, Native American rights, and migrant farm worker rights.

Learning Objectives

  • Explain how civic action can affect change
  • Explain how citizens communicate with public officials (protest, petition, sit-ins, etc.).
  • Compare and contrast views on a contemporary issue.
  • Describe opportunities for citizens to participate in the political process and to monitor and influence government.
  • Describe three steps involved in civic action: inform, act and maintain the message.
  • Discuss the movements for the following groups: women, the disabled, Native Americans and migrant workers. 

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