Overview

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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