Questions for Discussing Civic Participation in Your Classroom
Exploration of activism concepts
- What is motivating young people to speak out about gun violence?
- What are young people asking for?
- What strategies are young people using to press for change?
- What impact are young people having now?
- What else do you think it will take to create lasting change and make schools safer from gun violence?
Understanding the why and how of civic action
- Why does a civic action matter to me?
- Where do we start?
- How can we make civic action easy and engaging?
- How do we get from voice to change?
- How can we find allies?
Introduction to levels of power
- Who can support us?
- Who can help our voices be heard?
- Invite them contact:
- Government (National, State, Local)
- Nonprofit Organizations/Charities
- Industry/Commercial Organizations
- Professional Media
- Influential individuals (authors, lecturers, etc.)
Provide real life examples
Lesson plans for civic participation:
**For an example lesson, visit this Facing History resource: After Parklands: Students Choosing to Participate