Posted on 04/23/2014 at 02:37 PM by Global Reach

The Civic Action Project (http://www.crfcap.org/) is a great resource from the Constitutional Rights Foundation—one that integrates the Common Core (Iowa Core) English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects standards. It is a project-based learning model for civics and government classes. “By taking civic actions, students practice what real citizens do when they try to solve a real problem and issue that matters to them. As a result, they are able to see how the content of a government course can apply to the real world. Also, by using web-based technology and civics-based instruction and activities, students exercise important 21st century skills in digital literacy, critical thinking, collaboration, self-direction, and becoming informed and responsible citizens in a democracy” (Constitutional Rights Foundation, Why CAP, 2014).

On the site are resources for both students and teachers. There are also lessons “and civics activities connected to the civic action process. Lessons 1–5 are key to helping students identify an issue, problem, or policy and to begin taking civic actions. Lessons 6–14 provide specific examples of ways citizens impact public policy and help students develop civic skills such as persuasion, presenting to audiences, and deeper policy analysis. Through the readings and interactive classroom activities contained in the lessons, students learn how government content applies to policymaking at the local level, how policy is made and can be influenced, and strategies for effective citizenship” (Constitutional Rights Foundation, CAP Lessons, 2014).

There are sample rubrics that can be found on the assessment page (http://www.crfcap.org/mod/resource/view.php?id=91). Students have opportunities to participate in a variety of contests: http://www.crfcap.org/mod/resource/view.php?id=157 and to see actions other students are engaging in: http://www.crfcap.org/mod/resource/view.php?id=74. Students also have an opportunity to discuss and blog: http://www.crfcap.org/mod/resource/view.php?id=227. This is a great resource for middle and high school students to learn how they can become involved in civic action projects.

Resources:

Constitutional Rights Foundation. (2014). CAP Lessons. Retrieved from http://www.crfcap.org/mod/resource/view.php?id=105#lessons and http://www.crfcap.org/mod/resource/view.php?id=3

Constitutional Rights Foundation. (2014). Why CAP? Retrieved from http://www.crfcap.org/mod/resource/view.php?id=72

 

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