In the beginning of our lesson, we discussed key words related to civic engagement (chart pictured below). Students worked in groups to match these words to their definitions and were encouraged to engage in a discussion about their favorite word. After, students were shown examples of signs displayed during peaceful protests.
a moral or legal entitlement or privilege to have or obtain something or to act in a certain way.
Duties to other people, the government or society.
People who are legally recognized by a nation as owing loyalty to that nation and being entitled to protection by the nation; also, living in a certain place or member of a certain community.
A group of people who share an environment
a group consisting of parents and children living together in a household. My role in this community is as a son/daughter, sibling, grandchild, etc.
any institution at which instruction. My role in this community is as a student
a district, especially one forming a community within a town or city. My role in this community is as a neighbor.
an incorporated municipal center. My role in this community is as a resident.
a territory considered as an organized political community under one government. My role in this community is as a resident.
a large aggregate of people united by common descent, history, culture, or language, inhabiting a particular country or territory. My role in this community is as a citizen.
of or relating to the whole world; worldwide. My role in this community is as a human.
publicly recommend or support a particular cause or policy. Citizens must do this to affect change in their communities.
We then asked students to discuss what issues are important to them. Once they decided on an issue to tackle, they were given markers and paper for their protest sign!
Above left: Azare snapped a group picture of our lesson! Above right: Raymair decorates his protest sign.
Above: Shane and Raymair's peaceful protest signs.
Above left: Edwin protests "pen pals for every student at Grandview".
Above right: Cayden protests "No Guns". Hezekiah and David passionately complete their protest signs.
The students were elated to present their signs with the issues that are important to them. It was great to see what the students care about; from "better lunches" to "get an education", and everything in between.