Be Informed, Speak Up, Act: A Research Project based on Civics. Author: Scholastic.

This lesson plan provides all the resources needed in creating a high quality research project on a social issue.  It incorporates civics by focusing on a social issue or policy.  This lesson scaffolds the research process by providing students with different social policy choices, websites, and handouts on those choices. Students form an opinion on their chosen policy and create a op-ed article, letter to the editor, or political carton on their policy issue as a culminating activity or assessment. One of the highlights of this lesson is its incorporation of civics and allowing students to choose policy topics in which they are interested; the teacher may need to add or subtract topics based on student need.  The teacher will need to provide teacher-created instruction on research skills as this lesson does not explicitly teach the research process. This lesson plan can be used as a research project, extended into a research paper or presentation, or used as part of a cross-curricular project with a government, civics, contemporary issues, or history course. 

Standards & Objectives

Academic standards
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.2
Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze in detail its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is...
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.11-12.8
Gather relevant information from multiple authoritative print and digital sources, using advanced searches effectively; assess the strengths and...
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.9-10.6
Use technology, including the Internet, to produce, publish, and update individual or shared writing products, taking advantage of technology's...
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.9-10.7
Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question) or solve a problem; narrow or...
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.9-10.8
Gather relevant information from multiple authoritative print and digital sources, using advanced searches effectively; assess the usefulness of...
CLE 3001.4.1
Define and narrow a problem or research topic.
CLE 3001.4.2
Gather relevant information from a variety of print and electronic sources, as well as from direct observation, interviews, and surveys.
CLE 3001.4.3
Make distinctions about the credibility, reliability, consistency, strengths, and limitations of resources, including information gathered from websites.
CLE 3001.4.5
Use a standard format to arrange text, to cite sources correctly, and to document quotations, paraphrases, and other information.
CLE 3002.4.1
Define and narrow a problem or research topic.
CLE 3002.4.2
Gather relevant information from a variety of print and electronic sources, as well as from direct observation, interviews, and surveys.
CLE 3002.4.3
Make distinctions about the credibility, reliability, consistency, strengths, and limitations of resources, including information gathered from websites.
CLE 3002.4.4
Write an extended research paper, using primary and secondary sources and technology and graphics, as appropriate.
CLE 3002.4.5
Use a standard format to arrange text, to cite sources correctly, and to document quotations, paraphrases, and other information.
CLE 3003.4.1
Define and narrow a problem or research topic.
CLE 3003.4.2
Gather relevant information from a variety of print and electronic sources, as well as from direct observation, interviews, and surveys.
CLE 3003.4.3
Make distinctions about the credibility, reliability, consistency, strengths, and limitations of resources, including information gathered from websites.
CLE 3003.4.5
Use a standard format to arrange text, to cite sources, and to document quotations, paraphrases, and other information.
CLE 3005.4.1
Define and narrow a problem or research topic.
CLE 3005.4.2
Gather relevant information from a variety of print and electronic sources, as well as from direct observation, interviews, and surveys.
CLE 3005.4.3
Make distinctions about the credibility, reliability, consistency, strengths, and limitations of resources, including information gathered from websites.
CLE 3005.4.4
Write an extended research paper, using primary and secondary sources and technology and graphics, as appropriate.
SPI 3002.4.4
Evaluate the validity of Web pages as sources of information.
SPI 3002.4.6
Identify information that must be cited or attributed within a writing sample.
TSS.ELA.11-12.W.RBPK.8
Use advanced searches effectively, assessing the credibility and effectiveness of sources in answering a research question; integrate relevant and...
TSS.ELA.9-10.RI.KID.2
Determine a central idea of a text and analyze its development; provide an objective or critical summary.
TSS.ELA.9-10.RL.KID.2
Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development; provide an objective or critical summary.
TSS.ELA.9-10.W.PDW.6
Use technology, including the Internet, to produce, publish, and update individual or shared writing products, taking advantage of technology's...
TSS.ELA.9-10.W.RBPK.7
Conduct and write short as well as more sustained research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question) or solve a problem by...
TSS.ELA.9-10.W.RBPK.8
Use multiple search terms to generate a variety of print and digital sources; integrate information into the text selectively to maintain the flow of...
 
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Essential and guiding questions: 

Cirriclum Framing Questions:
Essential Question:

  • What does the past tell us?

Unit Questions:

  • How does fiction reflect its times?
  • What can we learn about the past from fiction?
  • How can we draw conclusions from primary sources?

Content Questions:

  • What are some political and social movements when historical novels were written?
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