- Write a letter to the editor of a newspaper giving your opinion on an important issue, making sure to support your views with facts.
- Write an article on an important issue for a class or school newspaper. Explain the issue and give background information. Use facts and data to support your position. You could also use facts and data to portray the opposite viewpoint.
- Create a chart to educate your classmates on an important current issue. Present the arguments for each side. Hang it up either in your classroom or somewhere in the school, with permission.
- Take a survey of classmates or other people regarding their viewpoints on a particular issue. Record peoples' opinions and their reasons for holding them. Analyze the data and figure out what the most popular view and least popular view are. What are the common beliefs, and why do you think people feel this way?
- Record a podcast on an important community issue. Give background on the issue and possible solutions. You could also work together with a partner to each take a side and present your data on each side of the issue.
- Create a poster or comic strip about an important community issue or problem. Give information on the issue and illustrate your concerns with facts and data. Hang it up either in your classroom or somewhere in the school, with permission.
Ideas on How to Act: Be Informed, Speak Up, Act Lesson Plan (Grades 35)