Students identify problems and concerns they have in their schools,
cities and communities that they care enough about to work to make a difference.
After brainstorming and researching possible solutions to the problems, students
devise a plan of action which includes writing persuasive
letters to influential people and begin to implement their plans. Be creative
- aim for the stars - no idea is too small as long as something gets done.
- Recycling - glass, plastic, plastic six-pack holders, papers
- Cleaning up a vacant lot, beach area, school yard,stream, etc.
- Painting a mural at the school site or in the community to build community
- Contact city hall to find little projects that need doing in the community
- Plant a garden, trees, vegetables,etc.
- In collaborative groups, brainstorm issues that concern you and are relevant
to you and your community.
- As a group, select the issue you feel strongest about and to which you
can realistically contribute to the solution by developing and implementing
an action plan.
- Research possible solutions to the problem, and if possible, communicate
with others in communities across the world, via email, who are working on
solving similar problems.
- As homework, ask parents, grandparents, and community leaders for their
ideas on solving the problems.
- Use our list of related links, Get Involved With People Who Care Enough To Make
A Difference, for additional resources to finding a solution to your problem
- From your final list of possible solutions, selects one solution to develop
in a persuasive letter to a key person--someone who has the power to help
solve the problem.
- Brainstorm various persuasive positions you might take in addressing the
problem to your key figure, decide on the most powerful, and write and send
- Develop a plan of action and begin implementing it.
- Keep a weekly journal reflecting your progress and experiences.
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