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1. Opportunities for civic engagement with the structures of government are made possible through political and public policy processes

Campaign Updates | Boycott Sakuma Berries | Support local farmworkers fighting for an end to systemic wage theft, poverty wages, hostile working conditions, and unattainable production standards. Documenting Ferguson. ‘Graceful in the lion’s den’: Photo of young woman’s arrest in Baton Rouge becomes powerful symbol. A demonstrator protesting the shooting death of Alton Sterling is detained by law enforcement in Baton Rouge on July 9, 2016. (Jonathan Bachman/Reuters) She was the calm at the center of the storm, a storm spreading across the country. The young woman stood silently on the cracked asphalt, her summer dress billowing in the breeze. Around her swirled a kinetic mix of police officers and protesters. Dozens of demonstrators had blocked Baton Rouge’s Airline Highway on Saturday to denounce the death four days earlier of Alton Sterling, shot by police outside a convenience store.

Many protesters carried signs. A phalanx of police officers stepped across the road, dressed in riot gear. Jonathan Bachman was snapping pictures of protesters yelling at the officers when he turned and saw her. The woman in the summer dress didn’t seem to look at the two officers as they ran toward her. “She just stood there and made her stand,” the Reuters photographer told BuzzFeed. Others called her a “superhero.” School of Education at Johns Hopkins University-Service Learning in Special Education. By Lori Armstrong Lynass As an experienced teacher who works with diverse learners, I value the teaching methodologies that provide the connections between life and academics which benefit so many students. After seven years of teaching special needs learners, I have not found another teaching tool that so strongly connects the classroom to the real world and engages students in the way service learning does.

This powerful educational strategy not only shrinks the gap between school and community, it also helps to create a positive culture within the school itself. This teaching method fits the needs of multiple learning styles thus providing access to education for many of our untraditional learners. Service Learning as a MethodologyService learning is more than just community service. The service is as closely linked to the curriculum as possible, with an emphasis on students applying the skills they are learning.

References Anderson, J. (1998). Brandell, M. Brookins-King, J. Yoder, D. Dave Meslin: The antidote to apathy. Middle School Classrooms Activities and Lesson Plans on Voting, Elections, Civics, and Politics: Growing Voters. Mobile Phone Learning Activity: Be President for the Day by Growing Voters supports on Be President for the Day, a mobile phone-based educational experience, which walks a student through two roles of President: Chief of State and Chief Executive. Students are given hypothetical scenarios a president would face and make decisions as if they are president through text messaging.

Students can participate in just 20 minutes (inside or outside the classroom) by texting the keyword PRESIDENT to’s number, 38383. View the Be President for a Day activity Teaching with mobile text “Be President for a Day” You can ask your students to report back on what choices they selected in the interactive activity. They could write up their experience or present it orally. Civics Lemonade Stand: Why Vote? In Class Why Vote? Online Election: Voting and Analysis Lesson Plan View Online Election: Voting and Analysis Lesson Plan. Results on ReadWriteThink. Find content from Thinkfinity Partners using a visual bookmarking and sharing tool. More Your students can save their work with Student Interactives. More Home › Results from ReadWriteThink 1-10 of 20 Results from ReadWriteThink page | 1 2 Sort by: Classroom Resources | Grades 3 – 5 | Lesson Plan | Unit Voting! Participatory Citizen or Slacker—Which One Will You Be?

Anticipatory Set:Ask students to think of popular songs often heard on the radio. List these song titles together. Ask students to select one song they are familiar with and have them sing it silently to themselves. When they have finished, ask them to write down the main message of the song in two or three lines on a piece of paper large enough that others can read it from their seat when it is posted on the wall (e.g., “White America” by Eminem – Being racist, sexist and homophobic is okay if it sells records. Kids like what I say because that's what our “white” country is all about.)