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Lesson 20: Taking Action

This step of the process is when students apply all that they have learned and work to bring about change on their issue and in their communities. Because actions vary so widely, this is the step that truly will have the most variation. Included here are handouts to guide your students’ implementation of their action project.

Action Planning
Community Organizing
Democr. Foundations
Learning Tools
Taking Action
Common Core State Standards (CCSS)


Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (oneon- one, in groups, and teacherled) with diverse partners on topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.


Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.


Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach, focusing on addressing what is most significant for a specific purpose and audience.


Use technology, including the Internet, to produce, publish, and update individual or shared writing products in response to ongoing feedback, including new arguments or information.

College, Career, and Civic Life Framework (C3)


Apply a range of deliberative and democratic strategies and procedures to make decisions and take action in their classrooms, schools, and out-of-school civic contexts.

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