Student activism has always been a hallmark of American Democracy. Encourage your students to take action in their community and learn about State and Federal policies and legislation by writing a policy paper and creating a digital awareness campaign! This project fulfills the required AP Civics project for AP American Government and teaches students how to create change in a Democracy.
Students will be researching a State or National issue related to a political principle or political subject. Students will develop an argument that describes the intended outcome of the policy, explains how it would be implemented, and refutes opposing arguments. Students will write letters to elected officials explaining your position and proposal to improve policy and outcomes.
Step 1. Examine a public policy, court case, State policy/law or Federal Policy that student's believe should be reformed.
Step 2. Conduct historical research on that particular policy.
Step 3. Analyze the arguments on either side of the issue.
Step 4. Develop their position and improvement plan (How will would you replace the plan or improve it?) Write a Policy Paper synthesizing your research and orally present a campaign speech, commercial or letter advocating to create change.
Step 5. Advocate for change use their research papers to develop solutions create a digital campaign that includes a speech/ letter and/or commercial/video to try to create change.
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