Lesson 6
Get Started - Finding An Issue of Interest

Reading & Researching to Find your Spark: What Inspires you to Act


After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Select an issue or issues that sparks their interest enough to take action


Students will research to discover issues that ‘spark’ interest – that inspire them to action.

Guiding Questions:

  • What human rights issues, with a focus on children’s rights, and social action advocacy, compel me to take action?
  • What makes me feel compelled to take action about these issues?

Recommended Time:

90-120 minutes

Common Core State Standards:

College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Reading

Key Ideas and Details







Spark Handout


Technology Required:

1. Computers with Internet access


Lesson Design:

  • Inform students that they will be spending two to three days conducting independent research in an effort to identify their ‘sparks’ – issues that inspire them to take action.
  • Distribute the Spark handout and go over it with students.
  • Model how to use the handout to guide note-taking and text response on an electronic document.
  • Students begin reading and researching, using the handout to guide their note-taking and text response. They should not write on the handout, but take notes in an electronic document as modeled by the teacher.
  • At the end of the lesson, students print their notes and turn them in to the teacher for evaluation.