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.
- 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
1. Computers with Internet access
- 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.