ERIC Number: ED405281
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
We the People... Project Citizen: A Civic Education Project for Grades 6 through 9.
National Conference of State Legislatures, Denver, CO.; Center for Civic Education, Calabasas, CA.
The goal of this civic education program, written for six through ninth grade students in the form of an instructional guide/student workbook, is to help students develop citizenship skills important for intelligent and effective participation in a self-governing society. Specific educational objectives include helping students learn: (1) how to express their opinions; (2) how to decide which level of government and which agency is most appropriate for dealing with the community problems they identify; and (3) how to influence policy decisions at that level of government. The guide provides students with step-by-step instructions for identifying and studying a public policy problem and for developing a class portfolio, a cumulative organized collection of information (statements, charts, graphs, photographs, and original art work) that makes up the class plan related to the public policy issue studied. This student instructional guide is organized into the following sections: "Step I: Identifying Public Policy Problems in Your Community"; "Step II: Selecting a Problem for Class Study"; "Step III: Gathering Information on the Problem Your Class Will Study"; "Step IV: Developing a Class Portfolio"; "Step V: Presenting Your Portfolio"; and "Step VI: Reflecting on Your Learning Experience." Additional resources provided include a glossary of 50 relevant civics terms and nine appendices consisting of sample lists of libraries, newspapers, professors/scholars, lawyers/ judges/bar associations, businesses, community and interest groups, as well as city, state, and U.S. government offices, all community resources that students can research locally with the appropriate reference materials (telephone books/directories, business directories, and lists of public service organizations) available at most public libraries. Illustrations also are included. (CB)
Descriptors: Citizen Participation, Citizen Role, Citizenship, Citizenship Education, Citizenship Responsibility, Civics, Community Problems, Critical Thinking, Decision Making, Elementary Secondary Education, Instructional Materials, Junior High Schools, Middle Schools, Portfolios (Background Materials), Problem Solving, Programmed Instructional Materials, Public Policy, Skill Development, Thinking Skills, United States Government (Course), Workbooks
Center for Civic Education, 5146 Douglas Fir Road, Calabasas, CA 91302-1467.
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Learner
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Students
Authoring Institution: National Conference of State Legislatures, Denver, CO.; Center for Civic Education, Calabasas, CA.