Project Citizen (History) 8th Grade

This course guided by curriculum created by the Ohio Center for Law Related Education (OCLRE), the governing body for the popular middle and high school Mock Trial competitions, students will be actively engaged in the public policy process.  While many people feel that creating policy is the exclusive duty of members of government, students will learn that good citizens know how to stand up for their beliefs and values.  They themselves can advocate for change or protecting what they value in their school, community, state, or even country.   Students will select a real-world problem and come up with a real world solution that they will actively promote to our school leadership or local government.  The teacher will facilitate this student-driven experience by guiding students through developing a plan of action to show students how they can monitor and influence public policy.  Project Citizen is an exciting hands-on project that aligns with Ohio content standards in English Language Arts and Social Studies where students have the chance to advocate for the creation of actual public or school policy to solve a problem that they self-identify.  The OCLRE has seen students actually follow this process with the end result an actual change in local laws or school policies.  Teachers will assess the process and ongoing tasks in this class.  If actual policy is successfully changed or created that will have meaning beyond grades in school—it will change our world.

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