Community Voices

Community Voices

How can we use data to tell a story about our community to inform and motivate citizens to action?
Subjects: Social Studies
Grade Level: Middle School
Timeframe: 12-15 hours

Project Description

This year’s local Ideas Summit, a TED-style event, is focused on using data to tell interesting stories about community issues that need attention. Organizers are calling on community members to create and present data stories based on research interviews of community members. Stories should incorporate both quantitative and qualitative data.

Final Product

A TED Talk-style presentation, using a digital presentation tool, that tells a compelling story using data about a high-needs community issue that needs attention.

Key Standards


  • ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-8.1 Cite evidence from primary and secondary sources.
  • ELA-LITERACY.WHST.6-8.1.B Support claims with reasoning and evidence.
  • ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-8.7 Integrate visual information.

College, Career & Civic Life (C3) Framework

  • D2.Civ.7.6-8 Civic virtues and democratic principles.
  • D2.Civ.10.6-8 Personal interests and perspectives on issues and problems in government and civil society.

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