Waiting on the World to Change

Waiting on the World to Change

How can we make change happen in our community?
Subjects: Social Studies
Grade Level: Elementary, Middle School, High School
Timeframe: 18-20 hours

Project Description

Students actively engage in the political process in their community. After identifying a problem or an issue of concern, students design and implement an action plan that raises awareness and/or provides a solution to the problem.

Project Context

Students often feel as though their voices are not being heard in the political process because they have not reached eligible age to vote, serve on juries, or run for office. Leveraging the passion and ideas of young people, this project empowers students to actively engage in issues facing their community through avenues of civic action open to all concerned individuals.

Final Product

Students will implement an action plan to address an issue.

Key Standards


  • D2.Civ.2.9-12: Analyze the role of citizens in the U.S. political system, with attention to various theories of democracy
  • D2.Civ.5.9-12: Evaluate citizens’ and institutions’ effectiveness in addressing social and political problems


  • WHST.6-8.7: Conduct short research projects
  • WHST.6-8.8: Gathering information from multiple sources
  • WHST.6-8.10: Write for a range of purposes

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