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Additional Project Suggestions

Reflecting on September 11
Fostering Diversity
Additional Project Suggestions

Listed below are additional project suggestions that may help you 1) plan your own civic participation project or 2) improve a project you have already chosen.
  1. Hold a teach-in. Using America Responds to Terrorism as a resource, hold school or community presentations and discussions about topics and issues related to terrorism. Topics could include the history, culture, and geography of the Middle East; how our nation has dealt with previous attacks to its security; issues of security versus freedom, and more. See Planning a Teach-In .
  2. Hold a community town meeting. Have students brainstorm and research topics as a preparation for moderating discussions about terrorism-related issues, e.g., national security v. civil rights.
  3. Write and conduct a survey. Determine how students or community members feel about America’s response to terrorism and post the results at school and in the local media.
  4. Draw a map. Create and display a giant map of the Middle East including national boundaries, terrain, cities, and resources. Research and write short descriptions of relevant information and crucial events and attach them to their geographical positions.
  5. Design an art space. Create a space for students to paint, draw, and construct their thoughts and feelings about and since September 11. Use the art space as a presentation forum and follow-up to classroom discussions, research projects, town meetings, or teach-ins.
  6. Write a play. Following research and discussion about the constitutional issues surrounding terrorism have students create a play about freedom v. national security or other related topics. Present the play to the school and community.
  7. Poems, journals and letters. Provide opportunities for written expression about terrorism, including journals. Identify issues and have students write letters of concern to local and national elected officials, local newspapers, or United Nations officials. Create a voluntary forum such as a reading or display for students to share their writings.
  8. Gather oral histories. Talk to parents, grandparents, and others from older generations who have experienced previous national and international crises. Ask them to compare their past experiences to their impressions of the current crisis. Transcribe and display or dramatize oral histories.
  9. Locate and arrange to meet with students, teachers, or community members from an Islamic school, advocacy group, or community center to learn about Middle Eastern culture.
  10. Form a study group. Meet with other interested students on a regular basis to research and discuss issues surrounding September 11, terrorism, international relations, Middle Eastern politics and culture, civil liberties in time of war, and more. Create presentations or conduct mentoring sessions with younger students.
  11. Create a questionnaire and conduct a diversity-awareness survey. This information-gathering activity is a good way to begin other diversity projects.
  12. Collect oral histories from people of different backgrounds. Create a book, video, or dramatic re-telling of these histories to present to the rest of the school.
  13. Trace all students’ foreign-born ancestry and create images that represent each family’s origins. Use the images to create a diversity quilt or mosaic and display it in a school hallway or auditorium.
  14. Organize ERACISM teams to teach bias-awareness and conflict-resolution skills to younger students, focusing on issues of racial and ethnic conflict.
  15. Start a media literacy club to discuss how newspapers, books, films, and television deal with issues of diversity.
  16. Form a racially diverse drama club to create sketches and plays dealing with issues of diversity.
  17. Organize a multicultural festival featuring the food, clothing, and art forms of various cultures.
  18. Create a cultural heritage museum featuring artifacts and history of the diverse races, cultures, and nationalities that are part of your community.
  19. Organize a casual conversation club where ESL students and English-only students can meet and converse.
  20. Add a second language section to your school paper.