For more than a decade, CRF's Active Citizenship Today (ACT) program has offered an exciting approach to civic education through service learning. The newly revised ACT curriculum helps students develop citizenship skills and knowledge while they plan and implement service-learning projects. This newly updated ACT curriculum consists of three components:
The ACT Handbook for Teachers (Second Edition) features new lesson plans, reproducible worksheets, and a complete explanation of ACT's structure, goals, and teaching methods. It now includes a section on implementing ACT throughout a school or district.
The ACT Field Guide (Second Edition) is a lively, full-color, user-friendly student handbook full of tips, methods, and profiles. This practical guide is designed to support ACT lessons and provide students with resources for all stages of a service-learning project. A final section features skills that students may need to develop during a project, e.g., how to conduct interviews, persuade others, speak in public, conduct opinion polls, raise funds, run meetings, and much more. ACT Online offers free web resources for students and teachers at every stage of the ACT process.The ACT curriculum takes students through five units of study:
1: Exploring Your Community takes students on a quick tour of their community looking for its resources and problems. They learn about each others' impressions of the community. They do a brief community search. They go on the Internet and create a statistical profile of the community.
2: Choosing and Researching a Problem lets students select a problem and research it at the library, online, and in the community. Students find out what government, business, media, and non-profit organizations are doing about the problem.
3: Evaluating Policy introduces students to the world of policy. They look at policies addressing the problem and learn simple ways to analyze policy.
4: Examining Options offers students a variety of project ideas and ways to gain support in the community for any project they do. Students decide on a project idea and think of ways to get support for it.
5: Taking Action provides students with instructions and information vital for a service project. Following these instructions, students build a plan, put the plan into action, and keep track of their progress.
This publications was made possible by a grant from the Ford Foundation. The first edition was funded by a grant from the DeWitt Wallace–Reader’s Digest Fund. ACT publications are produced and developed jointly by Constitutional Rights Foundation and Close Up Foundation.
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This publication was made possible by a grant from the Ford Foundation. The first edition was funded by a grant from the DeWitt Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund. ACT publications are produced and developed jointy from Constitutional Rights Foundation and Close Up Foundation.