Grades 4 – 6: Unit 1 Civic Engagement

Civic engagement means working to become more involved in one’s community through learning, advocating, and educating yourself and your peers about important issues and working to improve quality of life.  Harriet Beecher Stowe did not know it at the time, but her book Uncle Tom’s Cabin changed the way Americans viewed slavery and enslaved people forever.  This was just one way in which Stowe became involved in civic engagement and used her words to change the world.  What can you do to become more involved in your community?

Activity 1

Visit  and read the list of “your stories” provided by the What Kids Can Do (WKCD) organization.  These stories will be a guide in exploring different organizations and projects started by young people.  Click on their title to read more about the organization.  Choose two stories with themes are interesting to you.  Download “Civic Engagement 101” from the “Grades 4- 6: Unit 1 Worksheets” post.  Using one of the organizations from WKCD, fill out this worksheet.  Brainstorm ways to put your passion and ideas into motion.



About stowestudents

Harriet Beecher Stowe's (1811-1896) best-selling anti-slavery novel Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852), made her the most famous American woman of the 19th century and galvanized the abolition movement before the Civil War. The Stowe Center is a 21st-century museum and program center using Stowe's story to inspire social justice and positive change.

Posted on January 12, 2011, in Curriculum: Grades 4-6. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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