Grades 7 – 10: 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 and used her words to change the world.

What can you do to become more involved in your community and make a difference?

Civic Engagement 101

Download “Civic Engagement 101” worksheet from the “Grades 7 – 10: Unit 1 Worksheets” post and then go to http://www.youthactivism.com/Success_Stories.php where you will find a list of youth organizations created and run by students like you.  The worksheet will help students explore these different organizations and help you brainstorm ways to put your passion and ideas into motion.

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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 February 1, 2011, in Curriculum: Grades 7-10. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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