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Citizenship and Social Movements

Case Study at a Glance
In this anti-marginalization curriculum, students begin with an examination of citizenship (working within institutions) and then shift to explore social movements (pushing on institutions from the outside).
Bronwen Exter
Middle School


Topics and Demonstrations of Learning
Fundamental Democratic Ideas
Understanding the U.S. political system and the unique power of young people.
Demonstrations: Basic Constitution Test and The Power of Young People
Structural and Historical Disenfranchisement
Individual perspectives and relationships with structural/institutional discrimination in U.S. history.
Demonstrations: Multilayered Identity Chart and Disenfranchisement Presentations (click on the images below for examples of student work)
disenfranchisement presentation
disenfranchisement presentation
disenfranchisement presentation
Fighting for the Right to Vote
Commitment, bravery, and ideas that fueled the U.S. Suffrage and Civil Rights movements.
Demonstrations: Voting Rights Case Study DBQ
Dilemmas in U.S. Citizenship
Understanding the U.S. political landscape and your relationship to U.S. politics.
The Art and Math of Voting and Abstaining
Understanding and communicating individuals’ choice to vote or abstain.
Demonstrations: Reproduce Voting Art, Interview, and What it Means to Abstain Presentation
New Threats and New Ideas
The multifaceted and complex attacks on voting rights today.
Final Demonstration: Digital Response Journal Entries

Social Movements

Essential Questions
How do we decide whom and what to trust, and what we personally believe?
How can people connect in a local way to address big, global issues?
How do we both acknowledge and work through personal bias to help others?
How can we know which actions will make a real difference in the world?
What are the best ways to help others understand what is important to us?
Final C3 Project: Taking Informed Action
For this final project, students choose a local, national, or international movement/issue with which they feel some solidarity, then investigate the facts and figure out a way to do something of their own design to make the world better. Students are asked to explore, design, and follow through and act on an action step - big or small - that comes from an informed place.

The process for the final project is designed around the C3 Framework for Social Studies State Standards. Students learn concepts and vocabulary, develop critical thinking skills, practice the research process, examine forces larger than individuals, and reflect on activism from a place of self-awareness and empathy. The final project was designed for distance learning.

Click on the images below to view examples of students' final projects.
student presentation: pro-life movement
student presentation: me too movement
student presentation: body positivity movement