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|Project Title: ||We The People|
|School Year: ||2006|
|School - District:||Montclair - Quincy|
|Contact Name:||Janice Ronayne|
|Content-Area(s):||English Language Arts, History & Social Sciences|
|Grades:||1, 2, 3, 4, 5|
|Community Need:||Voting Awareness|
|Brief Description of SL Project: |
Students will spread voting awareness through singing, patriotic music, and dance to the members of Work Inc. and the community. Students will also focus mainly on The Preamble of the Constitution and basic rights given to all citizens.
|The Community Need the Project is Meeting:|
Students discovered what problem to investigate by informing students of the awareness of the diversity in the community but keeping mind the basic rights stated in the First Amendment.
|Service Component: |
Advocating voter turnout by educating the school community about diversity issues and First Amendment rights.
|Connections with Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks: |
Massachusetts learning standards that could be used could include English Language Arts strands 19.11, 19.12, and 19.13 and History and Social Sciences strand 3.6.
|How Youth Voice Helps Shape Project:|
Students can have an active role choosing the music or choreographing the dance for the presentation.
|Student Reflection Component: |
To keep track of their progress students wrote journal reflections throughout the entire project. Students made connections between their project and learning when they visited the State House and possibly had a chance to perform their singing, patriotic music, and dance. Also when the students wrote each day their reflections in their journals.
|Community Partners Involved: |
Community partners that could be solicited for a project like this could include non-profit organizations that are devoted to First Amendment Rights issues or voter turnout. State or local legislators could also be invited to class or to the service site. A teacher or coordinator could get in touch with performing or visual artists at a nearby college that may have worked with similar patriotic themes or invite senior citizens to class to tell of their experiences regarding their First Amendment Rights.
|Demonstration/Celebration of Students' Work: |
Accomplishments and enthusiasm was recognized when the students visited the State House.
|Evaluation of Project’s Impact:|
Students might work with elections officials to see if voter turnout rose from previous years to evaluate the impact of the students’ campaign.
|Challenges/Solutions Identified by District:|
* NOTE: This project summary was written by the district/community. Any text in italics was added or modified by the Department (ESE). Most of these projects were supported with Learn & Serve America funds distributed through the ESE.