M/J Engaged Citizenship through Service Learning 1   (#2104010)

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Course Standards

General Course Information and Notes

General Notes

This course provides an introduction to service-learning and civic responsibility. Academic, personal, and career skills needed for effective service-learning project implementation will be taught and applied through structured service projects that meet real school and/or community needs. Students will actively participate in meaningful service-learning experiences of at least 20 hours' duration.

The content should include, but not be limited to, the following:

  1. Students, working individually or in small or large groups, will investigate, quantify, and choose among issues and needs that can be addressed.
  2. Students will design and then implement one or more service-learning projects to address identified needs through direct, indirect, advocacy, or research-focused action. Projects will involve meaningful partnerships.
  3. Students will conduct reflection activities to measure and record information about the service-learning activities and their impacts.
  4. Students will demonstrate KSAs (knowledge, skills, or abilities) gained from projects through project-developed products and public presentations that educate others about the needs/issues addressed, activities conducted, impacts measured, and/or how others can also meet needs through service.

All of the above activities may be counted toward the service-learning 20-hour requirement. Activities can range widely and occur within or beyond the school and regular school hours. For more information about service-learning, see the Florida Department of Education Web site at www.fldoe.org/Family/learnserve.asp.

Language Arts benchmarks are addressed as students read, write, create documents, and make public presentations about needs and activities to address them. Social Studies benchmarks include analyzing community issues, coming up with solutions, and conducting service projects. Math benchmarks are met as students chart and graph data as part of issue investigation, project design, demonstration, and/or reflection. Health and Physical Education are addressed as projects include discussion and learning related to safety, liability, interpersonal skills, conflict avoidance, appraising outcomes and impacts on others, maintaining appropriate behavior, etc., in the students' interaction with others.

After successfully completing this course, the student will:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of service-learning, the types of service-learning, and its importance in a participatory democracy.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to identify school/community needs and propose solutions that can be implemented through service-learning.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to identify and analyze different points of view to gain an understanding of diverse backgrounds and perspectives and their value.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to investigate significant needs, plan and implement service-learning projects to address them, evaluate project effectiveness, and present the information to an authentic audience.
  5. Demonstrate use of effective self-assessment and reflection strategies (e.g., verbal, written, artistic, and non-verbal activities to demonstrate learning, understanding, and changes in students' knowledge, skills and/or abilities).
  6. Demonstrate effective use of facilitative communication skills (e.g., writing, speaking, listening, questioning, paraphrasing, non-verbal communication, non-judgmental response).
  7. Provide documentation of activities and the minimum 20 hours of participation in an approved service-learning project.


Florida’s Benchmarks for Excellent Student Thinking (B.E.S.T.) Standards
This course includes Florida’s B.E.S.T. ELA Expectations (EE) and Mathematical Thinking and Reasoning Standards (MTRs) for students. Florida educators should intentionally embed these standards within the content and their instruction as applicable. For guidance on the implementation of the EEs and MTRs, please visit https://www.cpalms.org/Standards/BEST_Standards.aspx and select the appropriate B.E.S.T. Standards package.

English Language Development ELD Standards Special Notes Section:
Teachers are required to provide listening, speaking, reading and writing instruction that allows English language learners (ELL) to communicate information, ideas and concepts for academic success in the content area of Social Studies. For the given level of English language proficiency and with visual, graphic, or interactive support, students will interact with grade level words, expressions, sentences and discourse to process or produce language necessary for academic success. The ELD standard should specify a relevant content area concept or topic of study chosen by curriculum developers and teachers which maximizes an ELL’s need for communication and social skills. To access an ELL supporting document which delineates performance definitions and descriptors, please click on the following link: http://www.cpalms.org/uploads/docs/standards/eld/SS.pdf

Qualifications

As well as any certification requirements listed on the course description, the following qualifications may also be acceptable for the course:

Any field when certification reflects a bachelor or higher degree.

General Information

Course Number: 2104010
Abbreviated Title: M/J ENG CIT SERVLRN1
Course Length: Semester (S)
Course Level: 2
Course Status: State Board Approved
Grade Level(s): 6,7,8

Educator Certifications

One of these educator certification options is required to teach this course.

Student Resources

Vetted resources students can use to learn the concepts and skills in this course.

Original Student Tutorials

We Have Three Governments?:

Explore the impact of federal, state, and local government on your life with this interactive tutorial.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Show Your Citizenship!:

Learn about the rights, obligations, and responsibilities of citizens of the United States in this interactive tutorial.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Finding Civic Solutions:

Learn about responsible citizenship and how you might make positive changes in your own community.  This interactive tutorial can help answer the questions: What can individuals do on their own to make change? When can your government help?  

Type: Original Student Tutorial

International Organizations:

Learn about the international organizations with which the United States government and its citizens are involved. You'll learn about intergovernmental organizations, non-governmental organizations, and the United Nations.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Party On: Political Parties in America:

Learn all about political parties in the U.S., including what they are and how they function in our political system with this interactive tutorial. You'll learn lots about the two major parties, the Democrats and the Republicans, and also about third parties and what it means to be a political "independent."

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Tutorials

Federalism:

In this tutorial, you'll enjoy a short video on that "3 layer cake" we call federalism. This system essentially divides the responsibilities of government into 3 (local, state, federal), based on what would be most effective for citizens at each level.

Type: Tutorial

One Vote:

In this tutorial, you'll view a brief video clip about the importance of voting. As citizens of the United States, it's our civic responsibility to vote! From this clip, you will see that sometimes even just one little vote can make a big difference!

Type: Tutorial

Citizen Participation:

In this tutorial, you will review the responsibilities of American citizens.  There are lots of ways to get involved and participate as a citizen: writing letters or emails to your representatives, voting in local, state, and national elections, or even volunteering in your community or for political campaigns.  Our democracy depends on citizen participation!  

Type: Tutorial

Win the White House:

In this tutorial game, you will be running for the office of President of the United States! But it's not that simple--you've got to plan your campaign, decide on platform issues, select a campaign manager, and much more. Hurry--time is running out. We need a new leader, and that leader just might be you! Good luck!

Type: Tutorial

Citizenship:

In this interactive quiz, you will test your knowledge of the responsibilities and obligations of citizens. There are 50 questions; how many can you get right? Enjoy this review, and good luck!

Type: Tutorial

Seize the Vote!:

In this tutorial, you will engage in an interactive game to test your knowledge of voting rights! This interactive game is for 1-4 players who compete to see who can move all their voters to the polls first! Good luck!

Type: Tutorial

Activate:

In this tutorial game, you will select a community-based issue to research and support in an effort to fix and/or make it better. You can gather supporters and raise awareness of your issue on the local, state, and national levels. In the United States, citizens have both responsibilities and duties - or things they should do and things they are required to do. This simulation will allow you to explore the responsibilities of a good citizen - but beware! Make sure that the choice you make truly benefits your community. Good luck!

Type: Tutorial

Branches of Power:

This tutorial game will give you the chance to "play" the roles of the three branches of government. Rather than simply learning about each branch in isolation, you will control each branch and learn how they interact. The goal is to move public policy issues from ideas to fully formed laws with the collaboration of all 3 branches.

Type: Tutorial

Cast Your Vote:

In this tutorial, you will use your personal interests to drive a mock political debate. You will have the opportunity to select questions in the debate, rate the candidates' responses, and vote for the candidate of your choice. This is a great opportunity for you to weigh in as a citizen and participate in the democratic process!

Type: Tutorial

Parent Resources

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