The APUSH Civic Action Project

  • A description of something that the students learned in the class, with this description closing out with a mention of “a matter of ongoing debate” related to what was learned. (For example, if the students, in their blog post, say they learned about the Electoral College, then they need to close out their description of the Electoral Collge with mention of the fact that today there is an ongoing debate as to whether Americans should get rid of the Electoral College and thereby have the people, by popular vote, decide who shall be president.)
  • The students’ stance on the ongoing debate.
  • The specific civic action that the students urge policymakers to take in regards to this debate.
  • A description of the civic actions that the students took in regards to this debate and that were designed to “affect” policy.
  • The research that the students conducted before taking a stand on this debate.
  1. I am a member of a teacher advisory committee that has worked to create a law here in CA designed to award a Seal of Civic Engagement to California students who demonstrate excellence in civics education and participation. Work on my US History course inspired CAP will go a long way to helping students earn that seal.
  2. I’ve been encouraged by various education leaders in California to field-test the idea of implementing a CAP into a US History course. Word is that this has never been done before?
  3. As an on-level and AP US Government teacher for many years, I’ve seen how students benefit when given a chance to work on a civic action project.

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Peter Paccone

Peter Paccone

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High school APUSH teacher with much in-class and online teaching experience. Also a blogger, keynote speaker, editor, podcast host, and conference presenter.