The coursework includes attendance at a governmental meeting or public forum, along with two semester projects. The purpose of the semester projects is to guide the student towards specific “participatory” activities which will provide them with firsthand experiences in the ‘Office of the Citizen”.
The purpose of the Semester projects is to guide the students toward specific “participatory” activities which will provide them with first hand experience in the Office of the Citizen . Each student must complete Activity 1 and select at least two of the other listed activities. A total of three activities must be completed in order to receive credit for the course.
Students are urged to complete at least one of the activities in the first quarter. All of the options require teachers approval before the student undertakes the activity. Such prior approval avoids the possibility that an activity, already completed, may not meet the criteria for acceptance.
Attendance at a public meeting, public forum, Board of Education, Town/Village Board or Public Hearings. In order to pass the course you must attend one of these in the next 20 weeks.
One letter written to a public official . The topic should be related to a subject discussed in class or in one of your papers. The letter should be submitted with postage and address already completed.
Volunteer experience in a community activity. You must complete a minimum of 4 hours of community service.
One letter or news article written to a newspaper or other publication . The topic should be related to a subject discussed in class or presented in a previous paper. The letter should be submitted with postage and address already completed.
Individual contact or interview with a public official. A legislator, elected official, appointed official, judge, police officer, prison guard, social worker, etc. The contact should, if possible, help you collect specific information or answer a particular question.
Contact with an individual involved in a special interest group or lobbying effort. The group should be involved in and activity promoting its cause and viewpoint to the government.
Each of you will pick a partner and a date to present a news summary to the class. Each Monday, for the first 10 minutes of class, you and your partner will share important news items from the previous week. Your job is to make your classmates more aware of current events, topics and issues.