Unit 5: Advocating for Change on the School Grounds
In this unit, students will finalize and present their plan for ecological, bioculturally diverse school grounds to decisionmakers and the public.
Please read the introduction to this curriculum before beginning any lessons.
6 - 12 grade or equivalent
Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Performance Expectations:
Middle and high school:
Asking questions and defining problems
Constructing explanations and designing solutions
Engaging in argument from evidence
Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information
5E Unit Element:
Ecological Society of America 4DEE Framework:
Enduring Understandings (the Big Ideas)
Students will understand that:
In order for change in society to happen, advocates must make their views known.
Advocates use persuasion to encourage people to join their causes and implement their ideas.
Creating compelling presentations and practicing them before different audiences can help ensure favorable reception of our ideas.
The qualities and actions of a leader can be exhibited by everyone, not just those holding leadership positions.
What are some attributes of successful advocates that can be applied to our own lives?
What are the elements of compelling presentations, and what tools can be used to design them?
What examples exist in our community of ordinary people taking on leadership roles to advocate for a cause?
Contributions to class discussion
Quality of teamwork
Quality of presentations according to a rating scale and their presentation rubrics
Descriptions of observations in student journals
Journal entries describing key takeaways from this lesson
Preparation of slide(s) for presentation