GREAT IDEAS: CIVIC ENGAGEMENT
THE $20 CHALLENGE
What is the most good you can do with $20?
ONGOING: JOURNAL due Tues. August 11
Keep a journal of your progress/thoughts each day. (At least 20 entries)
- describe your thoughts about your actions, not just your actions
- field trips: why are these places worthy/not worthy investments in the community?
- how do we ethically/morally justify funds being allocated to certain causes?
- who did you speak to during field trips? what information did they give you?
PHASE 1: RESEARCH due Wed. July 15
How can you best use $20 to better your community?
What are some problems your community faces you'd like to tackle?
Make a short list of 5-10 organizations or causes you'd support.
Write a brief description of the organization/cause, its goals and how your $20 would contribute. Think: Annotated Bibliography
PHASE 2: PROPOSAL due Mon. July 20
Convince me your project is worth $20!
Write a convincing, detailed proposal that includes the following elements:
- explain your project
- explain your goal
- explain, in detail, how you will accomplish the goals
- explain who you will contact and why - who do you need to help you achieve this goal?
- put together a timeline - how will you achieve your goals before August 11?
- rationale/argument as to why your project does the most good with $20
PHASE 3: DETAILED ARGUMENT due Fri. July 24
Flesh out your argument. In 3-5 pages, argue why:
- your goal is ethical
- your goal is important
- your project contributes significantly to the overall goal/cause
- your plans will be effective in achieving an ethical goal
- your contact(s) will be effective in helping you achieve your goal
- your project is better than other relevant alternatives
- your project will do the most good
PHASE 4: CONNECTIONS due Fri. July 31
In 3-5 pages, connect your argument to philosophy:
- describe the moral/ethical positions of at least 3 relevant philosophers
- describe how your argument is supported by these philosophers
PHASE 5: REFLECTION due Fri. Aug 7
What did you learn from this process? In 2-3 pages, analyze your performance:
- was your project a success? by what standards?
- what would you have changed?
- did you follow your plan/timeline?
- do you think you did the most good with your time and money?
PHASE 6: SUMMARIZE in class Aug 10-11
Share your experience
- film a 3 minute 'webisode' with Clark summarizing/describing your project