How to Use the Ten Questions?

The Ten Questions can be used in multiple ways in and outside classroom for various projects.  See the table that follows. 






Planning  Tool

Community Discussion

Service Learning Project

Youth Advisory Board

Assessing Tool

Community engagement programming & self-evaluation




Lesson or small activity level. Educators can use the Ten Questions in reading historical events on a lesson level. “Facing History with the YPP Action Frame––Focusing on Eyes on the Prize: Ain’t Scared of Your Jails” and “Pathfinders to Citizenship: DREAMers Activism” (coming soon) can be examples for this kind of activity.  Many more applications are possible. Lesson and activity ideas from teachers are welcome (click here to share). 

Project level. Students use the Ten Questions in conducting inquiry projects. The Ten Questions become signposts for the projects themselves. For example, Harvard College students conducted case studies using the Ten Questions. This practice is applicable in many different contexts, not only for high school and middle school students, but beyond.

  • A teacher educator has integrated the Ten Questions in a class project for her elementary social studies teachers, Unsung Women Change Agents
  • A school librarian is applying the Ten Questions to her service-learning projects.

  • A teen services librarian is adopting the Ten Questions to the Kansas City Bus Tour and to youth advisory board. 

  • A community organizer is using the Ten Questions in a Blue-Ribbon commission organized to address racial justice in her city. 

  • A tool builder reflects on his app development (Startlight) using the Ten Questions. 

  • A tool building module using the Ten Questions is available here

Workshop level. A workshop session that was offered at 2016 Frontiers of Democracy can provide some ideas. 

Semester level. This semester-level arrangement may well be suitable for college level courses, such as Gov94CZ (From Voice to Influence: Understanding Citizenship in a Digital Age) first offered at Harvard’s Department of Government in fall 2016. Students can take a close look at each of the Ten Questions throughout the semester. They discussed various topics on new communication patterns, changing policymaking processes, and ethical issues in digital civic agency.  See the related bibliography. The course syllabus can be found here.


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