For the next step, teachers can use the framework for a civic inquiry project about present issues. In an inquiry project, students investigate civic participation cases that matter to them. The Ten Questions can be used as main points of investigation. Inquiry projects concern divergent formats including research projects, political discussion, and media source analysis.
Next students can bring knowledge they accumulated from inquiry projects into action projects to make change in the future. Action projects involve a range of activities, including civic media-making, alliance building, and participation strategy development (e.g. contacting political officials or other influencers). For this category, see the following examples:
- Political Conversation in a Classroom (government)
- Civic Case study (civics)
- History Project I: "Unsung Women Change Agents" (history)
- History Project II: "Bending the Arc" (history)
- Service Learning Research
- Youth Participatory Action Research