The Ten Questions can be used in multiple ways in and outside the classroom for various projects. See the table that follows.
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Lesson level. Educators can use the Ten Questions in reading historical or contemporary events.
- “Facing History with the YPP Action Frame––Focusing on Eyes on the Prize: Ain’t Scared of Your Jails: Educators used the Ten Questions Framework to analyze a lunch counter sit-in of the civil rights movement.
- “Getting to Question One”: A middle school teacher focused on Question 1 (Why does it matter to me?”) in her language and literacy class.
- DREAM Activism
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 college instructor used the Ten Questions for student case studies.
- A high school teacher tapped into the Ten Questions for a political conversation project.
- A high school teacher employed a human rights project in history class, “Bending the Arc.”
- A teacher educator integrated the Ten Questions in a class project for elementary preservice teachers, “Unsung Women Change Agents”
- A school librarian applied the Ten Questions to her service-learning research project.
- A teen services librarian adopted the Ten Questions for a book discussion.
- A teen services librarian adopted the Ten Questions to the Kansas City Bus Tour and to youth advisory board.
Semester plan. A semester-level arrangement may 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. Using the Ten Questions throughout the semester, students can discuss various topics on new communication patterns, changing policymaking processes, and ethical issues in digital civic agency (course syllabus and bibliography)
Other applications. Several other cases have been developed by a community organizer, an app developer, and a social entrepreneur.
- A tool builder reflected on the development process of his app that connects constituents to their electoral representatives (Startlight) using the Ten Questions.
- A tool builder proposed an app building module using the Ten Questions.
- A community organizer used the Ten Questions for a blue-ribbon community conversation.
- A community program developer reflected on their programming process using the Ten Questions.