Go Green for Recycling – Government

Student(s): Kathryn Douglas
Date: 4/8/13         Grade Level: 10th Grade Government
Instructor: Carla Stone         Email: stoneshores@comcast.net
Teaching Assistant: Bella Tirtowalujo         Email: tirtowal@msu.edu

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Name of Project: “Go Green for Recycling!”

Project Overview

Give a brief overview of the project you are planning.

Students in 10th grade sometimes take Government/Civics for their social studies class. One major issue that occurs all over is the problem of overwhelming landfills and the lack of recycling that is taking place. There have been many attempts to make this problem more well known, and now the students here will get that opportunity to truly experience this problem and get the chance to come up with solutions on their own. Students will learn in this class all about the policies and laws regarding recycling and then will be able to make their own difference. Students will do a service project in groups by going around the community picking up litter and recyclables and taking care of them properly. They will then, in their groups, research how other countries handle the issue of recycling by looking into their policies and laws. They will then present in the group that they did the service project with their findings on their specific region of the world and tie it all together by relating it back to the U.S. Then, after all of the groups have presented, the class, as a whole, will try to incorporate many aspects from around the world to come up with the best policies and laws in their opinion. They will then look into how to write up a brief about their findings and will then submit it to the local government for consideration. This will make the students feel like they can make a difference and they will have done their community a great service as well. Along with those, they will also still be learning their curriculum about how policies are created and how people can go about changing them.


Effective Practice: MEANINGFUL SERVICE

Service learning actively engages participants in meaningful and personally relevant service activities.

What community need will you address and how did you determine the need?

One need that will be addressed is the issue of the lack of recycling in the community. Also, the amount of litter in parks and along the roads will be tended to from this service. I determined this need by looking around here and seeing litter on the streets and realizing that this can be helped by a little bit of service. Also, I determined the need for recycling based on my knowledge about it, and how even though there is much more attention to it now, there is still too much being thrown away rather than being recycled.

What service will you provide to address the need?

The students will pick up litter along the streets and the parks and recycle what they can from that. They will also go around and collect recyclables to help even more around the community.


Effective Practice: LINK TO CURRICULUM

Service learning is intentionally used as an instructional strategy to meet learning goals and/or content standards.

How is this project related to your curriculum?

Students need to learn about policies, their creation and how to change them, and this directly ties into that. They can learn about these policies and then they will contact the local government to present new ideas to them.

What are the educational goals?

I am striving to make the students more interested in public policy and realize that anyone can make a difference, not just people high up in politics. I also want the student to see more need throughout the community so that they are more willing to help out. I want students to realize the importance of recycling and also learn more about how the policies about it are so different around the world.


Curriculum Connections

Strand: Social Studies: World History and Geography, United States History and Geography, Government and Civics, Economics
TLW: The learners will use civic thinking and use active inquiry and participation

Additional State Standards and Benchmarks
List standards and benchmarks met by this project.

C1 Conceptual Foundations of Civic and Political Life
1.1 Nature of Civic Life
1.2 Forms of Government

C2 Values and Principles of American Democracy
2.1 Origins
2.2 Foundational Values and Principles

C3 Structure and Functions of Government
3.1 Structure and Functions
3.2 Powers and Limits
3.3 State and Local Governments
3.4 System of Law and Laws
3.5 The Policy Process
3.6 Characteristics of Nation States

C4 Relationship of the United States to Other Nations and World Affairs
4.1 U.S. Foreign Policy
4.2 International Institutions and Affairs
4.3 Conflict and Cooperation Between and Among Nations

C5 Citizenship in the United States
5.1 The Meaning of Citizenship
5.2 Becoming a Citizen
5.3 Rights
5.4 Responsibilities
5.5 Dispositions

C6 Citizenship in Action
6.1 Civic Inquiries and Public Discourse (P3)
6.2 Participating in Civic life (P4)


Effective Practice: REFLECTION

Service learning incorporates multiple challenging reflection activities that are ongoing and that prompt deep thinking and analysis about oneself and one’s relationship to society.

What form(s) of reflection will you use with the students to help them identify what they have learned and accomplished?

The students will present at the end in their groups about their service and what they took out of it. They will also present their findings on other policies and laws around the world. Finally, they will combine all of their knowledge to come up with new policies and laws that they feel are the best of the world and submit it to government. All of these methods show that the students have learned and that they have taken valuable knowledge away from this experience.


Effective Practice: DIVERSITY

Service learning promotes understanding of diversity and mutual respect among all participants.

What types of diverse perspectives and experiences will be explored as part of your project?

(i.e.: cultural, generational, abilities/disabilities, learning styles, etc)

This project has the students researching other countries’ policies and laws regarding recycling, as well as learning about our own. This will incorporate writing, researching, hands-on experience, and classroom learning. Therefore, this incorporates a wide variety of learning styles. They will also be able to learn about how the policies have changed over time based on the lessons within the classroom.


Effective Practice: YOUTH VOICE

Service learning provides youth with a strong voice in planning, implementing, and evaluating service learning experiences with guidance from adults.

How will students gain ownership of the project?

The students will be able to decide where they will do the service aspect of this project. They will also be able to choose which policies and laws they think are the best and will get to write up their own brief on it and submit it to the local government. If the students want to do more, I will make sure to help them in any way and by directing them in the right direction.



Service learning partnerships are collaborative, mutually beneficial, and address community needs.

Who will you partner with for this project?

I will be partnering with members of the government by submitting the brief to them. I will also be partnering with various members around the community by checking to make sure students can pick up recyclables around. I will be partnering with the school itself to inform them of what the students will be doing and by allowing them to help out with this in any way. Finally, I will be partnering with other teachers around the school to keep informed about what they are doing centering around recycling and by keeping them informed of what I’m doing.

How will students benefit from this partnership?

Students will learn more about the community’s need for recycling and they will get to know more people around the community. They will be learning about the local government by being partnered with them through this experience. They will also benefit from the partnership with other teachers so that they are not doing the same thing in more than one class.

How will the partner benefit from this collaboration?

The local community will benefit greatly by having their streets and various areas much cleaner and they will be helping the environment by allowing the students to recycle more. The government could agree with the students’ policies and can gain more knowledge about their citizens’ opinions.



Service learning engages participants in an ongoing process to assess the quality of implementation and progress toward meeting specified goals, and uses results for improvement and sustainability.

How will you assess the student learning goals?

I will assess their learning goals by grading their final presentations on the service learning and by judging their participation throughout the entire process. I will also monitor how engaged everyone is in the creation of the brief that will be going to the government for reading.

How will you assess your service goals?

I will make the students provide proof of service and I will ensure that they are recycling and doing the best that they can. Their participation grade can be based on this.



Service learning has sufficient duration and intensity to address community needs and meet specified outcomes.

How will you prepare students for this experience?

I will do an in-class lesson about policies and recycling to open it up with. I will inform them of what to do at every stage and make sure that they are on the right track. I will be helping them throughout this entire experience so that they are never alone.

What are some sample possible activities students might do as part of this project?

Students will be picking up litter around the community and recycling all that they can. They can make signs for around the school to not waste stuff, but recycle it. They will be presenting their ideas to the local government for review.



The three arms of sustainability are environmental stewardship, economic growth, and social progress. Think planet, profit, and people.

Describe how your project addresses the issue of sustainability?

This project could potentially lead to new policies, which would lead to a better community. Recycling leads to a healthier and better world and this would last forever. This project, hopefully, leads to these students doing even more on their own, whether it is becoming more interested in public policy or recycling even more.