Teacher Resources

Resources to aid you through the CAP process and provide information to help students understand the connections between their CAP issue, civic actions, and public policy.

Teacher-Created Resources

CAP Enhancements

CAP Quick Website Guide for Student  – Patricia Vasquez
Revised CAP Proposal (doc) — This revised CAP proposal guides the student – Hayley Lotspeich
CAP Research Log (doc) – This log helps guide students through the research process. – Hayley Lotspeich
Revised CAP Thinking it Through (doc) – Hayley Lotspeich
Sample Thinking it Through (doc) – sample Thinking it Through – Jessica Price and Angela Olthoff

Lesson Handouts

Lesson 4 - Handout (doc) – Helps students plan a Civic Action Project – May Ellen Daneels
Lesson 5 & 6 - Handout (doc) – A graphic organizer for Lessons 5 and 6. – Mary Ellen Daneels
Lesson 5 Quiz (ppt) – A quiz on the Chicago Gang Policy. – Mary Ellen Daneels and Allison Baxtor
Lesson 7 & 9 Handout (doc) Blends GRADE and Persuasion – a way for students to assess each others’ arguments. – Mary Ellen Daneels

Blog & Discussion Activities

What’s the Fuss? (pdf) – An activity to engage students on the blog. – Tom List
Going Electronic (doc) – An activity to engage students on the discussion board or blog. – Hayley Lotspeich

Assessment/Organization

Circle Maps - For use with lessons 1, 3, 5 – 14, and the CAP Proposal. -Valerie Felix
Lesson 5 Quiz (ppt) – A quiz on the Chicago Gang Policy. – Mary Ellen Daneels and Allison Baxtor
Group Information Form (pdf) – Form for students to keep track of their group’s CAP progress. – Patricia Vasquez
Project Folder Checklist (pdf) – Form for teacher to keep track of a group’s progress. – Patricia Vasquez
Peer Group Evaluation Form (pdf) – Form for students to evaluate their own group’s participation and contributions. – Patricia Vasquez
Group Evaluation Form (pdf) – Rubric to evaluate a group CAP presentation. – Patricia Vasquez
Written Report Rubric (pdf) – Rubric to evaluate a written report. – Patricia Vasquez
CAP Report Rubric – Scott Marsden, American Canyon High School
CAPFolio Presentation Rubric – Scott Marsden

Resources from CRF
CAP Web Citizen Assignment: Responding to CAP Colleagues CRF created a quick assignment to encourage students to respond to each other’s posts.
Using the CAP Web Site with Students:
A Discussion with CAP teacher Hayley Lotspeich

CAP Essentials for Students


Toolkit

A step-by-step guide through the civic action process for students.


Student Action

Take a look at what other CAP students are up to.


Contests

The CAPfolio and CAP PSA contests gives students a change to showcase their work and win prizes.

Connect

Students from all over the U.S. share and discuss their CAP projects.


Public Policy Spotlight

Highlights of monthly public policy topics.

Upating
Youth Board

Passionate alumni who have successfully completed projects and found CAP to be an excellent way to get youth civically engaged.

Professional Development

PD Webinars
  • Using the CAP Website with Students: A Discussion with teacher Hayley Lotspeich
  • CAP: A Web Based Practicum for Teaching Government
  • CAP and the Common Core Classroom
  • Project-Based Meets Blended Learning: Civic Action Project
  • Using CAP to Teach 21st Century Skills
  • Using CAP for Students' College Portfolios and Senior Projects
  • Quality Service Learning Through Policy-Based Civic Actions

Lessons 1 - 5 Webcast

Webcasts on teaching the CAP Lessons from CRF staff and CAP teachers.

Assessment

checkboxAssessment should focus on the amount and quality of independent critical thinking; policy analysis; and students’ abilities to identify, seek out, and communicate effectively with people who can help them impact the issue they are working on. Assessment should not be based whether the students actually solved the problem, but rather on their abilities to use strategic thinking, analysis, and organization to approach the problem. Rubrics and other resources for assessment are provided, and teachers are invited to share assessment ideas and tools they create.

CAP Planner Rubrics

Proposal Rubric (Aligned to the Common Core Standards)
Thinking it Through (Aligned to the Common Core Standards)
Civic Action (Aligned to the Common Core Standards)
Report (Aligned to the Common Core Standards) 


Sample Rubric Items

Culminating Activities

Oral Presentations
CAP Showcase
Publish
CAPfolio Contest

Teacher Created Assessment Tools

Presentation Guidelines & Evaluation (instructions for students) – Developed by Quinn Riddle-Ortiz of Alliance Environmental Science and Technology High School in Los Angeles

Peer Evaluation (for students to use during classmates’ presentations) –  Developed by Quinn Riddle-Ortiz of Alliance Environmental Science and Technology High School in Los Angeles

Lesson 5 Quiz (ppt) – A quiz on the Chicago Gang Policy. – Mary Ellen Daneels and Allison Baxtor

Group Information Form (pdf) – Form for students to keep track of their group’s

Project Folder Checklist (pdf) – Form for teacher to keep track of a group’s progress. – Patricia Vasquez

Peer Group Evaluation Form (pdf) – Form for students to evaluate their own group’s participation and contributions. – Patricia Vasquez

Group Evaluation Form (pdf) – Rubric to evaluate a group CAP presentation. – Patricia Vasquez

Written Report Rubric (pdf) – Rubric to evaluate a written report. – Patricia Vasquez

CAPFolio Presentation Rubric Scott Marsden

Last modified: Thursday, 8 November 2018, 4:25 PM