The ELA center is excited to announce the release of Take Action! Civic Engagement, a new social studies unit plan developed in collaboration with Brooke Machado. In this unit, students are introduced to the different branches of government, learn about their government representatives through web-based tools, and write formal letters to their representatives about an issue of importance to them. 

In addition to the unit plan, the curriculum includes three fully developed lesson plans and student materials. Developed using the ACLS-approved ELA curriculum templates, the unit and lesson plans provide a good example of integrating instructional priorities, such as contextualization, relevance, and digital literacy in ELA instruction.

Brooke Machado will be presenting on this curriculum at an upcoming SABES webinar on March 29th from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Learn from Brooke about how teachers can empower adult learners through civics instruction. Webinar attendees will gain an understanding of the importance of civics instruction for adult learners, become confident implementing explicit instruction approaches into their teaching, and learn about digital tools that can be used to engage students in learning. To register for this webinar, click here. If you have any questions please contact Zoe Reinecke at

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