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The Kid's Guide to Social Action: How to Solve the Social Problems You Choose - and Turn Creative Thinking into Positive Action
     

The Kid's Guide to Social Action: How to Solve the Social Problems You Choose - and Turn Creative Thinking into Positive Action

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by Barbara A. Lewis
 

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Inspire kids to choose the social causes they care about and take action themselves. Compelling, empowering, and packed with information, The Kid’s Guide to Social Action is the ultimate guide for kids who want to make a difference in the world.

First published in 1991, this book has helped thousands of young people get involved, get noticed, and

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Inspire kids to choose the social causes they care about and take action themselves. Compelling, empowering, and packed with information, The Kid’s Guide to Social Action is the ultimate guide for kids who want to make a difference in the world.

First published in 1991, this book has helped thousands of young people get involved, get noticed, and get results. It has won awards from Parenting Magazine (“Outstanding Children’s Book, Reading-Magic Awards”) and the American Library Association (“Best of the Best for Children”). And now it’s even better.

•    Step-by-step instructions show how to write letters, do interviews, make speeches, take surveys, raise funds, get media coverage, and more
•    Real stories about real kids who are doing great things let readers know they’re not too young to solve problems in their neighborhood, community, and nation
•    25 reproducible forms make it easy to circulate petitions, initiate proclamations, and prepare news releases
•    Ideas for working with government, including tips for lobbying local, state, and federal lawmakers, and for using social action skills with the courts
•    Resources point the way toward government offices, groups, organizations, Web sites, and books.

Designed for kids to use on their own, this creative book is also ideal for schools, clubs, groups, troops, and youth organizations.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“This book is the most thorough handbook for citizen action we’ve seen in a long time.” —National Audubon Society

“The liveliest practical civics book for young students in print.”
—Ralph Nader

“A tremendously useful, well-organized, and inspiring book.”
—Children’s Television Workshop

Reading Magic Award —Parenting Magazine

"Best of the Best for Children" —American Library Association

Children's Literature - Beverly Kobrin
When I was a child, kids were told to be seen, not heard. Barbara Lewis dedicated her Kids Guide to Social Action to all children, with the wish that they be seen and heard. Throughout her step-by-step handbook, Ms. Lewis shows how young people, from elementary through high school, can be a positive force for change. Salt Lake City, Utah's Hawthorne Elementary youngsters, for example, started a newspaper recycling center and "KOPE"-Kids Organized to Protect the Environment-whose members planted a garden, organized their own Earth Day art fair, and started KOPE groups in other schools. In addition to how-to's (e.g. initiate or change laws), Ms. Lewis also includes such whereby's as "power" interviews, proposals, and letter writing; such where-to's as the names and addresses of government offices and contact groups; and assorted what-with's- petitions, letters, news releases and other such forms-for copying. Keep one copy of this extremely well-designed, practical, and useful resource in your classroom. And at least two in the library.
Booknews
For the young (age 10 and up) and budding social activist, Lewis provides illustrative stories of kids who care and do, guides to the skills involved, sample forms (petitions, letters, news releases, etc.) and a resource guide with addresses and phone numbers. Published by Free Spirit Publishing, Inc., 400 First Avenue, North, Suite 616, Minneapolis, MN 55401. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781575420387
Publisher:
Free Spirit Publishing, Inc.
Publication date:
04/15/1998
Edition description:
REVISED
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
10.80(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
10 - 17 Years

Meet the Author


Barbara A. Lewis is a former public school teacher and sought-after speaker. She has received many awards for excellence in writing, teaching, and leading youth in service projects and social action. She and her students were honored for community contributions by President Clinton and have been featured nationally in many magazines and newspapers, in The Congressional Record, and on television. Barbara’s books also include What Do You Stand For? (For Kids and For Teens), Kids with Courage, The Teen Guide to Global Action, and The Kid’s Guide to Service Projects. She lives in Park City, Utah.

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The Kid's Guide to Social Action: How to Solve the Social Problems You Choose - and Turn Creative Thinking into Positive Action 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book changed the way I teach. I love the blank student pages. They can be copied and made available for student projects. An excellent book