Step 2: Exploring the Issue

Step 2

Rock Your World - Social Action Toolkit

Exploring the Issue

What makes you want to learn?
Rock Your World emphasizes taking informed action. The following activities and resources are designed to guide students as they learn about the issue(s) they have selected.

1. Chart what you know.
  • Begin the process of completing a K-W-L Chart, by listing what you know in the “Know” column and questions for research in the “Want to Know” column.
  • Keep this chart and add to the “Learned” column as you become more informed about your issue.
2. Begin the important process of learning more about your issue. How you go about this will depend on the issue you have selected, the resources you have available, and the time you have. Here are some ideas:
  • Have a group leader / facilitator select and supply the group with news articles, websites, and/or other sources about the issue to read.
  • Group members find and bring information to share.
  • Conduct online research.
  • Visit the school or local library.
  • Interview relevant people in person or via Skype.
  • Send email inquiries to organizations or informed people.


  • Try using a Question Start Routine to help generate good questions that will prompt your information gathering for inquiry.

Rock Your World is a Program of Creative Visions, a 501(c) (3) organization that supports creative activists - individuals who use the power of media and arts to create positive change in the world.
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