Ask students to view 'Pantz Park', imagining what they would do in this situation. These questions may help them to think about the activity and write points in their books:
- What is the problem with the local park? (smashed up / can't skate).
- Who suggests the young people can do something? (Jack's Granddad). What advice does he give?(start a campaign).
- What four options are given for the campaign? (businesses, organisations, publicity, lobbying)
- What happened to the park at the end?
When students have finished, ask them to list all the forms of community action they can think of. Use their lists to plan an outside visit to a local playground or area of unused land. During the visit, discuss how this area could be improved.
Encourage students to explore active citizenship with the Get Involved section. There are examples of citizenship action by other schools. They can 'Go off on a tangent!' with audio and video clips, find out more on 'Get the lowdown' or test themselves with the quizzes. Students who finish early can add their own ideas about community action on the messageboard.