Plan an Event

Description 

The Plan an Event Performance Task Guide structures a process through which students plan and implement a social action event.
"It is often said that people vote with their feet. The ability to inspire and mobilize people to action is one of the most important and transformative skill sets one can possess. It is not only empowering for students to experience the iresults of purposeful planning, organization, and community engagement around a social or environmental issue — it lays the foundation for true citizenship and democratic participation in and throughout adulthood.
The Plan an Event Performance Task Guide addresses the many different facets of event planning: ideation and research, action planning, team management, outreach, implementation, and reflection."

Opportunities for Student Choice 

Student choice can be encouraged in a number of ways. Students can choose the issue, and/or they can choose their position. They can also choose the purpose of the event, the format of the event, and many details surrounding the operations of the event.

Authentic Task 

Events are planned in almost every professional field, and they serve a number of purposes. Institutions such as schools, non-profit organizations, hospitals, and cause-based organizations often plan fundraising events such as galas, walk-a-thons, auctions, car washes, and bake sales. Organizations that work for social change often bring people together in retreats to create community and to make collaborative work more effective by building mission alignment and focusing on organizational goals. Many organizations plan events such as shows, presentations with speakers, or fairs. These are designed to raise awareness of important issues.

Opportunities for Exhibition to an Audience 

There are many possible audiences for student events. If students are working on a school issue, they might have their event in and around the school. If it's a community issue, they might choose to open up their event to their neighborhood, having it at a local venue, or having it at the school. People also plan events virtually, such as a meetup on Twitter or a virtual conference.

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Plan An Event Performance Tasks Rubric

What are the expectations for this performance task?  

Each performance task has a single-point rubric, which lays out the expectations for college-and career-ready performance. This type of rubric allows teachers to provide specific, focused feedback without limiting students’ creativity or putting a ceiling on their...

Choose a Topic_PaE

What makes for a good topic for a social action event?
Identify an issue, or a topic within a larger issue, that you either feel strongly about or wonder about.

Common Core Standards 

  • CCRA.R.7

Time To Complete 

1-2 Days

Choose a Purpose & an Event Format_PaE

What will be the purpose of your event? How will you structure your event to ensure the purpose is achieved?
Consider the research you have done and decide how your event can make a difference according to the issue or problem you have discovered.
 

 

Common Core Standards 

  • CCRA.R.1
  • CCRA.SL.1
  • CCRA.SL.2

Time To Complete 

1 Day

Choose an Audience_PaE

Who will come to your event? Who is your target audience and how will you structure the event based on who you would like to attend?
Consider the research you have done and decide who you will create your event for and how you will cater to your chosen audience.

 

Research the Issue_PaE

What do people know, say, and believe about this issue?
Find and analyze resources that will help you grasp the issue’s key concepts, in addition to deepening your understanding of the range of perspectives on it. Focus on examining what can be done to make an impact regarding the issue. 

Common Core Standards 

  • CCRA.R.1
  • CCRA.R.9
  • CCRA.W.7
  • CCRA.W.8
  • CCRA.W.9

Time To Complete 

1-2 Days

Create and Implement an Action Plan_PaE

How do you plan an event to ensure success?
Create a manageable action plan that includes answers to questions like the following: 
  • Who are you inviting?
  • Where will the event be held?
  • What supplies do you need?
  • What
  • ...

Common Core Standards 

  • CCRA.SL.1
  • CCRA.SL.4
  • CCRA.SL.5
  • CCRA.SL.6

Time To Complete 

2+ Days

Enroll Support for Your Event_PaE

How can you get others excited about your idea so you can get help?
Create and implement a plan to enroll at least one other person to support your event.  

 

Common Core Standards 

  • CCRA.SL.1
  • CCRA.SL.4
  • CCRA.W.1
  • CCRA.W.4

Time To Complete 

1 Day

Manage a Team_PaE

How do you ensure your supporters, volunteers, and team accomplish their workload and goals?
Plan your work with your supporters to ensure that the event is successful and everyone works together as a united team.

Common Core Standards 

  • CCRA.SL.1
  • CCRA.SL.3
  • CCRA.SL.4
  • CCRA.SL.6

Time To Complete 

1 Day

Debrief the Event_PaE

How will you know if your event is successful?
Create goals and measurable results you hope to accomplish, and a means for evaluation if you achieve your goals. Reflect on the success of your event in various areas.

 

Common Core Standards 

  • CCRA.SL.1
  • CCRA.SL.3
  • CCRA.W.5

Time To Complete 

1 Day