Excerpt from "Do Something!"

DoSomething.org is America's largest organization for youth volunteering opportunities. Here is a list of verbs from their handbook that show what young activists have done and what you can do.

Here are all the word lists to support the reading of Grade 8 Unit 3's texts from SpringBoard's Common Core ELA series: Night, First They Came for the Communists, Terrible Things, The Diary of Anne Frank, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, The Diary of a Young Girl, Elie Wiesel Speech, Do Something!, Wangari Maathai, Freerice.com, Public Service Announcements, Famine as a Weapon
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  1. register
    have one's name listed as a candidate for several parties
    Like the 12-year-old who registered over 10,000 people to donate bone marrow for people with cancer.
  2. raise
    collect funds for a specific purpose
    Or the 10-year-old who raised $30 by selling lemonade--and it was enough to buy dog food at a shelter for one night.
  3. improve
    to make better
    We have 1,666,208 members doing stuff to improve their communities and the world.
  4. collect
    gather
    Our members collected 1,020,041 pairs of jeans for homeless youth through our Teens for Jeans campaign.
  5. recycle
    use again after processing
    Our members recycled over 1.2 million aluminum cans through our 50 Cans campaign.
  6. donate
    give to a charity or good cause
    Our members donated 316,688 books to school libraries through our Epic Book Drive.
  7. found
    set up
    Inspired by Charlie, Sarah co-founded the first high school-based inclusive cheerleading squad in the nation.
  8. generate
    bring into existence
    Today, the Sparkle Effect has generated 26 squads in 15 states and South Africa, encouraging a culture of acceptance in every community.
  9. maneuver
    act in order to achieve a certain goal
    After lots of maneuvering Danny helped him move from the Honda to a house, but was deeply disturbed by how little control Roger had over his own situation.
  10. provide
    give something useful or necessary to
    Through programs like music lessons, mentoring, sports and athletics, resume building, and job readiness, Together We Rise provides the resources for foster kids to prepare for success at age 18, when they are kicked out of the foster care system and left to fend for themselves.
  11. tour
    go all the way around a certain place
    He toured with the film to spread his message to young people in community centers and schools around the country.
  12. educate
    give knowledge acquired by learning and instruction
    At age 14, he decided to educate the public about the medical and psychological issues facing kids born with these kinds of birthmarks through his book, Buddy Booby's Birthmark, and his annual International Buddy Booby's Birthmark Read-Along for Tolerance and Awareness.
Created on September 15, 2015 (updated September 15, 2015)

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