People who make history do not need to be famous. They are people like you and those around you who speak up and step up to help shape the world around them.
Who do you know that is making a difference in your community? Is it someone who has spoken out like Maria Moreno? Who is active in a cause or issue? Is it someone who was part of a great historic event, like a social movement, civic initiative or war? Is it someone connected to the major issues of the moment, such as educational equality, immigration, healthcare, gun safety/rights, gender equality or issues of race and social justice? Is it someone who simply works to make her or his community a better place? How is s/he doing this work?
Maria’s story reminds us that everyday people have the power to shape history. Who are the history makers in your life? You will now create a chart tracing the impact of two people: Maria Moreno and a history maker from your experience. You could identify somebody in your school, family or community. It could even be you!
If possible, meet with that person before completing this chart, so that you fully understand their work.
Compare and contrast Maria Moreno and a History Maker from your own experience. When selecting someone, think about people whose personal choices impact public issues. In other words, identify someone who is taking individual action to make change in the world around her or him.