Step 1: Identify what you would like to see change. My students came up with things like more electives in our schedule, driving age reduced to 13 (I bet you can guess how old my students are) and so on.
Step 2: Talk about why people wanted the Catholic Church to change (list complaints people like Martin Luther had)
Step 3: List the complaints you have about your topic.
Step 4: Look at the outcome of the complaints during the Protestant Reformation (the creation of Protestant churches)
Step 5: Write up your proposal on how you would like your item to change.
The students who chose to make a change to the Middle School curriculum will present their idea(s) to our building principal and possibly one of our district curriculum directors.
Revision on the fly... After completing step 4 it was clear that some students were not all that interested in trying to make a change to the school schedule. So, I gave them a different option... I told them they could follow the same path that Martin Luther took and create a new protestant religion. I told them to first think about the issues (selling of indulgences etc...) they felt were the most important and have that help drive the creation of your new religion. Below are a few examples of what the students made.