Focus Question: How does a community form to address issues for the common good?
Within the context of studying student rights and responsibilities in a school environment, students participate in the development of some classroom rules. After creating the rules, students maintain the rules through participation in a classroom council that will hear complaints and recommend needed changes. This unit addresses the philanthropic themes of public discourse and problem solving for the common good.
The learner will:
The students will experience self-government throughout this unit as they first write and then monitor rules affecting themselves and others in a real-life situation. Their individual action will affect the common good and will be a part of determining the success of the community as a whole.
This unit requires the teacher to share his/her rule-making jurisdiction with the students. Each teacher will have to decide how many teacher-generated rules he/she will need in order to have a comfortable working environment. Attempt to keep the teacher-generated rules to a minimum so students feel ownership in the majority of the classroom rules.
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Lessons Developed By:
Mt. Pleasant Public Schools
Mt. Pleasant High School
1155 S Elizabeth
Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858
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