Unit Overview 

Learners examine the rights guaranteed to us by the Bill of Rights, as well as the responsibilities we have to protect those rights for our personal well-being and the common welfare. Students show value for those rights by promoting the common welfare as an involved citizen.

Service Experience 
  Students use their time and talent to create posters that illustrate ways in which guaranteed rights ensure the well-being of all people. On their own time, students present the poster to administration and get permission to post it somewhere on school grounds.
Lessons in This Unit 
Unit: 
Rights and Responsibilities
Lesson 1 of 4
Grades: 
6
7
8

This lesson will examine the connection between personal and government actions and the source that provides the authority to act. This lesson will serve as a foundation for student understanding that our rights have an origin in the founding documents of our country. It will explain the purposes of the Constitution and Preamble to the Constitution. Finally, this lesson will emphasize the purpose of the Bill of Rights and the reason for its creation.

Unit: 
Rights and Responsibilities
Lesson 2 of 4
Grades: 
6
7
8

This lesson will clarify that true rights must be guaranteed by the Bill of Rights. Students will examine the importance of protecting these rights, as well as decide if and when it is appropriate to limit rights. This lesson will also provide the opportunity to examine how nonprofits preserve and promote guaranteed rights.

Unit: 
Rights and Responsibilities
Lesson 3 of 4
Grades: 
6
7
8

This lesson will examine the connection between the five basic guaranteed rights in the Bill of Rights and their corresponding responsibilities. This lesson will introduce sources of responsibilities and allow students the opportunity to predict consequences of fulfilling or not fulfilling responsibilities connected to their rights.