This introductory lesson will provide students the opportunity to examine their own personal values and the source of the influence which helped them form those values. The learner will then be introduced to the Core Democratic Values which citizens hold in common and their role as the source to inspire philanthropic action. Finally, students will learn the connection between Core Democratic Values and the founding documents.

Using the historical content of World War II, students will have the opportunity for meaningful and reflective thought as they witness the telling of experiences by those who were directly and indirectly involved in the war. Students will also learn about the philanthropic actions of citizens, inspired by their democratic values, who acted for the common good. Ultimately, students will see that history was changed by the impact of this war.

The purpose of this lesson is to give students a chance to investigate the effects of dams on the ecosystem of a region (the long-term effects that are not anticipated).