Our democracy is maintained in part through philanthropic actions inspired by the Core Democratic Values. In the absence of these values, injustice such as the Japanese Internment following the attack on Pearl Harbor during World War II goes unchecked. Students have the opportunity to engage in philanthropic action to promote and protect the values that ensure our democracy.

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.

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.

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.

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