Learners will define government and describe a democratic republic with a Constitution. They identify the role of government at all levels - national, state, and local and talk about what young people can do to have a voice.
Learners will be introduced to the concept of philanthropy, evaluate the role of philanthropy in the smooth functioning of government, and describe the role of families in shaping a democratic society.
Students explore the preconceived opinions that we have about people based on first impressions and lack of understanding of different perspectives. Students explore examples of bias in their own personal experiences.
The learners analyze examples from history of civic virtue and then select the characteristics they believe are most important for enduring citizen engagement.
As a group we define good citizenship, including the classic Roman concept of civic virtue (putting the common good above individual need).
Having formulated an initial opinion on whether or not today's Americans exhibit civic virtue, hold a debate to defend their positions and analyze those of others.
Students will learn to identify factual information from objective sources and to use that information to support their own points of view and refute the arguments of an opposing point of view.
To identify and compare the roles of governments, economic systems, and the nonprofit sector in meeting the needs of people around the world.
To expose learners to first-hand accounts of the function of non-profits in various nations of the world, and share that information with the class.
To share knowledge of economic systems and the role of the non-profit sector with other social studies classes studying economics and/or social geography.