In this lesson, learners reflect on the meaning of democracy. They discuss and explore examples of participatory democracy in history. They read and report about concepts such as civic responsibility, patriotism, right to petition, and philanthropy.
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Unit: We ARE the Government
Unit: Heroism In Literature
Students will demonstrate the importance that public advocacy for the common good has in developing civic virtue and core democratic values by successfully writing a research- based persuasive essay.
Unit: Grow Involved 9-12
Students read Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl and then promote the idea of doing for others by writing letters to government officials to take a stand on an issue.
In this lesson, students compare communication styles and read the Autobiography of Malcolm X. They compare the work of Malcolm X with that of Martin Luther King, Jr. Then they raise awareness of the issue of racism through a discussion forum. They plan and hold the forum in the...
Unit: Bedtime Bags
In this one period lesson, students learn about people and children who are homeless and make bedtime bags for children in shelters as their service project.
"I always wondered why somebody doesn't do something about that. Then I realized I was somebody." - Lily Tomlin...
We define philanthropy and discuss the joy of giving, as well as various ways to give through nonprofits in the community. We learn how GivingTuesday, an international initiative, focuses on generosity and the power of social media and combining efforts with others to make a big...
Students learn about climate change and greenhouse gas emissions. Students discuss the issue and motivations for giving for the common good. Through discussion and brainstorming, students establish things they can do personally and as a team to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Unit: Bullying Prevention Plan
In this lesson, learners will explore and address the following questions: Who are the minority voices of the past and how has the civil society sector stepped in to protect their rights? What actions were effective? What public policies are in place to protect them? Who are the bullied today...
Unit: Action through Art
The learners read stories written and illustrated by teens about action and advocacy to make the world a better place. The students brainstorm concerns/issues they have about their school or local community and create story outlines about ways to address an issue.
The students will write a "Safe Water" pledge and may choose to sign it indicating action they will personally take to assure sustainable, safe water. They will create persuasive products to share their knowledge of issues around safe drinking water.
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