Civic Virtue in Modern American Democracy
Students explore characteristics of civic virtue, putting the common good above individual interests, in modern American society.
As a group we identify a basic textbook definition of good citizenship, including the classic Roman concept of civic virtue (putting the common good above individual need).
The learners analyze different examples from history of civic virtue and then select the characteristics they believe are most important for enduring citizen engagement.
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.