Civic Virtue in Modern American Democracy
Students explore characteristics of civic virtue, putting the common good above individual interests, in modern American society.
Students will be able to 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 will identify and describe many different characteristics of civic virtue using material from a variety of sources and then select the characteristics they believe are most important.
Having formulated an initial opinion on whether or not today's Americans exhibit civic virtue, students will defend their positions and analyze those of others during a structured classroom debate.
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.