Creating Student-Generated Classroom Rules

Unit of 4 Lessons
Grade Levels: 
Media / Technology
Social Studies
Issue Area: 
Civil society
Focus Question 

 How does a community form to address issues for the common good?


Photo Credit:  Capital High School Classroom Discussion by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin is licensed under CC by 2.0

Unit Overview 

Within the context of studying student rights and responsibilities in a school environment, students participate in the development of some classroom rules. After creating the rules, students maintain the rules through participation in a classroom council that will hear complaints and recommend needed changes. This unit addresses the philanthropic themes of public discourse and problem solving for the common good.

Service Experience 
The students will experience self-government throughout this unit as they first write and then monitor rules affecting themselves and others in a real-life situation. Their individual action will affect the common good and will be a part of determining the success of the community as a whole.
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