Freedom Isn't Free

Grades: 
9, 10, 11, 12

In a persuasive essay learners describe responsibilities of American citizenship and the cost of freedom. They connect how philanthropic giving is a part of those costs. “Freedom isn’t free. It passes on an enormous debt to the recipient.”

Duration 
PrintOne 50-Minute Session
Objectives 

The learner will:

  • identify Core Democratic Values that describe the privilege and responsibilities of citizenship.
  • determine the cost of freedom.
Materials 
  • Core Democratic Values and Where They Originate in Our Founding Documents (Handout)

Instructions

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  1. Anticipatory Set:

    Make this statement for discussion: For every right of citizenship, there is a corresponding duty. Using an American history textbook, discuss the rights citizens have. See Core Democratic Values and Where They Originate in Our Founding Documents (handout). Now discuss need for responsibility to balance the rights. What are the duties of citizenship? Can philanthropy be considered a duty of citizenship? Maybe each person has a personal gift to give to their community to make it better.

  2. Write the following statement for all to see and discuss:

    Freedom isn’t free. It passes on an enormous debt to the recipient.

    This is the topic for a persuasive essay for young people to write from their own passion for making the country a better place.

  3. Writing checklist

    • Have I included a clear topic sentence, either at the beginning or the end?
    • Is the content easy to follow with clear, concise sentences?
    • Have I refuted the major opposing arguments and given additional supporting arguments?
    • Is my subject debatable?
    • Do I show an understanding of both points of view?
  4. As a resource for others, select three to five essays which best exemplify the essay theme. Publish the essays or display the completed copies in tthe public library or in social media. 

Philanthropy Framework

  1. Strand PHIL.I Definitions of Philanthropy
    1. Standard DP 01. Define Philanthropy
      1. Benchmark HS.3 Explain and give examples of how a democratic constitution requires and protects philanthropic behavior as a democratic principle.
  2. Strand PHIL.II Philanthropy and Civil Society
    1. Standard PCS 07. Skills of Civic Engagement
      1. Benchmark HS.1 Utilize the persuasive power of written or oral communication as an instrument of change in the community, nation or the world.