Our Constitutional Connection

Unit of 3 Lessons
Grade Levels: 
Language Arts
Media / Technology
Social Studies
Issue Area: 
Focus Question 

 What is a citizen's responsibility to participate in civil society? 


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Unit Overview 

Students view the language of citizenship and philanthropy in the Constitution. They define philanthropy and identify philanthropic activities within the home, school, community, state, and nation, including voting. They become familiar with the roles and services provided by federal, state, and local governments and discuss the importance of electing officials who are trustworthy and committed to the common good. 

Service Experience 
Students will create colorful posters that will encourage citizens in their community to “get out” and vote. They will then distribute them in key locations where they will be visible reminders to voters.
Lessons in This Unit 
Our Constitutional Connection
Lesson 2 of 3

Literature and primary documents help students understand the role of the Constitution for the United States. Students overview the three branches of government described in the first three articles. Students will then use the Internet to research their state officials and will design a brochure or newsletter about a state official representing their district. Students will understand how government officials give of their time and talent for the common good and will discuss the importance of electing trustworthy officials.