Citizenship & Participation

Students will learn what it means to be a U.S. citizen and how citizenship is obtained. They will compare and contrast personal and political rights with social responsibilities and personal duties. Students will explore global citizenship, and the rights and responsibilities of citizens in other countries. They will also learn about community engagement by selecting a problem of their own and creating a plan to solve it.

The Fourth Branch: You!

Young people may not feel like they are part of the government, but they are! In this lesson, students learn how citizens influence government and measure the impact of their "citizen power" on each of our three branches.

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Students Engage!

Problems need solutions, and solutions require plans. In this lesson, students brainstorm a list of local problems and action steps that they might take to solve these problems in their community to affect political change.

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Play Time: 30+ mins
Pick an issue, lead a campaign, grow a movement, and make a difference.

Civic Heroism!
Let's explore what it means to be a civic hero!

Community Service

Should schools require mandatory community services for graduation? Or does requiring volunteer service defeat the point? Through this Drafting Board issue, students will study a policy that may already apply to them or their friends. Should students have maximum flexibility to develop their talents and skills? Or does mandatory service help students develop skills and discover interests? Students will learn to connect claims, evidence, and reasoning to ultimately produce a structured and effective argument on this issue!

The Global You

Students play international detective as they read accounts of international pollution issues. Students also complete an activity tracing ocean currents and discussing the paths of pollution. These activities prepare students to identify the mindset of a global citizen and to define global citizenship. This lesson reinforces concepts from “Citizen Me” and can be followed by “Students Engage!” but can also be taught independently. Note: This lesson contains an optional PowerPoint presentation (see Lesson Prep). 

A Trip Around the World

Students learn about the rights and responsibilities held by citizens in several countries around the world and compare them to the rights held by U.S. citizens.

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