Launching Your Ship with Citizenship
Often high school students believe they have no role at all in the election process other than school elections for class officers. This is far from the truth as school elections are stepping stones to the real world. Nevertheless, students must prepare to be good citizens. They have rights but they also have responsibilities as citizens. The Core Democratic Values unite all Americans and are clear in the need for all citizens to be active in their communities and government. The learners will see how being a citizen encourages a more active role in the community and will see how campaigns are dependent on citizens studying the candidates and the issues. Once the learners analyze the candidates and their stands on the issues, they will prepare and give a short, responsible endorsement of a candidate. The role of volunteers, even teens who can ’t yet vote, is analyzed.
9, 10, 11, 12
Civics, Human Behavior, Human Relations, Sociology, United States Constitution, United States Government, Listening Comprehension, Process Skills, Reading, Speech, Writing (composition), Music, Visual Arts
Unit of instruction
Learning to Give