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You Decide, a Lesson in Citizenship and Differing Points of View

Module by: Josh Godsey. E-mail the author

Summary: In this unit, you will learn about the rights and responsibilities of an American citizen, as they are found in the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution. You will use these ideals to judge different points of view. You will then write an essay about how your views are different from others, and present them to the class as part of a panel, kind of like a T.V. talk show.

You Decide, a Lesson in Citizenship and Differing Points of View Signing of the Declaration.

In this unit, you will learn about the rights and responsibilities of an American citizen, as they are found in the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution. You will use these ideals to judge different points of view. You will then write an essay about how your views are different from others, and present them to the class as part of a panel, kind of like a T.V. talk show.

During this unit, you will also get a chance to do some computer research, record what you have learned using a graphic organizer, and learn how to cite you information using a specific format.

Figure 1
Boy using computer.
Figure 2
Filling in a checklist.

You will work as individuals, as small teams, and as a whole class. Much of your work will be done on computer in the computer lab, so prepare to have fun, learn, and prepare and present your learning to the class.

Lesson 1 - Introduction to Civic Rights and Responsibilities and Documentation Procedures

Lesson 2 - Rights and Responsibilities in the Declaration and the Constitution

Lesson 3 - Rights and Responsibilities in Persuasive Position Papers

Lesson 4 - Rights and Responsibilities in the Classroom or Playground

Lesson 5 - Rights and Responsibilities in the Classroom or Playground Panel Discussions

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