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Public Discourse Unit


In this unit students explore the rights and responsibilities of citizenship. Through a lesson on the Bill of Rights, students learn how government affects their daily lives by identifying situations in which specific rights are involved. They also explore why rights have limits and the relationship between rights and responsibilities. In exploring the responsibilities of citizenship, students focus on the need for citizens to be informed about public issues. They deepen their understanding of public issues and the importance of citizen action in a democratic republic. They identify public policy issues facing citizens in the United States and then use sources to analyze information about a particular issue. In exploring the issue, they evaluate alternative resolutions and analyze how conflicts among core democratic values often lead people to want different resolutions to a public policy issue. Finally, students demonstrate competency in expressing their own opinions relative to a public issue in the United States and justify their opinions with a reasoned argument.

Learning Targets: 
Students can identify situations in which specific rights guaranteed by the Constitution and Bill of Rights are involved.
Students can explain why rights have limits.
Students can describe the relationship between rights and responsibilities of citizenship.
Students can act constructively to further the public good.
Students can identify public issues in the United States that influence daily life of citizens.
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Creative Commons Licence