What are the roles of citizens in a democracy?
First edition. July 2021.
PREVIEW THIS COLLECTION. The preview includes the table of contents and one lesson plan. PREVIEW ALL UNITS. Additional unit descriptions for the U.S. History Series that summarize key events, people, and terms, as well as underrepresented histories and skill development are available, along with a timeline, on this MIRO BOARD.
This collection of eleven civics lessons selected from the Choices Program’s curriculum series provides teachers with stand-alone activities that have a special focus on civic education. The lessons help students explore the founding documents, important Supreme Court cases, and key congressional debates. The lessons not only help students understand the basis and functions of government, but also encourage them to consider and develop their own roles as citizen participants in the democratic process. These lessons do not have the accompanying readings contained in standard Choices curriculum units. Teachers may need to provide some basic context to students before beginning the lessons. Each lesson plan includes some suggestions about context.
The lesson collection is divided into four parts that focus on the following areas:
- The Founding Documents – This part includes the following lessons: 1) The Declaration of Independence, 2) Slavery and the Constitution, 3) Ideals in U.S. Founding Documents, and 4) Black National Conventions, Abolition, and the Constitution.
- Congress and the Constitution – This part includes the following lessons: 1) Congress Debates the Thirteenth Amendment, and 2) The Constitution and the War on Terror.
- Supreme Court Cases – This part includes the following lessons: 1) Cherokee Nation v. Georgia, 1831, 2) Separate, but Equal? Measuring Plessy v. Ferguson in Mississippi, and 3) The Insular Cases: Deciding the Constitutional Status of the Colonies.
- Civic Participation – This part includes the following lessons: 1) Oral Histories: Students in the Civil Rights Movement, and 2) Taking Action on Climate Change.
Each lesson can be completed in one or more periods and includes videos that feature leading experts. You do not need to use the entire collection; feel free to select what suits your classroom needs.