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Focus Statement: This Module features newly developed materials intended to teach a set of basic Core Democratic Values to students in grades 5. Lessons contained in this module explain basic human rights under a democratic society, the role of government carrying out its duty, and how citizens make resolve conflict, choices, and suffer consequences. Specific Core Democratic Values covered include free speech, assembly, property, equal protection, petition the government, common good, pursuit of happiness, and majority rule, assembly.
This module contains biographies of four Michigan governors: Mason, Blair, Murphy and Romney. Thess events presents a fine opportunity to examine the options, choices, actions and consequences of the four main players in this pivotal event. The activity offers a virtual reality-like experience where the viewer play the part of a reporter and is assigned the job of writing an editorial, much like a MEAP question.
The learner will be able to: identify one or more aspects in life, school and community that illustrate fairness and freedom; interpret the meaning of at least two specific rights and the principles that distinguish those rights, cite relevant instances supporting that interpretation, explain at least two responsibilities of good citizenship with valid support.