Focus Statement: This Module features newly developed materials intended to teach a set of basic Core Democratic Values to students in grades 3. 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 8 lessons the take different approaches to the topic of Core Democratic Values. "My Core Democratic Values Notebook" presents 6, liberty-focused lessons that are great for in-class viewing and discussion. "You Be The Judge is a threaded choose your own adventure type storybook that allows the viewer to make choices on actions to take based on rights and liberties, and then view the consequences of those choices. "A Freeway Story" is another animated story that mirrors the real events that took place in Oak P ark when a freeway was proposed to go through that town and what the citizens did to make the government consider alternatives.
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.
Lesson Plan (Microsoft Excel File)
Vocabulary (appears within Activity)
Lesson with Educator Teaching Notes
Cross Curriculum Web
Student Activity & Assessment 1. Common Good & Pursuit of Happiness
Student Activity & Assessment 2. Personal Property
Student Activity & Assessment 3. Minority Rights
Student Activity & Assessment 4. Majority Rule
Student Activity & Assessment 5. Freedom of Speech and Freedom of Assembly
Student Activity & Assessment 6. Right to Petition the Government
Student Activity & Assessment 7. Equality