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ACTIVATING MY DEMOCRACY

ACTIVATING MY DEMOCRACY
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LESSON ONE / MIDDLE SCHOOL

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What can we do?
How to move ideas into action

Lesson introduces a basic tool of civic engagement – organizing a game-changing action plan. Students analyze and discuss film stories to identify basic elements of SMART action plans created and implemented by their peers. Peer learning and interactive exercises nurture self-efficacy and support the role of young citizens in creating a more sustainable and democratic society.

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L1 Middle School ACTION Full Curricula Zipped File | ZIP | 7.3MB [download]

LESSON TWO / MIDDLE SCHOOL

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THIS IS RIGHT ON SO MANY LEVELS!
UNDERSTANDING VALUES, WEALTH, AND LIBERTIES

Lesson introduces a basic tool of civic engagement – the concept that our rights, and the government created to secure our rights, is derived from what we value and love. Students explore and articulate what they value, then organize their values into types of wealth. Students identify values and wealth enshrined in the Declaration of Independence and codified into law as protected liberties under the Constitution. Using select current events, students learn how, and how well, our rights work to defend our wealth against government abuses of power. (Time: 50 minutes)

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L2 Middle School VALUES Full Curricula Zipped File | ZIP | 11.6MB  [download]

LESSON THREE / MIDDLE SCHOOL

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Lesson 3:  Who Rules?
Rights, privileges, and the balance of power

Students critically examine the conceptual framework of the Constitution, Bill of Rights, and Civil War Amendments to understand how internal threats from inherent weaknesses in human nature – fear of other and love of power – were institutionalized in these documents. Students are introduced to a new threat created through judge-made law, the court’s role in shifting the balance of power, and the social consequences of this power imbalance during the first 160 years. (Time: 100 minutes)

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L3 Middle School POWER Full Curricula Zipped File | ZIP | 7.3MB    [download]

LESSON FOUR / MIDDLE SCHOOL

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Lesson 4: Who rules?
The democracy crisis

Students continue to explore the democracy journey, starting with people’s movements for civil liberties and civil rights during the 1950s to 1970s. Students are introduced to the Powell Memo of 1971 and the strategic legal campaign, organized by the Monied Power, to influence political campaign outcomes.  Students explore the landmark laws and social consequences that resulted from this still-ongoing campaign and then reflect on the democracy journey, creating their own narrative of who rules. (Time: 50 minutes)

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L4 Middle School JOURNEY Full Curricula Zipped File | ZIP | 7.5MB    [download]

LESSON FIVE / MIDDLE SCHOOL

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Lesson 5:  Real people to the rescue
How to protect our liberties

Students explore reasons and ways to amend the Constitution to establish that only natural persons have natural, inalienable rights and that money is not speech. A film and interactive exercises help students understand and describe what a constitutional amendment could do, the social consequences with – and without – such an amendment, and how citizens can engage government in this process.

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L5 Middle School RESCUE Full Curricula Zipped File | ZIP | 6.2MB   [download]

LESSON SIX / MIDDLE SCHOOL

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Lesson 6:  Our future is a constitutional right!
How to use our rights to defend what we love

Students consider why people seek judicial relieve and then explore the elements of a civil lawsuit, drawing on real examples from the youth-driven landmark climate cases in federal and state courts. Using interactive activities, students explore: 1) the pre-trial requirement for “standing” in a court of law; 2) how protected classes are determined and how new rights recognized under the Constitution and under the Public Trust Doctrine; 3) decisions and remedies; and 4) game-changing cases in five states. Students gain an understanding of how values, law, science, and politics interface when addressing complex public problems with multiple perspectives.

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L6 Middle School TRUST Full Curricula Zipped File | ZIP |22.4MB    [download]

WASHINGTON STATE ALIGNMENT DOCUMENTS

Based on C3 FRAMEWORK for Social Studies State Standards

LESSON ONE / HIGH SCHOOL

What can we do?
How to move ideas into action

Lesson introduces a basic tool of civic engagement – organizing a game-changing action plan. Students analyze and discuss film stories to identify basic elements of SMART action plans created and implemented by their peers. Peer learning and interactive exercises nurture self-efficacy and support the role of young citizens in creating a more sustainable and democratic society.

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L1 High School ACTION Full Curricula Zipped File | ZIP | 7.3MB    [download]

LESSON TWO / HIGH SCHOOL

This is right on so many levels!
UNDERSTANDING VALUES, WEALTH, AND LIBERTIES

Lesson introduces a basic tool of civic engagement – the concept that our rights, and the government created to secure our rights, is derived from what we value and love. Students explore and articulate what they value, then organize their values into types of wealth. Students identify values and wealth enshrined in the Declaration of Independence and codified into law as protected liberties under the Constitution. Using select current events, students learn how, and how well, our rights work to defend our wealth against government abuses of power. (Time: 50 minutes)

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LESSON THREE / HIGH SCHOOL

Lesson 3:  Who Rules?
Rights, privileges, and the balance of power

 


Students critically examine the conceptual framework of the Constitution, Bill of Rights, and Civil War Amendments to understand how internal threats from inherent weaknesses in human nature – fear of other and love of power – were institutionalized in these documents. Students are introduced to a new threat created through judge-made law, the court’s role in shifting the balance of power, and the social consequences of this power imbalance during the first 160 years. (Time: 100 minutes)

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Coming soon!

LESSON FOUR / HIGH SCHOOL

Lesson 4: Who rules?
The democracy crisis

Students continue to explore the democracy journey, starting with people’s movements for civil liberties and civil rights during the 1950s to 1970s. Students are introduced to the Powell Memo of 1971 and the strategic legal campaign, organized by the Monied Power, to influence political campaign outcomes.  Students explore the landmark laws and social consequences that resulted from this still-ongoing campaign and then reflect on the democracy journey, creating their own narrative of who rules. (Time: 50 minutes)

DOWNLOAD FULL PACKAGE

Coming soon!

LESSON FIVE / HIGH SCHOOL

Lesson 5:  Real people to the rescue
How to protect our liberties

Students explore reasons and ways to amend the Constitution to establish that only natural persons have natural, inalienable rights and that money is not speech. A film and interactive exercises help students understand and describe what a constitutional amendment could do, the social consequences with – and without – such an amendment, and how citizens can engage government in this process.

DOWNLOAD FULL PACKAGE

Coming soon!

LESSON SIX / HIGH SCHOOL

Lesson 6:  Our future is a constitutional right!
How to use our rights to defend what we love

Students consider why people seek judicial relieve and then explore the elements of a civil lawsuit, drawing on real examples from the youth-driven landmark climate cases in federal and state courts. Using interactive activities, students explore: 1) the pre-trial requirement for “standing” in a court of law; 2) how protected classes are determined and how new rights recognized under the Constitution and under the Public Trust Doctrine; 3) decisions and remedies; and 4) game-changing cases in five states. Students gain an understanding of how values, law, science, and politics interface when addressing complex public problems with multiple perspectives.

DOWNLOAD FULL PACKAGE

L6 High School TRUST Full Curricula Zipped File | ZIP |22.4MB [download]

WASHINGTON STATE ALIGNMENT DOCUMENTS

Based on C3 FRAMEWORK for Social Studies State Standards

Coming soon!

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