Inspiring youth to engage in activating democracy and emerge as game changers
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DAY ONE / LESSON ONE
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.
L1 ACTION Full Curricula Zipped File | ZIP | 7.3MB [download]
DAY TWO / LESSON TWO
This is right on so many levels!
Understanding wealth and liberties
Students explore and articulate what they value, then examine how the value-based liberties and principles enshrined in the Declaration of Independence were moved into legal protections through the Bill of Rights. Using select current events, students learn how, and how well, our rights work to defend our wealth and wellbeing and to curb government abuse of power.
L2 VALUES Full Curricula Zipped File | ZIP | 11.6MB [download]
DAY THREE / LESSON THREE
Lesson 3: Rights and privileges
Understanding the balance of power
Students critically examine the conceptual framework of the Constitution and its strengths and weaknesses. Students explore the early government’s dilemma of how to interpret the Constitution and where to fit corporations into the legal framework. An interactive timeline with key laws challenges students to reflect on the shifting balance of rights, powers, and privileges during the first 100 years.
L3 POWER Full Curricula Zipped File | ZIP | 7.3MB [download]
DAY FOUR / LESSON FOUR
Lesson 4: Who rules? The democracy crisis
Understanding the Journey
Following a narrative thread in the interactive timeline, students explore how internal weaknesses from fear/discrimination and greed/consolidation of power have expressed through key laws and how these laws and stories behind them shaped society during the second 130 years. Students trace the roots of corporate power and government abuses to current issues.
L4 JOURNEY Full Curricula Zipped File | ZIP | 7.5MB [download]
DAY FIVE / LESSON FIVE
Lesson 5: Real people to the rescue
How to protect our liberties
Students compare and contrast ways of doing business that are aligned with human values and for-profit values underlying the GDP-based economy. Students examine methods to engage government in protecting liberties through petitions, initiatives, and amendments, then work together to identify their goals, and create game-changing action plans.
LESSON 5 | GRADE 6 | RESCUE
L5 G6 RESCUE Full Curricula Zipped File | ZIP | 6MB [download]
LESSON 5 | GRADE 7 | RESCUE
L5 G7 RESCUE Full Curricula Zipped File | ZIP | 4.3MB [download]
LESSON 5 | GRADE 8 | RESCUE
L5 G8 RESCUE Full Curricula Zipped File | ZIP | 6MB [download]
DAY SIX / LESSON SIX
Lesson 6: Our future is a constitutional right!
How to use our rights to defend what we love
Students analyze and discuss basic elements of federal and state Atmospheric Trust Litigation, brought by youth plaintiffs, to gain an understanding of how science and law interface to address complex public problems with multiple perspectives. Students learn ways to engage local government in climate action, identify their goals, and create game-changing action plans
L6 TRUST Full Curricula Zipped File | ZIP |22.4MB [download]