Inspiring youth to engage in activating democracy and emerge as game changers

ACTIVATING MY DEMOCRACY

ACTIVATING MY DEMOCRACY
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DAY ONE / LESSON ONE

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What can we do?
How to move ideas into action

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

DAY TWO / LESSON TWO

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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.

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

DAY THREE / LESSON THREE

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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.Students critically examine the conceptual framework of the Constitution and Bill of Rights to understand how internal threats institutionalized in these documents triggered a power dynamic that has shaped our society from inception to present. Students are introduced to a third entity that existed at the time of founding – corporations – and then explore the young government’s dilemma of where to fit this entity into the legal framework. Students critically examine “judicial review” and the Civil War Amendments and their effects on the balance of rights, powers, and privilege after the first 100 years of the democracy journey.

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

DAY FOUR / LESSON FOUR

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Lesson 4:  Who rules? The democracy crisis
Understanding the Journey

Students explore legal and social consequences of internal weaknesses, stemming from fear-of-other and greed or love-of-power. Following two narrative threads in an interactive timeline of rights and powers, students learn how fear-of-other has led to policies that discriminate against classes of people, while greed has led to consolidation of wealth and power in the hands of a few. By tracing cycles of government and corporate abuses of power in our society from inception to present, students gain insights and knowledge of the intergenerational work needed to constantly limit power of a centralized government.

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

DAY FIVE / LESSON FIVE

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

 

DAY SIX / LESSON SIX

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

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Based on C3 FRAMEWORK for Social Studies State Standards

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