Examining inalienable human rights and corporate rights.

ULTIMATE Teach-In: Values, Wealth and Rights

Ultimate Teach-In:
Values, Wealth, and Rights

Based on Lesson 2 of Activating My Democracy, this workshop introduces the concept that our rights, and the government created to secure our rights, are derived from what we value and love. Participants explore their personal values, examine how values become law, and prepare statements of usurpations of rights to learn how to exercise our rights to defend our wealth.

Upon completion, participants will be able to:

  • Gain an increased sense of self-efficacy and empowerment through an understanding of personal core values and shared wealth
  • Describe some of the core values expressed in the Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights, and 14th Amendment
  • Explain how to use our rights to address public problems of repeated “injuries and usurpations”

Feature Activities

  • Individual reflection activity: “Identify personal values”
  • Partner activity with challenge questions: “Types of rights”
  • Small group activity: “Back to the Future”
  • Identify core values and types of wealth from list of “repeated injuries and usurpations” in Declaration of Independence
  • Individual reflection activity: “Your values, your rights, your future”
  • Identify current injuries and usurpations of their rights
  • Individual reflection activity: “How might you use this in your classroom?”

Sharing Activities

  • Group discussion to list some shared values and categorize as types of wealth (15 min)
  • Review vocab and discuss purpose of forming a government (10 min)
  • Discuss similarities with current events (30 min)
  • Discuss findings and create a list of rights needed to protect values and wealth (30 min)
  • Share ideas and suggestions (15 min)
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