This lesson will emphasize that beliefs influence our actions. Students will research contemporary examples of individuals acting philanthropically in accordance with a Core Democratic Value.
Two Forty-Five Minute Class Periods
The learner will:
- describe the action of an individual in contemporary society acting for the common good in accordance with a Core Democratic Value.
- hypothesize possible reasons for the lack of voluntary action to enhance a Core Democratic Value.
- identify and propose actions to personally enhance a Core Democratic Value.
Divide the students into eight small groups of 3-4 students each. Present each group with an apple and a plastic butter knife to cut the apple. Tell the students that in order to maintain our democracy, it must have a "core" just like an apple does. Ask the groups to cut their apple into quarters. Tell students that, just as an apple has seeds, the "seeds" of our democracy are the Core Democratic Values. Ask students to name the values. As they do, place a construction paper seed labeled for each of the eight values onto a wall or bulletin board. Reinforce lesson one's idea that what we believe influences our actions. Then make the analogy that when we "plant" (take action) our "seeds" (Core Democratic Values), we are getting involved as citizens which enables our democracy to "bloom" (be protected and promoted). Allow the students to eat the apple slices.
The assessment for this lesson will be in the form of a journal entry. Students will respond to the question, "Based on your talent(s) and/or interests, what could you do to enhance a Core Democratic Value, and which value would you enhance?" Students must respond with consideration of all facets of the question.
Lesson Developed By:Lisa Ludwig
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