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100 minutes
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9 / 10 / 11 / 12
Civics and Government

Lesson 2 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 examine how the value-based principles enshrined in the Declaration of Independence were moved into legal protections through the Bill of Rights and 14th Amendment. Based on personal values and current events that they care about, students prepare statements of injuries and usurpations of their rights, to learn how, and how well, our rights work to defend our wealth and wellbeing against government abuses of power. This lesson is critical to sustaining effective action on any issue.

200 minutes
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9 / 10 / 11 / 12
Civics and Government

Lesson 6 explores a game-changing action in real time – how to use our rights to defend against government abuses of power and to establish new rights to a healthy atmosphere and stable climate system. Students consider why people seek judicial relieve and examine basic elements of a civil lawsuit, drawing on real examples from the youth-driven landmark climate cases in federal and state courts. Students explore: “standing” in a court of law; how protected classes and new rights are recognized; rights under the Public Trust Doctrine; and more. Students gain an understanding of how values, law, science, and politics interface when addressing complex public problems with multiple perspectives.

50 minutes
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9 / 10 / 11 / 12
Civics and Government

Lesson 1 introduces students to a basic tool of civic engagement: how to turn passion and ideas into organized, effective game-changing action plans. Using short videos and stories about their peers who are organizing for climate justice, students analyze, identify, and discuss the basic elements of SMART action plans. Peer learning and interactive exercises nurture self-efficacy and support the role of young citizens in creating a more sustainable and democratic society.

Do you believe that you have the power to change the world?