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This is Right on so many levels! Understanding values, wealth, and rights (6-8)

100 minutes
Approximately 100 minutes: Interactive exercises supported by films and PowerPoint slides.
Primary subjects: 
Civics and Government
Grade: 
6, 7, 8
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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 organize their values into types of shared wealth. Students identify shared wealth as civic values enshrined in founding documents and codified into law under the Bill of Rights. Using current events, students 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.

Key objectives for students
Explain civic values in terms of fundamental beliefs or guiding principles.
Describe individual and societal wellbeing in terms of social, environmental, economic, and political wealth.
Identify and describe some of the civic values expressed in the Declaration of Independence and Bill of Rights.
Explain the purpose of a free people in forming a democratic government to secure their rights and protect what they love.
Describe how constitutional rights are based on civic values as founding principles of a group of people.
Explain inalienable rights as shared civic values or guiding principles, and constitutional rights as laws derived from shared civic values.
Secondary subjects
Economics, History
Topics
Values, Wealth, Human Rights, Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights, 14th Amendment, Injuries and Usurpations of Rights, Current Events (e.g., Gun Control, Immigration, Privacy, Sustainability)
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