Understanding Values, Wealth, and Rights

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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 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.

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