WORK IN PROGRESS
Civics - Unit 1
Exploring Rights & Responsibilities in a Democracy
- What rights do I have? How does the Constitution protect those rights?
- What responsibilities do I have to our democracy and community?
- How do my rights enable me to use my power in our democracy and society? How do my responsibilities require me to use my power?
- The Constitution provides a framework for a government with limited powers and guarantees the rights of the people. But not all people’s rights have been protected throughout U.S. history.
- Individuals in a democracy have many rights that allow them to exercise their power, but these rights are limited, and some individuals’ rights are more limited than others’.
- Rights often come into conflict with one another, and resolving these conflicts can be challenging.
- Democratic responsibilities are not clearly defined, but people taking responsibility and exercising their power to work for the common good is essential to our democracy and community.
This unit focuses on the rights that make it possible for people to fulfill their role as participants in a democracy. The unit also asks students to consider their responsibilities to our democracy. In the first lesson, students brainstorm questions about the rights and responsibilities of powerful civic actors. Students then learn about the importance of the Constitution in providing rights individuals need in order to fulfill their role in a democracy. The subsequent Launch Lessons look more specifically at rights and their uses as well the responsibilities of members of a democratic community.
The Explorations engage students in analyzing primary sources that provide insight into the meaning of “We the People,” involve students in discussing if people today are becoming less responsible, simulate a Supreme Court hearing, ask students to inventory their media use and learn to use a framework for analyzing media, and build students’ skill in making an argument.The two-part unit assessment asks students to (1) update their Timelines of Learning and use their ToLs in drafting responses to the course Essential Questions and (2) analyze a case study of a powerful civic actor and write a brief persuasive paper related to the case study. If you wish to introduce the assessment at the beginning of the unit to give students an idea of what they are working toward, feel free to do so.
LAUNCH LESSON DESCRIPTIONS
1-1 What Should We Know about Rights and Responsibilities? 1-2 class periods
Using a case study of young people who changed policy in Chicago Public Schools as a springboard, students brainstorm questions about rights and responsibilities of powerful civic actors.
1-2 What Is the Constitution and How Does It Protect Our Rights? 2 class periods
This lesson introduces the Constitution as the foundation of our government and a protector of individual rights. The lesson opens with a challenge: If we wanted to create a new kind of school, what steps would we need to take to make it happen? Students then compare this process with what the Framers did when they wrote the Constitution. They learn that the U.S. Constitution establishes a framework for the U.S. government and puts limits on that government. They are introduced to the Bill of Rights and consider how the rights protected help individuals become powerful civic actors.
1-3 How Have Our Rights under the Constitution Changed? 3-4 class periods
In this lesson, students learn about the rights-related amendments to the Constitution--the critical Fourteenth Amendment and the various voting rights amendments (Fifteenth, Nineteenth, Twenty-third, Twenty-fourth, and Twenty-sixth). They also learn that rights can be obtained or suppressed via laws. The lesson concludes with a mini inquiry activity on the status of voting rights today.
1-4 Why Are Our First Amendment Rights So Important? 2+ class periods
This lesson engages students in learning about the First Amendment in some depth. Students work in groups to investigate the six rights protected by the First Amendment--free exercise of religion, protection from establishment of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, right to petition, and right to assemble. The groups make presentations to the class, focusing on how their right relates to being a powerful civic actor.
1-5 Do Our Rights Have Limits? 2 class periods
This lesson focuses on several key ideas: that rights have limits, that limits often arise when rights come into conflict, and that rights may be more limited in some locations and for some groups. To pursue these ideas, students delve into the limits on their Fourth Amendment rights at school, looking first at the landmark case New Jersey v. T.L.O. and then applying what they learned to other cases involving searches at school.
1-6 What Are Our Responsibilities to Our Democracy and Community? 1 class period
After focusing on their rights, students turn to their responsibilities to our democracy and community. Because there is no “Bill of Responsibilities” in our Constitution, students begin with a broad list and narrow it down to a class list of essential civic responsibilities. Students then consider how their rights link to their responsibilities and conduct a Save the Last Word for Me conversation around a reading proposing a “Bill of Responsibilities.”
PS-1 Primary Sources 1-2 class periods
What Does “We the People” Mean?
This lesson introduces primary sources and asks students to consider four primary sources that may provide insight into how the meaning of the term “We the People” has changed over time. The sources are the Declaration of Sentiments from the Seneca Falls Women’s Rights Convention, Cesar Chavez’s address to the Commonwealth Club of California, Oren Lyons’s speech to the Aboriginal Law Association of McGill University, and the Black Lives Matter statement of beliefs.
C-1 Controversial Issues Discussion 1-2 class periods
Are We Becoming Less Responsible?
In this lesson, students take part in a civil conversation focused on a reading that suggests Americans today are less committed to their civic duties than generations past.
S-1 Simulation 3-4 class periods
What Are Our Free Speech Rights at School?
This lesson begins with a human continuum activity on the limits that should be placed on students’ free speech rights at school. Students then have the opportunity to take part in a moot court on a landmark case involving young people’s First Amendment rights at school--Tinker v. Des Moines. At the end of the lesson, students confront cases that have been decided since the Tinker case, cases that have placed greater limits on students’ First Amendment rights at school.
M-1 Media 2-3 class periods plus
How Can We Assess Media Messages?
In this lesson, students take an inventory of their own use of media. They are introduced to a set of questions for analyzing media messages. The questions are then tied to five key concepts in media analysis: authorship, purpose, content, format, and audience. They use the concepts and questions as they create simple media messages.
SB-1 Skill Builder 1-2 class periods
How Can I Make an Effective Argument?
Advocating for one’s point of view is a key element of being a powerful civic actor. To advocate effectively, one must be able to construct an argument. That skill is the focus of this Exploration.
Mr.Streit's Federal Constitution Flashcards
- 1 - Sons of Liberty, Boston Tea Party, Patrick Henry.doc
- 2 - 1st Coninental Congress, 2nd Continental Congress, George Washington.doc
- 3 - Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson, Unalienable Rights.doc
- 4 - Weaknesses of The Articles of Confederation, Shays Rebellion.doc
- 5 - Consititional Convention, Independence Hall.doc
- 6 - New Jersey Plan, Virgina Plan.doc
- 7 - 17th Am, Common Man, Raitfying Const.doc
- 8 - Federalists, Anit-Federalists.doc
- 9 - Democracy, Purpose of Bill of Rights.doc
- 10 - Preamble, Branches of Gov., Articles and Amendments.doc
- 11 - 1st & last Amendment, Supreme Law of the Land, Constitiution Established.doc
- 12 - 1st, 2nd, 3rd Amendments.doc
- 13 - 4th, 5th, 6th Amendments.doc
- 14 - 7th, 8th, 9th Amdendments.doc
- 15 - 10th Amendment, Purpose of Branches, 2 Houses of Congress.doc
- 16 - Number of Senators-Reps, salaries, vacancies.doc
- 17 - Qualifications -Terms of Sen - Reps.doc
- 18 - Duties of Sen. - Reps., Sen. numbers.doc
- 19 - Presiding officers, congressional numbers, quorum.doc
- 20 - Revenue Bills, Congressional Records, Election years.doc
- 21 - What is a bill, Overriding Presedntial Veto.doc
- 22 - Pocket Veto, Greatest Power.doc
- 23 - Expressed, Enumerated, Implied Powers.doc
- 24 - Elastic Clause, Ex Post Facto, Habeas Corpus.doc
- 25 - Full Faith, Credit Clause, President, Vice-President.doc
- 26 - Electing, Qualifications, of Presidents, Salary.doc
- 27 - Order of Succession, Nixon, Impeachment.doc
- 28 - Commander-n-Chief, Term, Duties of President.doc
- 29 - Cabinet Positions, Coining Money.doc
- 30 - Duties of all Cabinet Positions, Electoral Votes.doc
- 31 - More Electoral Votes, Popular Votes, No. of Justices.doc
- 32 - Federal Judges, Impeachement of Judges, Court of Appeals, District Courts.doc
- 33 - Marbury vs Madison, Checks & Balances, Federalism.doc
- 34 - Amending Constitution, Position of Flag.doc
- Bill of Rights.pdf
- Weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation.pdf
- First 5 Presidents.pdf
U.S. Federal Constitution Prep Classwork & Homework Assignments:
Prep/Resources & Study Guides:
- Blue Constitution Book (BCB) - $7 Replacement Cost
- Mr. Streit's Constitution Study Guide
- Mr. Streit - US Federal Constitution BCB p.50-52 Video Lesson
- Inside the White House: Interactive Tour
- Declaration of Independence Word Scramble
- Reasons for a New Nation
- Forgotten Presidents (Before George Washington)
- Alexander Street: 10 Days - Shays Rebellion Video
- Liberty Kids: Treaty of Paris - Shays Rebellion - Articles of Confederation Video
- Khan Academy: Articles of Confederation & Shays Rebellion Video Lesson
- Bill of Rights Matching Game
- Educational Portal: The Great Compromise Video & Quiz
- Federalists vs. Anti-Federalists Game
- Educational Portal: Ratifying the Constitution Video & Quiz
- Battleship: Confederation to Constitution
- YouTube: Schoolhouse Rock - Preamble of the Constitution
- Schoolhouse Rock: Lyrics to Preamble Song
- 3-minute guide to the Bill of Rights
- CRASH COURSE: The Constitution
- CRASH COURSE: Where US Politics Came From
- About.com: US Government
- Rags to Riches: US Constitution Game
- Legislative Branch Video
- Legislative Branch Quiz
- Schoolhouse Rock: I'm Just a Bill
- Kahn Academy: Electoral College Video Lesson
- Who is My Representatives?
- U.S. National Debt Clock
- U.S.A. Government Games: 3 Branches
- Instant Jeopardy: Constitution Review
- PBS: Constitution Games
- iCivics Games
- BrainPop: Sortify Constitution Game
- Practice Constitution Test A.pps
- US Constitution Quiz 1
- US Constitution Quiz 2
- US Constitution Quiz 3
- U.S. Constitution Study Guide
- U.S. Constitution Study Guide 2
- Just For Fun: Sheppard Software - USA Geography Games
- App Store - Countable: Contact Congress and Vote on Bills
IL State Constitution
- Mr. Streit - Introduction to IL State Constitution Video Lesson BCB p.53-55
- Mr. Streit - IL State Legislative Branch Video Lesson BCB p.56-59
- Mr. Streit - IL State Lawmaking Process Video Lesson BCB p.60-64
- Mr. Streit - IL State Executive & Judicial Branch Video Lesson BCB p.64-69
- Zoom Video - Ald. Osterman City Council & Chicago Politics
- Zoom Video - Congressman Quigley
- Mr. Streit – Chicago City Council & Elections Video Lesson BCB p.69-74
- Mr. Streit - IL State Constitution Review Video Lesson
- IL Policy: Find your IL Senator, Representative, & Chicago Alderman
- IL State Constitution (online version)
- IL Constitution Handbook.pdf
- Learning Games: IL State Symbols and Games
- Enchanted Learning: IL Facts, Maps, and Symbols
- IL State Government - Legislative Branch - Great Handout.pdf
- IL Board of Elections (Voter Services)
- City of Chicago: Ward, Alderman, Parking Zone Look-Up
- IL State Library of History: Elijah Lovejoy
- Elijah Lovejoy and John Brown [from Ken Burns' "Civil War"]
- State Taxes: IL vs. Neighboring States (Video)
- Bloomberg: 5 Reasons Why Chicago Is In Worse Shape Than Detriot (Bankruptcy)
Prep & Study
- Mr Streit's IL State Constitution Study Guide
- Quizlet: IL State Constitution FLASHCARDS
- IL State Constitution Study Guide
- IL State Constitution Study Guide 2
- IL State Constitution Study Guide 3
- IL State Constitution practice tests/quizzes
- IL State Constitution Quiz 2
- IL State Constitution Quiz 3
- IL State Constitution games
- Illinois State Constitution - 50 Questions.ppt (Mr. Streit class review resource)
- Lesson 1 Illinois History & Lesson 2 Illinois Geography
- Lesson 3 The Legislative Branch
- Lesson 4 Process of Making Laws
- Lesson 5 The Executive Branch & Lesson 6 Other Executive Officers
- Lesson 7 The Judicial Branch
- Lesson 8 Voting
- Lesson 9 Local Government
- Lesson 10 Illinois Constitution & State Symbols
Who are the Freemasons?
- What is the mission or beliefs of the Freemasons?
- How many Freemasons signed the Declaration of Independence? Constitution?
- How many Freemasons have been President?
- Where did it start? NOTE: According to Freemason tradition.
- Should Freemasons be celebrated for their contributions to the United States or questioned for the secrecy?
- What are the meanings behind their different symbols? NOTE: Give at least 3 examples
- Which Freemason do you admire the most? Why?