America’s Promises Fulfilled…Or Broken? Unit

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Grade Level: 12th
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Unit At A Glance

This unit outline is designed for 12th grade students, and focuses on an in-depth understanding of the Constitution.  It culminates in a mock trial in which “jurors” must decide if the United States is guilty of the breaking promises guaranteed in the Constitution.

California Content Standards

This unit is designed to address the following California State Board of Education's content standards. See below for specific standards addressed. For more information on the standards, or to see the complete list, please visit: www.cde.ca.gov/be/st/ss/


History-Social Science

12.2.1
12.5.1
12.5.4

Grades Nine & Ten
English-Language
Listening and Speaking

2.0
2.5

Grades Eleven & Twelve
English-Language Arts
1.0
1.13
Grade Twelve
History-Social Science

12.2.1
12.5.1
12.5.4


Click here to get more details on these standards and Common Core information

 

Big Ideas/Essential Questions

Big Ideas:


The strength of a democracy is equal to the strength of its citizens


Through actions come change, and change in the political process involves participation.


Essential Questions or Issues:


1. What does it mean to be a citizen?


2. Does legal documentation of citizenship change one’s rights and responsibilities? Should it?


3. Why should we know our rights?

 

Concepts and Skills Students Will Learn

Learners will understand the rights and responsibilities of people living in the U.S., as stated in the Constitution.


I.  Founding Principles

  1. John Locke
  2. Declaration of Independence

II.  Constitutional Rights

  1. Bill of Rights
  2. Amendments


III.  What difference does “having papers” make?

  1. Requirements for legal documentation of citizenship
  2. Naturalization
  3. Rights and responsibilities of legally documented U.S. citizens

IV.  Knowing and Protecting our Rights

  1. Scenarios
  2. Appropriate Responses
  3. Guest Speaker:Immigrant Rights Lawyer


End of Unit Assessment

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