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Civics & Politics

By the People, For the People

Democracies do not flourish unless citizens like you and me are educated and get involved in our government. Explore the driving question: How might we make our nation even better?

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Recommended Timeframe: 2-3 months

Although our country’s founding documents were written on parchment hundreds of years ago, they still have profound impact on our lives and communities today. We will find what connects us personally to each major stage in the American Revolution and actively get more engaged in the workings of our democracy locally and nationally. Democracies do not flourish unless citizens like you and me are educated and get involved in our government.

Key Topics

  • Plan and design a Community Impact Project
  • Examine Animal Farm by George Orwell
  • Find similarities between the American Revolution and adolescence
  • Explore the U.S. Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and Bill of Rights for yourself
  • Cultivate the principles of photography
  • Exercise your civic duties
  • Visit your local government (the mayor, town council/county commissioners, and the court)
  • Investigate the drive for our nation to become a more perfect union
  • Write and send a postcard on an equality issue of your choice to your representatives
  • Contribute data to a citizen science project