Students analyze varying perspectives on segregation and social change. Students create a project that defends their position on the proper pace of change on a social issue. Students consider multiple perspectives on segregation and write a persuasive letter on a current social issue. Students defend a position on the power of the federal government to impose change.
NCSS Themes Power, Authority, and Government: In exploring this theme, students confront questions such as: What are the purposes and functions of government? Under what circumstances is the exercise of political power legitimate? What are the proper scope and limits of authority? How are individual rights protected and challenged within the context of majority rule? What conflicts exist among fundamental principles and values of constitutional democracy? What are the rights and responsibilities of citizens in a constitutional democracy? Power, Authority, and Government: Through study of the dynamic relationships between individual rights and responsibilities, the needs of social groups, and concepts of a just society, learners become more effective problem-solvers and decision-makers when addressing the persistent issues and social problems encountered in public life. By applying concepts and methods of political science and law, students learn how people work to promote positive societal change.
Standards SS:CV:12:4.2: Investigate how knowledgeable and engaged citizens have acted to preserve and extend their liberties. SS:HI:12:5.1: Explore the tensions between the values of unity and pluralism in defining our national identity.