Strengthening Our Democracy High School Civics Curriculum

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Strengthening Our Democracy: Civic Participation in the 21st Century is a comprehensive and flexible one-semester curriculum for high school students. Educators can use the curriculum to help students explore their civic engagement and examine complex topics through an anti-bias lens.

A selection of lessons are featured here now. Check back again for updates.

   

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Implicit Bias

Civics Lesson
High School
Understanding bias and discrimination is integral to civics education because it relates to our civil rights. Students explore implicit bias and self-reflect about situations in which they have experienced or encountered everyday type of bias.

   

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Amending the Constitution

Civics Lesson
High School
Students learn about how the Constitution affected persons who were not of the same demographics as the Founding Fathers. They will also discuss the ease and difficulty of making amendments to the Constitution.

Writing a Bill

Civics Lesson
High School
Submitting a bill for consideration by the legislature involves writing, revising and sharing bills with a focus on passing them in a Senate hearing. Students brainstorm to identify changes they believe are important for improving their school community.

   

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Government 101: What is a Government?

Civics Lesson
High School
Understanding the concept of government is vital for understanding how the world functions. In small groups, students depict one form of government using creativity and imagination to help their classmates understand multiple forms of government.

Powers of Governments

Civics Lesson
High School
Students compare each form of government and assigned powers, and consider which form of government has the most power to address issues, including those of equity and social justice, in their communities and lives.

   

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What is an Algorithm?

Civics Lesson
High School
Students learn what algorithms are, how they work and how they impact our daily lives, and consider questions like: Is an algorithm always reliable when it predicts human behavior? Is it ethical to use an algorithm to make a critical decision about another person’s life?