ADL's 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.
Strengthening Our Democracy: Civic Participation in the 21st Century
Unit 1. A Civic Mindset
The capacity for students to communicate their perspectives and remain open to the possibility of changing their minds cultivates empathy and skills that are foundational to civic life and global citizenship.
Unit 2. Constitution
Key to students’ civic knowledge and skills is understanding the Constitution and how to exercise their own rights to propose amendments that address important issues of the day and create positive changes in their communities.
Unit 3. Government
The way the U.S. government works is extraordinary and powerful but the actual day-to-day operations are complex and potentially confusing. Civic participation depends on understanding how local, state, federal and tribal governments work.
Unit 4. Participation in Democracy
Interpretation of the Constitution is still evolving. Examining civic issues raised by current events provides opportunities for students to connect knowledge of the Constitution and the democratic process to their day-to-day lives.
Unit 5. Identity & Membership
Exploring how people experience the immigration and citizenship process is key to grasping issues of identity and membership that arise when we talk about U.S. citizenship and anti-immigrant bias.
Unit 6. Media Literacy
We process an astonishing and overwhelming quantity of information daily. Analyzing media sources and recognizing the role of bias in media challenges students to think critically about how they can influence civil life and initiate change.