ERIC Number: ED460880
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
Being an American: Citizenship and the Constitution Today. A Discussion Program. Abridged Unit 4. The Constitution: Let's Talk about It.
Commission on the Bicentennial of the United States Constitution, Washington, DC.
This unit examines the responsibilities of being a U.S. citizen. It surveys the need for the participation of all citizens in the governing of the United States. Lessons explain that while the United States Constitution does not require the people of the United States to be good citizens, citizens need to work hard in order to stay free. The unit argues that, for U.S. citizens, the idea of freedom necessitates: voting for the candidates they support; serving on juries; opposing unfair public policies; and advocating policies they believe are good for the country. The unit teaches students that citizens also should participate in private service. Suggestions for active private service include: helping neighbors; volunteering time, money, and energy to help the country; and knowing about events in the community and the nation. The unit contains an introduction and four sections focusing on the following topics: (1) "You Can Fight City Hall"; (2) "Sharing Equally the Blessing of Liberty"; (3) "Can We Be Required To Be Good Citizens?"; and (4) "I'd Rather Do It Myself." Each of the five sections contains vocabulary lists, questions to think about, and questions for discussion. (LH)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Learner
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Commission on the Bicentennial of the United States Constitution, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: United States Constitution