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Unit X – Citizenship in the American Constitutional Democracy.

      EOC PREP

Competency Goal 10: The learner will develop, defend, and evaluate positions on issues regarding the personal responsibilities
of citizens in the American constitutional democracy.

Generalizations

• In order for a nation to fulfill its responsibilities to citizens, they may need to fulfill their obligations to the nation.
• Citizens have a responsibility to respect others and be tolerant of diversity.
• Citizens have a duty to be informed about public problems so that they can effectively participate in finding the best solution.

Objectives

10.01 Explain the distinction between personal and civic responsibilities and the tensions that may arise between them.

Essential Questions

• What responsibilities does the individual have to the community and the community to the individual?
• What is the difference between a civic and personal responsibility?
• What would be the likely result of citizens refusing to fulfill their responsibilities?

Macro Concepts

Responsibilities
Compromise
Cooperation
Collaboration

Micro Concepts

Responsibility
• personal
• civic
• legal
• moral
• fiscal

Factual Content

Civic Responsibility)
Voting
Community activism
Volunteerism
Speaking to issues
(Fiscal responsibility)
(Legal Responsibilities)
Paying taxes
Obeying the laws

10.02 Develop, defend, and evaluate positions on issues regarding diversity in American life.

Essential Questions

• What consequences may result from a lack of tolerance for diversity among individuals?
• What led to the shift in thinking of America as a “melting pot” to that of a “tossed salad”?
• What forms of discrimination exist in America today?

Macro Concepts

Respect
Bias

Micro Concepts

Diversity
E Pluribus Unum
“Melting Pot” theory
“Tossed Salad” theory
Racism
Sexism
Ageism
Nationality

Factual Content

(Diversity)
Bias
Gender
Disabilities
Religion
Lifestyles
Physical Appearance
Multicultural

10.03 Evaluate the importance of supporting, nurturing, and educating oneself in the United States society.

Essential Questions

• What effect might an uninformed electorate have on the election process?
• How does education contribute to the betterment of society?
• Should citizens remain educated and informed after graduating from high school?

Macro Concepts

Knowledge

Micro Concepts

Life Long Learning
Informed Citizenry
Literacy
Earning capacity
Public service

Factual Content

(Life Long Learning)
Public school system
Literacy
Self-motivation
Earning capacity
(Informed Citizenry)
Being informed
Public service
Voter participation
Corruption

10.04 Demonstrate characteristics of effective citizenship.

Essential Questions

• What are the characteristics of a responsible citizen?
• Should community responsibility come at the expense of personal freedom?
• What impact will there be on the nation if citizens do not exhibit effective citizenship?

Macro Concepts

Respect
Knowledge
Involvement

Micro Concepts

Citizenship
Voluntary Compliance
Duty & Responsibility
Patriotism
Volunteerism
Tolerance
Charitable Action
Responsible Behavior
Community spirit

Factual Content

(Citizenship)
Property rights
Individual rights
Voting rights
Taxpayer
Community service
Historical knowledge
Informed citizenry

10.05 Describe examples of recurring public problems and issues.

Essential Questions

• What problems tend to reoccur in a society?
• Who should play a role in solving the recurring problems of society?
• How should a nation decide which problems to focus time, energy, and resources?

Macro Concepts

Problems
Issues
Reform

Micro Concepts

Public Problems
Public Issues

Factual Content

Public Problems/Issues)
Under employment
Unemployment
Education needs
Baby Boomers
Economic cycles
Taxation
Citizen apathy
Security
Crime
Disease
Graying population
Poverty
New Immigration
Law and order
Substance Abuse
Prison Reform
Racism/Discrimination
Waste Disposal
Homelessness
Acid Rain/Greenhouse
Effect
Natural Disasters
Pollution
Graft and corruption

10.06 Discuss the consequences and/or benefits of the freedom of economic, legal, and political choices.

Essential Questions

• How can an individual’s choices affect the liberty and happiness of others?
• What are some of the consequences that come with having so many freedoms in America?
• How do the freedoms experienced in America compare to freedoms enjoyed in other countries?

Macro Concepts

Choices
Opportunity

Micro Concepts

Freedoms
Self-determination
Political activism
Liberty
Justice

Factual Content

(Freedoms/Choices)
Economic choices
Legal choices
Political choices
Socio-economic status

 

Supplemental Readings

Ben's Guide: Citizenship
A Guide for New Citizens
Introduction to Human Rights