Unit X – Citizenship in the American Constitutional Democracy.
Competency Goal 10: The learner will develop, defend, and evaluate positions on issues regarding the personal responsibilities
of citizens in the American constitutional democracy.
• 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.
10.01 Explain the distinction between personal and civic responsibilities and the tensions that may arise between them.
• 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?
Speaking to issues
Obeying the laws
10.02 Develop, defend, and evaluate positions on issues regarding diversity in American life.
• 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?
E Pluribus Unum
“Melting Pot” theory
“Tossed Salad” theory
10.03 Evaluate the importance of supporting, nurturing, and educating oneself in the United States society.
• 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?
Life Long Learning
(Life Long Learning)
Public school system
10.04 Demonstrate characteristics of effective citizenship.
• 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?
Duty & Responsibility
10.05 Describe examples of recurring public problems and issues.
• 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?
Law and order
Graft and corruption
10.06 Discuss the consequences and/or benefits of the freedom of economic, legal, and political choices.
• 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?