Unit: What it Means to be American: A Look at U.S. Civics

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Unit Description

The following unit explores the foundation of American civics. While the unit is rather compact, the lessons touch on various topics such as: the Preamble of the Constitution, Bill of Rights, citizen responsibilities, and the amendment process for the U.S. Constitution. In addition, the lessons within this unit encourage students to think about how American civic norms differ from those in other countries.

Lessons

Preamble of the U.S. Constitution Resources: 7

By the end of the lesson, SWBAT describe and state why the Framer’s outlined what they outlined in the Preamble. By the end of the lesson, SWBAT describe why the Framers created the Constitution.

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Lesson 2: Bill of Rights Resources: 9

By the end of the lesson, SWBAT explain why the Bill of Rights was created. At the end of the lesson, SWBAT explain that the Bill of Rights are the first 10 Amendments of the Constitution. By the end of the lesson, SWBAT explain how the Bill of Rights protects the rights of Americans.

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Lesson 3: Rights and Dictators Resources: 13

By the end of the lesson, SWBAT explain how America is different from other countries in the world that do not guarantee the rights of their citizens. By the end of the lesson, SWBAT to compare and contrast the human rights in America with those found in dictatorships.

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Lesson 4: Citizen Responsibilities Resources: 9

By the end of the lesson, SWBAT list at least two civic duties. By the end of the lesson, SWBAT explain why it is important to do your civic duties.

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Lesson 5: American Civics Unit Exam Resources: 6

By the end of the lesson, SWBAT display their knowledge of the Preamble, Bill of Rights, and citizen responsibilities through a written test.

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Unit Resources

American Civics Unit - Lesson 2 - Bill of Rights - Bill of Rights Flip Book.pdf  
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American Civics Unit - Lesson 2 - Bill of Rights - Bill of Rights Flip Book.pdf  
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American Civics Unit - Lesson 2 - Bill of Rights - Bill of Rights Rap Lyrics.pdf  
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American Civics Unit - Lesson 2 - Bill of Rights - Lesson Plan.pdf  
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Bill of Rights Rap.mov  
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