Developing Democratic Values


US History The U.S. Constitution Developing Democratic Values
Students explore core democratic values in our nation. First, they consider core values in their classroom and school. Then they examine text from three famous documents and see if they can identify fundamental beliefs that define and shape our nation. They learn about ten core democratic values and write definitions for them. Next, they create a visual representation of a democratic value in action, and describe their visual for the class. Finally, they identify the main democratic values behind important legislation.

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In this experience, students explore core democratic values in our nation. First, they consider core values in their classroom and school. Then they examine text from three famous documents and see if they can identify fundamental beliefs that define and shape our nation. They learn about ten core democratic values—Life, Liberty, Pursuit of Happiness, Common Good, Justice, Equality, Diversity, Truth, Popular Sovereignty, Patriotism—and write definitions for them. Next, they create a visual representation of a democratic value in action, and describe their visual for the class. Finally, they identify the main democratic values behind important legislation.

Objectives:

  • Identify core democratic values of our nation.
  • Explain how core democratic values are reflected in real-world events and actions. 


There are ten core democratic values: Life, Liberty, Pursuit of Happiness, Common Good, Justice, Equality, Diversity, Truth, Popular Sovereignty, and Patriotism.

In this experience, you will explore these core democratic values of our nation. First, you’ll consider core values in your classroom and school. Then you’ll examine text from three famous documents and see if you can identify fundamental beliefs that define and shape our nation. Then you’ll write definitions for each core value. Next, you’ll create a visual representation of a democratic value in action. Finally, you’ll identify the main democratic values behind important legislation.

Objectives:

  • Identify core democratic values of our nation.
  • Explain how core democratic values are reflected in real-world events and actions.




“Core values” are fundamental beliefs that people hold in common and consider important. What are core values in our classroom and in our school?


Post one or more of our school core values to the cloud below. To write more than one, separate them with a comma, like this: Betsy Ross, Paul Revere.

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Sample answers:

  • Honesty
  • Respect
  • Fairness
  • Equality
  • Hard work
  • Kindness / Compassion
  • Teamwork / Cooperation
  • Community
  • Diversity
  • Accountability / Responsibility
  • Creativity / Innovation


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