American Political Culture
Almost all Americans in spite of a diversity of races, classes, religions, ethnicities, or occupations hold to a common set of core values and beliefs. This course/unit explores six core beliefs of American political culture. Most of these core beliefs and values are unique to the American culture. In spite of these common beliefs, many Americans act in ways that are opposite to these values and assumptions.
These beliefs are:
• Free enterprise and the free market
• A distrust of government
• Democracy and freedom
The course/unit objectives are:
• Students will explore the six basic elements or core values of the American belief system.
• Students will learn that in spite of diverse races, religions, ethnicities, occupations and lifestyles, Americans have a common set of core values and beliefs.
• Students will understand how these core values influence our expectations of government and society.
• Students will see that American core values are truly unique to American culture.
• Students will observe contradictions between American core values and American behavior i.e. what Americans say they believe and how Americans behave.
There are two games, The Coin Toss, and Beat The Bourgeoisie as well as numerous class activities including Contradictory Assumptions and suggested outside speaker visits.
This course/unit meets the following CCSS Standards:
• CCSS.ELA-Literacy. RH.11-12.3
• CCSS.ELA-Literacy. RH.11-12.6
• CCSS.ELA-Literacy. RH.11-12.7
• CCSS.ELA-Literacy. RH.11-12.9