Recent events in the US have highlighted the need for conversations around racism, social justice, equity and equality.
These high interest citizenship debates are a safe but powerful way to teach students that
The 17 debate questions go through a series of "fun" questions to more "serious" questions as they get students wondering about fairness and equality.
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Recent global events during the coronavirus pandemic have also highlighted the need for conversations around empathy, equity and compassion.
The Covid-19 pandemic makes it painfully obvious that we are all interconnected global citizens.
The danger, of course is that when an issue affects some people more than others, it’s very easy for us to think it’s not my problem.
That’s why now is an especially important time for us to teach our students what it means to be good citizens and why it matters.
This is the time to explore issues of empathy, fairness and equality.
This is the time to remind students that while everyone is allowed to have their own opinion, we do have to respect that other people may have opinions different from ours.
(And those opinions matter just as much to them as our opinions matter to us!)
Even though we might not be at school, we need to explore how to be a good citizen… at school, at home, and in all of the communities we belong to, especially the global community.
NOTE: This package does not contain any information, examples, or language specifically about recent events in the US or the Coronavirus pandemic.
And, that’s a good thing because that makes that makes this lesson package timeless. Use this lesson today to address
⭐ The end of the year can be an opportunity to do FUN HIGH-INTEREST lessons that you didn't have the time to do earlier.
We need to explicitly teach students HOW to be good citizens so they can actively participate in our classroom/school community!
These debates are also a great way to kick off a Global Studies unit or English Language Arts unit on essay or persuasive writing!
The best time to plant a tree was 25 years ago. The second best time is now.
Likewise, Back to School is a great time to BUILD your classroom community!
And, NOW is the second-best time to hook your students with high interest, visual lessons that introduce concepts of Citizenship, Empathy, and Fairness through FUN DEBATES!
PSST: If you know anybody who teaches Spanish, this resource is also available en español.
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OVER A WEEK of lessons to do with your class to help your students understand empathy, fairness, and community through 17 debate questions.
THIS IS A TOTAL OF 171 SLIDES / PAGES in 8 LESSONS. If you want to introduce citizenship and community participation, we just saved you an incredible amount of prep work!
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NOTE: THIS LESSON IS PART OF A LARGER BUNDLE about Exploring the Six Cs / 21st Century Skills / Competencies
The Six Cs are a bunch of transferable skills that you can use at school, at home, at a job… pretty much anywhere. They’re learning skills to help us be successful in the 21st century.
Each Chapter package focuses on a different “C” and contains different lessons, slides, videos, and handouts. Although we use the same structure in each chapter (activity, video, vocabulary building), there is no overlap of content between packages.
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We provide over a week of lessons to do with your class to help your students explore what it means to actively participate in the communities that we belong to - whether we are members of our classroom, our city, our country, or the world.
In this package, we:
CHAPTER BIG IDEA:
After this chapter, students will be able to explain that Citizenship is about:
The concept of Citizenship is actually a little tricky. There are 3 separate ideas that we explore in this lesson bundle:
1. What is a citizen, literally?
The dictionary / literal definition of citizen is about “being a citizen of a particular country” (as in having a passport, and having legal rights from the government.)
2. What is an active citizen, or an “ideal citizen”?
We also explore the learning skills definition of a citizen, which is really about being a “good” citizen or an “ideal citizen” that is an active participant in society:
3. What are different communities that you can belong to (and be a citizen of)?
We explore being a citizen of a country, being a citizen of your local community / school community, as well as being a global citizen.
WHAT DO YOU GET in this PACKAGE?
We provide over a week of lessons to do with your class to help them start to think about their values, their understanding of global and local injustices, and their concept of what an active citizen looks like.
(Each lesson is between 40-50 minutes long. We have a complete breakdown of ALL 8 LESSONS at the bottom.)
Students will have the opportunity to:
WHO IS THIS PACKAGE FOR? HOW COULD YOU USE THIS?
Teachers could use this package in their classrooms to introduce the concept of citizenship and participating both in the classroom, at school, and beyond.
1. Homeroom teachers
2. English Language Arts teachers
This is an opportunity to link into oral communication / debate skills. Students will be looking into defending their choices with support through oral debate using a written graphic organizer to help them prepare their ideas.
This can also become a precursor to persuasive paragraph and essay writing. From a Bloom’s Taxonomy perspective, students get a chance to:
3. Geography / Social Studies / Civics Teachers:
Possible ideas of what you could link to:
School leaders (Principals, Admin, Division Leaders) could use this package in their schools to create a common language and exploration of growth mindset.
4. School Learning Plans (SLPs) exploring “School Community,” “Diversity” or “Critical Thinking”
The 17 mini debate questions provide an opportunity for students to develop critical thinking skills and communication skills.
You could use this package and then explore ways students could help make the world a better place - both locally and globally.
Some of the debate questions begin to look at equity education concepts of empathy and fairness.
5. Common Language, Common Learning Goals
This unit provides a systematic way for a grade, division, or school to explore learning skills / character development as a framework of delivering provincial / state curriculum..
The debate questions provides everyone with a common experience between classes so that students can support each other, even though they’re in different classes. This is an opportunity for classes and extra-curricular clubs to develop social justice projects and open ended deep learning projects.
Doing the same (Frayer model) vocabulary building graphic organizer provides a common tool / framework that students and teachers can build around in other areas (i.e. math concepts, grammar concepts, science concepts, etc).
Ultimately, this chapter is meant to kick off a year / lifetime of discussion, as opposed to being a one-off activity. If all classes start off with the same approach, then throughout the year, as teachers do different activities, you could still connect it back to concepts of perspective, and recognizing that it’s okay for other people to disagree with you - can you empathize with their perspective, even though you don’t agree?
PROPOSED GAME PLAN: Complete breakdown of ALL 8 CITIZENSHIP LESSONS
We based this schedule on a 50 minute period and providing around 40-45 minutes of content per lesson. (Let’s be honest. It takes your students a few minutes to wander into class, and you’ll probably need a few minutes at the end of class to go over homework or administrivia stuff for your class.)
Depending on your teaching style, how often you see your class, and classroom dynamics, you may find that you can get through all 8 lessons in 5 days… or it stretches out to two full weeks (10 days).
TEACHER TIP: If you’re short on time, pick and choose which debate questions to do.
DAY / LESSON 1 - Part 1 Activity Food for Thought - SLIDES 1-16 - 50 min
DAY / LESSON 2 - Part 1 Activity Food for Thought (Cont) - SLIDES 17-30 - 50 min
DAY / LESSON 3 - Part 1 Activity Food for Thought (Cont) - SLIDES 31-36 - 45 min
DAY / LESSON 4 - Part 1 Activity Food for Thought (Cont) - SLIDES 37-45 - 50 min
DAY / LESSON 5 - Part 1 Activity Food for Thought (Cont) SLIDES 46-49 - 50 min
DAY / LESSON 6 - Part 2 Video - SLIDES 50-56 - 45 min
DAY / LESSON 7 - Part 3 Vocabulary Builder - SLIDES 57-74 - 40 min
DAY / LESSON 8 - Self Evaluation / Review - SLIDES 75-79 - 40 min
THE READ ME file in the PREVIEW file section tells you exactly what you get when you buy this product.
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