TITLE: AMERICAN POLITICAL CULTURE AUTHOR: Sharon B. Brown, Box Elder High School; Brigham, UT GRADE LEVEL/SUBJECT: 12: U.S. GOVERNMENT OBJECTIVE(s): This lesson plan stimulates classroom discussion of basic values. First a personal evaluation is taken, and then those personal values are compared and contrasted with the class as a whole. ACTIVITIES AND PROCEDURES: Distribute the following sheet to each student: _________________________________________________________ Rate the following values in order of importance. #1 being the most important and #14 being the least important. Do not be wishy-washy, they all must be ranked. _____ Financial Security _____ Freedom of Speech _____ Equality of opportunity _____ Self-reliance _____ Loyalty to country _____ Tolerance of others _____ Freedom of religion _____ Individual initiative _____ Right to private property _____ Government by law, not individuals _____ Concern for the underdog _____ Fair Play _____ Justice _____ Order in Society _________________________________________________________ After students have finished either the teacher leads the discussion, or students can debate these values. Also, a total class ranking should take place, so that students can compare themselves with others.
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