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    Lessons - Decide

    When students decide on the issues which are most important to them, their engagement with and investment in the unit of work increases enormously. Use the following lesson plans to guide your students through this process.

    • decide
    • research
    • activate
    • vote

    The lesson plans in Decide expand on students’ existing knowledge of current community issues. In groups, they choose one issue that they care about and want to change. Before students decide on their issue, the complex notions of personal and communal values, power and influence, and individual and governmental responsibility should be scaffolded for students.

    For the Passport to Democracy program to be its most engaging and effective, students should select their own issue of focus as opposed to teachers assigning topics. If students are able to choose their focus (with appropriate scaffolding), it not only increases “buy in” but also empowers students to make their own decisions and elevates student voice.

    As with all our resources, choose the activities and lessons which suit your needs (and those of your students) the best. The lessons which we consider to be a “core” component of the Passport to Democracy program have been highlighted in red in the downloadable resource.

    Lesson 1: People and Democracy

    This lesson explores students’ understanding of values and rights, and how these are related to issues

    Lesson 2: What's the problem?

    The main objective of this lesson is identifying and selecting an issue. The emphasis is on students developing and expressing opinions on a range of societal issues.

    Lesson 3: Who is responsible?

    Students will explore individual, community and governmental responsibility, and investigate who is responsible for what in our society.

    Lesson 4: Getting your way

    Students will consider different kinds of power, and how they can use theirs to influence those who have been voted into formal positions of  power.

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