American Idealist

Civics

Introduction

This unit, designed to accompany the film American Idealist, explores idealism, public service, and public policy through the career of American statesman and activist Sargent Shriver.

Lesson Series: 

Lesson 1 of 3
Democracy & Civic Engagement

What Is an Idealist?

Students learn about idealism through the life and accomplishments of US statesman and activist Sargent Shriver.

Lesson 2 of 3
Democracy & Civic Engagement

Sargent Shriver and Public Service

Students refine their ideas about public service by learning about the mission and early years of the Peace Corps program.

Lesson 3 of 3
Democracy & Civic Engagement

Participation through Public Policy

Students discover how leaders like Sargent Shriver used public policy to fight poverty in the 1960s.

Search Our Collection

Everything you need to get started teaching your students about racism, antisemitism and prejudice.