Students explore citizenship, power, and responsibility using the work of civic entrepreneur Eric Liu.
Students identify the responsibilities of citizen watchdogs, summarize strategies for combatting confirmation bias and responsibly consuming and sharing news and information, and complete a culminating essay.
Students define explicit, implicit, and confirmation bias, and examine why people sometimes maintain their beliefs in the face of contradictory information.
Students respond to film clips in which Condoleezza Rice and Junot Diaz discuss the influences of family, friends, neighborhoods, and the legacies of older generations on who they are today.
Students read personal essays that illuminate how the choices made by our families and previous generations influence who we are today.
Students reflect on present-day antisemitism encountered online and on college campuses, and explore examples of youth who are standing up to it.
Through a discussion-based activity, students explore the concept of a "universe of obligation” and brainstorm examples of its influence in today's world.
Students brainstorm different definitions of democracy and consider democracy's relationship to their own communities and cultures.
Students experience the value of hard empathy by participating in a game that requires understanding others' perspectives and goals in order to succeed.
Students identify the ideals and values we share in common as a nation by watching a video clip from States Marine Corps veteran Tegan Griffith and analyzing a reading.
Students reflect on what "American" means to them and are introduced to the idea that the United States is the product of many individual voices and stories.
Students explore the relationship between a free press and responsible citizenship by listening to interviews with journalists.