Being An American
America’s Civic Values
Two fifty-minute class periods
This lesson offers students the opportunity to reflect on the virtues the Founders considered fundamental to a free society. After reflecting on the meaning of these values, students will analyze situations where civic values can be exercised and identify modern examples of those values in practice.
A set of actions and habits necessary for the safe, effective, and mutually beneficial participation in a society.
Individuals must take care of themselves and their families and be vigilant to preserve their liberty.
The idea that only a knowledgeable and virtuous citizenry can sustain liberty.
Representative / Republican Government
Form of government in which the people are sovereign (the ultimate source of power) and authorize representatives to make and carry out laws.