And so, my fellow classmates, ask not what your classroom can do for you, Ask what you can do for your classroom.
An Integrated, Interdisciplinary, Thematic, Standards-based Unit on the Foundations of Democracy and Authority in the United States In this unit students will learn that societies need to establish rules and laws in order to exist harmoniously and to meet the needs of individuals within the society. It is important because it teaches students at a young age the role of civics in our government. They will make the connection between rules and laws. Students are introduced to concepts like rights and responsibilities. They will also learn the importance of following rules/laws and the consequences involved when rules are not followed. They will develop an understanding that a democratic government is people and groups who have been given the authority to perform certain functions the society believes are necessary and useful. It is also important because students will learn about the foundation of democracy-how and why it works. The essential concepts are democracy, government, responsibility, and authority.