Civic Values - What Does It Mean to Be an American?

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A shortened presentation about the Civic Values that we share as a nation and why students should be aware of them and begin to use them in their lives.

A shortened presentation about the Civic Values that we share as a nation and why students should be aware of them and begin to use them in their lives.

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  • 1. This is Mr. Boyle’s American Studies I class
  • 2. “There’s the country of America, which you have to defend, but there’s also the idea of America. America is more than just a country, it’s an idea. An idea that’s supposed to be contagious.”– Bono, musician and activist, lead singer for the band U2
  • 3. “The steady character of our countrymen is a rock to which we may safely moor… Unequivocal [clear] in principle, reasonable in manner, we shall be able I hope todo a great deal of good to the cause of freedom & harmony” – Thomas Jeffreson, third President of the United States
  • 4. Today’s Activity:With your group, you will proceed around the room, readingdifferent scenarios and coming upwith responses for them based on the civic value (those ideas thatwe all share and make us a nation) that will appear on the board.
  • 5. COURAGE•Strength to withstand danger, fear, or difficulty
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  • 7. INITIATIVE•Action independent of outside influence
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  • 9. HONOR•Adherence to virtuous principles; being true to one’s word
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  • 11. JUSTICE•Being fair in respecting the rights of all
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  • 13. MODERATION•Avoidance of extremes or excesses
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  • 15. PERSEVERANCE•To persist in spite of opposition or discouragement
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  • 17. RESPECT•High or special regard
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  • 19. RESPONSIBILITY•To answer for one’s conduct
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  • 21. RESOURCEFULNESS•Able to act effectively or imaginatively, especial ly in difficult situations
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  • 23. VIGILANCE•Being alert, watchful, and willing to assert oneself to protect rights
  • 24. Why you are here?• Part of the reason that you are in school is help you learn these values and exercise them in your life as you become a contributing member of society.
  • 25. Something tothink about as you leave...