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Download the lesson plan here: http://everyday-democracy.org/resources/civic-engagement-lesson-plan-parts-1-and-2
Lesson Plan 1 is an introduction to "civic health" and its connection to "great citizenship." It helps students learn about how ordinary citizens in Connecticut participate in the public arena by volunteering, voting, donating, working with neighbors and public officials, learning about and engaging on issues, attending public events and hearings, etc. They also get to reflect on what are some of the attributes of "great citizenship," examine their own communities and civic health in Connecticut, and understand the importance of civic participation for making communities and our society better for all.
Lesson Plan 2 is an introduction to Chapter 3 in Eric Liu's book "The Gardens of Democracy," which discusses the attributes and value of "great citizenship" for our society and democracy. Students will be able to reflect on and model "great citizenship" in their schools, neighborhoods, and pubic life. By allowing students to explore their connections to others at their schools and communities and adopting a different way of thinking about collective responsibility, this learning can be transformative and imbued with civic agency.