- How can I be an active Oregon citizen?
- What are the rights and responsibilities of U.S. citizens?
- How can citizens participate in civic life?
- Civic participation is a fundamental right of U.S. citizens and is influenced by our background, experiences, values, and beliefs.
- Democratic societies must balance the rights and responsibilities of individuals with the common good.
- People are impacted by environmental, economic, social, cultural, and civic concerns and can respond to them in a variety of ways.
- Examining social and civic issues helps people expand their understanding of the world, its people, and themselves.
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Pre-Visit Lesson One: How Issues Become Policies / Laws
Students analyze and summarize how issues become policies/laws in Oregon. Next, students examine and analyze various policy changes that came about from everyday Oregonians like themselves. How did these people create change? What prompted them to want to see/make changes?Download now (PDF)
Pre-Visit Lesson Two: Freedom Fighter Convention
Students create a summary of an Oregon Freedom Fighter and attend a mock convention to present their individual and meet the other Freedom Fighters in attendance.Download now (PDF)
Pre-Visit Lesson Three: Profile of a Freedom Fighter
Students continue the Freedom Fighters Convention. Students re-examine the Freedom Fighters from the previous two lessons to create a collective profile of the characteristics/attributes they believe Freedom Fighters utilize to address problems in their community. At the conclusion, students create both a personal and a collective list of problems they see in their local community, region, or state. Students begin toDownload now (PDF)
Post-Visit Lesson One: Develop a Proposal for Action
Students reflect on the Experience Oregon exhibit and add to their classroom Freedom Fighters/Social Justice Activist Attributes. Students write a Haiku reflecting on what it means to be an Oregon Freedom Fighter/Social Justice Activist. At the end of the lesson, students return to the Problems to Action handout and select one of their local/regional problems for which to create a Proposal for Action.Download now (PDF)
Post-Visit Lesson Two: Call to Action Presentations
Students will complete their Proposal for Action handout and the Call for Action and utilize them to prepare a formal presentation of their call for action to their class/community.Download now (PDF)
Post-Visit Lessons Three & Four: Vote — Which Actions Will Your Class Pursue?
Students present their Call for Action proposals and review them utilizing the Call for Action Review Rubric. The students will collectively vote to pursue one or two action plans.Download now (PDF)