Grades 9–12 — My Oregon Experience: How Can I Be an Active Oregon Citizen?

In this curriculum, students will learn about the rights and responsibilities of U.S. citizens as well as the steps they can take to actively participate in civic life. Educators can use the curriculum with or without a museum visit.

Essential Questions

  • 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?

Enduring Understandings

  1. Civic participation is a fundamental right of U.S. citizens and is influenced by our background, experiences, values, and beliefs.
  2. Democratic societies must balance the rights and responsibilities of individuals with the common good.
  3. People are impacted by environmental, economic, social, cultural, and civic concerns and can respond to them in a variety of ways.
  4. Examining social and civic issues helps people expand their understanding of the world, its people, and themselves.

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Pre-Visit Lessons

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?

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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.

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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 to

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Museum Visit

Oregon Historical Society Museum Visit, Grades 9–12: 3-2-1 Exit Ticket

Experience Oregon museum visit with a 3-2-1 Exit Ticket

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Post-Visit Lessons

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.

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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.

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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.

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