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Citizenship: Small Groups

Small Groups

Have students create a "desert island" scenario in which a group of people has been thrown together in difficult circumstances and have to cooperate and become a community to survive. Working in small groups, have the students discuss, role-play, or use puppetry to answer the following questions:

  1. What is a community?
  2. What are rights?
  3. What are responsibilities?
  4. What is fairness?
  5. What is democracy?

Have students divide into four groups, each group representing one of the four parts of freedom of expression (i.e., speech, religion, press, gathering in groups). Each group will share one of these freedoms in a creative way to show understanding of their assigned freedom (e.g., poster, diagram, play, slide show, etc.).