Wayne RESA
RESA, MAISA MC3 Units
Unit Abstract

In this unit students examine public issues relating to Michigan. The unit begins with an examination of the responsibilities of citizenship as students learn that one key civic responsibility is being informed about matters of public concern. Student explore a variety of public issues in the local community, identifying various points of view, and applying core democratic values to support their positions (e.g., “Should a school ban the use of scooters on school grounds?,” or “Should a community tear down an historic barn in order to build a homeless shelter?”). Next, using a variety of resources including newspapers and Web sites, students identify current public issues in Michigan. After analyzing why these are public issues, they pose the policy issues as questions (e.g., “Should the state of Michigan provide funds for a rapid transit system in metropolitan Detroit?” or “Should Michigan establish a network of waterways and greenbelts?”). Students then address a public issue as a class with guidance by the teacher. They gather background information regarding the origin of the issue. Meeting in small groups students discuss various viewpoints on the issue and ultimately express a reasoned position on it by writing a short persuasive essay. The unit concludes with students applying the steps of responsible citizenship by choosing a public issue in Michigan to investigate and writing a persuasive essay that supports their position on the issue.

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Stage One - Desired Results

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Standards
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Compelling Question

How do state and national governments work to solve problems citizens face?

Supporting Questions
  1. How do responsible citizens resolve statewide problems?
  2. How do people learn about public issue in our state?
  3. Why do people disagree about the ways to solve problems facing people in Michigan?
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Content (Key Concepts)

core democratic values

informed decision

Michigan

point of view

public issue

responsibilities of citizenship

Skills (Intellectual Processes)

Comparing/Contrasting
Evaluating
Perspectives

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Stage Two - Assessment Evidence

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Unit Assessment Tasks
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Stage Three - Learning Plan

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Lesson Plan Sequence
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Resources
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Expectations/Standards
MI: Social Studies (2007)
2nd Grade
Discourse, Decisions, Ctzn Inv
P3.1 Identifying and Analyzing Public Issues
Clearly state a problem as a public policy issue, analyze various perspectives, and generate and evaluate possible alternative resolutions.
2 – P3.1.1 Identify public issues in the local community that influence the daily lives of its citizens.
3rd Grade
Geography
G5 Environment and Society
Understand the effects of human-environment interactions.
3 – G5.0.1 Locate natural resources in Michigan and explain the consequences of their use.
3 – G5.0.2 Describe how people adapt to, use, and modify the natural resources of Michigan. (H)
Civics & Government
C5 Role of the Citizen in American Democracy
Explain important rights and how, when, and where American citizens demonstrate their responsibilities by participating in government.
3 – C5.0.1 Identify rights (e.g., freedom of speech, freedom of religion, right to own property) and responsibilities of citizenship (e.g., respecting the rights of others, voting, obeying laws).
Discourse, Decisions, Ctzn Inv
P3.1 Identifying and Analyzing Public Issues
Clearly state a problem as a public policy issue, analyze various perspectives, and generate and evaluate possible alternative resolutions.
3 – P3.1.1 Identify public issues in Michigan that influence the daily lives of its citizens.
3 – P3.1.2 Use graphic data and other sources to analyze information about a public issue in Michigan and evaluate alternative resolutions.
3 – P3.1.3 Give examples of how conflicts over core democratic values lead people to differ on resolutions to a public policy issue in Michigan.
P3.3 Persuasive Communication About a Public Issue
Communicate a reasoned position on a public issue.
3 – P3.3.1 Compose a paragraph expressing a position on a public policy issue in Michigan and justify the position with a reasoned argument.
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