How we organize ourselves

  • Central Idea:

    Government systems may organize and structure our lives.

    Related Concepts:

    Government: different types of government - United States - democracy

    Legislation: the action of making laws - the laws made by a legislator or legislative body

    Communication: information communicated, an exchange of information - message

    Key Concepts:

    Function: "How does it work?" - everything has a purpose, a role or a way of behaving that can be investigated

    Responsibility: "What is our responsibility?" - take care of yourself, your actions, or others

    Causation: "Why is it like that?" - things don't just happen

    Learner Profile:

    Balanced: Understand the importance of intellectual, physical and emotional balance to achieve personal well-being for themselves and others

    Open-Minded: Open to the perspectives, values and traditions of other individuals and communities

    Knowledgeable: Develop understanding across a broad and balanced range of disciplines

    Approaches to Learning:

    Thinking Skills: acquisition of knowledge, comprehension, application, synthesis, evaluation, dialectical thought, metacognition

    Social Skills: opportunities to accept responsibility, respect others, cooperate, resolve conflict, and have group decision making


    Cooperation: Cooperating, collaborating, and leading or following as the situation demands

    Independence: Thinking and acting independently, making their own judgments based on reasoned argument, and being able to defend their judgments

    Integrity: Being honest and demonstrating a considered sense of fairness