US History: Democracy and Power

Grade 11

Social Studies

English, Spanish

Although our constitution was developed to address the issues of equality, freedom, power and the will of the people, scholars will answer the question: How democratic is our constitution? In this bilingual class unit, scholars are encouraged to apply their learning to their lives as Latina or Latino. Current events connections are throughout the unit (e.g. the video on Hispanic activism relative to BLM in Learning Experience 6). By broadening questions about the past, this unit allows application to the present. Students have choice but are required to either 1) create awareness on how we can use the constitution to seek change or 2) demonstrate how they can use their constitutional rights to become active and seek change. This requirement should allow them to utilize their cultural knowledge, address areas of personal interest, and make conceptual connections between past and present

US History: Democracy and Power