Lesson 34: What Is the Importance of Civic Engagement to American Constitutional Democracy?

Lesson 34: What Is the Importance of Civic Engagement to American Constitutional Democracy?

America's founding principles assume the active involvement of its people in civic life. Popular sovereignty, for example, means that the people have ultimate governing authority, which carries with it the responsibility to exercise that authority knowledgeably to balance individual interests and the common good. Protection of individual rights requires people to be guardians of their own rights and to be willing to defend the rights of others. This lesson describes ways that Americans can participate in civic life to help achieve the ideals they have set for themselves and their nation. It explains how civic engagement can advance both self-interest and the common good. It also di

We the People
Center for Civic Education

ESSENTIAL QUESTION:

STANDARDS:
RI.2 - Main Ideas, RI.8 - Evaluate Argument

DEPTH OF KNOWLEDGE (DOK) LEVELS:

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