This lesson starter will elucidate upon the rationale and content and exemplify the method described in the National Center's Educational Framework. As the name implies, this lesson is meant as a starting point. It is not a ready-made lesson, but rather provides topics for discussion and related documents, as well as suggested questions to consider. It is up to the educator to lead the ensuing discussion and debate.
This sample lesson focuses upon World War II because it was a key moment in the development of United States democracy, and it showed in clear relief both the opportunities and constraints of democracy. It also teaches us more generally about wars and their meanings for civil liberties and freedoms, especially around the nature of citizenship and rights and who is counted within the circle of "we, the people."
Lesson Starter Contents
Below you will find the two sections of this Lesson Starter. Each section includes downloadable document files that can be used with the lesson. We also provide ways in which you can get your students to participate actively.