Civic Virtues

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Civic Virtues by Mind Map: Civic Virtues

1. 2. Civic Virtues provide a framework for individuals to be active, productive, and responsible citizens.

1.1. Civic virtues define certain standards of behavior that citizens should uphold and they ensure that all members of society are productive and promote the common good.

2. 3. Some of the important civic virtues that we will be studying are individual responsibility, civility, honesty, respect for the law, and commitment to the common good.

2.1. Individual responsibility is having a sense of responsibility to participate in your community, such as through voting, and to be productive in a way that makes sense with your skill.

2.2. Civility is being respectful to all individuals, even if you do not agree with them.

2.3. Honesty involves telling the truth even when it is difficult to do so

2.4. Respect for the law includes knowing the laws, of one’s community and nation, and following those laws in all situations.

2.5. Commitment to the common good is a commitment towards the goal of all people living under fair conditions.

3. 4. Examples and non-examples of these civic virtues, that we have seen or could see in our school community and in our larger community, can help us recognize and acquire these skills as citizens.

3.1. Individual Responsibility

3.1.1. An example of individual responsibility would be voting in student council elections and voting in local and state elections when you are old enough to do so.

3.1.2. A non-example would be the decision to not recycle, because you believe that your actions do not impact your community or the environment.

3.2. Civility

3.2.1. An example of civility would be to listen intently and respectfully when a fellow citizen is speaking at a town hall, even if you have a vastly different opinion.

3.2.2. A non-example would be to resort to name-calling or other forms of bullying when having a conversation with another individual that you disagree with.

3.3. Honesty

3.3.1. An example of honesty is telling the truth in a difficult situation, such as if you knew about the answers to a test beforehand.

3.3.2. A non-example of honesty would be to knowingly withhold information from an authority figure, when you witnessed something wrong happen.

3.4. Respect for the Law

3.4.1. An example of a respect for the law would be to pay one’s taxes when one is old enough to do so.

3.4.2. A non-example for respect for the law would include trespassing on lands that one knows are no trespassing zones.

3.5. Commitment to the Common Good

3.5.1. A commitment to the common good includes making decisions, that might not directly impact you, such as donating to a cause that impacts a group in need that you are not even involved with.

3.5.2. A non-example would include voting on an issue that could take money away from a group in need.

4. 1. By the end of the lesson, you should be able to...

4.1. Define and Select the correct civic virtue from a choice of 5 civic virtues.

4.2. Describe how you will apply at least three of the civic virtues that were discussed to your lives as citizens now or in the future.

5. Objectives

6. General Definitions

7. Specific Definitions

8. Examples and Non-Examples

9. Assessment

9.1. Take the Kahoot Quiz to assess your Skills with identifying and describing the specific civic virtues.

9.2. In order to better understand these civic virtues, we must apply them to our own lives

9.2.1. Write a paragraph about how you could apply and practice at least three of the civic virtues that were taught today, to your own lives and the overall importance of civic virtues.