The rationale for this unit is to provide background knowledge for younger students regarding the benefits and burdens of citizenship generally and, more specifically, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Having also taught 4
grade, where government is introduced in depth, I know that my young students are not well-prepared to tackle the information on the level at which it is offered. The main problem is that they lack adequate background knowledge. This unit will provide them with the necessary reference points and should deepen their understanding of how important their roles as citizens are to the entire process. Students are also not aware of their rights as citizens and how collective action can bring about the changes for themselves and the people in their communities. As mentioned before, the age group of the students starts at 7 years old. Much of the information contained in this unit/lessons would be familiar to adults, but has been scaled back to make it comprehensible for the intended audience.