Citizenship: What is Freedom?

This Citizenship: What is Freedom? activity & project also includes:

What does freedom mean to me? is the driving question of a character education lesson focused on citizenship. Scholars study the story, Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt by Deborah Hopkinson, discuss in detail the positive realities of living in the United Staes, and design a quilt piece that visually represents their idea of freedom. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Create a Be the best you can be! themed bulletin board showcasing the class's ideas of its meaning 
  • Save paper; post survey questions on a classroom blog 
  • Brainstorm ways how learners can exhibit good citizenship qualities in their local community 
Classroom Considerations

  • Visit the school library to find, or download onto your personal learning device, a copy of Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt by Deborah Hopkinson
Pros

  • Encourages parent and guardian participation with a letter and two at-home activities
  • Offers detailed teacher directions including script 
Cons

  • The website listed for additional resources in the first activity does not easily paste into an address bar