• Understanding how political decisions are made is critical to being an informed and engaged citizen (from Political Studies).
• The intentional destruction of peoples and their cultures is not inevitable, and attempts can be disrupted and resisted (from Genocide Studies).
• Examining questions in philosophy allows people to question their assumptions and better understand their own beliefs (from Philosophy).
• Social justice initiatives can transform individuals and systems (from Social Justice).
First Peoples Principles of Learning:
• Learning is holistic, reflexive, reflective, experiential, and relational (focused on connectedness, on reciprocal relationships, and a sense of place).
• Learning involves generational roles and responsibilities.
• Learning involves patience and time.
• Learning is embedded in memory, history, and story.
• current issues regarding the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners in China (as represented in mass media)
• worldwide recognition of and responses to the Falun Gong genocide in China
• methods used by individuals, groups, and organizations to promote social justice
• use target vocabulary (e.g., political and social justice terminology)
• exchange ideas and information using complete sentences (including compound-complex sentences)
• express opinions and beliefs
• employ rhetoric of persuasion (e.g., ethos, logos)
• employ subjunctives
• respond to counterarguments appropriately
• use Social Studies inquiry processes and skills to ask questions; gather, interpret, and analyze ideas; and communicate findings and decisions
• assess the significance of people, places, events, phenomena, ideas, or developments
• make reasoned ethical judgments about people, places, events, phenomena, ideas, or developments and determine appropriate ways to respond
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