This unit, Rights and Responsibilities, was written for civics and U.S. history teachers. Teaching the unit in its entirety would require 10 classes, or 5 class periods on the block schedule, although lessons or activities could be used separately as well. The unit is based around an essential question, which students should be able to answer by the end of the lessons. This type of curriculum writing, advocated by educators such as Heidi Hayes Jacobs and Grant Wiggins, encourages students to think critically and ties units together so that all activities are linked to a common goal. Civics teachers may wish to teach the unit at the beginning or end of the school year as an introduction to or review of our rights and responsibilities as humans and as citizens of the United States. U.S. history teachers may wish to teach the unit and its activities throughout the year as they cover some of the events highlighted, such as Indian Removal, Jim Crow laws, Japanese American incarceration during WWII, the Civil Rights Movement, and post-9/11 treatment of Muslims, Arabs, and Arab Americans. Teachers may wish to draw additional information and/or activities from the middle school units written for geography and Arkansas history, which cover in further depth the experiences of Japanese Americans in Arkansas.
A CD-ROM containing additional primary sources is available by emailing Dr. Kristin Mann at firstname.lastname@example.org.