HARVARD EDX COURSE - WE THE PEOPLE: CIVIC ENGAGEMENT IN A CONSTITUTIONAL DEMOCRACY
In We the People: Civic Engagement in a Constitutional Democracy, you will gain a foundational knowledge of American constitutional democracy and understand how to encourage others to explore their own civic paths, while in parallel crafting your own civic voice and identity. You'll learn about rights and responsibilities, constitutionalism, the philosophical foundations of democracy, and the levers of change. This course is built on more than ten years of academic research performed by the Democratic Knowledge Project team, as an initiative of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University.
2020 ELECTION MODULE
We’re excited to offer a mini-unit to support teaching and learning about the 2020 Elections! Our student-friendly Google Site is geared towards 8th grade students in civics classes and designed to guide students through background on campaigns, candidates, the electoral process, and, of course, the electoral college: https://sites.google.com/view/election-2020/home
CIVIC PROJECT WORKBOOK
Our Civic Project Workbook is an online tool that students and teachers can use to facilitate Student-Led Civics Projects. Like our Elections Module, this is a student friendly Google Site (https://sites.google.com/g.harvard.edu/dkp-civic-action-workbook/home) that drives students to answer the question: What can you do to make change during #COVID19 outbreak? The workbook fully aligns with the Massachusetts guidelines for Student-led Civics Projects and follows our 10 Questions for Young Changemakers framework while in a digital format.
This collection of historical biographies tells the story of civic leaders through the lens of the DKP's 10 Questions for Changemakers.
PORTRAIT OF A TYRANT
Portrait of a Tyrant is a six-episode adventure game for students to learn about the Declaration of Independence, its historical context and contemporary relevance. The episodes take place over the course of twelve years leading up to the American Revolution and the signing of the Declaration (1765-1776). The heroine, Briana Little, is an adolescent person of color, living in an insecure state of freedom, who adheres to a persecuted religious faith. Briana and players experience a number of key events in the lead up to the Revolution, confront multiple viewpoints on these events, and are asked to make complex moral and political choices, just as early Americans were. Players learn about how colonists assembled their various complaints into a shared list of formal grievances, and about the basic concepts that gave the Founders a blueprint for a democratic republic. Along with engaging game mechanics, the game makes ample and innovative use of large numbers of primary source images, texts, songs, and poems.
You can play the interactive game here! - https://portraitofatyrant.com/