Lesson One: The Need for Government—A Cinematic and Literary Perspective

Lesson Two: The Need for Laws

Lesson Three: The Need for Authority

Lesson Four: Deciphering the Declaration of Independence

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A consideration of the characteristics of a lawless society.
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Use this video to challenge your students to think about the kinds of things that could occur on a lawless island.
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Through the creation of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, students consider the role of laws.
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Through the creation of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, students consider the need for laws.
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Students consider the origins and purposes of authority, specifically considering how authority comes to be invested within specific entities.
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Using close textual analysis students consider the ideas contained within the Declaration of Independence.
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This reading, with accompanying video, of the Declaration of Independence is another way for students to encounter the words of this great text.
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Students develop founding principles for their own autonomous society.
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