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This project report describes the development of a literacy curriculum that introduced the elements of democracy. After reviewing existing print and video materials, a curriculum design team of literacy practitioners and civic activists prepared a draft curriculum and pilot tested it in six adult literacy classes. Based on feedback from teachers and students, a final curriculum was prepared. The final report is accompanied by the civic literacy curriculum. The curriculum consists of 20 2-hour lessons. EAch lesson states the purpose or the major theme and offers a thought-provoking reflection that could be used either to stimulate discussion or to encourage journal writing; a major reading section on civics; a vocabulary section; and reading comprehension questions. Throughout the lessons, there are exercises for small group or large group discussions. The lessons cover the following topics: introduction; a look at democracy; what is community; a clash of principles; civics and the social contract; the social context; Declaration of Independence; understanding the Declaration; democracy in action; Preamble to the Constitution; working government; understanding state and local government; politics and power; Bill of Rights; from the personal to the political; types of action; finding solutions; and suggestions for change. Other contents include an evaluation, list of useful texts, and handouts. (YLB)

Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Literacy, Citizenship Education, Civics, Curriculum Development, Curriculum Guides, Democracy, Government (Administrative Body), Literacy Education, Reading Comprehension, Social Studies, Vocabulary Development

PDE Resource Center, 333 Market Street, Harrisburg, PA 17126-0333 (curriculum and videotape).

Autor: Philadelphia Mayor-s Commission on Literacy, PA.


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