Individual Rights versus Common Good (Natural Rights Philosophy versus Classical Republicanism) Pear Deck

Grade
9-12
Lesson Duration

From Learning Law and Democracy Foundation

How do we balance individual rights and the common good?

Learning Targets:

  • analyze the tensions between individual rights (Natural Rights Philosophy) and the common good (Classical Republicanism) by discussing current and historical examples
  • decide where you stand regarding these issues and explain why
  • monitor local, state, national affairs

Jigsaw select articles that highlight some current tensions between individual rights and the common good (see below for a list of possible articles). Allow students time to skim through articles individually (this could also be done as homework), then place them in small groups to:

  • read and summarize articles; marking the text
  • ask clarifying questions and talk about: What are the arguments for individual rights? The common good?
  • discuss where they personally stand and why (encourage students to share personal experiences)
  • select a representative from their group to report to the rest of the class about their article topic, tensions/ small group discussion

Whole class – Utilizing the Pear Deck Slides, take the class through the different issues. For each article, representatives from the small groups give a brief background/ summary of their articles to the rest of the class.Students may notes the examples in their NRP/ CR Notes handout. Then, each student should place him/ herself on the Pear Deck spectrum for the whole class to see the diversity/ range of where people in the class stand with regards to the issues.

For the Pear Deck Presentation, Go to: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B13AJcD-I_UgZm9VaHRuejlNZzA/view?usp=sharing

NRP-CR Notes handout: NRP-CR Notes

Possible Articles:

Accommodation 1: Teacher numbers the article along the margins – instructions:

  • Find article
  • Select printer-friendly format
  • Select PDF preview
  • Copy and paste to Word document
  • Go over formatting – change font size, delete advertising, check for and fix “shifted” sentences
  • Go to Layout tab
  • Select “Line Numbers”
  • Select “continuous”
  • Look over the numbers and delete extra numbers (usually at the end; sometimes blank spaces are numbered)
  • Save/ print

Accommodation 2: Article Organizer and Marking the Text

Source

Learning Law and Democracy Foundation