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Introduction What is Citizenship? What Does It Take to Be a U.S. Citizen? Becoming a Citizen Alone We Are Free! Creating a Community Acting Like a Citizen The Matching Game Power for the People Civil Yet Disobedient Is This Civil Disobedience or Isn't It? Demonstrating an Opinion Citizens' Rights Balancing the Scales More Scales to Balance

 
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What is Citizenship? Attitudes and Actions Responsible Citizenship Communicating Keeping Freedom What Do You Think?

 
Demonstrating an Opinion

Look through your weekly or daily newspaper.  Find an article describing a boycott, picket, strike, march, or demonstration. 

In the text boxes provided on the attached worksheet, enter three of your own opinions about what is taking place in this article.  Then ask one of your classmates to read your article and give you three of his or her opinions to enter in the text boxes provided next to your opinions. 

Example:

My Opinions

Classmate's Opinions

 

 

 

July–September, 1980: Workers at the Lenin Shipyard in Gdansk, Poland, strike for better pay and working conditions.  The government grants workers the right to form a trade union, Solidarity.  The union is headed by Lech Walesa, a Gdansk shipyard worker:

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  1. I think it is good that citizens strike to try to get what they deserve.


  2. Unions will help protect the workers.

  3. The citizens are making themselves heard by striking and that is important.
  1. I don't think it is a good idea to have unions.  More problems occur for the community.

  2. The citizens are asking for too much.

  3. Citizens are already finding a good way to make their complaints known.

After completing the attached worksheet, compare, discuss, and debate your opinions on the issues with your teacher and classmates.

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Protests usually need to be noticed to have much effect. Simply scheduling a protest and telling the media won’t guarantee coverage. Clever protests, especially ones that demonstrate one of the problems you are trying to get at or one of your arguments, are more likely to get attention.



*Citizenship section select ideas derived from Citizenship, Learning to Live as Responsible Citizens, published by Good Apple, Inc.

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