Social Studies 4: Civic Participation
The success of any nation depends to a certain degree on civil participation. Although, as we've discovered in the U.S., uncivil participation works almost as well.
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Whether you're participating in spring cleaning at home... [Girl doing chores]
Or participating in a difficult group project at school... [Kid holding a chemistry flask that explodes]
It's always nice to be involved.
If only because it earns you a sweet looking A+ to hang up on the fridge at home.
Or provides a clean floor for your fridge to hang out on. [Girl looks like she is hating the chores]
That guy does a great job keeping your food cold.
And when it comes to politics, it's no different.
Civil participation refers to the ways in which citizens support their national, state, [Coop pointing at a blackboard]
and local community, and is a responsibility of all American people. [Dino pointing at a blackboard]
The most obvious and easiest way to be a good civil participant is by voting. [Jacket with 'I Voted' badge on it]
Of course, voting doesn't simply involve showing up on election day and checking a box next
to someone's name.
Well, okay, that's technically all it involves – but that's not exactly the ideal way to [Kermit the frog at the polling station]
go about things.
A good citizen should be well-informed on issues and candidates, and should cast their
On a national level, citizens vote for their Senators, members of the House of Representatives,
and even the President of the United States.
So yeah, it's kind of a big deal. [Abraham Lincoln appears]
Citizens can also have their voice heard by contacting their Senators and House of
Just maybe try to call them during normal business hours, okay? [Man looks annoyed as phone rings while he is in bed]
Citizens are able to share ideas that they are passionate about.
And if the Senator or Representative agrees with the citizen's ideas, they could bring
it forward to Congress as a bill, potentially turning it into a real law. [Man holding up a document]
Of course, whether or not they actually agree with your idea is a whole other story. [Man smiling]
Turning bills into laws is a democratic process because the leaders are elected by the U.S. Citizens
who are always able to have their votes heard, whether it's by scheduled meeting, written
letters, or even a phone call.
So the next time you have a great idea you think your local politician needs to hear, [Man having a haircut and then a light bulb appears over his head]
get in touch with them!
Though you might want to check with a friend or family member first, just to make sure [Man suggesting idea to other people]
your idea doesn't sound totally ridiculous.