2 GPS StandardSSCG7 - The student will describe how thoughtful and effective participation in civic life is characterized by obeying the law, paying taxes, serving on a jury, participating in the political process, performing public service, registering for military duty, being informed about current issues, and respecting differing opinions.
3 Basic UnderstandingTo know and understand our governmental system, we must know how we have grown as a nationThe cultural diversity of the U.S. is perhaps unmatched in modern day and throughout historyPeople from all walks of life have made their home in the U.S.
4 Development of cultural centers As immigrants moved to the U.S., they began to group themselves by language, culture, etc.Chinatown, Sicilian MafiaOver time, people settled due to location and lifestyle, rather than cultural similaritiesGrowth of cities and suburbsSunbelt
6 Graphic OrganizerAssignment: Take out a sheet of paper and draw 2 circlesIn the inner circle, write down at least 5 details about where Americans liveIn the outer circle, write down at least 5 details about what Americans do for work
7 How technology has advanced Early on, many Americans worked as farmers and manufacturers.As technology advanced and people were needed less, the workforce shifted to the service industry.This advance in technology also caused people to live longerBaby Boom
8 “Melting Pot” vs. “Mosaic” For many years, U.S. was referred to as a “melting pot”Many different ingredients mixed into a large potRecently, the term “mosaic” has begun to be usedMany different “tiles” assembled together to form one whole picture
9 What do you think?Would you say that the U.S. is more like a melting pot or a mosaic?Explain in at least 4-6 sentences.
10 Diversity’s IssuesHaving so many different types of people has caused many problems throughout our historySlaveryRacism/discriminationQuestions about equalityHas led to many changes in government, policy, and executionCivil War AmendmentsCivil Rights Act of 1964Today’s immigration laws in Arizona/Georgia
11 Today’s numbersIn the U.S. today, the traditional minority groups are quickly becoming the majority in some states