Students will learn what it means to be a U.S. citizen and how citizenship is obtained. They will compare and contrast personal and political rights with social responsibilities and personal duties. Students will explore global citizenship, and the rights and responsibilities of citizens in other countries. They will also learn about community engagement by selecting a problem of their own and creating a plan to solve it.
Students learn about the status of citizenship in the United States. As a foundation for studying the rights and responsibilities of citizens, students learn what it means to be a citizen and how citizenship is obtained. Students also examine the dynamic nature of citizenship over time.
Students explore the categories of rights and responsibilities held by United States citizens. By comparing and contrasting personal and political rights with social responsibilities and personal duties, students begin to see where rights and responsibilities meet, overlap, and even conflict. This lesson follows “Just the Facts,” and can be supplemented by playing Responsibility Launcher and Cast Your Vote. Note: This lesson contains a PowerPoint presentation (see Lesson Prep).
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Students create a graphic organizer that diagrams rights and responsibilities at our different levels of citizenship. Students will gain a deeper understanding of who they are as citizens of home, school, city, state, and nation and where their rights and responsibilities are derived from at each level. This lesson reinforcesResponsibility Launcher, and can be followed by “The Global You,” but may also be taught independently. Note: This lesson contains a PowerPoint presentation (see Lesson Prep).
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Students play international detective as they read accounts of international pollution issues. Students also complete an activity tracing wind patterns and discussing the paths of air pollution. These activities prepare students to identify the mindset of a global citizen and to define global citizenship. This lesson reinforces concepts from “Citizen Me” and can be followed by “Students Engage!” but can also be taught independently. Note: This lesson contains an optional PowerPoint presentation (see Lesson Prep).
Students brainstorm a list of local problems and action steps that they might take to solve these problems. After analyzing the concept of problem/solution alignment, students select a problem of their own and create an action plan to solve the problem. Ultimately, students are left with a deeper understanding of action steps they can take to address problems in their communities. This lesson follows “The Global You” and precedes Activate, but can be taught independently. For a follow up lesson, see “Up for Debate.”
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Students develop an understanding of the key terms and roles associated with a traditional debate model. Students read through a debate script, identify the key arguments made on each side, and analyze the strength of each argument. This lesson follows Activism or “Students Engage!,” and can precede “A Trip Around the World,” or be taught independently. Note: This lesson contains a PowerPoint presentation (see Lesson Prep).
Students learn about the rights and responsibilities held by citizens in several countries around the world and compare them to the rights held by U.S. citizens. Note: This lesson contains a PowerPoint presentation (see Lesson Prep). We've recently updated this lesson!
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This web quest will help students understand the history of immigration in the United States and define the different stages of becoming a citizen. It will also give them a chance to take the test given to those applying for citizenship. Students will also learn about current immigration issues, including amnesty and children of immigrants.
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