Grade 1

What Does It Mean To Be a Citizen?

Historians connect. In this lesson, students explore what it means to be a citizen of their community, country, and school and what rights and responsibilities they have. Students explore rights and responsibilities in the U.S. Constitution as well as in their school setting. 

*Note: The lesson defines citizens as members of localities, states, and countries and makes clear that non-U.S. citizens share many of the same rights and responsibilities as U.S. citizens. Still, special care should be taken for students in the classroom whose families may not be U.S. citizens.

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