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Citizenship & Participation

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.

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  • DBQuest

    DC Voting Rights

    What does the American Revolution’s rallying cry “taxation without representation” have to do with the District of Columbia?  Looking at three different types of sources-- Congressional debates, a newspaper article and posters-- students will see how the taxation without representation argument has been used to advocate for district voting rights for over 200 years.
  • Lesson Plan

    Plug Into Power with the U.S. Census (Infographic)

    Every 10 years the U.S. government circulates a census. Make sure your students know how to make it count with this printable poster infographic!
  • Lesson Plan

    Get Counted! (The U.S. Census)

    What do you know about the U.S. Census? How does it affect your community? Are you prepared to be counted? Learn the who, what, when, where, why and how of the census in this lesson about the importance of being counted.Got a 1:1 classroom? Download fillable PDF versions of this lesson's materials below!
  • Game

    Sortify: U.S. Citizenship

    Test your knowledge of U.S. citizenship without getting out of sorts!
  • Lesson Plan

    Immigration Nation Extension Pack

    Make your students’ gameplay more meaningful by using our immigration lesson plan designed specifically for Immigration Nation. This easy-to-use Extension Pack helps you give context and purpose to the game, as well as reinforce and assess the game concepts. Immigration Nation and its Extension Pack are correlated according to WIDA's methodology using the WIDA PRIME V2 Inventory. To see how these materials best meet your ELL students' needs, click here. (Note: PRIME stands for Protocol for Review of Instructional Materials for ELLs.) 
  • Lesson Plan

    This Land is Your Land

    What ocean is off the east coast? Who is our southern neighbor? What are the U.S. territories? Can you draw the Rocky Mountains on a map? In this lesson, students answer these questions and more as they learn the basics of United States geography. Partner Resources for this Lesson Plan include:/*-->*//*-->*//*-->*/This Land Is Your Land - Middle School - on Nearpod/*-->*//*-->*//*-->*/
  • WebQuest

    Civic Heroism!

    Let's explore what it means to be a civic hero!
  • WebQuest

    Immigration & Citizenship

    For a person "coming to America", immigration is a precursor to citizenship. In this WebQuest, students learn why people migrate and what attracts them to America, and take a look at the naturalization process. 
  • Game

    Immigration Nation

    Guide newcomers through the path to citizenship.
  • Lesson Plan

    A Trip Around the World

    Students learn about citizenship around the world and compare the rights and responsibilities of citizens in other countries to the rights held by U.S. citizens.Got a 1:1 classroom? Find fillable PDF versions of this lesson's materials here.