The Role of Citizenship in the United States


Social Studies Middle School The Role of Citizenship in the United States
Students examine the differences between rights, responsibilities, and duties with regard to U.S. citizenship. They learn about the role of citizens in participating in government. Then they explain the process of choosing a candidate before voting. They conclude by brainstorming things that citizens can do to take responsibility in their communities.

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In this experience, students examine the differences between rights, responsibilities, and duties with regard to U.S. citizenship. They learn about the role of citizens in participating in government. Then they explain the process of choosing a candidate before voting. They conclude by brainstorming things that citizens can do to take responsibility in their communities.

Objectives

  • Identify principles in the American political process today.
  • Discuss the roles and responsibilities of U.S. citizens.


In this experience, you will explore and explain the role of citizens in the United States, including their duties and responsibilities.

Objectives

  • Identify principles in the American political process today.
  • Discuss the roles and responsibilities of U.S. citizens.




Habitat for Humanity volunteers helping to build homes in their community


Many people come to the United States with the hope of becoming citizens because of the rights and the freedoms granted by U.S. citizenship. Along with these rights and freedoms come important duties and responsibilities. Non-citizens who live in the United States have certain rights, duties, and responsibilities, too.

Responsibilities are things we should do. Duties are things we have to do. If you ignore or forget your responsibilities, you may be a less productive member of society, but you probably aren’t breaking a law. If you ignore or forget your duties, you may be breaking a law and may have to pay a fine or go to jail.


As a family member, you have certain responsibilities—things that you should do. In a word or phrase, list one or more of your personal responsibilities. To list more than one item, separate them with a comma like this: walking, paint

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Review the word cloud with the class. What items were mentioned most often? Ask students which of the responsibilities they do willingly because they understand the reason for it, and which responsibilities they do unwillingly because they don’t agree with the reason for it.


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