Becoming a Citizen


Civics Citizen Participation and Government Becoming a Citizen
Students learn how someone becomes a citizen of the United States through the process of naturalization. Then they describe the rights and responsibilities of non-citizen residents. Next, they take a sample “naturalization test.” Finally, they identify what a refugee is and consider how the U.S. handles refugees.

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Overview

In this experience, students learn how someone becomes a citizen of the United States through the process of naturalization. Then they describe the rights and responsibilities of non-citizen residents. Next, they take a sample “naturalization test.” Finally, they identify what a refugee is and consider how the U.S. handles refugees.

Objectives

  • Summarize what makes a person a citizen of the United States.
  • Describe the rights of citizenship.
  • Understand the difference between resident aliens and refugees.


Do you know someone who was not born in the United States, but after living here for a number of years has become a U.S. citizen? When people become citizens, they have certain rights and responsibilities. In this experience, you will learn about the naturalization process by which someone becomes a citizen.

Objectives

  • Summarize what makes a person a citizen of the United States.
  • Describe the rights of citizenship.
  • Understand the difference between resident aliens and refugees




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What does it mean to be a member of something? Give an example. How does it feel to be a member of something?

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Explain to students that being a citizen of the United States means, in a way, that they are “members” of this country. Ask students to think about what it means to be a “member” of the United States and how it compares to being a member of another group to which a person can belong.

To determine what students already know about what makes someone a citizen, ask for a volunteer to define the word. Discuss the volunteer’s definition before students try to write their own definitions.

According to Dictionary.com, a citizen is a native or naturalized person who owes allegiance to a government and is entitled to protection from it.


Do you know what the word citizen means? Write a definition in your own words.





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