Duties and Responsibilities of Citizens


Civics Citizen Participation and Government Duties and Responsibilities of Citizens
Students learn about the duties and responsibilities of U.S. citizens. They identify the differences between duties and responsibilities. Then they identify specific examples of duties and responsibilities. Finally, they propose a specific project to improve their community.

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Overview

In this experience, students learn about the duties and responsibilities of U.S. citizens. First, they identify the differences between duties and responsibilities. Then they identify specific examples of duties and responsibilities. Finally, they propose a specific project to improve their community.

Students will collaborate in small groups for scene 2 through scene 4.

Objectives

  • Identify the difference between duties and responsibilities.
  • Identify specific examples of the duties and responsibilities of U.S. citizens.




Part of being a good citizen means helping your community.
These volunteers are helping to build homes in their community
through an organization called Habitats for Humanity.


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.

Responsibilities are things we should do. We do them because we choose to. No law requires us to meet our responsibilities. Duties are things we have to do. If you ignore or forget your duties, you may have to pay a fine or even go to jail.

In this experience, you will identify some examples of the duties and responsibilities of U.S. citizens.

Objectives

  • Identify the difference between duties and responsibilities.
  • Identify specific examples of the duties and responsibilities of U.S. citizens.


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 family responsibilities. To list more than one item, separate them with a comma like this: fly a kite, drive a car.

Post your answer

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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