This unit will be covering Citizenship- what does it mean to be a citizen, and how we determine citizenship under the 14th Amendment.
We will be covering three Florida State Standards this unit. They have been broken down into smaller categories and clarifications that we will be studying:
- SS.7.C.2.1: Define the term "citizen," and identify legal means of becoming a United States citizen.
- Students will define citizenship as stated in the Fourteenth Amendment.
- Students will describe the process of becoming a naturalized citizen.
- Students will evaluate the impact of the naturalization process on society, government, or the political process.
- SS.7.C.2.2: Evaluate the obligations citizens have to obey laws, pay taxes, defend the nation, and serve on juries.
- Students will distinguish between an obligation or duty and a responsibility as it relates to citizenship. Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, voting, attending civic meetings, petitioning government, and running for office.
- Students will recognize the concept of the common good as a rationale for fulfilling the obligations and/or responsibilities of citizenship.
- Students will evaluate the obligations and/or responsibilities of citizens as they relate to active participation in society and government.
- Students will examine the significant contributions of citizens to a democratic society.
- Students will use scenarios to assess specific obligations of citizens.
- Students will identify the consequences or predict the outcome on society of citizens who do not fulfill their citizenship responsibilities.
- Students will evaluate the impact of civic participation on society, government, or the political process.
- SS.7.C.1.9: Define the rule of law and recognize its influence on the development of the American legal, political, and governmental systems.
- Students will distinguish between the characteristics of a society that operates under the rule of law and one that does not.
- Students will assess the importance of the rule of law in protecting citizens from arbitrary and abusive uses of government power.
- Students will evaluate the impact of the rule of law on governmental officials and institutions (accountability to the law, fair procedures, decisions based on the law, consistent application, enforcement of the law, and transparency of institutions).
Unit Essential Question: How do the shared principles, rights, responsibilities, and obligations of U.S. citizens create interdependence between citizens, society, and government?
Lesson Essential Questions:
- What does it mean to be a citizen?
- How is citizenship obtained?
- What are the obligations and responsibilities of citizens?
- What does “rule of law” mean?
- What is the impact of the “rule of law” on society?