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.

Citizen Me

Students learn that they are citizens at many levels of society: home, school, city, state, and nation! Students create a graphic organizer that diagrams rights and responsibilities at these different levels of citizenship. They also learn the sources of their rights and responsibilities at each level. This lesson stands alone or may be used to reinforce the iCivics game Responsibility Launcher. We also recomment following with the iCivics lesson, "The Global You."

Citizenship: Just the Facts

In this lesson, students get the basics of U.S. citizenship. As a foundation for studying the rights and responsibilities of citizens, they’ll learn what it means to be a citizen and how people become U.S. citizens. Students also look at related symbols and traditions, such as the flag, U.S. holidays, and patriotism, and they examine how the right of U.S. citizenship has changed over time. 

Sortify: U.S. Citizenship
Play Time: 0-15 mins
Test your knowledge of U.S. citizenship without getting out of sorts!

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.

Immigration Nation Extension Pack

Make your students’ gameplay more meaningful by using our activity and assessment set 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. That means deeper learning for students and best practices around game-centered learning for you. This Extension Pack includes English language learner (ELL) supports. We've included tips and practice that help make differentiated instruction a breeze.

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. 

The Fourth Branch: You!

Students learn how citizens can influence the government. They measure the impact of their "citizen power" on each of the three branches and learn how to target the right government official with their concerns. (Note: This lesson will be most effective if students have some background knowledge of the three branches of government.)

Students Engage!

Students brainstorm a list of local problems and action steps that they might take to solve these problems. After analyzing the concept of problem/solution alignment, students select a problem of their own and create an action plan to solve the problem. Ultimately, students are left with a deeper understanding of action steps they can take to address problems in their communities. 

Civic Heroism!
Let's explore what it means to be a civic hero!
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