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Becoming a Citizen Lesson Plan

Becoming a Citizen Lesson Plan

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This is a lesson plan I created about becoming a citizen and naturalization.
This is a lesson plan I created about becoming a citizen and naturalization.

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Published by: LegacyTeaching on Dec 11, 2010
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Becoming a citizen and naturalization
One (1)-90 minute block 
Virginia SOL CE.3a with an introduction to SOLs CE.3a-e
CE.3: The student will demonstrate knowledge of citizenship and the rights,duties, and responsibilities of citizens bya) describing the process by which an individual becomes a citizen of the UnitedStates; b) describing the First Amendment freedoms of religion, speech, press, assembly,and petition, and the rights guaranteed by due process and equal protection of thelaws;c) describing the duties of citizenship, including obeying the laws, paying taxes,defending the nation, and serving in court;d) examining the responsibilities of citizenship, including registering and voting,communicating with government officials, participating in political campaigns,keeping informed about current issues, and respecting differing opinions in adiverse society;e) evaluating how civic and social duties address community needs and serve the public good.
Cognitive Objectives
Students will:
complete a graphic organizer showing the pathways to citizenship in order to develop anunderstanding of the process of becoming a U.S. citizen.
analyze the “N-400 Application for Naturalization” and the requirements for becoming aU.S. citizen.
 practice portions of the Naturalization Test..
discuss and ask questions regarding the naturalization process with a guest speaker whois a naturalized citizen.
write an email that demonstrates an understanding of the naturalization process andmotivation for becoming a U.S. citizen.
 Materials/Technology and Advanced Preparation
digital projector with a connected computer 
screen or whiteboard
“John the Citizen” PowerPoint presentation
students’ textbooks,
Civics in Practice: Principles of Government and Economics
 blank copies of “Pathways to U.S. Citizenship” graphic organizer 
computers with Internet access
digital copies of the “N-400 Application for Naturalization” and “Components of the Naturalization Test” handout
webcamAdvanced Preparation:
Make blank copies of the “Pathways to U.S. Citizenship” graphic organizer.
Upload the “N-400 Application for Naturalization” and “Components of the Naturalization Test” handout to the class website.
Add a link to the sample Naturalization Test athttp://constitutioncenter.org/naturalization-test/index.php on the class website.
Post an explanation of the homework assignment on the class website.
Schedule Skype webcam session with guest speaker, Mary Ellen King, and discuss potential questions the students might ask.
Set-up the webcam where as many of the students’ desks as possible are in view.
Teaching and Learning Sequence
 Introduction/Anticipatory Set 
Teacher will ask the students to get out their laptops, start them, navigate to theclass website, and then close their laptops.
Teacher will tell the students that today they are starting the unit on citizenship.
As an introduction to the unit, the teacher will show the “John the Citizen”PowerPoint presentation using the digital projector while reading or paraphrasingthe following script for each slide:
Slide 1: Meet John. John is a United States citizen because he was bornon American soil. It does not matter where his parents were from, becausewhen he was born in the United States, he was automatically a citizen.What does it mean to be a U.S. citizen? John knows all about what ittakes.
Slide 2: John takes full advantage of his First Amendment freedoms, likethe freedom of speech and the freedom of press. He practices thesefreedoms by writing blogs, twittering, and posting on Facebook.

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