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Citizen Me!. ALL. the. Part Two. LAYERS. to. YOUR. CITIZENSHIP. Sometimes rights …. …are the flip side of responsibilities. Rights. Responsibilities. So if the handbook says you can’t do something…. …it is silently giving you the right to do something else!.

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Citizen me

Citizen Me!

ALL

the

Part Two

LAYERS

to

YOUR

CITIZENSHIP


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Sometimes rights…

…are the flip side of responsibilities.

Rights

Responsibilities


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So if the handbook says you can’t do something…

…it is silently giving you the right to do something else!

You have the right to bring a regular wallet.

No wallets with chains!


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So school handbooks are usually the opposite of the U.S. Constitution because they list responsibilities instead of rights.

Try out some examples of how responsibilities can silently tell you what your rights are!


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“Do not throw food in the lunch room” is silently saying you have the right to:

Eat in the lunch room!


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“Students must be seated during athletic activities” is silently saying you have the right to:

Attend athletic activities!


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“No T-shirts with inappropriate slogans” is silently saying you have the right to:

Wear appropriate T-shirts!


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SCHOOL

RIGHTS

Freedom of speech, right to vote, right to a jury trial

NATION

Right to free education; Equal rights for men and women

STATE

What rights do you have at your school?

Right to use sidewalks and parks

CITY

School Handbook

Record it here!

Attend sports, eat in lunchroom

SCHOOL

HOME


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HOME

Adults in Charge

For example, you probably have the right to eat the food they buy, and you might have the right to watch TV and play video games.

The adults in charge at home give you rights that only apply at home.


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HOME

RIGHTS

Freedom of speech, right to vote, right to a jury trial

NATION

Right to free education; Equal rights for men and women

STATE

Remember: These are all just examples!

Right to use sidewalks and parks

CITY

Attend sports, eat in lunchroom

SCHOOL

Adults in Charge

TV, video games, eat food

Record it here!

HOME


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Check Your Work:

RIGHTS

Freedom of speech, right to vote, right to a jury trial

NATION

Right to free education; Equal rights for men and women

STATE

Right to use sidewalks and parks

CITY

Attend sports, eat in lunchroom

SCHOOL

TV, video games, eat food

HOME


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CITIZENSHIP PYRAMID

SIDE 4:

RESPONSIBILITIES!


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Responsibilities are…

A. Things adults have to do.

B. Unpleasant activities nobody wants to do.

C. Duties to other people, the government, or to society.

D. Chores you do after school.


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HOME

The adults in charge at home give you duties you are only responsible for at home.

For example, you might have to sweep the floor, get groceries… or even wash the dog!


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HOME

RESPONSIBILITIES

NATION

STATE

What responsibilities do you have at home?

CITY

SCHOOL

Sweep floor, wash dishes & dog

Record it here!

HOME


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SCHOOL

Well! I don’t have any trouble figuring out what my responsibilities at school are! They’re all listed right in the school handbook!


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SCHOOL

At school, you are responsible for following the rules.

You already learned that school rules usually tell you what NOT to do.


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SCHOOL

RESPONSIBILITIES

NATION

STATE

What responsibilities do you have at your school?

CITY

Record it here!

Behave in class

No gum, hats,

weapons

SCHOOL

Sweep floor, wash dishes & dog

HOME


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CITY

City charters often contain rules, kind of like a school handbook.

Laws that apply only within a city are called ordinances.


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CITY

If a city ordinance tells you not to do something...

…then you know you have a responsibility not to do that thing.

NO person may have a dog that barks at night


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CITY

Even if the ordinance just says what the punishment is…

…you can still figure out you have a responsibility not to do that thing.

There is a $50 fine for flying a kite in the park.


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CITY

RESPONSIBILITIES

NATION

STATE

What responsibilities do you have in your town?

Record it here!

No barking dogs,

No kites in park

CITY

Behave in class

No gum, hats,

weapons

SCHOOL

Sweep floor, wash dishes & dog

HOME


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STATE

State Constitution

Paying TAXES is one of the biggest responsibilities you’ll find in a state constitution…

For example, your state might have taxes on property you own, on income you earn, and even on the stuff you buy at the store!


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STATE

RESPONSIBILITIES

NATION

Property tax, income tax,

sales tax

Record it here!

STATE

No barking dogs,

No kites in park

What do you think your state uses your taxes for?

CITY

State Constitution

Behave in class

No gum, hats,

weapons

SCHOOL

Sweep floor, wash dishes & dog

HOME


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NATION

United States Constitution

The Constitution does not have a list of responsibilities, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t any.

The Constitution creates a government that can’t work if people don’t participate!


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NATION

United States Constitution

Could you have a jury trial if everyone refused to do jury duty?

Jury duty is a responsibility we have to others and to the government.


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NATION

United States Constitution

What would happen if NOBODY showed up to vote??

Voting is a responsibility we have to our society and the government.


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NATION

United States Constitution

?

What good is voting if you have no idea what you’re voting for?

Staying informed is a responsibility we have to society.


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NATION

United States Constitution

Sometimes rights and responsibilities clash!

What would happen if you yelled “Fire!” in a crowded theater?

Responsibility for public safety comes before the right to free speech!


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NATION

RESPONSIBILITIES

Record it here!

Jury duty; voting; staying informed;

don’t put people at risk

NATION

Property tax, income tax,

sales tax

STATE

Can you think of any other responsibilities you have to your country?

No barking dogs,

No kites in park

United States Constitution

CITY

Behave in class

No gum, hats,

weapons

SCHOOL

Sweep floor, wash dishes & dog

HOME


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Check Your Work:

RESPONSIBILITIES

Jury duty; Voting; Staying informed; don’t put people at risk

NATION

Property tax, income tax,

sales tax

STATE

No barking dogs,

No kites in park

CITY

Behave in class

No gum, hats,

weapons

SCHOOL

Sweep floor, wash dishes & dog

HOME


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ALL DONE!

NICE JOB!

Now, following your teacher’s instructions, build your

Citizenship Pyramid!


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