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Warm-up. Pick up the slip of paper on the front counter titled “14th Amendment” Follow the instructions. If you did not turn in the Citizenship Vocabulary already- have it out to be checked. Warm-up Answer : 14 th Amendment.

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  • Pick up the slip of paper on the front counter titled “14th Amendment” Follow the instructions.

  • If you did not turn in the Citizenship Vocabulary already- have it out to be checked

Warm-up Answer: 14th Amendment

All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside. No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of the citizens of the United States, nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty or property without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

Notebook Set-up

  • You will take notes using the Cornell method of note-taking.

  • Notes are taken on right hand side pages.

  • Processing activities will be on the left side pages

Begin organizing the unit pages for Citizenship as follows:

  • Page 9- Title it “Citizenship Unit”.

    This is your Table of Contents. You must list your pages here.

Citizenship ………………… being an American

Daily Objectives

  • How does the 14th Amendment describe who can become a U. S citizen?

  • Explain in detail the 2 ways to become a U.S. citizen.

Vocabulary Check

  • civics

  • Citizens

  • Naturalization

  • Immigrant

  • CitizenshipLet’s check your sentences!

  • Responsibility

  • Duty

  • Draft

  • Tolerance

  • Volunteerism

  • Rights

  • Government

  • Petition

  • Patriotism

  • 14th amendment

  • Due process

Immigrants entering the United States at Ellis Island, New York, in the late 1800s

Section 3-3

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Reading Activity

Read the article “ What makes a Person a Citizen” with your 3:00 partner.

When you are finished discuss and answer the following questions with your partner.

  • Who is automatically considered a US citizen?

  • What is an ‘illegal immigrant” ?

  • If you are not a born citizen, how can you become one?

  • What is considered one of the most important benefits of being a US citizen?

  • Name some ways to enter the US legally?

  • What are some of the challenges illegal aliens face?

Title the next clean right hand page “US Citizenship”

To begin, separate you paper into 2 columns by drawing a line down 1/3 of the way over.

The left column is for questions

The right column is for notes supporting the question

What is a US citizen?

An individual with certain rights and duties under a govt and who, by birth or choice, owes allegiance to that govt

How does the 14th Amendment define who may obtain US citizen?

“ All persons born or naturalized in the United States…”


How to become a citizen of the United States by birth?

  • Born on U.S. soil (any of the 50 states or

    Washington DC)

  • Born in a U. S. territory (like Guam or Puerto Rico)

  • Born on a U.S. military base anywhere in the world

  • If one or both parents are citizens and you are born anywhere else in the world.

How to become a citizen through the naturalization process?

  • Takes about 5 years

  • know about of American history and principles.

  • demonstrate the ability to read, speak and write in English.

Why is the US a diverse society?

Increasing amounts of immigration and naturalization especially in the 20th century

Study the chart below. What does it tell you about immigrants coming to the U.S.?

Who are some of the non-citizens living in the US?

  • Immigrants (permanent)

  • Legal aliens (on a visa)

  • Illegal aliens

    click here for a video on immigration


Can a person be a citizen of more than one country at a time?

Yes, this is called dual citizenship

click here for a video on immigration


Objective Check

How does the 14th amendment describe who can be a citizens of the United States?

Explain the 2 ways to become a US citizen.

  • Draw a line across the bottom of your notes.

  • In the left hand column, write “summary of ideas”.

  • In the notes column, write a few sentences about

  • what you learned in the lesson. Make sure you

  • address the objectives

Exit Ticket

My example summary

  • Today we learned about the 2 ways someone could be declared a citizen of the United States. The 14th Amendment is important to citizenship because it addresses the two ways. We also learned about non-citizens living in the U.S.


Using your notes, complete the worksheet by next class

This will go on a left hand page

Class Activity

Decorate an index card expressing your family’s cultural background

  • Use color

  • Represent your family’s country

  • Use pictures representing your heritage

  • Add anything you want to express yourself

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