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What it Means to be a Citizen. Citizen-a person with certain rights and duties under a government Naturalization-process of becoming a US citizen. Territories of the United States. The Naturalization Process. Step 1-Application Process Step 2-Examination 18 or older

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What it means to be a citizen

What it Means to be a Citizen

  • Citizen-a person with certain rights and duties under a government

  • Naturalization-process of becoming a US citizen


What it means to be a citizen

Territories

of

the

United States


The naturalization process

The Naturalization Process

  • Step 1-Application Process

  • Step 2-Examination

    • 18 or older

    • Legal resident for at least 15 years/state 3 months

    • Good moral character

    • Loyalty to the principles of the U.S. Constitution

    • Ability to read, write, and speak the English Language

    • Knowledge of the history and form of government of the United States


The naturalization process cont

The Naturalization Process (cont.)

  • Step 1-Application

  • Step 2-Examination

  • Step 3-Final Hearing-The applicant appears before a citizenship court

    • USCIS responds to the application

    • A judge asks the applicant to take an oath of loyalty to the United States

    • The applicant receives a certificate of citizenship

    • Mt. Rushmore


Rights duties and responsibilities

Rights, Duties and Responsibilities

  • Right to vote and hold office

  • Right to say what you think in speech or in writing

  • Right to practice your own religion

  • Right to have a fair trial

  • To be protected while in other countries


Rights duties responsibilities

Rights, Duties, & Responsibilities

Duties of Citizens

1. Obeying the laws

a. No individual-even the President is

above the law-Rule of law

2. Defending the Nation

a. Young men must register for military

service when they turn 18

3. Serving on a Jury or as a witness in court

a. Citizens participate in the process in

determining a person’s guilt or innocence and

is based on the evidence heard at the trial

b. May be asked to serve as a witness and help the trial be fair

4. Attending School

5. Paying Taxes

a. Local, state and national government raises money to pay for the

services that are provided to citizens

**Education is an important duty of a citizen to be educated about our history, our government and the workings of our society


Rights duties and responsibilities1

Rights Duties and Responsibilities

  • C. Responsibilities of Citizens

    1. Working Toward the Common Good

    a. Acting in ways that protect the rights and

    freedoms of other Americans and make our

    communities good places to live.

    2. To learn about issues and take part in the government

    a. VOTE…VOTE….VOTE

    b. Assist with campaigns


Rights duties and responsibilities2

Rights Duties and Responsibilities

  • C. Responsibilities of Citizens (cont.)

    3. Participating in Election Campaigns

    a. Help in a election campaign-ex. Campaign

    sign, stuffing envelopes with information,

    making phone calls

    4. Influencing Government

    a. Persuade government to take action regarding a

    cause you believe in by expressing your opinion

    5. Serving the Community/Improving our Communities

    a. Doing whatever we can to make our communities better

    places to live

    VOLUNTEER


Questions

Questions

  • What guarantees your rights as a citizen of the United States?

    Constitution

  • How does the rule of law help to protect the

    civil rights of all U.S. citizens?

    Everyone has to follow the same laws-no one is above the law

  • Why is registering for military service an important duty of all citizens?

    In case of an emergency, we need a military to protect us


Questions1

Questions

4. How does our legal system ensure a fair trial?

Jury of peers/ordinary people and decide guilt based on evidence rather than opinion

5. What might happen if a jury members and witnesses did not uphold their duties in court?

An innocent person could be found guilty and punished for a crime they did not commit

6. What would happen to our society if citizens stopped paying taxes.

Government would no longer be able to provide the services the taxes pay for


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