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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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
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
b. Assist with campaigns
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
civil rights of all U.S. citizens?
Everyone has to follow the same laws-no one is above the law
In case of an emergency, we need a military to protect us
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