Quarter 1, Week 1

TeacherStacy Gregorski
Subject AreaCivics
Grade Level7th Grade
Week #1
Unit of InstructionUnit 1 - The Roles and Responsibilities of Citizenship
Standard(s) Taught

Unit Curriculum Standards

Unit Benchmarks

**Define the term “citizen,” and identify legal means of becoming a United States citizen.

1. Define citizenship as stated in the Fourteenth Amendment.

2. Evaluate the impact of the naturalization process on society, government, or the political process.


**Evaluate the obligations citizens have to obey laws, pay taxes, defend the nation, and serve on juries.

1. Recognize the concept of common good as a rationale for fulfilling the obligations and/or responsibilities of citizenship.

2. Use scenarios to assess specific obligations and/or responsibilities of citizens as they relate to active participation in society and government.


Experience the responsibilities of citizens at the local, state, or federal levels.


Conduct a service project to further the public good. (ADVANCED)


Locate major cultural landmarks that are emblematic of the United States.

1. Cultural landmarks of the U.S. can include, but are not limited to the Statue of Liberty, Uncle Sam, Star Spangled Banner, Liberty Bell, etc.


Use geographic terms and tools to explain cultural diffusion throughout North America.


Learning Targets and Learning Criteria
  • Students will review policies, procedures, and classroom expectations.  Students will also get to know their teacher and fellow classmates.
  • Students will learn what a U.S. citizen is, what it takes to become a U.S. citizen, and the duties and responsibilities of U.S. Citizens.
  • Students will research, write, share and discuss political current events.
Classroom Activities
  • Bell Ringers
  • Review policies, procedures and expectations
  • Getting to know you bingo 
  • Intro to Citizenship
  • Citizenship Pyramid Group Activity
  • Introduction to current events
  • “What’s the Scoop Activity”
  • Share and Discuss Current Events
Assignments Due
  • Sign & Return all forms sent home in student folders (due ASAP)
  • My Reflection (workbook pages): pgs. 25 – 34 (due 8/23/17) 
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