Unit 1 – Citizenship and Immigration (8/12/19 – 9/5/19)

TeacherStacy Gregorski
Subject AreaCivics
Grade Level7th Grade
Week #August 12th – September 5th
Unit of InstructionCitizenship and Immigration
Standard(s) Taught

Unit Standards (*standard is tested)

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
  1. Students will be able to define the naturalization process and what a citizen’s duties, rights, and responsibilities are.
  2. Students will be able to explain what it is to be an immigrant and identify countries from which immigrants have come from when entering the United States.
Classroom Activities

Daily Bell Ringer – Students are required to record their answers for daily critical thinking questions in their bell ringer notebooks (either a spiral notebook kept in class or a section kept in a student’s binder).

Daily Instruction – Students are required to participate in daily instruction, which can include PowerPoint presentations, group discussions, think-pair-shares, real-world simulations, formative assignments, and note taking.

Assignments Due

Most work is done in class.  Although students do not receive separate assignments to be done at home, they are still expected to take home any incomplete classwork, as well as study for unit summatives. 

  1. Bell Ringer Check
  2. Unit 1 Exam – Citizenship and Immigration
Additional Resources

iCivics Games

  • Immigration Nation Game
  • Responsibility Launcher Game
  • Activate Game


 Mr. Raymond’s Videos