We will begin our study of civics with citizenship.

FL Standards Covered:
SS.7.C.2.1 Define the term “citizen,” and identify legal means of becoming a U.S. citizen.
SS.7.C.2.2  Evaluate the obligations citizens have to obey laws, pay taxes, defend the nation, and serve on juries.
SS.7.C.2.3  Experience the responsibilities of citizens at the local, state, or federal level.

Learning Goals:
We will define the term citizen.  We will understand the legal means of becoming a U.S. citizen.
We will understand the obligations and responsibilities of citizens, including: obey laws, paying taxes, defending the nation, serving on juries, voting, petitioning the government, running for office, community service.

Textbook pages (additional (at home) reading as needed):
Chapter 3, Lesson 2 p.55-60
Chapter 3, Lesson 3 p.62-69



Part of Speech


*14th Amendment

proper noun

an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that defines citizenship, grants citizenship to former slaves, and defines voters as males at least 21 years of age



any person not a citizen or national of a country



a legal member of a state and/or country



a person who comes to a country to live permanently

*law of blood


the principle that a person’s nationality at birth is the same as that of his or her biological mother

*law of soil


the principle that a person’s nationality at birth is determined by the territory within which he or she was born

*legal permanent resident


someone who is legally and permanently living in the U.S., but not a citizen



the process by which an immigrant becomes a citizen



someone who lives in a place for a minimum period of time

More terms to know: *oath, allegiance, commitment, constitution, obligation, responsibility, duty, jury duty, taxes, petition, laws, common good, society, democracy, selective service, civics, representative, volunteerism, legal system, political system, governmental system, law enforcement, statute, citizenship, civil rights, immigration, native-born citizens, federal agency
Vocabulary Flash Cards: 2.1, 2.2

Not yet covered/tested: reserved powers, concurrent powers, expressed/enumerated powers, consent, rule of law

Questions to be able to answer:
What is a citizen?
Who is a U.S. citizen? (What are the three ways to be a U.S. citizen?)
What are the qualifications to become a legal U.S. citizen (to apply for naturalization)?
What are some responsibilities of U.S. citizens?
What are some obligations U.S. citizens have?
What is the difference between an obligation (duty) and a responsibility?
How is the 14th amendment related to citizenship?  What does the 14th amendment state about citizenship?
What is common good?  Give some examples of service projects that would help promote the common good.

Links for further reading and exploration of the concept:
(To clarify, these links provide curious students with more information.  More information can help us understand a topic better.  These links are not intended to be memorized for our test.)

iCivics Games:

iCivics Webquests:

 Homework Links: