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Patricia Hernandez

8th Grade Social Studies
TEKS: 113.20.
Social Studies, Grade 8,

(b) Knowledge and Skills: (19) Citizenship. The student understands the rights and responsibilities of citizens of the United States. The student is expected to:
(A) define and give examples of unalienable rights;
(B) summarize rights guaranteed in the Bill of Rights;
(C) explain the importance of personal responsibilities, including accepting responsibility for one's behavior and supporting one's family;
(D) identify examples of responsible citizenship, including obeying rules and laws, staying informed on public issues, voting, and serving on juries;
(E) summarize the criteria and explain the process for becoming a naturalized citizen of the United States;
(F) explain how the rights and responsibilities of U.S. citizens reflect our national identity.


Social Studies: Citizenship LC Guided Practice


Unit Name:
Due Date:
Directions: You have several choices for the activities you will complete for this Social Studies unit. Your grade will depend on you; all you have to do is choose from the list of activities in Levels C, B, and A. You will need to:
1) Complete enough Level C activities to earn 50 points before proceeding to the Level B activities
2) Complete enough Level B activities to earn an additional 20 points to give you a passing grade of 70 before moving on to the Level A activities.
3) Finally, complete one of the Level A activities for 30 points for a earn a Maximum: 100 points.
*NOTE: Though you may complete every level this does NOT guarantee a grade of 100.
Level C (Choose activities up to 50 points) : You may not advance to Level B until you have completed the Level C activities for 50 points.
C Layer: Maximum 50 points in this section.
1. Listen to a lecture & submit notes following the lecture. (5 points)
2. Vocabulary: Choose 20 words from the chapter and make vocabulary flashcards for each word. (5 points)
3. Read the entire chapter & answer the questions at end of chapter. (5 points)
4. Define what Thomas Jefferson meant of "unalienable rights" and give examples. (10 points)
5. Summarize our rights guaranteed in the first Ten Amendments of the Constitution, also known as the Bill of Rights. (10 points)
6. Write a paragraph on the importance of personal responsibilities, including accepting responsibility for one's behavior and supporting one's family. (10 points)
7. Review the following web-site and explain the process for becoming a naturalized citizen of the United States http://www.uscis.gov/us-citizenship. (5 points)
8. View and complete the corresponding Web quest on "Immigation." http://www.icivics.org/teachers/web-quests (10 points)
9. Create a Power Point explaining how the rights and responsibilities of U.S. citizens reflect our national identity. (10 points)
10. Visit the following web-site to take a citizenship exam and see if you can pass. Screen shot your score, then copy and paste into WORD and save it to turn in. http://www.learner.org/courses/democracyinamerica/dia_1/dia_1_ct.html (10 points)
11. Demonstrate (act out) what it means to be a model citizen of our country. (5 points)

Level B (Choose 2 activities up to 20 points) : You may not skip to Level B until you have completed the Level C activities totaling 50 points. You may not move on to Level A until you have completed the Level B activities for 20 points. No work will be graded without at least one Level B activity submitted.

1. If you could add to the Bill of Rights, what is another right you feel all U.S. citizens deserve to have? Explain why. (10 points)
2. Explain why is it important for an immigrant, living in the United States, to become a U.S. citizen? (10 points)
3. Show connections between the rights and responsibilities of citizenship including (a) voting and staying informed on issues, (b) being tried by a jury and serving on juries, (c) having rights and respecting the rights of others (10 points)

Level A (Choose 1 activity for a total of 30 points)
1. Evaluate the role of one of the below historical figures and political bodies in furthering and restricting the rights of individuals. a) Jefferson and the contradiction between the ideals of the Declaration of Independence and his role as a slave owner; b) State constitutional conventions and the disenfranchisement of free blacks; c) Jackson and his role in Indian removal; d) Frederick Douglass and the abolitionist movement; e) Elizabeth Cady Stanton and women's rights.
2. Evaluate the contributions of the Founding Fathers as models of civic virtue.

Grades: 40-55 = D 56-70 = C 71-85 = B 86-100 = A Parent signature/date contact phone # (sig. & phone worth 5 points in the "C" level).

 



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