Grade Social Studies
Social Studies, Grade 8,
Knowledge and Skills: (19) Citizenship. The student understands
the rights and responsibilities of citizens of the United States.
The student is expected to:
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
(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
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
C Layer: Maximum 50 points in this section.
1. Listen to a lecture & submit notes following the lecture.
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.
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
11. Demonstrate (act out) what it means to be a model citizen
of our country. (5 points)
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
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)
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.
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).