• Students will define citizenship as stated in the Fourteenth Amendment.
• Students will describe the process of becoming a naturalized citizen.
• Students will evaluate the impact of the naturalization process on society, government, or the political process.
• Students will distinguish between an obligation or duty and a responsibility as it relates to citizenship. Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, voting, attending civic meetings, petitioning government, and running for office.
• Students will recognize the concept of the common good as a rationale for fulfilling the obligations and/or responsibilities of citizenship.
• Students will identify the consequences or predict the outcome on society of citizens who do not fulfill their citizenship responsibilities.
• Students will evaluate the impact of civic participation on society, government, or the political process.
• Students will identify groups that influence public perspectives.
• Students will examine how multiple perspectives shape participation in the political process.
Millions of people seek citizenship in the U.S. every year. You might know someone who wants to become a U.S. citizen but they feel it is an impossible task that will take too long. But what does it mean to be a citizen? How is citizenship obtained? What are the duties and responsibilities of citizens? Millions of people enter the U.S. each year illegally. What are some of the different perspectives on citizenship and immigration? How might these perspectives impact participation in the political process?
The naturalization process has become bogged down. The U.S. can’t process citizenship fast enough and as a result people cross the borders illegally. Does the U.S. government have an obligation to look after the greater good of its current citizens? Is the current naturalization process outdated? How could the U.S. government handle the naturalization process and immigration better? You are going to help a person by instructing them through the Naturalization process. In addition, you will need to guide that person through the duties and responsibilities they will have when they do become citizens and all the different perspectives they might find in order to contribute to the common good.