This is a 6-day assignment that introduces students to American citizenship. The questions relate to the Citizen's Almanac produced by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. The almanac can be found here: https://www.uscis.gov/sites/default/files/USCIS/Office%20of%20Citizenship/Citizenship%20Resource%20Center%20Site/Publications/M-76.pdf
This study guide was created as a way to review for the American Government final exam which tested students on their knowledge of American Government and citizenship. Both the Almanac and the test questions are drawn from the American citizenship naturalization test.
To keep things interesting each day was a different topic and a different instruction strategy. See below for an example.
Day one: definitions as whole class instruction and then individual work time to investigate rights and responsibilities of citizens.
Day two: Symbols and patriotic anthems. We set up a stations model where students had 6 minutes to answer each set of questions using handouts (pages of the Almanac) that correlated.
Day three: Presidential and historical speeches. Students worked individually to practice interpreting historical documents.
Day four: Fundamental documents jigsaw. Students were assigned a letter and a number to form groups. Each group based on letters used the Almanac to answer questions about their document. Then groups were rearranged so each member was an expert on a different documents. Students then took turns sharing their knowledge of each document with the group.
Day five: Landmark Supreme Court cases. Students worked with a partner to review landmark Supreme Court cases.
Day six: American government review. The last section asks students to review questions from the American naturalization test (found here: https://www.uscis.gov/sites/default/files/USCIS/Office%20of%20Citizenship/Citizenship%20Resource%20Center%20Site/Publications/M-76.pdf)
Students started with day one and added pages each day. We reviewed each section and answered any questions before moving on to the next day.
set of study guide pages for each student
computer access to read the Citizen's Almanac