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Ensure your Civics or US History students are citizen-ready before they leave your classroom by passing the Naturalization (Citizenship) Test, and also researching, writing, and submitting an Op-Ed Essay answering, "Should American high schoolers be required to pass the Naturalization Test to graduate high school?"
Two test options inlcuded:
60-Question Civics Only Questions
100-Question Civics, Culture, & US History Complete Test
Greatness is knowing the basic facts of our nation and exercising one’s basic civic responsibility to engage in the public political discourse on a debated issue.
Nearly 50% of Americans can’t define the Bill of Rights and 75% don’t know why we fought in the Cold War. And 6% don’t even know when Independence Day is.
One semester to teach Civics is never enough, right?! But feel confident your students don't leave your classroom without these basic facts.
After taking the Pre-Test, guide your students to reflect and develop a study plan to learn and prepare for two Quizzes planned throughout the course and the Final Test at the end.
Woven in with their studying, students also develop their position through scaffolded research and writing to produce a publish-ready Op-Ed essay answering the question, "Should American high schoolers be required to pass the Naturalization Test to graduate high school?"
Included in this complete semester-long PBL unit:
- Unit-At-A-Glance sheet and detailed daily lesson plans for you
- Reflection & Growth Log, Study Plan research activity, and Research Note-Taking sheets for your students
- Citizenship certificates to hand out at the end of the semester! (color and b&w)
Complete Tests Series
- For both: Pre-Test / Quiz 1 / Quiz 2 / Final Test, all with Answer Keys
Op-Ed Research & Writing
- Research Notes, Source Analysis graphic organizers sheets for quality researching
- Op-Ed Essay Step-by-Step writing guide, detailed Overview directions, annotated Sample Essay, 2 different Outline forms, Reflection sheet, and detailed Rubrics (Common Core-aligned and generic)
- BONUS skill building mini-lessons sheets: Annotating a Text, Annotating a Citation, News Media Source Analysis, Finding Sources, Google vs. Proquest
- Links to online study resources, background articles, and op-eds discussing this debate
- Links to Op-Ed essay tutorials and sample essays written by other teenagers
- Direction slides to facilitate student debate
Tips from my Classroom:
I use the 60-Question Pre-Test as my course-opening activity for my Government / Civics class. My students are able to self-assess and reflect on their incoming knowledge of our American democracy (usually very little!) and also immediately challenge themselves to be better than the average American citizen and engage in the debate of whether or not this test should be a high school graduation requirement.
Around week 6 of the semester, we conduct Quiz #1 with half of the questions and begin researching how state legislatures around the country are making it required; around week 12, it's Quiz #2 with the other half and fine-tuning positions on this debate. Then around week 18 at the end of the semester, my students take the full 60-question test again and write and submit a publish-ready Op-Ed essay as part of their end-of-course final.
It's powerful when all of these facts get touched on throughout the semester as we study our American system and I can rely on them knowing them already! It's even more powerful seeing them be genuinely invested in this very real debate that is currently sweeping the country.
Want just the 4-part test series?
U.S. Citizenship 4-Part Test Bundle includes both versions of the test series, plus Reflection, Study Plan, and award sheets
Want just the Op-Ed Essay project?
Op-Ed Research & Essay Project includes all the same tools, plus some additional ones to teach the Op-Ed essay in any scenario!
Want more American Government / Civics resources?
3 Branches Unit contrast how the federal government works in theory and in practice
Judicial Branch & Bill of Rights Unit determine exactly how our rights translates into daily American life
Voting & Mock Election Unit explore a variety of voting issues; universal for any upcoming election
Political Service Project make community members out of your students with this semester-long project
Constitutional Issues Research Paper Project end with a highly-scaffolded, college-ready research paper
Want the whole semester AND save big?
American Government / Civics MEGA Bundle get the whole course at once!