Connecticut Technical High School System CIVICS/AMERICAN GOVERNMENT 11/2/2010 Unit 1: Foundations of Citizenship: A Portrait of Americans and the Meaning of Citizenship Goal: Students will demonstrate an understanding of the ideals and beliefs shared by Americans and the meaning of citizenship. Big Ideas: American society is made up of diverse cultures with a variety of beliefs and values that come together to create America today. Americans have numerous rights and responsibilities associated with being a productive American citizen. American culture is a blending of many cultures and (democratic) ideas and beliefs. Americans are unique in their democratic and equal opportunity values. The United States is a nation of immigrants. American society is continually changing and adapting to new populations. Essential Questions: Is American culture a melting pot, salad or mosaic? What does it mean to be an American today? What is patriotism? Who is an American? Where do Americans come from? What rights are granted to Americans and what are their responsibilities in exchange for these rights? Or What are the rights and responsibilities of being an American? How can you make a difference in a democracy? Why should you care about power, politics and government? What are the distinctive characteristics of American society? Why do immigrants come to America? How has immigration affected the United States – culturally, socially, politically and economically? What values and principles does an American believe in? What is citizenship? Who is a citizen? What does good citizenship mean to you? Learning Outcomes Students will: As evidenced by written, oral or visual: Literacy 1. Define and apply key vocabulary/concepts including American, patriotism, ethnicity, citizen, citizenship, equality, equal opportunity, justice, freedom, political, politics, immigration: Paraphrase/summarize Compare/contrast Classify Categorize Discuss/explain Illustrate Demonstrate Reflect/relate Infer 10.1 Identify and explain current trends in Vocabulary journals Narrative descriptions 2-3 Column Notes (i.e. term/definition/illustrate/paraphrase/re late) Lincs/Frayer Visual representation (i.e concept diagram/map, graph, chart, drawing, poster, comic strip, cartoon) Discussion Oral presentation Short answer Essay Summary of current trends in American American Society and how the meaning Society and the meaning of citizenship. of citizenship and patriotism has changed in the last century as a result of Write a personal definition of the meaning those trends: (H) Honors. Honors students will complete a cross cycle/over the trade assignment. Connecticut Technical High School System CIVICS/AMERICAN GOVERNMENT 11/2/2010 Characteristics Demographics: Population Workforce Age/gender Ethnicity Ethnic contributions Political Culture Values and Principles Equality Equal Opportunity Freedom Justice 10.2 Describe consequences of American population patterns and growth using immigration statistics Early Immigration Present trends 10.3 Define the characteristics of citizenship in America: Civic Participation o Monitoring public policy o Influencing public policy Public Service: o Running for office o Volunteerism o Military Service o Political Action- Petition, Referendum, Recall 10.4 Provide examples of and evaluate the obligations of the rights and responsibilities of American citizens. Voting Complying with laws Paying taxes Jury duty 10.5 Identify and explain the characteristics needed for effective participation in public life. of patriotism today. Synthesis of charts, graphs & maps. Op paper on being an American. (H) – Write a position paper on being an American. Analysis of past and present immigration statistics. Summary of present trends. Description of consequences on patterns of American population. (H) – locate an article or political cartoon on recent immigration trends and summarize the article. Summary of characteristics of citizenship: Naturalization Immigration laws Natural-born Constitution Day participation. (H) – Create a naturalization test and present your test (see attached assignment). *also a good activity for Constitution Day Examples of rights and responsibilities. Analysis of the responsibilities of citizens in the United States. (H) – Group activity: written role play illustrating a scenario when citizens do not meet their responsibilities and the outcome (ie. voting, the draft, etc). Explanation of effective civic participation. Resources: (H) Honors. Honors students will complete a cross cycle/over the trade assignment. Connecticut Technical High School System CIVICS/AMERICAN GOVERNMENT 11/2/2010 Magruder’s Ch 1 PH-Civics 1: Analyzing graphs. Pg.6 PH-Civics- Skills for Life Activity, p.26 PH-Civics 1: Pg.4, pg.6 http://www.census.gov/ PH-Civics 1 Active Citizen –pg.3 Active Citizen – pg.7 http://library.thinkquest.org PH - CivicsUnit 1-Ch.1, sec.1,2 & 3 Pg. 26 PH-Civics Comprehension and Critical Thinking exercises: Question 9 and 10, pg. 26 PHSchool.com webcode mpa-1013 INS Naturalization Test: http://uscis.gov/graphics/services/natz/100q.pdf ctdlc.org Magruder’s, Critical Thinking Question p.29, Close-up Activity pg.33 PH – Debating the Issue, p.102 PH – Analyzing Political Cartoons. Learn, Practice, Apply http://sunsite.berkeley.edu/Goldman PH- Chapter 1 pg.57 Chart anaylsis PH - Case study p.60 Magruder’s – Interpreting charts, pg. 614, Ch.21 PH – Analyzing Political Cartoons pg. 65 Magruder’s – Analyzing Political Cartoons, pg.618 PH – p.64 Reading check activity Phschool.com PH - Chapter 3, Section 2 – Assessment Play By the Rules: Connecticut Laws for Youth – CH 8: School pgs. 41-44 (TE 87-89, 138-143) Extension Activity: Submit an essay on citizenship for the CCLCE Constitution Day contest. Interview a current immigrant and a 2nd generation immigrant. Compare and contrast experiences and views of American citizenship. Design a presentation for class. Research family tree and compare to immigration patterns and trends studied in class. Prepare an orientation and test booklet for immigrants preparing to take the citizenship exam. Guest Speaker (Dean of Students/School Resource Officer) Teacher(s) Designed District-wide Trimester Assessment(s) Formative Assessment(s) TBD http://sde-cthsi/DWTA/academic.html Concepts Skills Students need to know about: Students need to be able to do: 10.1 Current trends of American Society and 10.1 Identify (current trends of American the meaning of citizenship and patriotism: Characteristics Demographics: Population Society and the meaning of citizenship and patriotism: Characteristics Demographics: (H) Honors. Honors students will complete a cross cycle/over the trade assignment. Connecticut Technical High School System CIVICS/AMERICAN GOVERNMENT 11/2/2010 Workforce Age/gender 1. Ethnicity 2. Ethnic contributions 3. Political Culture 4. Values and Principles 1. Equality 2. Equal Opportunity 3. Freedom 4. Justice 8.1 Historical questions and hypotheses from multiple sources. 10.2 Consequences of American population patterns and growth using immigration statistics Early Immigration Present trends 10.3 Characteristics of citizenship in America. 10.4 Examples of the rights and responsibilities of American citizens. Population Workforce Age/gender Ethnicity Ethnic contributions Political Culture Values and Principles Equality Equal Opportunity Freedom Justice) 8.1 Form (historical questions and hypotheses from multiple sources). 6.1 Describe (consequences of American population patterns and growth Early Immigration Present trends) Define (characteristics of citizenship- civics participation and public service) Provide and evaluate (rights and responsibilities) Obligations of citizens including: Voting Complying with laws Paying taxes Jury duty 10.5 Characteristics needed for effective participation in public life. Identify and explain (characteristics needed for effective participation in public life). Constitution Day Project – Honors Classes Students will be broken down into mixed ability groups and given the “Create a Naturalization Test” handout. Students will work in small groups to create a power point presentation of their Naturalization test. After each group has presented their test questions to the class, all presentations will be merged into one power point presentation (duplicate questions will be removed at this time). The honors class will then present their Naturalization test to junior classes and each junior will write down the answers as the test is given. Juniors will then swap papers for scoring purposes. High scoring juniors will receive extra credit, candy, or any other reward that the instructor deems appropriate. This activity is designed to inspire and educate current civics students as well as to give emphasis to the importance of Civics education to recent civics “graduates” (the junior class). (H) Honors. Honors students will complete a cross cycle/over the trade assignment. Connecticut Technical High School System CIVICS/AMERICAN GOVERNMENT 11/2/2010 This activity will reactivate prior knowledge for the juniors as well as prepare the sophomores for the DWTA for trimester 1. Create a Naturalization Test Based upon your knowledge of citizenship and the roots of American government, create a naturalization test. This test should include questions that you believe ALL Americans should know as citizens of this country. Use your text books chapters 3-4 for help as well as previous knowledge of the founding of the United States. *The test should have AT LEAST 20 questions *Test questions should be thoughtful not simplistic. Ex. Why are there 50 stars on the flag? = too simple. What do the stars and stripes on the flag represent? = thoughtful. *Please include an answer key along with a list of questions. *Questions should be either short answer, fill in the blank, or multiple choice – no essay questions please. *Use the scoring guide provided for grading. Scoring Guide Self Evaluation Teacher Evaluation 15 Questions – 15 points __________ __________ Quality of questions – 40 points __________ __________ Answer key provided – 25 pts. __________ __________ Full Group Participation – 20 pts. __________ __________ Total Grade: __________ __________ (H) Honors. Honors students will complete a cross cycle/over the trade assignment.