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Introduction What is Citizenship? What Does It Take to Be a U.S. Citizen? Becoming a Citizen Alone We Are Free! Creating a Community Acting Like a Citizen The Matching Game Power for the People Civil Yet Disobedient Is This Civil Disobedience or Isn't It? Demonstrating an Opinion Citizens' Rights Balancing the Scales More Scales to Balance

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What is Citizenship? Attitudes and Actions Responsible Citizenship Communicating Keeping Freedom What Do You Think?

Acting Like a Citizen

"No man is above the law and no man below it; nor do we ask any man's permission when we require him to obey it.  Obedience to the law is demanded as a right; not asked as a favor."

Theodore Roosevelt, 1903

Complete the attached worksheet and enter a situation that is related to one of the following topics in the text boxes provided.

Free Choice

Laws or Rules

Social Responsibilities

As you become an adult, you will learn that citizenship involves three behaviors.

Free Choice mean that there are no laws regulating your behavior. Attending a basketball game, making a new fried, deciding to go shopping -- these are activities you may choose freely to do.

Laws or Rules, on the other hand, require a certain behavior. A highway speed limit requires a driver to stay below a certain speed. Rules, like laws, also restrict behavior. No talking in call without permission is a rule.

Social Responsibility is more restricted than free choice but more flexible obeying the law. Good citizenship means that you account for how your behavior affects others. How you act when taking part in a school trip, for example, will help determine what other people think about your classmates, your teacher, and your school. Good manners are examples of factors that lead to responsible behavior.

Using the examples you enter on the attached worksheet, discuss with your teacher and classmates the differences between choosing freely, obeying a law or rule, and behaving responsibly.


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You can be a positive role-model for citizenship by doing the following:
  • Reflect on how your actions affect the welfare of others.

*Citizenship section select ideas derived from Citizenship, Learning to Live as Responsible Citizens, published by Good Apple, Inc.

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