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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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Becoming a Citizen

"Our Constitution is founded on the principle that all men are equal as citizens and entitled to the same rights, whether they achieved citizenship by birth, or after coming here as immigrants, seeking to find in America new freedom and new opportunities."

John F. Kennedy, 1960

Read the two topics below and select one.  Complete the attached worksheet by writing an essay about the topic you selected in the text box provided on page 2.

Before writing your essay, send a letter to the nearest office of the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service to find out how people with other citizenship can become citizens of the United States.

Topic 1

Imagine you are a young boy or girl in a family of four traveling from Germany to the United States. Your family has been in the United States for about 6 months and decides to become U.S. citizens.  Step–by–step describe what you had to do to become citizens of the United States.

Topic 2

Select a country other than the United States that interests you and go to the library or contact the embassies or consulates of the country you selected.  Find out how to become a citizen of the country you have selected.  Does someone from the country you selected live near you?  If so, find out what that person has to say about the country you have chosen.


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More than one million immigrants enter the U.S. from all over the world each year.

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

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