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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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Civil Yet Disobedient

Read the questions below and complete the attached worksheet by entering your answers in the text boxes provided.

  1. Define "civil."  Look in a dictionary and enter the definition in the text box.

  2. Define "disobedience."  Look in a dictionary and enter the definition in the text box.

  3. Define "civil disobedience" by putting the two definitions above together.

  4. Look up the definition of "civil disobedience" in a dictionary.  Enter it in the text box and compare it to the definition you entered for question 3 above.

  5. Think of five examples of civil disobedience and enter them in the text box.

Discuss the definitions and your examples with your teacher and classmates.


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In the modern era, civil disobedience has been used in such events as street demonstrations, marches, the occupying of buildings, strikes, and other forms of economic resistance.

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

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