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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?

 
The Matching Game

Having the rights, privileges, and duties of a citizen is called "citizenship." If you want to be a good citizen, you must obey laws that are created to help people live together. To make your own decisions, you exercise the right of free choice. You must also be socially responsible in situations where there are no laws to obey. Your ethics, morals, and values create this sense of duty or responsibility. Keep in mind, however, social responsibilities vary in different cultures.

As a citizen, you have the opportunity, some would say the responsibility, to question rules, laws, and actions you don't like. You may choose to do so in order to fight for social change, for example.

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Most people feel warm and fuzzy towards their communities as long as these communities toe the line by continuing to enforce good rules, laws, and actions of those involved. The minute that the community exercises any kind of negativity, however, people freak out and pull back their community efforts. People cannot control their community. This is a long-term relationship, so people shouldn’t give up right away. Indeed, the more people welcome — even celebrates their community — the stronger they bond to their community.



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

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