2 WHAT IS A CITIZEN?A. A member of a community with rights and responsibilities.B. A person who is kind to others and helps people.C. Someone involved in politics.D. An adult.
3 So does that mean I’m a citizen? Of a city?Of a state?Am I a citizen of my school?We’re citizens of SOMETHING, right?
4 YES ! A community is a group of people who share an environment. Every day you are part of several different layers of community.That means you have many different levels of citizenship!
5 SIDE 1: Levels of Citizenship CITIZENSHIP PYRAMID
6 HOMELEVELSSTATECITYHOMESCHOOLNATIONThe people we live with make up the smallest “community” we belong to.Write “People I live with” here:
7 SCHOOLLEVELSOur school or workplace is a community too. These are the people we interact with outside our homes every day.NATIONSTATECITYSCHOOLRecord the name of your school here…HOME
8 CITY You are a citizen of the city in which you live. LEVELSYou are a citizen of the city in which you live.NATIONSTATECITYRecord the name of your city (or the city or town closest to you) here…YOUR TOWNSCHOOLHOME
9 STATESTATELEVELSOur country is made up of 50 states (and a district, too!). You are a citizen of the state where you live.NATIONSTATECITYSCHOOLWrite the name of your state here…HOME
10 NATION NATION You are also a citizen of your country! LEVELSNATIONYou are also a citizen of your country!STATECITYWrite down the name of the nation in which you live here…SCHOOLHOME
11 Check Your Work! United States State Name Nearest City or Town LEVELSUnited StatesNATIONState NameSTATENearest City or TownCITYYour SchoolSCHOOL“People I live with”HOME
12 Sources of Rights & Responsibilities SIDE 2:Sources of Rights & ResponsibilitiesCITIZENSHIP PYRAMID
13 Okay, so being a citizen means having rights and responsibilities Okay, so being a citizen means having rights and responsibilities. Where do those rights and responsibilities come from?
14 Rights and responsibilities come from… A. The President.B. Police officers.C. Different places, depending on the level of citizenship.D. Long documents nobody can read or understand.
15 United States Constitution NATIONUnited States ConstitutionIn the United States, we are guaranteed a list of rights in our Constitution.
16 United States Constitution NATIONSTATECITYSOURCESHOMESCHOOLNATIONRecord it here!U.S. ConstitutionUnited States Constitution
17 STATE State Constitution Each state has its own constitution that guarantees rights to the state’s citizens.
18 STATE State Constitution U.S. Constitution State Constitution SOURCESU.S. ConstitutionNATIONRecord it here!State ConstitutionSTATECITYState ConstitutionSCHOOLHOME
19 CITYCity CharterCities usually have a city charter that tells how the city will run. It usually includes some rights and responsibilities of city citizens.
20 CITY City Charter U.S. Constitution State Constitution Record it here! SOURCESU.S. ConstitutionNATIONCity CharterState ConstitutionSTATERecord it here!City CharterCITYSCHOOLHOME
21 SCHOOL School Handbook Most schools have a school handbook that lists the students’ rights and responsibilities. (Mostly responsibilities – more about that later!)
22 SCHOOL School Handbook U.S. Constitution State Constitution SOURCESU.S. ConstitutionNATIONSchool HandbookState ConstitutionSTATECity CharterCITYSchool HandbookRecord it here!SCHOOLHOME
23 HOMEAdults in ChargeAt home, the adults in charge decide what your rights and responsibilities will be.
24 HOME Adults in Charge U.S. Constitution State Constitution SOURCESU.S. ConstitutionNATIONState ConstitutionSTATEAdults in ChargeCity CharterCITYSchool HandbookSCHOOLAdults in ChargeRecord it here!HOME
25 Check Your Work: U.S. Constitution State Constitution City Charter ORIGINSU.S. ConstitutionNATIONState ConstitutionSTATECity CharterCITYSchool HandbookSCHOOLAdults in ChargeHOME
27 Rights are… A. Things adults get to do. B. Privileges the President has.C. Electric bulbs that let you read in the dark.D. A privilege or a claim to something.
28 What kind of rights do citizens have at each level?
29 Let’s just list a few examples: RIGHTSYou would need a pyramid the size of the ones inEGYPTto list all the rights citizens have at each level.Let’s just list a few examples:
30 United States Constitution NATIONUnited States ConstitutionGuarantees really BIG rights like freedom of speech, the right to vote, and the right to a jury trial in some kinds of cases.
31 Freedom of speech, right to vote, right to a jury trial NATIONRIGHTSRecord it here!Freedom of speech, right to vote, right to a jury trialNATIONSTATEUnited States ConstitutionCITYSCHOOLHOME
32 STATE State Constitution Your state constitution might guarantee the right to a free education or equal rights for men and women.State constitutions usually repeat many of the rights listed in the U.S. Constitution. But often they add more…
33 STATE State Constitution RIGHTSFreedom of speech, right to vote, right to a jury trialNATIONRight to free education; equal rights for men and womenRecord it here!STATEWhy do you think the U.S. Constitution doesn’t guarantee the right to an education? Should it?CITYState ConstitutionSCHOOLHOME
34 CITYCity CharterThis gives you the right to services your city provides, like sidewalks or parks.
35 CITYRIGHTSFreedom of speech, right to vote, right to a jury trialNATIONCity CharterWould it be a problem if the U.S. Constitution talked about sidewalks?Right to free education; equal rights for men and womenSTATERight to use sidewalks and parksRecord it here!CITYSCHOOLHOME
36 SCHOOL School Handbook Hey! I don’t see any rights in my school handbook. All I see is stuff kids aren’t supposed to do!