Presentation on theme: "the rights, duties, and responsibilities"— Presentation transcript:
1 the rights, duties, and responsibilities Citizenshipthe rights, duties, and responsibilities
2 A citizen is an individual with certain rights and duties under a government and who, by birth or by choice, owes allegiance to that government.Another word for allegiance is loyalty.Citizenship
3 Citizenship Do we have rights? How do we know what our rights are as citizens?The Constitution of the United States of America establishes and protects the citizen's fundamental rights and liberties.Few rights, if any, are considered absolute or unrestricted.Citizenship
4 CitizenshipWhat fundamental rights and liberties are guaranteed in the First and Fourteenth Amendments to the Constitution of the United States of America?
5 Citizenship First Amendment freedoms Religion Speech Press Assembly PetitionCitizenship
6 CitizenshipReligion— Government may not establish an official religion, nor endorse, or unduly interfere with the free exercise of religion.
7 CitizenshipSpeech— Individuals are free to express their opinions and beliefs.
8 CitizenshipPress—The press has the right to gather and publish information, including that which criticizes the government.
9 Citizenship Assembly— Individuals may peacefully gather. This applies to every citizen of the United States – young, old, male, female, all races and creeds.
10 CitizenshipPetition— Individuals have the right to make their views known to public officials.
11 Citizenship Fourteenth Amendment Extends the due process protection to actions of the states
12 CitizenshipFor government to be effective, citizens must fulfill their civic duties.
13 What duties are expected of all citizens? Duties of responsible citizensObey lawsPay taxesServe in the armed forces if calledServe on a jury or as a witness in courtCitizenship
14 Citizens who choose not to fulfill these civic duties face legal consequences. Remember: If you don’t fulfill your responsibilities, then you probably don’t have the right to complain. Being a responsible citizen entitles you to a voice in the government!Citizenship
15 CitizenshipA basic responsibility of citizenship is to contribute to the common good.
16 What are the ways individuals demonstrate responsible citizenship? Civic responsibilities are fulfilled by choice; they are voluntary.Each citizen can choose their level of participation.Obviously, some are more involved than others.Citizenship
17 Citizenship Responsibilities of citizens Register and vote Hold elective officeInfluence government by communicating with government officialsServe in voluntary, appointed positionsParticipate in political campaignsKeep informed regarding current issuesRespect others' rights to an equal voice in governmentCitizenship
18 CitizenshipA democratic society requires the active participation of its citizens.
19 CitizenshipIn what ways do citizens participate in community service?
20 Citizenship Ways for citizens to participate in community service Volunteer to support democratic institutions (e.g., League of Women Voters).
21 Citizenship Ways for citizens to participate in community service Express concern about the welfare of the community as a whole (e.g., environment, public health and safety, education).
22 Citizenship Ways for citizens to participate in community service Help to make the community a good place to work and live (e.g., by becoming involved with public service organizations, tutoring, volunteering in nursing homes).
23 Thoughtful and effective participation in civic life depends upon the exercise of good citizenship. Personal traits of good citizensTrustworthiness and honestyCourtesy and respect for the rights of othersResponsibility, accountability, and self-relianceRespect for the lawPatriotismCitizenship