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Chapter 1: The American People

Web Activity Lesson Plans

In this chapter students have been introduced to the concepts of citizenship, government, and democracy. American citizens are either born or naturalized. In this activity, students will learn more about the process of becoming a United States citizen.

Lesson Description
Students will visit the Web site of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. They will follow directions for navigating through the site to a section of "Frequently Asked Questions." Here they will browse through questions and answers related to naturalization and citizenship. After answering several questions they will use the information found on the site to create an information brochure for a prospective citizen.

Instructional Objectives
  1. The learner will be able to sequence the steps in the naturalization process.
  2. The learner will be able to discuss the requirements for a naturalized citizen.
  3. The learner will be able to describe the process of relinquishing one's citizenship.
  4. The learner will be able to organize necessary information into a brochure for a prospective citizen.
Student Web Activity Answers
  1. A period of continuous residence and physical presence in the United States; Residence in a particular USCIS District prior to filing; An ability to read, write, and speak English; A knowledge and understanding of U.S. history and government; Good moral character; Attachment to the principles of the U.S. Constitution; Favorable disposition toward the United States.
  2. A person's time as a permanent resident begins on the date he or she was granted permanent residence status.
  3. The naturalization process usually takes an average of 6 to 9 months.
  4. Students' brochures will vary.
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