ESL Citizenship Lesson Plan

Instructor: Carrin Hahn

Carrin taught 3rd grade for ten years, worked as a learning specialist with K-5 students, and has a Master's degree in Elementary Education.

In this lesson plan, third grade ESL students will learn about citizenship. They will learn vocabulary associated with citizenship, and they will learn the duties and responsibilities that go along with being a citizen of the United States.

Learning Objective

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Understand vocabulary associated with citizenship.
  • Describe the rights and duties of US citizens.


45-60 minutes

Curriculum Standards


Construct meaning from oral presentations and literacy and informational text through grade appropriate listening, reading, and viewing


Describe the relationship between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text, using language that pertains to time, sequence, and cause/effect


Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 3 topic or subject area


  • Freedom
  • Rights
  • Duties
  • Religion
  • Speech
  • Press
  • Assembly
  • Trial
  • Jury
  • Taxes
  • Vote
  • Citizen
  • Citizenship
  • Rules
  • Laws


  • Sentence strips with one vocabulary word from above written on each strip
  • 4 sheets of paper that say 'No school on Saturdays!'
  • Printable American flag coloring page from
  • Red, white, and blue crayons
  • Black, brown, or blue marker

Lesson Instructions

1. Introduce vocabulary for the lesson. Hold up the words on the sentence strips as you say them, and have the students repeat the word two times.

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