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American Citizenship Overview - Chapter Summary
This overview of American citizenship is designed to help students better understand the rights and duties of United States citizens. Among topics covered in this chapter are unalienable rights, civic duties and the Bill of Rights. Completing this chapter will ensure students are able to:
- Describe the importance of the Bill of Rights for all citizens of the United States
- Define and understand examples of unalienable rights
- Explain the civic duties U.S. citizens must fulfill
- Share the process and responsibilities of U.S. citizenship
- Provide the definition of and acts associated with civil disobedience
Students can feel confident in their ability to understand American citizenship by reviewing lessons at their own pace. Available any time, day or night, lessons are accessible from a computer, smartphone or tablet. A self-assessment quiz is available with each lesson to test students' knowledge of American citizenship. Any questions about this chapter's topics can be submitted to our experts.
1. The Bill of Rights: The Constitution's First 10 Amendments
The Bill of Rights was pivotal in getting the U.S. Constitution ratified. More importantly, the Bill of Rights guarantees the rights of every citizen of the United States in a way that is nearly unequaled.
2. Unalienable Rights: Definition & Examples
We all expect to have political rights, but some rights are greater than others. In this lesson, we will explore the concept of unalienable rights and see where this idea came from and what it meant to the development of America.
3. Civic Duty: Definition & Examples
Civic duties are legally mandated responsibilities that all citizens are required to fulfill. Failure to fulfill these obligations could result in legal punishment. We'll look at some examples in American society.
4. US Citizenship: Process & Responsibilities
This lesson will delineate the procedure of U.S. naturalization. It will also explain the responsibilities and mandatory duties of citizenship, as well as the Selective Service Act.
5. What Is Civil Disobedience? - Definition, Acts & Examples
Change never comes easy. Read on to learn about civil disobedience, its origins, tactics used in non-violent protest, and examples of civil disobedience throughout history.
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Other chapters within the STAAR Social Studies - Grade 8: Test Prep & Practice course
- European Exploration & Colonization in America
- The Revolutionary Era
- Important People of the Revolutionary War
- Early American Government
- Jacksonian America
- Westward Expansion in America
- Sectionalism in the U.S.
- The American Civil War Era
- Famous Addresses of the American Civil War
- Significant Civil War Era Figures
- The Reconstruction Era After the American Civil War
- American Geography Overview
- History of American Immigration
- Defining American Culture
- History of American Arts
- Principles of American Government
- Origin of Self-Government
- U.S. Supreme Court Cases & Decisions
- American Political Parties & Interest Groups
- American Leadership & Contributions
- History of American Economics
- Impact of Science & Technology on American Society
- Social Studies Skills
- About the STARR Tests
- STAAR Social Studies - Grade 8 Flashcards