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Topic: Citizenship 

Civics

 Standard 24.  Understands the meaning of citizenship in the United States, and knows the requirements for citizenship and naturalization
  Level II (Grade 3-5)
   Benchmark 1.Knows that a citizen is a legally recognized member of the United States who has certain rights and privileges and certain responsibilities (e.g., privileges such as the right to vote and hold public office and responsibilities such as respecting the law, voting, paying taxes, serving on juries)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Knows that a citizen is a legally recognized member of the United States
     2.Knows that a citizen of the U.S. has certain rights
     3.Knows that a citizen of the U.S. has certain privileges
     4.Knows that a citizen of the U.S. has certain responsibilities
     5.Knows that the rights to vote and hold public office are privileges of U.S. citizens
     6.Knows that respecting the law, voting, paying taxes, and serving on juries are responsibilities of U.S. citizens
   Benchmark 2.Knows that citizens owe allegiance or loyalty to the United States and in turn they receive protection and other services from the government
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Knows that citizens owe allegiance or loyalty to the U.S.
     2.Knows that citizens receive protection and other service from the U.S. government
   Benchmark 3.Knows the difference between a citizen and a non-citizen (alien), and knows that people become citizens by birth or naturalization
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Knows the difference between a citizen and non-citizen
     2.Knows that a non-citizen is called an "alien"
     3.Knows that people become citizens by birth
     4.Knows that people can become citizens by naturalization
  Level III (Grade 6-8)
   Benchmark 1.Understands that American citizenship is legally recognized full membership in a self-governing community that confers equal rights under the law; is not dependent on inherited, involuntary groupings such as race, gender, or ethnicity; and confers certain rights and privileges (e.g., the right to vote, to hold public office, to serve on juries)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Understands that American citizenship is legally recognized full membership in a self-governing community
     2.Understands that American citizenship confers equal rights under the law
     3.Knows that American citizenship is not dependent on inherited, involuntary groupings such as race, gender, or ethnicity
     4.Knows that American citizenship confers certain rights
     5.Knows that American citizenship confers certain privileges
   Benchmark 2.Knows that Americans are citizens of both their state and the United States
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Knows that Americans are citizens of their state
     2.Knows that Americans are citizens of the United States
   Benchmark 3.Understands what constitutes citizenship by birth in the United States
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Knows that a person born in the United States is a citizen
   Benchmark 4.Understands the distinction between citizens and noncitizens (aliens) and the process by which noncitizens may become citizens
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Knows the difference between a citizen and non-citizen
     2.Understands the process by which noncitizens may become citizens
   Benchmark 5.Knows how naturalization in the United States compares with naturalization in other nations
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Understands the U.S. naturalization process
     2.Understands the naturalization processes of nations other than the U.S.
   Benchmark 6.Knows the criteria established by law that are used for admission to citizenship in the United States such as five years of residence in the U.S.; ability to read, write, and speak English; proof of good moral character; knowledge of the history of the U.S.; knowledge of and support for American constitutional democracy
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Knows that the ability to read, write, and speak English is a criteria for U.S. citizenship
     2.Knows that proof of a good moral character is a criteria for U.S. citizenship
     3.Knows that knowledge of the history of the U.S. is a criteria for U.S. citizenship
     4.Knows that knowledge of and support for American constitutional democracy is a criteria for U.S. citizenship
     6.Knows that the criteria for U.S. citizenship is established by law
  Level IV (Grade 9-12)
   Benchmark 1.Understands the distinction between citizens and noncitizens (aliens) and the process by which aliens may become citizens
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Knows the difference between a citizen and non-citizen
     2.Understands the process by which noncitizens may become citizens
   Benchmark 2.Understands how naturalization in America compares with naturalization in other countries
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Understands naturalization in America
     2.Understands naturalization in other countries
   Benchmark 3.Knows the criteria used for admission to citizenship in the United States such as five years of residence in U.S.; ability to read, write, and speak English; proof of good moral character; knowledge of the history of the United States; knowledge of and support for the values and principles of American constitutional government
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Knows that 5 years residence in the U.S. is a criteria for U.S. citizenship
     2.Knows that the ability to read, write, and speak English is a criteria for U.S. citizenship
     3.Knows that proof of a good moral character is a criteria for U.S. citizenship
     4.Knows that knowledge of the history of the U.S. is a criteria for U.S. citizenship
     5.Knows that knowledge of and support for American constitutional democracy is a criteria for U.S. citizenship