What is a U.S. citizen and what are the characteristics of a "good" citizen?

What is a U.S. citizen and what are the characteristics of a "good" citizen?

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Author: Tim Sexton


  • Students will be able to explain the main types of legal U.S. citizenship.
  • Students will be able to identify their civil rights.
  • Students will be able to explain what they think a good citizen is in terms of the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and dispositions needed by citizens.
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America at its best:What it means to be a good citizen

What It Means To Be An American Citizen teaches what a citizen is and how to become a citizen of America. The importance of the right to vote is addressed, as well as the privilege of an education. This program demonstrates to children the character traits that make a good citizen and how they can cultivate those traits. The students will learn that as citizens we have rights and privileges, as well as responsibilities. The importance of becoming educated and developing one's positive attributes is stressed. This program teaches about being a good citizen through examples of youth in action.

Source: America at Its Best: What It Means to Be an American Citizen. Prod. Noon E. Noon E, 2003. Discovery Education. Web. 6 July 2012. .

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