In a few words, name something you like about being an American?
Americans have rights and freedoms that are protected by the Constitution. Americans are part of a diverse culture that celebrates many different customs and beliefs. Americans enjoy the privilege of living in a representative democracy.
What Does It Mean To Be An American?
Rights, Responsibilities and Values
Americans share the same rights and responsibilities, and most share the same basic values as well Rights: Freedom of speech, religion, due process, fair trial, etc. Responsibilities: Voting, jury duty, obeying the law Values: Individualism (the right to be yourself), liberty, freedom, equality
Democracy: a system of government by the whole population or all the eligible members of a state, typically through elected representatives. Constitution: a system of fundamental principles according to which a state is governed. Bill of Rights: the first ten amendments to the United States Constitution, which guarantees citizens certain fundamental rights and freedoms.
The U.S. has the world’s largest economy, at $20.5 trillion in 2018. The U.S. population is estimated to be 327 million in 2019. The United States has the world’s most powerful military, with the highest number of active duty personnel, nuclear warheads, and aircraft carriers.
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What countries do people immigrate from? What are some reasons that people might immigrate to another country?
What challenges have immigrants faced when coming to the United States?
How has the United States changed due to immigration and diversity?
How has the changing American workforce been impacted by immigration?
Question: What does it mean to be an American? Clues: • Look at the history of the United States. • Research the rights and responsibilities of citizens. • Discuss the experiences of different groups in America. In pairs: Select and solve one of the tasks: A. Create a timeline of important events in US history. B. Draw a picture of what it means to be an American.
What is the capital of the United States?
- Los Angeles
- New York City
- Washington D.C.
Which document outlines the fundamental rights and freedoms of Americans?
- Bill of Rights
- Declaration of Independence
- Emancipation Proclamation
Who is considered to be the founding father of the United States?
- Abraham Lincoln
- George Washington
- Thomas Jefferson
- Benjamin Franklin
Because American government is based on the principle of popular sovereignty, who chooses the nation's leaders?
- Past president
- The people
Has it always been the case that any person born in the United States automatically became an American citizen?
Work together in pairs: What are three important rights and responsibilities of being an American citizen?