What does it mean to be a citizen of the United States?
Our Role in Government
"what does it mean to be a citizen of the United States" Citizens have certain responsibilities that we need to perform to stay strong
Governments make laws that citizens must follow and enforce them. Governments collect taxes from citizens to help pay for public services. Governments provide public services like health care, education, and libraries.
How Governments Work
What is something that government does for us?
Democracy: A system of government in which the citizens of a country have the power to elect their own leaders. Constitution: The set of rules and regulations that govern a country. Rule of Law: A system of government that ensures that all people are treated equally before the law.
The United States government is the largest single employer in the world, employing more than 2.7 million people. The world's oldest democracy is San Marino, which has had a working constitution since 1600. The smallest country in the world is Vatican City, with a population of only 800 people and an area of less than 0.2 square miles.
Did you know?
Founding Fathers looked to Great Britain ideas on how to structure our new country. Laws protect people Laws for businesses Democratic Responsibility-It is your right to understand the laws and how it affects you, participate in your community, and work together.
The need for laws
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People can educate themselves about the government It is also important to keep up on the news. Citizens have the right to elect representatives
Education and Participation
What ways can you learn about what is happening in our country/world?
Staying informed of issues affecting your community Patriotism Civility-Being Polite, acknowledging other people, and apologizing when you make a mistake
Work together in pairs: What is one responsibility of being a citizen of the United States?
Work together in pairs: What are two ways the government is responsible for protecting the rights of its citizens?
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What is the name of the current President of the United States?
- Joe Biden
- Donald Trump
- Barack Obama
- Hillary Clinton
What is a democracy?
- A form of government where citizens have equal say in decisions
- A form of government where a king or queen has absolute power
- A form of government where only one political party is allowed to exist
What are the three branches of US Government?
- Executive, Legislative and Judicial Branches
- Science, Technology and Medicine Branches
- Economic, Social and Political Branches