Civics is the study of how governments work and how citizens can participate in their government. Civics also teaches about laws, rights, and responsibilities of citizens. Civics helps people understand the importance of participating in their government.
What is Civics?
Civics is the study of the rights and responsibilities of citizens in a society. It includes the process by which citizens can exercise their rights and participate in the decision-making process of their community. Separation of Powers is an important concept in civics. It is the idea that the government is composed of three branches - the executive branch, the legislative branch, and the judicial branch - that have different duties and responsibilities. The Rule of Law is another important concept in civics. It is the idea that everyone in a society is subject to the same laws and that those laws should be applied fairly and equally.
The first civics class was taught in the United States in 1867 in Massachusetts. The branches of government in the US are based on the philosophy of Ancient Greece. The Pledge of Allegiance was written in 1892 but was not officially recognized by Congress until 1942.
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Work together in pairs: Q: What is the difference between a state government and a federal government?
What are some examples of civic duties that you can fulfill as a responsible citizen of your country?
Work together in pairs: What is the difference between a state and federal law?
Brain break: Draw a monster playing hopscotch with a bunch of kids
What is the name of the document that outlines the laws and principles of a country?
- Bill of Rights
What is democracy?
- A form of government where people have a say in decisions through voting
- A type of music
- A type of food
What are the three branches of government in the United States?
- Legislative, Executive, Judicial
- Religious, Cultural, Educational
- Military, Financial, Media
Who is responsible for enforcing laws in a community or society?
- Police officers
What is it called when citizens vote to remove an elected official from office before their term ends?