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SS.7.C.2.1 - Citizenship

Reporting Category 1: Origins and Purposes of Law and Government

Reporting Category 1: General

Enlightenment Ideas: SS.7.C.1.1

Impact of Key Documents: SS.7.C.1.2

English Policies: SS.7.C.1.3

Declaration of Independence: SS.7.C.1.4

Articles of Confederation: SS.7.C.1.5

Preamble of the Constitution: SS.7.C.1.6

Separation of Powers and Checks & Balances: SS.7.C.1.7

Federalists and Anti-Federalists: SS.7.C.1.8

Rule of Law: SS.7.C.1.9

Sources & Types of Laws: SS.7.C.3.10

Reporting Category 2: Roles, Rights, and Responsibilities of Citizens

Reporting Category 2: General

Citizenship: SS.7.C.2.1

Obligations of Citizens: SS.7.C.2.2

Bill of Rights & Other Amendments: SS.7.C.2.4

Constitutional Safeguards & Limits: SS.7.C.2.5

Constitutional Rights: SS.7.C.3.6

13th, 14th, 15th, 19th, 24th, & 26th Amendments: SS.7.C.3.7

Landmark Supreme Court Cases: SS.7.C.3.12

Reporting Category 3: Government Policies and Political Processes

Reporting Category 3: General

Political Parties: SS.7.C.2.8

Qualifications for Political Office: SS.7.C.2.9

Monitoring & Influencing Government: SS.7.C.2.10

Media & Political Communications: SS.7.C.2.11

Public Policy: SS.7.C.2.12

Multiple Perspectives: SS.7.C.2.13

U.S. Domestic & Foreign Policy: SS.7.C.4.1

Participation in International Organizations: SS.7.C.4.2

U.S. & International Conflicts: SS.7.C.4.3

Reporting Category 4: Organization and Function of Government

Reporting Category 4: General

Forms of Government: SS.7.C.3.1

Systems of Government: SS.7.C.3.2

Three Branches of Government: SS.7.C.3.3

Federalism: SS.7.C.3.4

Amendment Process: SS.7.C.3.5

Structure, Function, & Processes of Government: SS.7.C.3.8

Court System: SS.7.C.3.11

United States & Florida Constitutions: SS.7.C.3.13

Government Obligations & Services: SS.7.C.3.14

What You Need to Know:

Student Review Reading for SS.7.C.2.1

Define the term “citizen,” and identify legal means of becoming a U.S. citizen.


Benchmark Clarifications:

  • Students will define citizenship as stated in the Fourteenth Amendment. Read more!
  • Students will describe the process of becoming a naturalized citizen. Read more!
  • Students will evaluate the impact of the naturalization process on society, government, or the political process. Read more!

Example One (Low Complexity)

Which is a requirement for a person to become a naturalized U.S. citizen?

A. passing a U.S. history and government exam

B. working in the U.S. for at least five years

C. being born to American parents

D. serving in the U.S. military


Example Two (Moderate Complexity)

The diagram below shows some general eligibility requirements.

C21 Moderate

Which statement completes the diagram?

A. joining a military service

B. obtaining a driver's license

C. becoming a naturalized citizen

D. receiving a social security card


Example Three (High Complexity)

The table below describes permanent resident status.

C21 High

Based on the table, what could be predicted about the impact of permanent residents on government?

A. The number of person seeking citizenship by law of soil would decline.

B. The number of persons seeking citizenship by law of blood would increase.

C. The number of persons seeking naturalization would be affected by elections for Congress.

D. The number of persons seeking naturalization would be affected by elections for governor.


C.2.1 - Vocabulary


FLDOE Civics Tutorials

courtesy of FL Department of Education


Discovery Education


  • Citizenship (total length 0:30) from the Almost Painless Guide: Election Process
  • Immigrant (total length 2:24) from Social Studies Vocab: Primary: Volume 02
  • Who is a Citizen? (total length 6:22, stop at 2:15) from the TLC Elementary School: Understanding Goof Citizenship

Civics on Demand

Additional Resources

Textbook Review


Chapter 1, Section 1 - p. 6-10