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SS.7.C.2.2 - Obligations & Responsibilities of Citizens

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.2.2

Evaluate the obligations citizens have to obey laws, pay taxes, defend the nation, and serve on juries.

Also assessed: 

SS.7.C.2.3 - Experience the responsibilities of citizens at the local, state, or federal levels.

SS.7.C.2.14 - Conduct a service project to further the public good.


Benchmark Clarifications:

  • Students will distinguish between an obligation or duty and a responsibility as it relates to citizenship. Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, voting, attending civic meetings, petitioning government, and running for office. Read more!
  • Students will recognize the concept of the common good as a rationale for fulfilling the obligations and/or responsibilities of citizenship. Read more!
  • Students will evaluate the obligations and/or responsibilities of citizens as they relate to active participation in society and government. Read more!
  • Students will examine the significant contributions of citizens to a democratic society. Read more!
  • Students will use scenarios to assess specific obligations of citizens. Read more!
  • Students will identify the consequences or predict the outcome on society of citizens who do not fulfill their citizenship responsibilities. Read more!
  • Students will evaluate the impact of civic participation on society, government, or the political process. Read more!

Example One (Low Complexity)

What right do citizens have?

A. attending public schools

B. owning property

C. holding a job

D. voting


Example Two (Moderate Complexity)

The illustration below shows a legal document.

C22 Moderate

Why are citizens obligated to respond to such documents?

A. to guarantee court hearings remain public

B. to guarantee courts provide probable cause

C. to protect the constitutional right to be tried by one's peers

D. to protect the constitutional right to confronts one's accuser

Click for Answer and Explanations

Example Three (High Complexity)

The image below describes a citizen obligation.

C22 High

Based on this image, what can be presumed about citizen obligations?

A. Citizens support attending civic meetings.

B. Citizens support securing individual rights.

C. Citizens resist registering for selective service.

D. Citizens resist contributing to the common good.


C.2.2 - Vocabulary


FLDOE Civics Tutorials

Trial by Jury
courtesy of FL Department of Education


Discovery Education


  • The Common Good (total length 2:30, start at 1:28) from hand in Hand: Count on Me
  • Review (total length 1:02) from This is Your Government: What Does It Mean to Be a Good Citizen?
  • Trial Procedure & Jury Duty (total length 3:35) from This is Your Government: What Does It Mean to Be a Good Citizen?

Civics on Demand

Additional Resources

Textbook Review


Chapter 1, Section 1 - p. 6-10