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Citizenship — What Is It?

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Middle and High School History, Language Arts

Students will:
• Define citizenship.
• Identify examples of citizenship from the vignette.
• Identify examples of citizenship in their own lives.

Medal of Honor Focus: Clarence Sasser, Private First Class, U.S. Army, Headquarters Co. 3rd Battalion,
   60th Infantry, 9th Infantry Division / Vietnam War

Introductory Activity:
The teacher will write the word "citizenship" on the board and ask the students what they think this word means.
The teacher will write a dictionary definition of "citizenship" on the board. The students will write two examples of
citizenship from daily life. The teacher will lead a discussion of these examples.

Whole Group Activity:
The students will view Clarence Sasser’s vignette. While viewing, the students will identify examples of citizenship
and record them.

Small Group/Individual Activity:
Students will compare their findings with those of a partner and look for consensus. The students will create a
master list of examples taken from Clarence Sasser's vignette. Students will make a new list of ways teens can
exemplify good citizenship.

Whole Group Activity:
The students will share their examples first. The teacher will lead a discussion of these traits and transition into a
discussion of how teens can act as citizens of the school, the community, our nation, and the world.

Concluding Activity:
Students will re-define the word "citizenship" in their own words and write a reflection about ways they can
demonstrate good citizenship.

Reflection, discussion, master list

Medal of Honor: Portraits of Valor Beyond the Call of Duty. NY: Artisan, 2006.

Extended activity:
1. Students can write a thank you letter to Medal of Honor recipient Clarence Sasser or any veteran thanking them for their citizenship.
2. Students can create posters that depict acts of citizenship that teens can demonstrate for display around the school.

Quote: "When something needs to be done, push ahead and overcome all obstacles — there is always a way." - Jay Zeamer Jr., Army-World War II

In Their Own Words - Clarence Sasser