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Grade 5 5-3

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Oklahoma Academic Standard 5. The student will describe the structure and responsibilities of the American system of government and the role of the individual citizen.

Objective 5.5.3 Describe the responsibilities of United States citizens including:

A.  registration and voting in public elections

B.  becoming informed voters

C.  engagement in civil discourse

D.  service on trial juries  

E.  payment of taxes

F.  obedience to laws

G. registration for military service 

In a Nutshell

What does it mean to be a citizen of the United States? This objective focuses on the responsibilities citizens owe their country by examining the many avenues of public service and identifying specific contributions citizens can make to their communities while serving in such roles. Students should be able to identify and describe responsibilities which are mandatory of all citizens, as well as responsibilities which are voluntary.

Teacher Action 

Student Action 

  • Assist students to identify democratic principles and describe examples of civic virtues and principles at work in state and national settings. 

  • Provide opportunities for students to explore essential questions that are important to others, as well as enduring across the social studies disciplines. 

  • Explain ways in which informed and responsible citizens can and should participate in state and national government.

  • Use a range of democratic procedures to discuss and make decisions about real-world problems in the community, region, and nation.  

Key Concepts 


  • civil discourse, respect for right to express diverse opinions, civic virtue, civic responsibility

  • military registration and enlistment

  • sales tax, income tax, property tax

  • respect and cooperation with law enforcement, obedience to laws, service on juries

  • voter registration; voting in local, state and nation elections; informed on public issues and candidates for public office; running for public office 

  • Some students may hold the opinion that they play no role in government and have no voice in community issues.

  • Some students may not fully realize that citizenship is more than just being born and/or residing in a country.

Instructional Resources

Access suggested instructional resources correlated to the learning standard and objective.


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