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Working to Keep Your Freedom What Can I Do? Following Your Responsibilities as a Citizen Staying Involved Encouraging Others to Learn & Participate The Key to Representative Democracy

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Following Your Responsibilities as a Citizen

For our government to represent us effectively, we must be able to inform our representatives about the policies we prefer for our government to represent us effectively.  Understanding the problems confronting our nation and how these problems should be addressed in our representative democracy is the first step to good citizenship.

On the attached worksheet put an X in the text box next to the incorrect statement.

After completing the worksheet, discuss all of the options listed with your teacher and classmates.


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Voting is one of your most important responsibilities as a citizen. By doing so you exercise your right of self-government. The quality of our government and our lives will diminish, however, if our responsibilities are not carried out. As citizens we should know what the government is doing and to voice our opinion when we feel strongly about something the government has done or has failed to do. Being informed also means knowing your rights and exercising them when you feel it is necessary.

*Citizenship section select ideas derived from Citizenship, Learning to Live as Responsible Citizens, published by Good Apple, Inc.

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