Free Civic Studies Lesson 14: The Citizen

Read the current chapter online: “The Citizen.”

Citizenship and election day methods.


Learn more about being a good citizen:

The core, the center, of every community is the family. Therefore, the first obligation that you, as a good citizen, must discharge is to those who live beneath the same roof with you. This sounds very simple; perhaps it may even irritate you. But it is often far easier to be well-mannered, considerate and helpful outside one’s familiar home than within it. Nevertheless, since the home is the center of the community, the payment of your debt to a free society surely begins with the cheerful performance of your duties within the four walls of your own house, with your willingness to co-operate with the other members of your family in order not to destroy or to weaken the structure as a whole. If you are selfish, sulky, inconsiderate, if you constantly shirk your responsibility and “pass the buck” to someone else, that structure begins to wobble dangerously at its very center.

“A Good Citizen” from The Book of Knowledge

Additional Resources

History of Voting Rights

History of Women’s Suffrage
Background from Scholastic.

Understanding the Nomination Process
Background on elections along with discussion questions.

John Greenleaf Whittier Dies
Biography from


Activities to Teach Kids About Women’s Suffrage

History of Voting in America
Timeline download.

The Australian Ballot
Video explaining.

Elections 101: Why Voting Matters
Interactive from PBS.

Historical Timeline: Electronic Voting Machines
Interactive look at the way we vote.


A Brief Illustrated History of Voting
Online book.

Free Civic Studies Lesson 14: The Citizen

Poems and Songs Celebrating America by Ann Braybrooks
Collection published by Dover that includes Whittier’s poem along with many others!

Units & Lesson Plans

Electoral College Tools {Free}
A variety of resources to help understand the electoral college process.

Campaign 2016 {Free Lessons}
Videos, printables, discussion questions, and more from

Presidential Elections: A Unit Study

Presidential Elections: A Unit Study
Lots of resources!

Notebooking Pages & Printables

2016 Electoral College Map
Useful printout.

The Citizen Notebooking Pages
Our free and simple notebooking pages for copywork, narrations, dictations, or wrapping up.

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Free Civics Studies
Free Civics Studies: The Century Book for Young Americans

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