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How does a citizen become a citizen?

Citizenship is an especially vital attribute in a gateway state such as New York State, which for nearly two centuries has attracted generations of immigrants seeking to become citizens. In the decade following the collapse of the Soviet Union, for example, the number of foreign-born residents in New York City increased dramatically from 28 percent to 40 percent.

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Create PowerPoint presentation that explains how someone becomes a legal resident of the United States and a citizen of the United States?

(If you are doing this assignment at pacific High Schigh School There is a PowerPoint template available to use in your Group Shared Folder inside your documents folder.)

You will need to answer the following questions in your presentation;

  1. What are the rights of native born citizens?

  2. What are the differences between the rights of naturalized citizens and those who are born in the United States?

  3. What are the rights of legal residents?

  4. How does someone get a green card?

  5. What are the rights of illegal aliens and their families?


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Process - Things to think about for this assignment

What are the differences between someone who is;

  • a citizen

  • a naturalized citizen

  • a resident alien

  • an illegal alien

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Resources - Where to get the information from

Ben's guide on being a US Citizen

Ben's guide how to become a US Citizen

Description of the rights of naturalized citizens

Legal Database on immigration law Find definitions and other explanations.

CourtTV's guide to becoming a US Citizen

How to become a legal resident or get a Green Card

A article about the rights of legal residents

The home Page for the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS).

INS Forms, Fees and other processes

A diary about becoming a US Citizen

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 Evaluation - How You Will be Graded

Your PowerPoint presentation should have the following qualities;

  • Follows the template provided

  • Contains accurate information and is easy to follow

  • Slides should be written in outline-like form, NOT PARAGRAPHS and NOT COPIED WORD-FOR-WORD from the web sites you looked at.

  • You are able to add information to your slide presentation when you present it - your slide show merely outlines your presentation.

  • You may change colors and add animation to your slide show, but not sound.

  • The project needs to be finished on time.

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 Conclusion - What will be discussed next
  • Should immigration quotas be expanded in the United States?

  • Should requirements for refugee status be relaxed by the United States?

  • Should children of illegal immigrants be barred fro m attaining United States citizenship?

  • Should suspected war criminals be deported from the United States?

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NY Standards, 5.3 and, National Standards V and for Citizenship, Participation and the Electoral Process as defined by the New York State Department of Education.

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  updated 03/02/04