Monday, September 29, 2014

8th Grade-Citizenship!

Answer one or both of the questions below in paragraph form:
1) Do you think the steps required to become a citizen of the USA are fair?  If not, should they be more or less strict? Explain your answer.
2) Do you think most natural born citizens are appreciative of their rights as citizens of this country?  Do you think most Americans are good citizens?  Explain your answer.

Post as ANONYMOUS and write your first name, last initial and period only at the end of your paragraph.  I highly recommend typing your answer in Drive first, or copying and pasting to your clipboard before publishing!!

35 comments:

  1. I think the steps required to become a citizen are fair because a foreigner knows barely anything about America therefore, they should take a test and the required steps. Also, I think they should learn how to speak English as well before getting a job or anything in the working environment so we can understand them. The rules in my opinion are very fair and make sense if you are transferring to a new country where there aren't that many problems like the others. Overall, I think its fine the way it is.

    Frank C
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  2. I am on the "yes side" for thinking the steps that are required to become a citizen of the USA is fair. Yes because the steps are very important. Especially to people who really want to become a citizen. Also, because once you become a citizen, you have all of these responsibilities that you have to follow. Such as pay the taxes that have to get payed and never to break a rule. The most important thing to me is that you have freedom.
    Noelle Gibbons 1-2A

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  3. I do not think that most natural born citizens are appreciative of their rights as citizens of this country. Numerous people forget that being a citizen of the U.S guarantees several crucial things that many countries do not, like freedom. Natural born citizens do not realize how good it is to immediately be a citizen of the U.S. In my opinion, I believe that most Americans are good citizens. We do good things, make new inventions, and work in a community where everyone's part is needed to survive. Although most Americans are like this, there are still some people that disagree with this environment. There are few bad places that only can mean bad things and bad people. Bad citizens. All in all, I believe most Americans are good citizens but there are some that aren't.

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  4. 1) I believe that the steps to becoming a U.S citizen. For instance, if they didn't preform back round checks or a fingerprint scan, the FBI could be allowing dangerous people to enter our country. So really, some of the steps to becoming a citizen are to protect people who are already United States citizen. Another example I believe is fair the citizen test, people who enter our country should now about the basics of our history. Therefore, I do believe that the steps to become a citizen are fair.
    -Sarah Wilkie
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  5. No, I don’t think that natural-born citizens are appreciative of their rights as citizens of this country, because they have always been citizens with these rights, whereas naturalized citizens obviously worked hard so that they could live here and enjoy those same rights, so they’ll naturally appreciate those rights more. I think that most Americans are good citizens, natural born or no, even though all you have to do is go on the news to see prime examples otherwise. Most people I personally know, however, do seem to wish to live productive lives, which is enough for me.
    James D. Period 1-2 B

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  6. I think that the steps to become a citizen in the USA are fair. They are fair because if you are not born in the united states you should have to take the steps if your really want to stay and live as a citizen . I also think that if you really want to stay here you are going to have to take the test in order to become a citizen.
    I think that if you are born here and your parents live her you should be a citizen of the US because you are raised here and cant go anywhere else so yes I think that you should be a citizen in the US when you are born.
    I think that most Americans are good citizens in America. They are good because they fallow the laws and obey rules.

    JohnL Period 1/2/A

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  7. I think the steps required to become a U.S. citizen are fair. I think so because a person who wants to become a citizen of the United States should know about how the government works and know very basic information about the country. You also have to know that a person who’s becoming a citizen of the U.S. is loyal to our country and not another nation. You do get two chances to pass the test, after all. You can learn what you didn’t know so you can be prepared to be a good and active citizen of the U.S. Therefore, I think the steps to becoming an American citizen are more than fair.
    Most natural-born citizens of the U.S don’t fully appreciate their rights as citizens. I think so because a lot of people don’t understand fully how little rights the citizens of other nations have. In some countries, for example, you could be arrested or worse for writing a newspaper article that criticized the nation’s government or leader. In America, you have complete freedom of speech to say whatever you like. Our government is also more fair than some nations’ government. For example, in some countries, there have been dictatorships, or governments where one dictator has complete power over his/her citizens. American citizens are lucky to have all the rights they have, and I hope people begin to fully understand that soon.

    Caitlin G - 3/4 A

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  8. I believe it should be harder to become an American citizen. This is because so many people can get into the U.S. just by knowing a couple of simple things. Like what are the color of the. flag and several things that are written on some documents, these are all just simple things that even natural born should know. Anyone entering the United States should have to be able to speak english fluently, and know things that made our country what it is today. For example they should be able to know when the civil war was and where it was. The United States should also require them to take a test with all 100 questions not just 10. Someone could study few and guess on a couple and get past and represent The United States of America for the rest of their life just because of a little luck.
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  9. i think that the steps to becoming a citizen are fair because someone who comes from a different place may or may not know anything so the steps can teach them about our ways and our cutlers.In this society I don't think a lot of Americans are good people because you always see someone getting arrested or being killed for no reason what so ever.I do think that most natural born citizen are appreciative of there right and some take it for granted. jon b

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  10. I think that the steps to become a citizen are very fair. They follow all of the things that every American needs to possess. It is just fair that every American should learn the language. If they did not, then they will not be able to fulfill their responsibilities. This is because they will not be able to communicate which will stop them from participating in their community. Every American Citizen should have to have a basic knowledge of how their own country came to be. Ultimately, the steps to citizenship are very fair because they require knowledge of our history, and the English language.

    Charles L. Period: 1-2

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  11. No I do not think the steps for becoming a citizen is fair because it is too complicated for some people and some nationalities and people are misunderstood because of their accents. Yes natural born citizens are appreciative of their rights. They don't make good citizens though because they think they are better than others.

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  12. I think that most natural born citizens aren’t very appreciative of their automatic rights in this country. Compared to a lot of different places, the United States are a place people want to live in and not many have the opportunity to do so. I think that some Americans take their rights for granted and don’t appreciate them. I think that most Americans are good citizens, but they don’t understand how difficult it is to become an actual citizen from a foreign country. Also, we have the Bill of Rights and the other Amendments to back us up if we get arrested, other countries don’t have that and could get arrested for no apparent reason. I believe that most American citizens are good people, because we work and grow together as a country. We don’t just have one way of thinking, there are a million different people with a million different ideas. Overall, I think natural born citizens of America need to learn to appreciate their automatic citizenship and stop taking for granted what many people would kill for.

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  13. Yes, I do think that the steps required to become a citizen of the USA are fair. We need to make sure that people are not going to be a potential threat to our country. We don't want our people getting hurt just because we accidentally let someone who was dangerous be a citizen in our country. Furthermore, we need to make sure that that person is going to be a good citizen to the US. They need to pick up all the responsibilities that it takes to become a US citizen, such as following the law. Overall, the steps for immigrants to become a USA citizen is fair to ensure that our country will be safe when this person comes to the country.

    Sharon S
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  14. I believe that the steps required to become a US citizen are fair, and very strict. If they were easy to pass, we would have lots of people coming in to America, and it's possible they could be terrorists, trying to act as spys. But, they're also fair because if you really try and want to be a citizen, you will. If you study everything you need to know, it'll be easy. The people who really want to become a citizen will try and stay a good citizen, which is what we want. If the steps were too hard, no one would come to America, which is bad for money and many other reasons. I think the steps for immigrants to become a US citizen are fair and strict, and without the test that people take, our country would fall apart.

    Mary M
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  15. I think the steps required to become a citizen of the USA are fair. I believe this because you shouldn't be able to become a citizen over night. It’s good that it takes about five years because if it only took a day everyone would try to become a citizen. Also I believe that the actual process that people have to go through is fair. The way that they make sure you are not a criminal is a great requirement. This is because we should only let good people that will impact our country become citizens.

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  17. I think that the steps for an immigrant to become a US citizen are fair. They need to be tested of their loyalty to our country. We need to make sure that they will support the US on any crisis. There are some history of multiple immigrants who moved to the US and were actually spies. Therefore I believe that the steps to becoming a US citizen are fair.
    Montana Kienzlen
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  18. Yes I think the task to become a citizen is effective. I think this because They have to go through series of steps in order to become a citizen. The fbi does a background check of every new citizen and also does finger scan. To the best of my knowledge I believe that the new citizens are safe. Secondly, They have to take a huge test to see if they know any facts about our country. They also take an oath saying that they promise to follow the laws and serve in the military if ask. Yes I believe that if your born in america you're automatically a citizen. I believe this because if there were no law that when you were born in america every single person in the us would have to go through the task to become a citizen. To the best of my knowledge i believe that most american are good. If you look around your community you will see tons of groups that go’s around and helps other people.

    Anthony Davies
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  19. No, i do not think natural born citizens are very appreciative of their rights in america. I think this because its not like everyday we think im so happy i live in america and that i have these freedoms and these laws. We especially are not as appreciative compared to the immigrants that come to live and find a better life in america. Since we were all born here we dont always think when we wake up, oh i have to hide my religion or i have to watch what i say in public. this are just some of the things that people from countries who don't have these freedoms,that they have to think about all the time. Imagine not having a choice of what religion you would like to be? When you are born in america we kind of just grow up knowing you know were safe, one because we are safe because we have a very good army and polices, but also because we have our freedoms. of what we would like to say, what religeon, we can hang out and be around other people, that in some countries would be against the law and would get punished.
    It don't think that all americans are good or bad people. I dont judge people on there race or culture or whatever they are. Everyone around the world are taught differently and brought up differently, some also make bad and good choices that was there choice, and so there are good and bad americans just like there are good and bad people all over the world.

    sidne h
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  20. I don’t think most natural born citizens are appreciative of their rights as citizens of this country. When born in America, we already are granted as citizens and while we realize that we a part of this country, we don’t realize how lucky we are to have these rights. In America, you have the freedom of speech, religion, and press which means you can write your opinion without consequences. Because we have these rights, we take advantage of them, while other countries citizens aren’t allowed to have these rights. However, naturalized citizens know how lucky they are to have these rights because they had to work so hard to achieve the status of an American citizen. I don’t think most Americans are good citizens because despite the fact they vote and pay taxes, they don’t know a lot about the country or the Constitution. American born citizens need to learn all of their rights because if one day they get in trouble with the law, it will be crucial for them to know what they can and cannot do. A good citizen follows through with all of their responsibilities such as paying taxes, and will not take advantage of their rights, such as freedom of speech.
    Nicole W 1/2B

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  21. I believe that the steps that are required to become a U.S. citizen are fair. Every step they have to follow is for a good reason. First, hey have to live in America for at least five years, which I believe is a good thing, because by their fifth year in America, they will already know what they need to know about U.S. history, and the English Language. They also have to get their fingerprint scanned, so the American government can get background information about the immigrant. This step is important, because if it is skipped, someone dangerous might be allowed into the country, with no knowledge that they are a potential threat. Immigrants also need to be interviewed, so someone can make sure that they know about American History, and the English language. Finally they will have to take the American Oath of Allegiance, where they promise to support the American government and Constitution. Finally, they will become a citizen of the United States. Even though the steps are challenging, they are still fair, and they are all worth going through to become a citizen of this country.

    - Brian H-del Río

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  22. There are many steps to becoming a citizen of The United States. I feel that these steps and requirements are fair and are necessary to become a citizen. I feel this way because in order to become a part of a citizenship you should have a background check to make sure that people coming into the country are safe and will not cause harm. If there was no requirements people would be entering the country and there would be no rules and consequences. They would then automatically become citizens and have rights, this would not result in a good country, or a safe one.
    To become a citizen it takes a lot of work and can take time, many natural born citizens take it for granted. People born in The United States didn't have to go through the long process of becoming a citizen. If you are a natural born citizen you should be grateful and not take you naturally citizenship for granted!

    Alex Wallace 1-2A

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  23. I don’t think most natural born citizens are appreciative of their rights as citizens of this country. because let's be real if we had to go through all those steps immigrants go through maybe then we would be greatful like for example i don't think we realize how lucky we are that we don't have to take a test which some people say is harder than the SATs we have it simple and are just born here because we have these rights, we take advantage of them, while other countries citizens aren’t allowed to have these rights. However, naturalized citizens know how lucky they are to have these rights because they had to work so hard to be an American citizen.

    Miranda Badrick 1-2a

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  24. I do not think that most natural born citizens are appreciative of there rights. I think that they forget all the luxuries that they have as part of being a citizen of this country. We don't realize how lucky we are to live in such a great place. Most of the people that live here don't even know what the citizenship means. We don't realize a lot of people don’t understand fully how little rights the citizens of other nations have. American citizens are lucky to have these rights and I hope people begin to realize this.

    Mary Claire Kelty 1-2b

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  25. Yes, I think that the steps to citizenship are fair. I believe they are fair because people should know about the country they want to live in. They steps make sure that they do and shows the people who want to live in this country most. Not everyone can over to the U.S. and I think thats why the test is hard.
    No, I do not think that natural born citizens are appreciative of their rights. They were born into this country so they don’t understand how hard it is to actually enter this country. They don’t appreciate what their ancestors had to go through to get into this country. We don’t understand what its like to live in other countries, and how it is to live anywhere but America. We have never experienced something that has caused to flee to a different country, so we do not appreciate this country as well as other people do.
    Susie Ferrier 1/2B

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  26. I think the steps to becoming a U.S citizen are definitely fair. If anything they should be more strict. If a person from a different country can’t even speak English or remember our presidents, why should they be allowed in our country? We should only let people who are true devoted people, who are determined to get into the U.S to get in. If not, we could wind up with thousands of U.S citizens who can’t even speak English! And then are country will get overpopulated.

    No, I think most natural born citizens in the U.S take their rights for granted. They don’t understand how much better our lives are compared to citizens of other countries. I do not think that most American’s are good citizens. Most people don’t even know the 50 states, and many people do not even vote for a president during the election. Also, a surprising amount of people in the U.S speak little to no English.
    -Liam O’Brien P. ½ B

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  27. I do believe the steps required to become a United States citizen are fair. There are so many steps to make sure that the person in question is safe and really wants to be a citizen. All these steps are in place to make sure you know about the country you are about to become a citizen of. It even requires you to learn English so you can speak with other citizens. All these steps must seem long and tedious for most people who are trying to become citizens, but in all reality, the steps are in place so that anyone who is trying to become a citizen can have a better life in the Unites States.
    I do not think that most natural born citizens are appreciative of their rights as citizens. I believe this because very few of them have seen how horrible and rightless people of other countries are. They haven't lived in the conditions people of other countries have and see their rights as the norm. On the other hand, I do believe that most United States citizens are good citizens. Most natural born citizens grew up in a world surrounded by good citizens, good habits rub off and stay with the natural born citizens. These habits stay with them, and continue to rub off generation after generation.

    Erika Brown 1/2 B

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  28. I think the steps required to become a citizen in the USA is fair because, if a person from another country comes here and does not know what they're doing or don’t know what they’re getting themselves into or don’t speak our language then, they should take the test and the required steps and learn our language. Another reason is if you are born in the United states already you don’t have to do as much as a trail to become a citizen then a foreigner does so it makes it easier to become a citizen for someone who lives in the U.S. As a whole to become a citizen is fair, when foreigners or citizens take the test and steps they usually come a out a true citizen so I think its fair.


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  29. I believe the steps to Citizenship are fair. If people are going to live in America, they should at least know the same things that a natural born American child should. When taking the test to become an American Citizen, they don't even need to answer all questions right.

    William C.
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  30. I think that the steps to become a citizen are very fair. They follow all of the things that every American needs to possess. It is just fair that every American should learn the language. If they did not, then they will not be able to fulfill their responsibilities. This is because they will not be able to communicate which will stop them from participating in their community. Every American Citizen should have to have a basic knowledge of how their own country came to be. Ultimately, the steps to citizenship are very fair because they require knowledge of our history, and the English language.
    Charles L.
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