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SS.7.C.2.2 - Obligations & Responsibilities of Citizens


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What You Need to Know:

Student Review Reading for SS.7.C.2.2

Evaluate the obligations citizens have to obey laws, pay taxes, defend the nation, and serve on juries.

Also assessed: 

SS.7.C.2.3 - Experience the responsibilities of citizens at the local, state, or federal levels.

SS.7.C.2.14 - Conduct a service project to further the public good.


Benchmark Clarifications:

  • Students will distinguish between an obligation or duty and a responsibility as it relates to citizenship. Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, voting, attending civic meetings, petitioning government, and running for office. Read more!
  • Students will recognize the concept of the common good as a rationale for fulfilling the obligations and/or responsibilities of citizenship. Read more!
  • Students will evaluate the obligations and/or responsibilities of citizens as they relate to active participation in society and government. Read more!
  • Students will examine the significant contributions of citizens to a democratic society. Read more!
  • Students will use scenarios to assess specific obligations of citizens. Read more!
  • Students will identify the consequences or predict the outcome on society of citizens who do not fulfill their citizenship responsibilities. Read more!
  • Students will evaluate the impact of civic participation on society, government, or the political process. Read more!

Example One (Low Complexity)

What right do citizens have?

A. attending public schools

B. owning property

C. holding a job

D. voting


Example Two (Moderate Complexity)

The illustration below shows a legal document.


Why are citizens obligated to respond to such documents?

A. to guarantee court hearings remain public

B. to guarantee courts provide probable cause

C. to protect the constitutional right to be tried by one's peers

D. to protect the constitutional right to confronts one's accuser


Example Three (High Complexity)

The image below describes a citizen obligation.


Based on this image, what can be presumed about citizen obligations?

A. Citizens support attending civic meetings.

B. Citizens support securing individual rights.

C. Citizens resist registering for selective service.

D. Citizens resist contributing to the common good.


C.2.2 - Vocabulary

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FLDOE Civics Tutorials

courtesy of FL Department of Education

Discovery Education


  • The Common Good (total length 2:30, start at 1:28) from hand in Hand: Count on Me
  • Review (total length 1:02) from This is Your Government: What Does It Mean to Be a Good Citizen?
  • Trial Procedure & Jury Duty (total length 3:35) from This is Your Government: What Does It Mean to Be a Good Citizen?

Civics on Demand

Additional Resources

Textbook Review


Chapter 1, Section 1 - p. 6-10