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American Civics and Government

This free, printable Pixton lesson plan brings United States history to life with comics and storyboards.

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Featured Layouts

When students complete the activities in this lesson plan, they will use the following comic layout types.

  • Mind Map
  • Storyboard
  • Poster

Your students will create amazing images like these in no time!

This free, printable Pixton lesson plan brings United States history to life with comics and storyboards.
This free, printable Pixton lesson plan brings United States history to life with comics and storyboards.
This free, printable Pixton lesson plan brings United States history to life with comics and storyboards.

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American Civics and Government

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Teacher Guide

American Civics and Government

Step 1Class discussion with students

Getting Started

Ask your class if they know the difference between these three terms:

  • American resident (has a green card, not a U.S. citizen)
  • American citizen (born in the United States or has gone through naturalization)
  • American visitor (visiting the United States for a short period of time)

Opening Discussion

Originally, citizenship was defined as those who take part in municipal affairs and vote in local elections. As time progressed, citizenship became more of a legal right with accompanying privileges. Throughout U.S. history, several groups have been denied the right to become a U.S. citizen, including Africans, Chinese, Indians, and Japanese. Most recently, the attacks carried out on September 11, 2001, have had a significant impact on the rights of U.S. immigrants. Explore how the new policies that have been invoked through the U.S. Patriot Act have affected American immigrants.

Step 2Pixton comic-making activities
  • Make a Mind Map
    Immigration Rights / Policies

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  • Make a Storyboard or Mind Map
    Immigration in Your State

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  • Extension / Modification
    Poster (Extension / Modification)

    Design a Poster that identifies the key changes to immigrant rights that occurred through the U.S. Patriot Act.

  • Extension / Modification
    Discuss (Extension / Modification)

    Talk with local immigrants about rights and freedoms in America compared to their homeland.

Step 3Concluding discussion with students

Watch the movie An American Tail with your class and ask your students to complete a four square activity. Students will label the four sections as follows:

  • Pictures
  • Key words
  • Major themes
  • Questions

As they watch the movie, they will add details to each section and share them with other students in the class.

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Pixton Activity: American Civics and Government 1 Immigration Rights / Policies

Featured Layouts

  • Mind Map

Instructions

Create a Mind Map that identifies four to six important events or policies that shaped immigration in the United States.

Each panel should include:

  • the date
  • an appropriate picture
  • a brief description of the event

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

Rubric: Immigration Rights / Policies

Use this interactive rubric for easy, thorough assessment. It can even be used by students for self-assessment!

5 4 3 2 1
Understanding of Concepts • explains with extensive detail
• numerous connections made between concept and activity
• illustrations and descriptions are comprehensive
• explains with detail
• considerable connections made between concept and activity
• illustrations and descriptions have purpose
• explains with sufficient detail
• several connections made between concept and activity
• illustrations and descriptions have basic purpose
• explains with limited detail
• limited connections made between concept and activity
• illustrations and descriptions have little purpose
• explains with no detail
• very few connections made between concept and activity
• illustrations and descriptions have no purpose
Inquiry/Research Skills • Extensive use of details; support from a wide variety of sources
• Facts are accurate and complete
• Source are accurately listed
• Considerable use of details; support from several sources
• Facts are accurate
• Sources are accurately listed
• Includes several relevant details; basic use of sources
• Facts are consistent
• Sources listed
• Some relevant details included; sources are limited
• Facts contain some inaccuracies
• No sources listed
• Very few relevant use of details
• Facts are inaccurate or false
• No sources listed
Communication • excellent communication of ideas
• statements are dynamic with extensive development
• descriptions are purposeful and well organized
• effective communication of ideas
• statements are powerful with appropriate development
• descriptions are concise and organized
• sufficient communication of ideas
• statements are consistent with increasing development
• descriptions are basic and organized
• poor communication of ideas
• statements are general with some development
• descriptions are limited and unorganized
• inadequate communication of ideas
• statement are general with little development
• descriptions are incomplete and unorganized
Style • correct sentence structure, grammar, spelling and punctuation; may include some errors in complex structures
• panels are highly organized with exceptional use of supporting details
• few errors in basic sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar; errors do not interfere with meaning
• panels have excellent organization with effective use of supporting details
• occasional errors in sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar; errors rarely interfere with meaning
• panels have basic organization and supporting details
• several errors in sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar; errors may make parts hard to follow
• panels have limited organization and supporting details
• repeated errors in basic sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar often make the writing hard to understand
• panels are unorganized and lack supporting details
Total
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Pixton Activity: American Civics and Government 2 Immigration in Your State

Featured Layouts

  • Storyboard
  • Mind Map

Instructions

Visit your local museum to research the history of immigration in your state.

Create a Storyboard or Mind Map identifying some of the artifacts you saw at the museum.

Be sure to include the following:

  • The date in the title
  • A picture
  • A brief description of the artifact

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

Rubric: Immigration in Your State

Use this interactive rubric for easy, thorough assessment. It can even be used by students for self-assessment!

5 4 3 2 1
Understanding of Concepts • explains with extensive detail
• numerous connections made between concept and activity
• illustrations and descriptions are comprehensive
• explains with detail
• considerable connections made between concept and activity
• illustrations and descriptions have purpose
• explains with sufficient detail
• several connections made between concept and activity
• illustrations and descriptions have basic purpose
• explains with limited detail
• limited connections made between concept and activity
• illustrations and descriptions have little purpose
• explains with no detail
• very few connections made between concept and activity
• illustrations and descriptions have no purpose
Inquiry/Research Skills • Extensive use of details; support from a wide variety of sources
• Facts are accurate and complete
• Source are accurately listed
• Considerable use of details; support from several sources
• Facts are accurate
• Sources are accurately listed
• Includes several relevant details; basic use of sources
• Facts are consistent
• Sources listed
• Some relevant details included; sources are limited
• Facts contain some inaccuracies
• No sources listed
• Very few relevant use of details
• Facts are inaccurate or false
• No sources listed
Communication • excellent communication of ideas
• statements are dynamic with extensive development
• descriptions are purposeful and well organized
• effective communication of ideas
• statements are powerful with appropriate development
• descriptions are concise and organized
• sufficient communication of ideas
• statements are consistent with increasing development
• descriptions are basic and organized
• poor communication of ideas
• statements are general with some development
• descriptions are limited and unorganized
• inadequate communication of ideas
• statement are general with little development
• descriptions are incomplete and unorganized
Style • correct sentence structure, grammar, spelling and punctuation; may include some errors in complex structures
• panels are highly organized with exceptional use of supporting details
• few errors in basic sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar; errors do not interfere with meaning
• panels have excellent organization with effective use of supporting details
• occasional errors in sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar; errors rarely interfere with meaning
• panels have basic organization and supporting details
• several errors in sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar; errors may make parts hard to follow
• panels have limited organization and supporting details
• repeated errors in basic sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar often make the writing hard to understand
• panels are unorganized and lack supporting details
Total

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