This series of worksheets focuses on the concept of citizenship across ancient and modern civilizations.

Citizenship is a status that a person can receive by a state actor (country). Citizenship is a two-way street. The Citizen is expected to pledge their allegiance to their country and follow the duties and responsibility of that country (such as paying taxes). States are expected to offer citizens rights and protections. The concept of citizenship first came about in Ancient Greece. Citizenship in Ancient Greece was a bit limited in scope because the title was only applied to men that owned land. During the Middle Ages the concept of national citizenship disappeared and was relegated to cities and towns.

These worksheets introduce the concept of citizenship and look at the history and development of the practice that is recognized by modern civilizations.

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Citizenship Defined Reading Passage

Citizenship confers many benefits. U.S. citizens all enjoy certain rights, like the right to a fair trial by jury, the right to vote for their political representatives, the right to work for the federal government, and the right to run for elected office. U.S. citizens have freedom of speech, and the freedom to worship in whatever way they choose.

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Citizenship Defined - Multiple Choice Questions

We see if students can understand the rights and responsibilities of a citizen and how to become a citizen.


The process of becoming a U.S. citizen through application is called naturalization.

Naturalization - Short Answer Questions

What does it cost to apply for naturalization? What is the cost for?

The History of Citizenship

The history of citizenship charts the ways that the relationship between individuals and their countries has changed over time.

QUESTIONS: The History of Citizenship

In which place was citizenship about membership with emerging nation-states?

Citizenship in Ancient Greece

Most scholars agree that the concept of citizenship first began in ancient Greece. Prior to then, people generally thought of themselves as belonging to a family or to a tribe, but citizenship established a bond between the individual and the state.

QUESTIONS: Citizenship in Ancient Greece

What role did slavery then play in the development of the concept of citizenship?

Greek Philosophers on Citizenship

Ancient Greek philosophers Plato and Aristotle had thoughts about citizenship and what it ought to be.

QUESTIONS: Greek Philosophers on Citizenship

The hallmark of Aristotle's idea of citizenship was that every male citizen had a role in running the government.

Roman Conceptions of Citizenship Reading Passage

Though citizenship in Rome was similar to citizenship in Greece, the Roman idea of citizenship was more expansive.

QUESTIONS: Roman Conceptions of Citizenship

What was the Roman idea of the relationship between citizenship and property?

Citizenship and the American Revolution

Today we operate under the idea that governments are legitimate and authoritative only to the extent to which the people consent to be governed by them.

QUESTIONS: Citizenship and the American Revolution

Today we operate under the idea that governments are legitimate and authoritative only to the extent that.

The French Revolution Reading Worksheet

The French Revolution was an important event in the evolution of the concept of citizenship.

Proponents of Citizenship - Short Answer Questions

What caused the people of France to see that King Louis XVI was more interested in taking care of himself than he was in taking care of the French people?

Dual Citizenship

Having dual citizenship means being a citizen of two countries at the same time.

Dual Citizenship- Multiple Choice Questions

Dual citizenship has some advantages. Dual citizens have access to two social service systems and can vote in either country.

Theories of Citizenship

There are three different theories about what it means to be a citizen: the liberal conception, the republican conception, and the communitarian conception.

Theories of Citizenship - Short Answer

Which conception of citizenship emphasizes the foremost importance of community?