Indiana lawmakers consider requiring students to pass citizenship test

Daily News Article - February 11, 2019

Questions

1. The first paragraph of a news article should answer the questions who, what, where and when. List the who, what, where and when of this news item. (NOTE: The remainder of a news article provides details on the why and/or how.)

2. a) For what reason have lawmakers proposed this bill? Be specific.
b) How did the bill’s author, Republican Sen. Dennis Kruse, explain the reason for the proposed bill?

3. How many other states have enacted similar laws in the past several years?

4. What needs to happen for the bill to become law in Indiana?

5. a) Is the study of Civics part of your state’s required social studies curriculum?
b) What is civics?
c) Why do you think it is important to have an informed citizenry?

6. UPI also reports: The Indiana state Democrats said the bill "would do nothing beyond adding to the long list of exams that students already must pass to graduate." They also expressed concern that it would lower graduation rates for the state.
Do you agree or disagree? Explain your answer. If you agree, what suggestion do you have for schools ensuring that students have a strong understanding of how the U.S. government works?

CHALLENGE:
a) Read the 100 questions people need to know to pass a citizenship test. Is this information that you are already being taught (or have already learned)?
b) Take the sample test under “Background” below. How many answers did you get right?
Challenge a grandparent to take the test also. Compare your scores.