February Civics and History Activity

Directions: Utilize your Internet research skills to find facts that support the answer to each question. Many of these questions come from the test given to people applying for U.S. Citizenship. answer form

1. What are changes to the U. S. Constitution called?


How many of these changes have been adopted since 1787?


Describe the process for enacting one of these changes to the Constitution.


2. What is Congress?


3. What do we call the group of people that advise the President?


4. What is the most important right granted to United States citizens?


5. Who was the first president of the United States?


6. Who is the current president of the United States?


7. Who is the current vice president of the United States?


8. How many states are there in the Union (United States)?


9. What is the 4th of July?


10. Which country did the Colonies fight during the Revolutionary War?


Why were the Colonists rebelling?


11. Name the country that helped the colonists win the Revolutionary War.


12. What federal holiday is celebrated on the third Monday in February?


How many individuals does it recognize?


13. On March 5, 1770 a violent event occurred in Boston, Massachusetts.
Describe the event and explain its significance in U.S. history.


Captain Thomas Preston was tried for murder in October 1770 and acquitted by a jury.

Who defended him?

The man who defended Captain Preston went on to do many important things.
Which of his accomplishments do you think was the most important? Explain.


14. Dig into these clues. What was the gift? Where is it today?
It was presented to Congress by the National Woman's Party as a gift to the nation on February, 15, 1921.
It was placed in the Rotunda Hall of the Capitol. After one day, it was moved to the basement.



"I know no safe depositary of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion by education. This is the true corrective of abuses of constitutional power."
--Thomas Jefferson to William C. Jarvis, 1820. ME 15:278


Write a question about the United States, that you feel should be answered correctly, before someone becomes a citizen.


Who represents you? | Who is in charge? - succession | Presidential Math Project

February Civics activity 2 | Examine your Government's Demographics | Civics Elections & Voting

A Note for Freedom project | Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial project

Explore Pennsylvania Projects | Civics & Constitution Projects, Essays, Quotes, Resources

George Washington Farewell Address podcast | George Washington Papers at LOC

Susan B. Anthony, the Constitution and the Vote

National Constitution Center | National Museum of American History | The U.S. Citizenship Test


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tree icon Save a tree - use a Digital Answer Format - Highlight the text. Copy it. Paste it in a word processing document. Save the document in your folder. Answer on the word processing document in a contrasting color (not yellow) or font (avoid blackmore, brodfont dear or other ornate artistic fonts). Save frequently as you work. Or perhaps you have the resources to record verbal answers. If you do, be sure to first read / record the question. Then record the answer immediately after it.

Proof read your responses. It is funny how speling errors and typeos sneak in to the bets work. smiling icon How to: Make your own printer ready paper answer sheet with lines.

NCTE Standard 3 - Students apply a wide range of strategies to comprehend, interpret, evaluate, and appreciate texts.
NCTE Standard 8 - Students use a variety of technology and information resources to gather, synthesize, and communicate knowledge.
PA Academic Standards - History, Civics and Government, Science and Technology, Reading Writing, Mathematics
ISTE Standard 3 - Technology productivity tools, ISTE Standard 5 - Technology research tools
Information Literacy Standards - Independent Learning
National Standards for Civics and Government