Lesson Notes By Weeks and Term - Primary 6

Nationalism and Patriotism

Week 5

Subject: Civic Education

Topic: Nationalism and Patriotism

Duration: 40 mins

Reference: Civic Education for primary schools book 6

Previous knowledge: Pupils are familiar with values that promote peace.

Objective: At the end of the lesson pupils should be able to:

  1. Define Nationalism
  2. State some characteristics of a nationalist
  3. Define patriotism
  4. State some of the characteristics of a patriot


Nationalism is a passionate struggle by an individual or group of persons for political, social or economic independence for their country. Genuine love, faith and commitment to the development of one’s country promotes nationalism.

Characteristics of a nationalist

A nationalist is:

  1. Someone who loves his fellow citizens irrespective of their tribe
  2. Loyal and faithful to his or her country
  3. A person with good leadership qualities.
  4. Obedient to the laws of the land
  5. Able to defend the nation in emergency situation such as wars, natural disaster etc

Patriotism is the extreme love which a person or group of persons have for their country.

Characteristics of a patriot

A patriot:

  1. Pays his or her taxes and rates
  2. Votes during elections
  3. Obeys the laws of the land
  4. Respects national symbols
  5. Reports criminals to the police
  6. Demonstrates complete loyalty to the nation


Step I: Teacher revises previous lesson with pupils

Step II: Teacher introduces and explain new topic to pupils

Step III: Pupils are allowed to ask questions

Step IV: Teacher writes note on the boards for pupils


  1. What is nationalism?
  2. State four characteristics of a nationalist
  3. What is patriotism?
  4. State four qualities of a patriot

Conclusion: Teacher moves round for inspection, marking and correction of notes where necessary.

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