Students construct meaning of the concept of responsibility through personal and shared discussion. Students investigate the benefits/consequences of taking responsbility and not taking responsibility. Students examine the consequences of Abraham Lincoln's responsible decisions. The introduction of the concept of common good adds a dimension to the benefit/consequences of taking responsibility. Students gain insight into differing perspectives by examining a scenarios and engaging in a debate about the benefits/consequences of taking or avoiding responsibility. Through writing, students share their insights into taking responsibility with the resulting benefits or consequences.
Focus Question: What role does responsibility play in relationships and life success? How can developing responsibility equip people as world citizens who contribute to the common good?
Five 20-Minute Lessons
The learner will:
This character education mini-lesson is not intended to be a service learning lesson or to meet the K-12 Service-Learning Standards for Quality Practice. The character education units will be most effective when taught in conjunction with a student-designed service project that provides a real world setting in which students can develop and practice good character and leadership skills. For ideas and suggestions for organizing service events go to The League.
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