Following Through

6, 7, 8

Students will gain insights into people's choices about responsibiity through scenarios.

PrintOne 20-minute lesson

The learner will:

  • analyze a scenario to determine ways of handling decisions about responsibility.
  • explain responses, with rationale, to a variety of perspectives.
  • Copies of Handout One: Scenarios for each student (teacher may choose the method for using the scenarios).


  1. Anticipatory Set:

    Teacher: Today's lesson is about follow through. Have you ever promised to do something that you knew was the right thing to do, but you didn't quite do what you said you would do? Who would like to confess (by raising his/her hand) that this has happened to you?? Let's be honest . . . all of us should have our hands up!

  2. Give each student a copy of Handout One: Scenarios. Give them instructions for the discussion method that suits your class (options below).

    • Method 1: Select one scenario for all the learners to read and discuss. Put the students into three groups, and have each group discuss and determine the answers to the questions posed. A "reporter" from each group shares their responses along with their rationale for their decisions.
    • Method 2: Put the students into three groups and assign a different scenario to each group. Within their groups, students read and discuss their scenario. Then different group members take different questions to answer in writing. They write their answers and rationale and report back to their groups. Then the group discusses the questions and prepares to report back to the whole class.
    • Method 3: Use all three scenarios. Select students to role-play the parts within each scenario, first acting irresponsibly, then re-enacting with responsible choices. This method will take longer and could extend over two days. Discuss the questions as a whole class.
  3. Reflect on the discussions by asking the students, "What causes people to take responsibility and follow through?" and "Who is affected when someone doesn't take responsibility?"


Philanthropy Framework

  1. Strand PHIL.I Definitions of Philanthropy
    1. Standard DP 01. Define Philanthropy
      1. Benchmark MS.4 Give examples of how individuals have helped others.
  2. Strand PHIL.II Philanthropy and Civil Society
    1. Standard PCS 01. Self, citizenship, and society
      1. Benchmark MS.4 Describe the characteristics of someone who helps others.
  3. Strand PHIL.III Philanthropy and the Individual
    1. Standard PI 01. Reasons for Individual Philanthropy
      1. Benchmark MS.5 Describe the responsibility students have to act in the civil society sector to improve the common good.