My Responsibility

Grades: 
6, 7, 8

Through a choice of prompts, the students will reflect on and express their understanding of being responsible.

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Duration 
PrintOne 20-minute lesson
Objectives 

The learner will:

  • create an essay on the defintion of responsibility, or
  • create an essay on a personal experience of responsiblity, relating what might have happened without responsibility taken.
Materials 

character education journals

Instructions

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  1. Teacher Note: Write the following essay choices on the board prior to the start of class.

    Anticipatory Set:

    Teacher: We've been exploring responsibility, follow-through, and steps to decision-making throughout this unit, and I trust you've benefitted from our discussions.

  2. Teacher: Today, you have the opportuntity to share your thinking by responding to one of the following prompts. Please use your journal to record your thinking.

  3. Write an essay from one of the following prompts:

    • Write an essay on the defintion of responsibility, give steps and examples of making responsible choices. 
    • Write an essay on a personal experience of responsiblity, relating what might have happened without responsibility taken.
    • Respond to the following quote, explaining how it relates to what you have learned about responsibility: "In the long run, we shape our lives, and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility."
      -Eleanor Roosevelt
Cross Curriculum 

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 generationOn.

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.1 Define and give examples of the motivations for giving and serving.