Responsibility in the Final Analysis

6, 7, 8

Reflecting on a quote or a personal experience, students will share their thinking on responsibility defined as following through on a committment or task.

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The student will:

  • respond in writing or drawing to a quote or a personal experience.


  1. Anticipatory Set:

    Have the students get out their character education journals so they can write a reflection about responsibility. In this unit, they have defined responsibility as following tasks to completion and keeping promises or commitments (dependability).

  2. Teacher:You may write or draw in your journal in response to one of the following quotes or the reflection prompt. If you choose to draw, please add descriptors or captions to make sure that you are effectively communicating your thoughts.

  3. Choose one of the following to write about. 

    • Write an essay about a time that you showed dependability in a difficult situation. 
    • Write about how one of the following quotes relates to the idea of responsibility as dependability:
    • "The price of greatness is responsibility." -- Winston Churchill
    • One's philosophy is not best expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices one makes... and the choices we make are ultimately our 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

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.
      2. Benchmark MS.4 Identify and describe the actions of how citizens act for the common good.