Character Education: Responsibility (Grade 8)

Unit of 5 Lessons
Grade Levels: 
Language Arts
Social Studies
Issue Area: 
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? 

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Unit Overview 

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.

Service Experience 
Students look for opportunities to demonstrate responsibility to improve the relationships in their lives and communities. 
Lessons in This Unit