A Lesson in Responsibility: Elementary Social Studies Class

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    • 00:05

      [A Lesson in [Responsibility]

    • 00:11

      STACIE SHEPARD: OK, so we talked about our rights,the Bill of Rights.[Stacie Shepard, Fourth Grade Teacher]that goes for all citizens of the United States.So we have all these rights that protect us,but we also have responsibilities as citizens.You have responsibilities at home.You have responsibilities here at school.

    • 00:33

      STACIE SHEPARD [continued]: OK?You have several responsibilities.In fact, that's one of our conditions.Last week, we talked about the confidence to take action.We talked about Rosa Parks.OK?So now we're talking about responsibility.What is responsibility?

    • 00:56

      STACIE SHEPARD [continued]: I need some other hands, not all the same people.What does it mean to have responsibility?Because as a United States citizen,you have a lot of rights.But you have responsibilities as well.So I want to show you at least four categories--there might be more--

    • 01:22

      STACIE SHEPARD [continued]: where we can show responsibility.At home-- I know I have responsibilities at home,and I bet you do as well.At school we certainly do.You also have responsibilities to just yourself.Now, here's the one that I'm kind of thinkingof that kind of makes me think of citizens doing their part

    • 01:46

      STACIE SHEPARD [continued]: and taking responsibility in their community.Now, you're not old enough to do some things.But there are some things you can do to share responsibilityin our community.So I'm going to give everyone a card.There's a few people absent, so we may havea few that get more than one.And I want you to just kind of look at your card

    • 02:08

      STACIE SHEPARD [continued]: and think about what category it would fit into, OK?And then I'm going to have you come up here and place themwhere they belong.OK, Amyah?

    • 02:19

      STUDENT: Serve on a jury.

    • 02:21

      STACIE SHEPARD: Serve on a jury.You know, we've talked about that, that everybodyin the United States--if you're charged with a crime, youget to have a jury decide whether you're guilty or not.We don't have some king or some czar that just says, go to jailand never come out.We get to have a jury.

    • 02:42

      STACIE SHEPARD [continued]: But when you're called to jury, you have to serve.That's part of being a US citizenand having responsibility as a citizen.

    • 02:54

      STUDENT: [INAUDIBLE].

    • 02:57

      STACIE SHEPARD: Being a good role model for your youngersisters and brothers.I bet some of you didn't know that you were being responsibleby doing that.You're not really a good--we don't call you a good citizen in your home,but that is being responsible.When you're responsible in your community,

    • 03:18

      STACIE SHEPARD [continued]: that's called being a responsible good citizen.Well, one of the ways that I incorporate student voiceinto my teaching is incorporatingsome of the conditions.Today I did a lesson on responsibility,which was directly related to American citizenshipand how they have responsibility--or how we all have a responsibility,

    • 03:40

      STACIE SHEPARD [continued]: if we're good citizens.So whenever possible, I try to do that.We also do interactive read-alouds,which is a time during the day where we read a book.And I often relate it to either heroes or responsibility,one of the conditions.[MUSIC PLAYING]

A Lesson in Responsibility: Elementary Social Studies Class

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Stacie Shepard teachers her class about personal responsibility and the responsibilities of citizenship.

A Lesson in Responsibility: Elementary Social Studies Class

Stacie Shepard teachers her class about personal responsibility and the responsibilities of citizenship.

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