Citizenship in Action
Duncan Elementary School

Citizenship is doing your share to make your school and community a better place. Instructor should begin lesson with discussion questions that lead each class to create its own citizenship poster. The poster should include a class definition for citizenship along with an illustration.

The student will explore and develop an understanding of the concept of citizenship.
The student will identify the benefits and responsibilities of citizenship.
The student will demonstrate that being a good citizen includes:
  • Taking responsibility for certain classroom chores
  • Taking care of personal belongings
  • Respecting the property of others
  • Following the rules at home, school, and in the community
  • Citizenship: Everyday Character Education by Janet Riehecky (Capstone Press [MN], 2006)
    Poster board or white butcher paper
    Markers or crayons
    Citizenship in Action handout
    Day 1
    1. Tell students that our topic for today’s lesson is citizenship
    2. Ask students to give their own definitions for citizenship.
    3. Write the student definitions on white board
    4. Follow up discussion with these questions
    a. Ask students what they like most about living in their town, state, and country
    b. Ask students what they like most about their school
    c. Ask students to tell about a time when they were good citizens
    5. Conclude discussion by emphasizing that citizenship means making our community a better place and obeying the rules.
    6. Read Citizenship by Janet Riehecky
    a. Follow-up story by asking students to describe how the characters in the story showed good citizenship.

    Day 2
    1. Review definitions given for citizenship
    2. Ask students to share examples of good and poor citizenship
    3. Read list of examples of citizenship listed on the Citizenship in Action handout with students. As the examples are read, ask students to mentally select the action that they will commit to put in place immediately.
    4. Divide students into groups of 4 or 5. Have each group select one of the actions from the Citizenship in Action handout. Each group will create citizenship poster. Each group will present their citizenship poster in class and display in the hallways.
    End of class discussion and review
    Quality of citizenship poster