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 identify the benefits and responsibilities of citizenship.
The student will demonstrate that being a good citizen includes:
Poster board or white butcher paper
Markers or crayons
Citizenship in Action handout
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.
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.
Quality of citizenship poster
Extensions and Adaptations
education initiative at home.
Here is an example of a character education communication for the parent newsletter.
What Parents Can Do At Home
Practice citizenship in action:
Model how to “stay up” on current events
Read the newspaper
Watch television news with your child(ren)
Attend community events
Have a family plan to regularly protect and conserve natural resources
Recycle, plant trees and flowers, and don’t litter
Have each family member complete the following sentence and put it where it will serve as a reminder: “I will be a good citizen by _____________________________”