Responsibility - What Would You Do?

Subject: SEL (Social-Emotional Learning)

Lesson Length: 40 mins - 1 hour

Topic: Responsibility

Grade Level: 4, 5, 6, 7

Standards / Framework:

Brief Description: Students will explore responsibility and reflect on how they would handle authentic moral dilemmas they may face in school or in life.

Know Before You Start:

  • Students should have a basic understanding of the terms integrity and empathy.

  • Create authentic scenarios you may be witnessing in the classroom or on campus.


  • Read and discuss Comic 1. What would be the responsible thing to do?

  • Discuss responsibility. What does it mean? Is it always easy? Was there a time where you had to be responsible? If no one is looking, should you still do the responsible thing?

  • With a partner or in small groups, have students discuss the scenarios in Comic 2. Have one student document answers to share with the class.


  • Create a comic showing characters acting responsibly in different dilemmas.

  • Panel 1: Introduce the situation.

  • Panel 2: Show the character acting responsibly in that situation.

Closure: Share and discuss student comics. Were there any similarities and differences in how characters solved their dilemmas?


  • Pre-teach vocabulary.

  • Provide sentence starters for discussion.

  • Allow students to role play scenarios.

  • Provide a few specific examples of scenarios that students can choose from to create their own comic.