Subject: SEL (Social-Emotional Learning)
Lesson Length: 40 - 60 min (depends on depth of discussions)
Grade Level: 4, 5, 6, 7
Objective: Critical thinking, Narration
RESPONSIBLE DECISION-MAKING: The abilities to make caring and constructive choices about personal behavior and social interactions across diverse situations.
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 back to the whole 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.