Responsibility - What would you do?

Subject: SEL (Social-Emotional Learning)

Lesson Length: 40 - 60 min (depends on depth of discussions)

Topic: Responsibility

Grade Level: 4, 5, 6, 7

Objective: Critical thinking, Narration

Standards:

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.

Comic 1

Responsibility - What would you do? - Exemplar comic, panel 1 Responsibility - What would you do? - Exemplar comic, panel 2 Responsibility - What would you do? - Exemplar comic, panel 3 Responsibility - What would you do? - Exemplar comic, panel 4 Responsibility - What would you do? - Exemplar comic, panel 5

Comic 2

Responsibility - What would you do? - Exemplar comic #2, panel 1 Responsibility - What would you do? - Exemplar comic #2, panel 2 Responsibility - What would you do? - Exemplar comic #2, panel 3 Responsibility - What would you do? - Exemplar comic #2, panel 4

Hook:

  • 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.

Activity:

  • 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?

Differentiation:

  • 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.

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