Subject: Social Studies

Lesson Length: 40 - 45 mins

Topic: Understanding Rights & Responsibilities of Citizens

Grade Level: 4

Standards / Framework:

Brief Description: Students will be able to distinguish between protected rights and responsibilities as members of their community/state/country.

Know Before You Start: Students should have a working knowledge of the terms right and responsibility.

Hook: Show students the sample comics. Have them decide if the action in each panel is a right of a citizen or a responsibility of a citizen.

Activity: Students will create a 2 panel comic depicting a right and responsibility for citizens living in their community/state/country.

  • Panel 1: Illustrate a protected right of a citizen.

  • Panel 2: Illustrate a responsibility of a citizen.

Closure: Share and discuss students' comics.

  • Were there any commonalities?
  • What would life be like if citizens didn’t follow through on their responsibilities?


  • Pre-teach vocabulary.

  • Provide more examples and visuals as necessary, have students sort images into rights/responsibilities.

  • Allow students to work with partners or in groups.

  • Provide sentence starters for discussion and comic.

  • Allow students to create a comic in their home language.


  • Comic to print or display: Comic.

  • Students can work in groups, pairs, or by themselves.