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?
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.