Students explore the categories of rights and responsibilities held by United States citizens. By comparing and contrasting personal and political rights with social responsibilities and personal duties, students begin to see where rights and responsibilities meet, overlap, and even conflict. This lesson follows “Just the Facts,” and can be supplemented by playing Responsibility Launcher and Cast Your Vote. Note: This lesson contains a PowerPoint presentation (see Lesson Prep).
Students will be able to
DISTRIBUTE the “Can I?” Packet.
ANTICIPATE the lesson by asking the following question: “If I said that you had the right to do something or the responsibility to do something, is there a difference?” Record their answers in a visible place (board or transparency) and have them record their answers in their packet.
RUN the “Can I?” PowerPoint. Guide students as they work through their note sheet along with the PowerPoint.
REVIEW instructions for the “Can I?” Worksheet.
ASSIGN the “Can I?” Worksheet and give students 10 minutes, working with a partner if appropriate, to complete this activity.