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Four Corners

This is a class activity.  Have your teacher read the situations on the attached worksheet out loud while you stand together in the center of the room with your classmates.  Each student should decide his or her sense of responsibility for the outcome and stand in the corner of the room labeled accordingly. 

One corner should read "fully responsible," another "as responsible as the person who did it," another "partly responsible," and another "not responsible at all."  Each student should be able to explain his or her position.  Those students who choose the corner which reads "not at all responsible" should tell who they believe is responsible.

Then you will divide into three groups.  Each group role–play one of the above situations using responsible citizenship skills so that the crime, tragedy, or injury is prevented.

Complete the question on the attached worksheet. Discuss your response with your teacher and classmates.


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The primary aim of educating about citizenship is to aid students, like you, to be involved and responsible in the community, to act with informed awareness of contemporary issues in historical contexts, and to understand and value diversity.

*Citizenship section select ideas derived from Citizenship, Learning to Live as Responsible Citizens, published by Good Apple, Inc.

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