Citizenship Rights and Responsibilities
Identify rights and responsibilities of citizenship in the
US that are
important for preserving democratic government.
Indicator Grade 5:
2.Explain the obligations of upholding the US Constitution
Serving on Juries
Registering for Selective Service
3. Explain the significance of the rights that are
protected by the First Amendment
of petition and assembly.
Students will become familiar with the research process and will select
the best place to look for their sources.
Students will begin to research their topics and take notes using
Review with students the rights and responsibilities that
they will be researching. Place the transparency that lists the 1st
amendment rights and responsibilities on the overhead. Do an overview of the discussion the day
before and remind students of the K-W-L chart that we had worked on.
Based on students understanding during the discussion,
should determine whether or not to continue to review.
Through observation, watch over students as they select
their encyclopedias and begin to take notes.
Help students when necessary.
students on task?
they have key words selected from which to begin their encyclopedia
they taking notes over just the key facts?
their notes neat?
some interest in the topic by reading an article that deals with the First
desecration) Review with students
how they will be learning more about the Bill of Rights, specifically
the 1st amendment.
This article discusses Freedom of Speech, which is one of those
with students how to create their graphic organizer poster for their
final product. The organizer will
consist of an explanation of their right or responsibility that they
research. Two newspaper articles
(one current) that illustrates their right or responsibility. They should include an explanation of
how the article relates to their topic.
As an option, they can include their opinion about the articles
as an extension. An editorial cartoon or their own drawing that relates
to their topic. Emphasize that the project is a group effort and both
partners will need to put equal work into it.
out the handout “Where to look for Information.” Have students select their first
choice for locating information for their topics. The majority of the students will
select internet as their first choice.
Select two students to have a race to determine who can find
relevant information the fastest.
Give one of the students a book and the other set up on the
computer using Yahooligans. Have
the students search for “jury duty.”
The child with the book will find it first since it is right in
the index. Explain to the
students that the internet may be a good place to search for information;
it is not always the best place to begin. Too much information on the internet
to sort through. Start with the
encyclopedia and non-fiction books first then try other sources.
explain how the encyclopedias are organized and brainstorm as a class
some of the keywords that they could use to find information on their
topics. Show students how to take
good notes by modeling note taking for them using a non-fiction
passage. Pass out the note taking
paper that they can use to write down the information they find in the
out the Bibliography handout.
Model to the students how to cite the encyclopedia they used to
do their work today. Talk about
the importance of giving credit to the person who created the work.
Differentiated Instructional Support
In our pairing of partners, we were very careful about
making sure that students who have difficulties were paired with a student
who does not struggle in that particular area. We also included art work on the graphic
organizer to allow students with different talents to be successful.
Students, who need extension, can move to other resources
to gather more information. They can
also look for articles that deal with 1st amendment rights or one
of the responsibilities in their local paper that they receive at home.
Note taking skills. Research skills.
Materials and Resources:
KWL Chart, Sample Project, Handouts, Note taking transparency
Note taking handout and Project description handout, Bibliography
Use the computer briefly to show students that the internet is not always
the best place to start research.
The research model that we developed for our school was
adapted from InfoZone, and the Big 6. Using the research model shows students
that the process is as important as the product and the process can be used
over and over to create many different final products in various subject
This lesson went well.
Students really enjoy the race and at the end
Model more using the bibliography
Make sure students notes can be understood when they have
to refer back to them.
Flag desecration article
Explanation of project
Search for information handout
Note taking handout