Unwritten Duties

Many people believe that citizens also have duties that are not demanded by the law. Challenge students to use this data collection activity to find out what others in the community think about these unwritten responsibilities. Give each student a form on which to record the responses. Instruct each child to poll a total of up to fifteen adults (family members, neighbors, and other adult friends) and fill out his/her form.

After students have finished their polls, divide the class into groups of four. Give each group a sheet of chart paper, a marker, and a ruler. Direct the students in each group to combine their data and create a bar graph to display their results for each question. Then instruct each group to analyze its graph and prepare an oral presentation to explain the findings. After each group gives its presentation, discuss these questions: What do the statistics tell us? How would you have answered the questions, and why?


Do Your Duty, by George!

If George Washington — one of our country’s most famous citizens — were alive today, he would probably have plenty to say about the duties of citizenship during this activity. Point out that most nations require each citizen to pay taxes, defend his country, and obey laws. Many of those governments also require that certain citizens serve on juries. Discuss these duties, asking students to give reasons why citizens should (or should not) fulfill them. After the discussion, provide each student with a copy of the monument page, a 9” x l2” sheet of gray construction paper, scissors, glue, and clear tape. Have each student complete his monument and share it with the class; then display the projects in the classroom library.


Source: Mailbox Magazine Dec/Jan 2001-2002


Courtesy of the Warren County Historical Society