Citizenship: Duties, Rights, and Liberties
Session 4: Duties of Citizenship
- Define duty.
- List the duties of citizenship on the board and go over each to make sure that students understand their meaning.
• Obey laws
• Pay taxes
• Serve in the armed forces if called
• Serve on a jury or as a witness in court
- Pair students and ask them to write a list of at least three consequences to society if citizens did not perform each of the duties listed above (think-pair-share).
Example: If people did not obey the law, the results could range from damage to property to individual loss of life to complete anarchy.
- Show the transparency (Attachment D) and discuss consequences to individuals for failure to perform the duties of citizenship.
- Explain that tomorrow the class will discuss responsibilities and that a basic responsibility of citizenship is to contribute to the common good. As an exit slip, ask students to write one way they can contribute to the community.