Responsibility Lesson Plan

Instructor: Josh Corbat

Josh has taught Earth Science and Physical Science at the High School level and holds a Master of Education degree from UNC-Chapel Hill.

Teaching your students about responsibility? This lesson plan has students read (or listen to) a text lesson, define pertinent terms as a class, write personal narratives, and create responsibility posters.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to do the following:

  • define responsibility and consequence
  • describe how responsibility affects their daily lives


30-60 minutes

Curriculum Standards


Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.


Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.



  • To begin the lesson, ask students if they have ever been told that they did not fulfill their responsibilities. Ask for student volunteers to share these experiences.
  • Distribute the text lesson Responsibility Lesson for Kids: Definition & Quotes. Either have students read the lesson section by section or read it aloud to them.
  • Have students read the introduction and first section, Responsibilities and Consequences. Write the terms 'responsibility' and 'consequence' on the board.
  • Ask for student volunteers to define each term. Ask for input on these definitions and come up with a class-consensus definition for each. Write these definitions on the board.
  • Have students read the next section, Why Should You Be More Responsible? Write the following prompt on the board as they read:
    • Write a short story that tells about a time you had to be responsible. OR Write about a time you were not responsible and the consequences that followed.
  • Give students some time to write. You can have students read their stories to one another and offer constructive feedback.
  • Next, have students finish reading the lesson. Write each of the two quotes from the lesson on the board.
  • As an exit ticket, have students complete the associated quiz.

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