What makes a good citizen?: Activity two

What are the characteristics of a good citizen?

  1. Book the students into the school computer lab or arrange for students to use computers in other classrooms. Divide the class into eight small groups. Each group will use a different learning object/online interactive with the focus being to identify the qualities that good citizens possess.

    Explain to students that some of the learning objects/online interactives were designed with younger students in mind these resources will still be useful in answering the question, ‘What is a good citizen?’ Remind students that their job is to identify characteristics and key messages rather than comment upon the sophistication of the content or language used.

Provide students with a copy of Finding out: What makes a good citizen? Discuss the worksheet with students and clarify any questions. If students are unfamiliar with The Nine Values for Australian Schooling spend some time discussing what each of the values mean and provide examples so that they have an understanding of each.

Allow students time to review and record their ideas for the following learning objects/online interactives:

  • I Think ... - All together now (TLF-ID R6076)
  • Take a vote: democracy (TLF-ID L1032)
  • Playground rules (TLF-ID L949)
  • Your rules: in the supermarket (TLF-ID L6352)
  • Your rules: in the park (TLF-ID L6351)
  • Neighbourhood charter (TLF-ID L950)
  • Your charter: outside the school (TLF-ID L6354)
  • Your charter: at the swimming pool (TLF-ID L6353)

Characteristics and key messages about good citizens identified in the learning objects/online interactives include:

  • accepting responsibilities within a community by helping others in need
  • valuing free and fair elections and not seek to unfairly influence others
  • participating in activities and behaviours that involve democratic decision-making
  • needing to respect and adhere to rules for socially responsible and desirable behaviour
  • promoting harmony and inclusiveness
  • interacting positively with adults and other children
  • resolving issues in peaceful and non-threatening ways
  • a willingness to participate actively and make a positive contribution to the community.
  1. Create a table on the board and record student responses about the characteristics and key messages about good citizens that have been identified. Remind students that where ‘negative characteristics’ were originally observed that these were corrected to make ‘positive characteristics’ as the behaviours were modified.
  2. Add the new characteristics of a good citizen to the list from Activity 1. Have a class discussion using questions such as:
  • Why are these characteristics important?
  • What kind of community does it create when people have these characteristics?
  • What might happen to our community if people did not display these characteristics?
  • Do any of the characteristics apply only to adults? Only to children?
  • How do you currently display the characteristics of being a good citizen?
  • How could you apply the characteristics in the future?

Introduction | Activity One | Activity Two | Activity Three