Appreciation: Principles of Good Citizenship (Class 24)

Straight-A Guide Job Training Program

Lesson #24: Appreciation

Principles of Good Citizenship

Materials Required:

  • Classroom space
  • Sufficient number of chairs with writing surface
  • Blank sheets of paper for each participant 

Introduce Lesson #24 (5 minutes):

  • In this lesson we discuss what it means to live as a good citizen. Understanding the concept good citizenship requires that we acknowledge our responsibilities. As citizens of the United States, we’re blessed with opportunities. When we’re living in struggle, or worrying about tomorrow, it’s difficult to appreciate why it’s in our interest to live as a good citizen. Yet as President Theodore Roosevelt said, “The first requisite of a good citizen in this republic of our is that he shall be able and willing to pull his weight. Our job at Straight-A Guide Staffing Solutions is to persuade employers that those who graduate from our program are eager to pull their own weight.

First steps (10 minutes):

  • Take roll of participants.
  • Facilitator about the relationship between being a good citizen and opening opportunities. He may talk about how that view evolved over time. When engaged in criminal activities, the facilitator did not respect his role as a citizen. That lack of appreciation for the responsibilities of good citizenship made him less likely and less willing to find sustainable employment. It wasn’t until he rejected a criminal lifestyle that he began to recognize his duty to live as a good citizen. The facilitator may sum up those duties in many ways, including:
    • Volunteering
    • Living honestly
    • Adhering to rules and laws
    • Respecting the rights of others
    • Understand the community
    • Respect the property of others
    • Showing compassion
    • Taking responsibility for actions
    • Be a good neighbor
    • Protect the environment

Goals and Objectives (5 minutes):

  • Facilitator aspires to help participants identify specific steps they can take to demonstrate their commitment to living as good citizens.

Expected Learning Outcomes (5 minutes):

  • Facilitator will help participants create transparent proof that shows their commitment to living as good citizens. Participants will be able to use such a strategy as a resource to weave themselves into the fabric of society; they should be able to show employers how their good citizenship would translate into their becoming good employees.

Preliminary introduction (5 minutes):

  • Facilitator distributes essay on good citizenship.
  • Facilitator asks participants to read essay.
  • Facilitator makes his initial comments about what the essay on good citizenship means to him.

Direct Instruction (10 minutes):

  • Facilitator calls for three volunteers from the class.
  • Facilitator asks the volunteers to spend three minutes explaining their agreement or disagreement with the facilitator’s comments about being a good citizen.
  • Facilitator asks volunteers to describe the relationship between a commitment to living as a good citizen and creating optimal career paths.

Guided Practice (20 minutes):

  • Facilitator calls for 5 volunteers to participate in role-playing exercise.
  • Each volunteer will stand in front of the group
  • Each volunteer will persuade a fictional boss the reasons why his commitment to good citizenship translates into his living as a valuable employee.
  • Volunteers must speak for a minimum of 1 minute and a maximum of three minutes.
  • Class will vote on who made the most impressive expression of good citizenship.

Lesson #24: Good Citizenship

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