Materials List: The Sneetches, chart paper, student journal, hand puppets
Write the term citizen on the board. Begin by telling the students that a citizen is a member of a special community or group of people. Explain that a person can be a citizen of a very large community like the United States, and that a person can also be a citizen of much smaller communities like a classroom, a neighborhood, or a city. Explain to the students that to become a citizen, special requirements must be met. For example, a classroom citizen must be enrolled in school, attend class regularly, and follow the established rules. Emphasize that being a citizen is a privilege and that responsibilities come with that privilege. The teacher will use directed reading-thinking activity (DR-TA) (view literacy strategy descriptions) which invites students to make predictions, and then check their predictions during and after the reading. The teacher will lead a discussion that elicits information the students may already have about citizenship. Studentsí ideas and information should be recorded on the board or chart paper. Read the book The Sneetches by Dr. Seuss. Discuss the title of the book and have students make predictions about the story. Write student predictions on the board or on chart paper. Then, read the book, stopping occasionally to check studentsí predictions and to revise predictions when necessary. Once the reading is completed, use student predictions as a discussion tool to help students understand what it means to be a good citizen.
Have students write in their journals what it means to be a good citizen. Have the class brainstorm a list of do's and don'ts for citizenship. Ask for specific examples of each behavior they identify. Have students role-play good citizenship themselves or use hand puppets to do so. Then have the group critique each of the role-plays.
Being a Good Citizen (www.gaston.k12.nc.us)
Kids Next Door - Learn about being a Citizen
Good Citizen Award (Microsoft.com)