Meaning of responsibility
- Responsibility is taking care of your duties.
- Responsibility is answering for your actions.
- Responsibility is accountability.
- Responsibility is trustworthiness.
Why is being responsible
- Responsibility is a core value for living
- Responsibility is being accountable for your
- Responsibility is being dependable when yo have things to
Examples of responsibility
- You complete your chores at home without being constantly
- You take good care of your personal possessions.
- You come home on time.
- You call your parents if you are late.
- You eat healthy food, get plenty of exercise, and take good
care of yourself.
- You take care of your lunch money and don't lose it on the
- You keep a promise.
- You put part of your allowance into a savings account
instead of spending it all.
- You complete your school assignments on time and to the
best of your ability.
- You take care of your pet.
- You return library books on time.
- Understand and accept consequences
for their actions and try to correct their mistake
- Complete assignments and
- Clean up after
- Do the "right thing" and apologize if
- Help others in need
- Follow through without giving
- Understand the effect they have on
Heroes and heroines
- Eddie Akau - was a well-known surfer
with great strength of character and a willingness to sacrifice
for others. As a lifeguard, he saved over a thousand
- Nellie Bly - was a newspaper reporter
who advocated women's rights and exposed terrible conditions in
the slums, hospitals, factories, prisons, and
- Thomas Jefferson - was the primary
author of the Declaration of Independence. As president, he tried
to reorganize the courts of law, establish a system of public
education, and guarantee religious freedom.
- Eleanor Roosevelt - modeled civic and
national responsibility as a social activist.
- Harry S. Truman - as president, never
shirked his duties and always accepted full responsibility for his
- Booker T. Washington - founded the
Tuskegee Institute, a school for blacks, and promoted improving
Proverbs and maxims
- Ideas don't work unless we
- He who is not ready today will be
even less so tomorrow.
- If everyone sweeps in front of his
own front door, all the world would be clean.
- What is popular is not always right.
What is right is not always popular.
More quotes on
- Responsibility educates. (Wendell
- The price of greatness is
responsibility. (Winston Churchill)
- No man was ever endowed with a right
without being at the same time saddled with a responsibility.
- Man is still responsible. His success
lies not with the stars but with himself. (Frank
Steps to making responsible
- Define your goal. What do you
- Explore all the choices and
- Gather information and
- Write down arguments for and against
- Take time to think through the
consequences of each choice.
- Make the decision.
Put responsibility into
- Clean your room without being
- Throw away your trash and pick up
- Practice self-control when you feel
- Clean up your area after lunch and
encourage your friends to do the same.
- Follow through on all assignments at
school and chores at home.
- Do your chores at home without being
- Look for something extra to do at
home or in your community that is helpful.
- Organize a park
- Keep a promise even if it is
- Express your anger with appropriate
words and actions.
Community service ideas
- Clean up your own back yard by
collecting rubbish and recycling items around the school and
- Organize a graffiti cleanup
- Volunteer at a local community center
helping younger students with recreation, crafts, and other
- Sponsor a canned food drive at your
Many types of
- MORAL RESPONSIBILITY to other people,
animals, and the earth. This means caring, defending, helping,
building, protecting, preserving, and sustaining. You're
accountable for treating other people justly and fairly, for
honoring other living things, and for being environmentally
- LEGAL RESPONSIBILITY to the laws and
ordinances of your community, state, and country. If there's a law
you believe is outdated, discriminatory, or unfair, you can work
to change, improve, or eliminate it. You can't simply decide to
- FAMILY RESPONSIBILITY means treating
your parents, siblings, and other relatives with love and respect,
following your parents' rules, and doing chores and duties at
- COMMUNITY RESPONSIBILITY. As a part
of the community, you're responsible for treating others as you
want to be treated, for participating in community activities and
decisions, and for being an active, contributing citizen. Pick up
trash to keep the community clean. Read local and community
newspapers to stay informed. Vote in elections when you're old
- RESPONSIBILITY TO CUSTOMS,
TRADITIONS, BELIEFS, AND RULES. These might come from your family,
your community, your heritage, or your faith. Learn what they are
and do your best to respect and follow them.
- PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY. It's up to
you to become a person of good character. Your parents, teachers,
religious leaders, scout leaders, and other caring adults will
guide you, but only you can determine the kind of person you are
and ultimately become. So get organized, be punctual, and honor
How to plan to carry out
- Write a list of all the things you
need to do.
- Write down when each task or jobs
needs to be done.
- Write down what you'll need to
accomplish each task or job.
- Always have a backup plan - a "plan
- Tell about an experience where you
exhibited or did not show responsibility.
- Think of a new skill or talent you'd
like to develop. Practice and share.
- Write a poem, jingle, paragraph, or
saying about responsibility.
- Research discoveries and inventions
that have had both positive and negative
- Consider whether math makes you more
responsible. Cite examples.
- Research responsibility in
- Research responsibility toward
indigenous people. Choose a country that was taken from natives by
invaders, setters, or foreign governments.
- Survey your neighborhood to see who
- Write a skit that demonstrates your
- Find a job or start your own business
such as a yard service or babysitting.
- Make a family jobs
- Create a responsibility tree to show
what you are responsible for doing.
- Make your own daily
- Find examples of popular music that
promote responsibility, dependability, and
- Examine the role of responsibility in
- Playa "What's Their Responsibility?"
game for various careers.
- Read stories about
For grades K-4
Value of Responsibility: Ralph Bunche -
Brother Eagle, Sister Sky - Jeffers
Horton Hatches the Egg - Dr. Seuss
Arthur Babysits - Brown
Berenstain Bears: Messy Room -
Annie and the Skateboard Gang -
Bear and Bunny Grow Tomatoes -
Stop, Look and Listen, Mr. Toad -
Katy and the Big Snow - Burton
Keep the Lights Burning, Abbie -
A Light in the Attic - Silverstein
Where the Sidewalk Ends -
Salt Boy - Perrine
Shoe Shine Girl - Bulla
Two Bad Ants - Van Allsburg
School's Out - Hurwitz
It Takes a Village - Cowen-Fletcher
Red Light, Green Light, Mamma & Me -
Franklin Plays the Game - Bourgeois
D.W. the Picky Eater - Brown
Valentine - Carrick
Solo - Geraghty
A Very Important Day - Herold
Little Brown Bear Dresses Himself -
Nine for California - Levitin
Badger's Bring Something Party -
The Paperboy - Pilkey
Shaker Lane - Provensen
One Up, One Down - Snyder
Another Mouse to Feed - Kraus
Herbie's Troubles - Chapman
Pigsty - Teague
Sachiko Means Happiness - Sakai
Strega Nona - De Paola
Swimmy - Lionni
Tell Me a Mitzi - Segal
Amos and Boris - Steig
Five Minutes Peace - Murphy
Luke's Bully - Winthrop
Horton Hears a Who - Seuss
Little Red Hen
Mother's Day Mice - Bunting
Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge -
Arthur's Pet Business - Brown
Arthur's Computer Disaster - Brown
Star Wars: a New Hope
Making the World - Wood
Whem Mom Turned into a Monster -
I Did It, I'm Sorry - Buehner
For grades 3-6
Across Five Aprils - Hunt
The Book of Virtues - Bennett
A Christmas Carol - Dickens
Hatchet - Paulsen
In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson -
The Indian in the Cupboard - Reid
Island of the Blue Dolphins - O'Dell
Profiles in Courage - Kennedy
Stone Fox - Gardiner
Tuck Everlasting - Babbit
The Yearling - Rawlings
The River - Paulsen
Buffalo Bill & the Pony Express -
In Trouble with Teacher - Demuth
Julie - George
Nothing But Trouble, Trouble Trouble -
Marvin Redpost: Alone in His Teacher's House -
Learning About Responsibility from the Life of
Colin Powell - Strazzabosco
Fudge - Graeber
Dicey's Song - Voigt
Little House in the Big Woods -
Malu's Wolf - Craig
Summer of the Swans - Byars
When the Road Ends - Thesman
The Giver - Lowry
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