This lesson provides various scenarios of different types of citizens. Students read the scenarios and then determine whether they are ideal or not followed by group discussions.
Here is an example of a scenario with follow up questions:
A: You won’t believe this! I just saw someone get mugged outside in the parking lot! B: You did? What happened?
A: I was looking out the window and I saw these guys jump this other guy and take his back pack. B: What did you do?
A: Nothing! I’m not getting involved in all that drama.
After role play #4 discuss:
• Evaluate the citizenship characteristics of Person A. Were they ideal or not?
• What other choices could Person A have made, other than “not getting involved”? (*The facilitator should make sure participants understand that they should never put themselves in danger in a situation like this; rather, they should call the police or go for help.)
• What about the person who robbed the citizen in the parking lot. How would you characterize this citizen? What causes some members of our community to make bad choices such as this?
• As a community of involved citizens, what are some steps we can take to protect our neighborhoods and communities?