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Pre-Service Assignment

October 01, 2012

This assignment requires students to access outside sources to define civic responsibility.


To define civic responsibility, using references

Special requirements: 

Access to journals, articles, books, newspapers, and/or Web
sites that discuss civic responsibility

Time required:

A take-home assignment requiring an hour or less, plus in-class discussion
requiring 45 minutes or less


Ask students to define civic responsibility using at least two sources. What knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behaviors should an effective citizen have? Ask students to explain the connections they see among service, civic responsibility, and democracy.

Sample reflection: 

Discuss students’ responses in class. Are their definitions different? How? What are some common characteristics that the students described? Do most students see connections among service, civic responsibility, and democracy?


Assignment adapted from Integrating Civic Responsibility into the Curriculum.