What Does it Mean to be a Good Citizen?


Don't worry! This looks like a lot to do, because it is a BIG project. You will be working on this over the next few weeks, and I will be here to guide you every step of the way! You CAN do a big project like this. You are all intelligent, creative, and ready for this assignment!

Get ready, get set, GO!

Phase One

Group Roles:
Each member of your group will have one of the roles below, but ALL are responsible for the work! The idea here is for each of you to do your part, and come back together as a group to share your newly gained knowledge.

  1. Movie Buff: Watches the YouTube videos and records the information found in the videos for discussion.
  2. Research Analyst: Researches the different pages provided and records the information found for group discussion.
  3. Stenographer: Finds out what a stenographer is! (And watches the video with the Movie Buff, recording information for group discussion.)
  4. Prime Director: Keeps everyone on task (and on time!) Helps the Research Analyst read the different pages provided and records information for group discussion.

After you assign each group member a role, your group must decide on a group name. For fun, let's make it something related to Liberty, Justice, or Freedom. Some examples of group names might be Thomas Jefferson's Scribes, Washington's Revolutionaries, or Mrs. A's Citizens. Each group will have a folder in which ALL work for this WebQuest is to be kept. NONE of the worksheets go home with you until the VERY END of the project.

Phase Two

The Bill of Rights:

  1. Break off into your assigned roles. Each group member will use this worksheet to record their information.
  2. Movie Buff (and Stenographer): Watch these videos and complete worksheet (link above).
  3. Research Analyst (and Prime Director): Check out these two sites: First and Second. Complete worksheet (link above).
  4. Come back together as a group, and discuss the following:
    1. What is the Bill of Rights?
    2. What does the Bill of Rights protect?
    3. Why was the Bill of Rights created?
    4. Which rights are most important to you as a group?
  5. The Stenographer: Record group's answers to these questions using this worksheet.

Phase Three

Liberty, Justice, and Freedom:

  1. As a group, answer the following: (Stenographer records answers on this page)
    1. What is freedom?
    2. What is liberty?
    3. What is justice?
    4. Why is freedom and liberty important to your group?
    5. Is justice necessary? (By this I mean, do you need to have justice in order to have freedom and liberty?)

Phase Four

A Good Citizen:

  1. As a group, watch this YouTube video. (Don't worry about taking notes just yet, but be thinking and paying close attention!)
  2. After watching the video, check out this page: Good Citizen. Here are examples of what people think "being a good citizen" means. Brainstorm about what it means to you. Do you agree or disagree with this list?
  3. As a group, discuss the following: (Prime Director records group answers here - see how we switched things up a bit?)
    1. What does it mean to be a good citizen?
    2. What are some examples of ways you can be a good citizen?

Phase Five

Citizenship Project:

  1. As a group, decide whether you will use a PowerPoint or a YouTube video to convey your ideas of freedom, justice, liberty, and what it means to be a good citizen. Below are some benefits of the PowerPoint presentation and the YouTube to help your group decide:


    1. Working as a group to input information and make it look the way you want.
    2. Presenting the PowerPoint to the class in an interesting way.

    Here is a PowerPoint to get your creative juices flowing.

    YouTube video:

    1. Creating a script for a video of NO MORE than 2 minutes.
    2. Filming your video.
    3. Presenting your video to the class.

    Here is a YouTube video to get your creative juices flowing.

  2. Gather all your group's notes from group discussions. (These worksheets: One, Two, Three)
    Your presentation, either PowerPoint or YouTube video, MUST include:

    1. What it means to be a good citizen.
    2. Your group's ideas about freedom, liberty, and justice.

    This information is gathered from your notes on your group discussions. How you include this information is up to you as a group!

Phase Six

Journal of Experience:

  1. Write a journal entry of four good paragraphs explaining:
    1. What you learned about yourself and your group concerning freedom, liberty, justice, and citizenship.
    2. What went well for your group.
    3. What didn't go as planned for your group.
    4. What part of the project you had the most fun doing.