Rights and Responsibilities


With our Rights and Responsibilities lesson plan, students learn what rights and responsibilities are and how they are related but different. Students connect this lesson to their own lives by listing some rights and responsibilities in their own households.

Included with this lesson are some adjustments or additions that you can make if you’d like, found in the “Options for Lesson” section of the Classroom Procedure page. One of the optional additions to this lesson is to invite a community member to come speak to your class about rights and responsibilities in their town.

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What our Rights and Responsibilities lesson plan includes

Lesson Objectives and Overview: Rights and Responsibilities explores the relationship between rights and responsibilities in everyday life and in society. At the end of the lesson, students will be able to define rights and responsibilities, give examples of each, and explain the relationship between them in their lives and in society. This lesson is for students in 1st grade, 2nd grade, and 3rd grade.

Classroom Procedure

Every lesson plan provides you with a classroom procedure page that outlines a step-by-step guide to follow. You do not have to follow the guide exactly. The guide helps you organize the lesson and details when to hand out worksheets. It also lists information in the orange box that you might find useful. You will find the lesson objectives, state standards, and number of class sessions the lesson should take to complete in this area. In addition, it describes the supplies you will need as well as what and how you need to prepare beforehand. The supplies you will need for this lesson are colored pencils, old magazines or other sources for images, and the handouts.

Options for Lesson

Included with this lesson is an “Options for Lesson” section that lists a number of suggestions for activities to add to the lesson or substitutions for the ones already in the lesson. An optional adjustment to the practice worksheet is to complete it aloud with the class. An optional addition to the lesson is to invite a community member to come speak to your class about rights and responsibilities in their town. You can also show an entertaining video to the class and have them identify the rights and responsibilities of the different characters in the video.

Teacher Notes

The teacher notes page includes a paragraph with additional guidelines and things to think about as you begin to plan your lesson. This page also includes lines that you can use to add your own notes as you’re preparing for this lesson.


Rights and Responsibilities

The Rights and Responsibilities lesson plan includes two content pages. The lesson begins by explaining that students must attend school each day in order to learn. If you didn’t go to school, you wouldn’t learn anything new, your parents would be angry, and you could get into trouble. By going to school each day, you are being responsible. Going to school is your right.

Rights are things that every human deserves no matter who they are or where they’re from. People have the right to go to school, have their basic needs met, and more. Responsibilities, on the other hand, are things that people must do or think about. These might affect other people.

You have a right to go to school, but it’s still your responsibility to get up in the morning and go to school. You have a right to eat healthy food, but it’s your responsibility to go home for dinner to eat it. And you have a right to stay up late some nights, but you also have a responsibility to do chores and homework.

Different people in a community have different rights and responsibilities. A child might not have the responsibility of shopping for groceries, but they might have the responsibility of helping carry them into their house. An adult might have the right to vote, but a child doesn’t because they are too young.

What are Rights? What are Responsibilities?

A few rights that someone might have include the right to feel safe in their community, the right to receive a good education, and the right to have a place to live. The lesson lists many other rights as well.

A few responsibilities that someone might have are the responsibility to follow rules at home, at school, and in their community; the responsibility to stand up for their rights and the rights of others; and the responsibility to take care of your own body. The lesson lists many other responsibilities that someone might have.

Different things can happen if someone is not responsible. They could be bullied or treated unfairly, might have to do a job that is someone else’s responsibility, might be punished or harmer, and more.

All people deserve respect. Everyone has rights, but everyone must also be responsible in order to enjoy those rights for themselves and for others.


The Rights and Responsibilities lesson plan includes three worksheets: an activity worksheet, a practice worksheet, and a homework assignment. You can refer to the guide on the classroom procedure page to determine when to hand out each worksheet.


For the activity worksheet, students will read different statements and decide whether each is a right or a responsibility. They will then sketch a drawing or find and paste an image from a magazine that matches each right or responsibility.

Students can also work in pairs to complete this activity.


The practice worksheet asks students to read 18 actions and determine whether each is a right or responsibility.


For the homework assignment, students will fill in a chart with two columns. In the first column, they will list rights that they have at home. In the second column, they will list responsibilities connected to those rights. If they need help, a parent or other family member can help them fill in the chart.

Worksheet Answer Keys

This lesson plan includes answer keys for the activity worksheet and the practice worksheet. If you choose to administer the lesson pages to your students via PDF, you will need to save a new file that omits these pages. Otherwise, you can simply print out the applicable pages and keep these as reference for yourself when grading assignments.

Additional information


1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade


Social Studies

State Educational Standards

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.1.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.1.4, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.4, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.4

Lessons are aligned to meet the education objectives and goals of most states. For more information on your state objectives, contact your local Board of Education or Department of Education in your state.

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