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The Character Issue: Citizenship

Welcome to this month’s Character Trait – Citizenship! As we wrap up our Herculean Quests, it is interesting to consider our relationship with others in our community.

SLO Classical Academy defines Citizenship as:

Recognizing one’s place in the greater communities (family, school, local and country) through active service and respectful devotion to the community’s members, values and standards.

Catch Phrase: Everyone Counts.

Forging Citizenship:

Use the discussion prompts and questions below to dig deep with your kids about the character trait of citizenship, what it means and how they can be good citizens.

  • First, ask your kids if they can define Citizenship.
  • Read with them the SLOCA definition. See how the definitions compare.
  • What makes a community?
  • What communities are you a part of? Do you like being a part of these communities? What do you appreciate about them?
  • What are the qualities of a good citizen?
  • What responsibilities do you have as a citizen? What privileges do you have?
  • What are some things we can do to serve our family, our school, our city, or our country in these current times?
  • Can one person make a difference? Can you think of an example (or more), perhaps someone studied this year?
  • What does “Everyone counts” mean to you?
  • For older students, as we study Ancient Roman times, discuss how one claimed Roman citizenship and why Augustus Caesar called himself “first citizen” of Rome.
  • Imagine what the world would be like if we all just lived for ourselves.
  • Take the time to make an acrostic of “CITIZENSHIP”. (For example: C-Community or Country, I-Indispensable or Indivisible, etc.) Display it in your home to remind you of this month’s character trait.
  • Search for quotes from people that you think exemplify citizenship. Share them as a family or write them up.
  • If you could pick one person that you know to be “Citizen of the Month” who would you pick and why?

Below are printables for your home school space!



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