Additional Responsibility Activities
Do the Right Thing
Liberty Mutual Insurance started a movement in 2006 with a short commercial centered on the slogan, “Do the Right Thing.” It was so successful that it produced the Responsibility Project. On YouTube, teachers can find several of the short films created for the Responsibility Project with “Do the Right Thing” as their theme. This activity uses those videos as a hook to inspire creativity and writing around responsibility.
These videos can be simple, quick, and easy productions or they can be elaborate outside-of-school projects. The teacher may choose to showcase the videos at a local theater or school-wide and give awards for the Best of the Best.
Sweet Choices-Importance of Delayed Gratification
Activity modified from J.C. Miller (2010)
Enough for every student to choose either a mini sized candy bar or fruit (a small stem of grapes, a quarter of an apple or orange)
The Buck Stops With Me
President Truman had a sign on his desk that read “The buck stops here.” This activity uses that historical reference to create meaning for accountability and responsibility in the classroom.
Each activity allows students to understand the importance of accountability as well recognize the moments in their lives where the buck stops with them.
Resources for this activity
Buck Stops Here https://www.trumanlibrary.org/buckstop.htm
No Spin: An Excuse-Free World https://youtu.be/a9I37p_DC_o
What If We Made No Excuses? Zara Zaman’s TED talk